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Mats Kaarbø

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Redefining Individuality

We all love our individuality. It is what shapes us as human beings and not some brainwashed robots, right? But how free and individual are we really? Can anybody, regardless of their situation, go to any local store and buy the food they need, rent an apartment that provides them with the human and sanitarian needs such as sleep, a shower to clean themselves and a place to cook their food or perhaps book a flight to India the next morning that would enrich their life personally and socially purely out of the enjoyment of visiting and exploring other cultures and places? No. You are only as free as your purchasing power. That means from the day you are born you are dependent on other people to take care of you and provide you with the necessities of life until you are old enough to attend school (assuming it is free), memorize the information that will hopefully grant you with a diploma and that would hopefully make you able to compete with many others to a job that will likely rob your personal freedom to express your individual desires to take on your own projects, just so you make enough money to survive. Is this truly individuality?

Now, what if we made a society where we utilized science and technology to intelligently manage and allocate our resources to meet the needs of all human beings on the planet by claiming all of Earths resources as the common heritage of all mankind. Where we collectively would utilize technology to free mankind (through automation of jobs and labor) in order for every human being to be able to reach their fullest potential personally, socially and culturally. That sounds like a society that cherishes the individual, right?

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    Nov 12 2012: Mats, for what I see written here, it seems more about changing society instead of redefining or changing Individuality.

    My personal opinion is that whatever we get for free is worthless.

    Would your idea make schools redundant? Why go to school if there is nothing to do?
    Would your idea make e.g. supermarkets redundant, or car dealers? Would each individual home receive a package (each day?) containing food, clean clothing? And if a tap develops a leak, a machine will come to the house..?

    What is wrong with money anyway? I think it can be just as useful, or dangerous, as a gun or a car.

    Do you have any opinion as to why we are in this world?
    Personally I think it is more about being useful, than being happy and content while being useless. That's why I believe heaven is a kingdom of uses, not sitting on a cloud playing harp.
    All this does not seem very realistic, but that is just my opinion.
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      Nov 12 2012: Ah, yes. That is an excellent way of putting it. :)

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