Mr Ricard… those are magnificent brilliant and great words… but can mankind change (in time)?
After decades of “money” (created egoism) “thinking”, mankind has arrived at a “culture of egoism” which means, maximum freedom for the individual and (of course) unsustainable “culture of death and (self)destruction”.
With Democracies corrupted beyond repair (?) unable to handle the smallest of crisis, It would probably take mankind a state of development of “collective consciousness” and awareness what actions would be good for the planet-habitat and all of mankind (in this case mankind is less intelligent than every bee hive or ant hive).
Without it tackling global international challenges (like pandemics or climate change or plastic pollusion) and systemic challenges (like corruption and tax avoidance) will be (almost) impossible.
Well never ever give up.
Change what you can change.
Accept what you can not change.
Will mankind be “egoistic enough”, “unaware enough”, “un-conscious enough”, “ignorant enough” (in short: “stupid enough”) and it surely will die out…
always start with something positive, a positive vision utopia
a (almost) perfect mankind
everyone would cultivate a humble and kind lifestyle, eager to learn and develop (oneself, help others, settle on other planets, ensure the survival of conscious life in the universe) and dedicate a significant amount of time to family and friends
a (almost) perfect society
would be 100% crime free
would survive in perfect self sustaining balance with it’s habitat (0% no waste, 100% recycling, except the dead really should not be recycled out of respect and ethical reasons)
a (almost) perfect system
everything would survive within a perfect waste-free-recycling-circle of resources (even CO2)
what is known as “work” would be obsolete in the sense, that everyone is self-sufficient and self-employed (enough access to enough land that organically with houses, machines and robots, tools can easily repaired with 3D printed parts)
of course there would and should still be “work”, like gardening by hand, because it is simply healthy for the body and mind
of course robots and machines will never exist without maintenance (and probably there will be also other chores)
but the amount of chores would be 1% of the human lifetime, while 99% go into what was stated above
not because anyone is forcing anyone, but because of the realization, that that is important
100% of all energy would be renewables with the possibility of long-term storage and transport in chemical form
money can not work, only people can utilize money to work for good or evil
(and thus destroy value and society or add-create value to society)
the majority of the “new world order” is actually not so hidden (okay there are very secretive elitist groups like skull and bones that like to conspire among each other in order to gain power, money and influence yes… this is just as the mafia does it and it is an old game called “corruption”, those should NEVER get a job in government)
but the 90% of “the new wealth order” majority is actually not-so-hidden…
as can be seen above… not much has changed over the centuries… it is very simple…
those that own land and houses that others want to rent to create-add real value to society (e.g. a company with real jobs in the real economy adding real value to society (like healthcare or healthy products))
what they call work is shuffling a few papers every now and then, or drinking coffee with consultants (to them it feels like hard work if they do that for like 1 day a month)
99% of the time they are free to do whatever they want (because at the first of month they will get automatically paid)
those are the ones driving the Porsches and Mercedes or even Lamborghinis (and the Gucci handbags)
those that own the company
they “have” (hopefully) smart and hard working employees that create satisfied customers that bring more customers so the company can live on and not go bankrupt
the self-employed owners of the company have a little tax advantage over their employees (might get a share of the net gains of the company, or a company-sponsored car)
but they also have the disadvantage of “owning” all the responsibility/risk/debt/paperwork that comes with a company
the CEO can deduct some “accepted” spendings from tax (all that is required for the company to work, from toilet paper, to energy to computers)
if it is not a investor owned corrupt CEO run company, but a company that actually cares about people, their product and the planet, than this is (imho) what is called “the middle-class” everyone is talking about (those with ideas for products and then actually realize them by the power of creativity and dilligence)
those are the ones that constantly try to make “their company” better, more efficient, saver, smarter and also (hopefully) feel the responsibility to “safe the company” and the jobs and families attached
the troubles: either the management is incompetent or the communication and the family-run company is bad and this leads to bad results and in worst case tensions and bankruptcy of the company
(this is how a lot of family run companies end)
those that have a job in a company that adds-create real value to society (such as health or healthy products)
they have advantages over unemployed:
their value as hard workers is accepted by society (even if it is in a job as tax consultant, that create-adds zero value to society) because they get up at 7 and work from 8 AM to 5 PM ( or longer), 5 days a week (tendency: increasing)
they can complain with all other workers how unfair it is that others drive Porsche (that they will never be able to afford)
they can complain how bad their boss is/or how lazy the unemployed neighbor is
they are the bottom feeders and some feel very worthless (which is psychologically devastating, it is a pity, because everybody can do something / add-create value to society, but society often fails to organize those possibilities, but some also never felt the need to work to survive… there is a easy solution for that: give em a free parachute flight above panama with an GPS tracker… and pick em up 3 weeks later)
can not even afford organic products and always need to buy cheapest (with most chemicals)
those that have 24-7 jobs hate them, because they get a little money (and possibly their ever increasing rent for the tier #1 humans paid by “the state”, and “the state” is whoever works and pays taxes)
but: they have a pretty functionality:
what others throw away, they use (if they are smart they even try to repair it)
so this is kind of a resource efficiency function (smart) unemployed people have (avoiding waste)
everyone has the right to survive happily (ever after) and the (imho) obligation to actively cultivate happiness (it will NEVER be realized by eternal factors alone)
the unemployed feel betrayed by the system (that led them down)
the employed feel exploited by the boss / company
those that run the company feel exploited by the tax-office and those that avoid taxes via panama
the top 1-10% are the only winners of this system and only envy those that own more private yachts or jets than they do
what is indisputable is that inequality will create social tensions and maybe even violence and revolution (where it is not even important how much someone actually owns or earns but the perception of it (the fancy car))
what (unfortunately) is also true, is that there is not really fluidity between those layers
90% of the people i know, are employed and will always stay employed and NEVER create a company (in some countries it really sucks to create a company… will get you in massive amounts bureaucrazy, costs and fear of the tax bureau (which is called “internal revenue service” in the USA)
only the very eager have a day-time job and at night work for their own company (if it works, nice, might also be able to afford the Porsche, if not… massively in debt that needs to be paid somehow (plus rent and other expenses) via the day-time-job).
it would be healthy for everyone to walk in the shoes of the other to get an understanding and clear picture, what the status of mankind is.
every level has it’s challenges… some super-rich feel super-worthless because they (just as the unemployed) sometimes just do not know what to do with their time (except taking drugs and party).
in the end this is a too massive waste of human time and potential
this needs to change / be organized different, in an alternative (but not 1984) kind of way, and it can!
everybody can do something / create-add value to society (if everyone did… just a little… the world would be completely different)
fairly and truthfully show and educate people about their possibilities (not all but quiet a lot have the ambition to “make it”)
when the market fails (ever increasing prices for assets that are vital for mankind to survive (water, food, “roof over the head and not freezing to death” housing + heating, healthcare, energy, transport (to hospital), access to financial services, communications) to provide humans what they need to survive, the gov-state has to step in and either buffer the markets effects (by gov-state itself become real-estate-owner and rent it out cheap to those in need, have sufficient water, food, energy supplies in stock in the case of market price shocks, or go even further and fix prices where this is possible)
ideas need funding, there need to be easy online platforms for people with ideas to get the funding needed to create the next innovative product and jobs
here gov and banks and startups (people-with-ideas) need to communicate frequently and work closely together to find solutions that work for all
those that do not see the need to work at all… may get a free parachute flight over panama
also: happiness (which to buddhist monks is actually nothing more than deep inner sustainable satisfaction) can be learned/cultivated by everyone – no matter what layer
massive massive self-destructive sideffects: if the criminals are paid best and too often get away, then capitalism produces a pretty good growing ground for crime, with the state often being so corrupted/failed state, that it can not/does not want to prevent the crime, this is when the state fails.
“yes our product Made in (country far away) is of bad quality, exploits workers, wastes resources, pollutes the planet and contains toxic chemicals but hey… the people want (to die) cheap (on cancer)” (no they do not)
or financial service like:
“you are rich? you need money from illegal sources to be laundered?”
“we are well trained lawyers that help you avoid tax” (effectively stealing from a nation, stealing from a state)
The Greek people when asked why every single one of them steals taxes says: “the government is the mafia, why should i give my money to the mafia?”
the big question of our times:
are there alternative ways of crowd intelligence
that can work more intelligent? (not destroying = destabilize the habitat planet, not intoxicating children and animals, without stealing)
there is not question IF there is only the question WHEN because anything else would be fatal for all mankind
would need for a crowd of humans:
to inform each other correctly and truthfully
to act upon the information gathered in an intelligent non-violent but society-evolving way