If you look back at history, you can see that the means of production is always changing, improving the way in which production is carried out, BUT usually with horrendous results for those thrown out of jobs as innovation destroys old ways of producing things.
It’s always struck me that resisting is a very short-term way of thinking and that, if we’re forward-looking, we can harness changes to benefit the great majority, and not just enrich the coffers of the billionaire class.
So if we look at what’s happening today with the technological revolution, robots, driverless cars and trucks, etc., then we – the people – need to be considering how we turn these changes to our advantage. I’m certainly not saying I have all the answers but I do believe that, if we act instead of reacting, we have huge opportunities to create vastly different communities, ones where creativity is nourished,where all people are respected and treated with compassion, and where education is a joy rather than the grinding chore it has been turned into today by mindless bureaucrats trying to churn out badly educated robots for business moguls.
We also need to see the world as a community of individuals, supporting and respecting each other, and organising for peaceful coexistence.
Life is more than being on a joyless treadmill, working to pay the bills or worrying how to make ends meet if you lose your job. It’s far more than sending young men and women to die horrible deaths on battle fields along with the “collateral damage” of killing the civilian population.
We can look at shorter working weeks; sustenance payments to everyone; creative education outlets to build a thriving artistic and literary aspect of society; and so on and so on. We can support politicians who oppose war and support international cooperation.
I don’t have particular answers but I can see the shoots springing up of new ways or producing and new ways of living.
And as I said in my previous post, I’m an optimist and I think humanity can move onwards and upwards with grace and flair towards building completely new ways of operating communities for the general good. Just takes some imagination, co-operation and love!