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When I first heard about the concept I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What can RBE be like? What will it be like??? WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE???!!!
A thousand questions started to roll around in my head and wouldn’t stop. It was an intriguing concept. Would it be possible to create a world WITHOUT MONEY and with ABUNDANCE FOR EVERYONE? Yes, they said. We don’t need money per se. We are all blinded to believe we need it, but it is really what the money buys that we need. Housing, food, clothing, transportation, etc. etc. But we are so ingrained in thinking about the world in terms of money that it is very difficult to imagine the world without it. According to Jacque Fresco there is enough resources on this planet to provide everything for everyone. The clue is that we don’t need to OWN everything, we only need ACCESS to it. If you had access to everything you could ever want, would you need to OWN it? I wouldn’t, for sure. If we could utilize technology to be our “slaves” and do all the boring “dirty work” for us, we would be faceing a totally new kind of freedom. But…what would it be like? After having read Jacques Fresco’s book “The best money can’t buy”, seen both Zeitgeist movies, studied The Venus Project webpage and the Zeitgeist webpage I was totally convinced that this could be the new direction for society. But I had more questions than answers.
- What would we do when we didn’t have to work that much anymore?
- How can everything be automated?
- Can a restaurant be automated?
- What about “the human touch”?
- How would we spend our days?
- Will technology “take over”?
- Will we be lazy?
- Can computers make “all decisions”?
- What decisions will we make?
- Will there be brands anymore? Like Coca Cola?
- What about clothing? Will we have fashion?
- What about cinemas?
- What about music?
- How do we decide who gets what?
- Like who gets the house with a view?
- Or by the water?
- What about inheritance?
- What about professions?
RBE is not without problems and challenges. We are so used to thinking that if you have money you are entitled to luxury and choosing where and how you want to live. In other words, the money is our decision maker. The one who has managed to build up a fortune, either through inheritance, or through achievement, is entitled to choose before the ones who don’t have the money. We are so used to think in terms of property and ownership. Not just in terms of land and money, but also intellectual property. If we make something we have the “rights” to it. I am a musician, photographer and filmmaker my self, so I know the feeling.
How can we think “no property” and “no ownership”? We have to practice. Start to write imagined stories from the new world. Start to think not in terms of “yours” and “mine”, but rather “ours”.
Actually, even today we are only “renting” everything we think we “own”. No matter how much we have paid for something it will brake down or go back to society some day after we die. Unless it is inherited in the bloodline indefinitely. We simply can’t bring it with us wherever we might go after this world. Still, most things we don’t keep until we die anyway. We either sell it or throw it away. The food you eat goes right out again. Rented. The computer you write on brakes down and you have to throw it away. Rented. You sell the car you have and buy a new one. You can call the difference the rent. The point is that nothing is “mine” for eternity. We buy and sell and throw away. You could say that we only borrow it from each other anyway, except that we pay for it.
Okay, so in an RBE we will have access to everything we might need. Without money. I imagine that there would still be a “market place”, except that no one puts anything out there for profit, but rather for the sake of sharing it with the world.