Good read Chris, I like how you’re creating the conversation…or at least prompting it. You touched on what, in my opinion, is going to be the hardest transition for most people — mental development. By this I mean, those that will be able to make the paradigm shift within their Reality Box’s are those who will be able to make, and also create, the new reality within which the possibility of a Utopian-esk idea could be entertained.
As you infer the ‘American Dream’ is nothing but an illusion. It’s a nice idea to believe, but there’s nothing special about it. Framing it this way might come across a bit blunt, and perhaps even anger some people, but then you have to ask yourself, why are you getting angry? People like to feel special, so if they can aspire to attain something that appears special then perhaps taking that away could be irritating — and that’s where the development lies. Of course, being Australian, I hold no attachment to the American Dream however I do understand the power of an idea.
The act of superimposing our beliefs on top of ideas, is, I think, the single most powerful concept we humans have ever created
A good way to approach, and develop WITH, this paradigm shift, is to first change how and what we perceive as a job. Typically they’re occupations we have that generate money, but what if the generation of this money is no longer necessary? Obviously I’m talking about a Universal Basic Income, but that’s a way off isn’t it? Hmm, maybe not. We’re a smart species, it could exist tomorrow, but we’ve created a little thing called bureaucracy. So it’s a bit of a complicated shambles at the moment.
Although this this might be the case and we don’t currently have a UBI in place, there are several studies and trials being carried out world wide, which generates hope.
Okay, so what can we do while we wait? I propose exactly what you’ve started here. More conversations. More mental developments around the idea and what exactly this new reality might look and feel like. Yes, crypto currencies have a part to play, but what has the rise and adoption of it actually created? You said it yourself, more trust. Trust is a fundamental characteristic of a healthy society, but more importantly it’s a human character trait — we’ve just mechanized it.
This tells me that we’re building ourselves into the reality, so what else is missing? There are a lot of human character traits that are impossible (at this point anyway) to integrate this way, so instead we need to create new ways of ensuring they/we survive. Spending time developing your mind will, without a doubt, make this transition easier. Examples are: develop an ability to embrace change, challenge perceptions of ‘security’, challenge perceptions of ‘job’ or ‘occupation’.
Doing this could lead to more people realizing perhaps our current perception of happiness is just an experienced increase of contentment, and that sustained contentment is found in a life of moderation
The truth is, these developments, and our interactions with them, are 100% mental. A large proportion of the conflicts of today are mental, and this is evident in the shift/attention/focus you can feel, especially around mental health.
People are more depressed today than at any other time, and I feel that part of the reason is that our identities are being ripped apart. So much of our identities are wrapped up in our jobs, which is actually because they’re the thing we spend most of our time wrapped up in. The development of a UBI would mean an increase in time to focus on ourselves, which is something that gives us a chance to develop the above mentalities.
It’s encouraging to see trust emerging from the chaos, as it’s a key building block to our society. However, while we build this society, it’s important to have patience for our own growth and remind ourselves that this new reality is not just for us, but of us.