Scarcity is a problem we face living on a planet with finite resources. As humanity expands, resource availability doesn't necessarily expand with it. While the earth still has plenty left to give, it won't last forever. There is hope yet for our species! Though I'm sure you've heard this argument before.
"Take to space? Why don't we figure out things on Earth before we worry about space."
That seems like a pretty solid argument. Really it does. Though it's missing one important factor: Generations beyond our own need resources too. We can't sit around and expect everything to sort itself out once we're gone. That's like passing away and your children finding out you left so much gambling debt their kids will be dealing with it some day as well. Not many grandkids are going to remember their grandparents fondly when they're having to work off the mistakes they made.
On the other side of that coin, what would society look like if scarcity of resources was a non-issue? Would our politics look the same? Would our currencies hold the same value? How would our perceptions of others change when our cultures no longer hold income to be a social status factor? Will technology really be the way we ascend as a species to a peaceful state?
Will there even be a state to speak of? Will government hold different form when property takes different shape? Will we want for the things others have in the same ways? Ok ok, there's a lot of questions to answer here. Sadly, we have no way of knowing until we get there.Read More