Synthesis wrote:Greta wrote:I think it's because we already do so much of "something". We moderns are busy, with extraordinary productivity, thanks to machines.
Greta, peer out the nearest window and observe the vast majority of people. They are lucky that they can make it to their car. People don't want to have to do anything. This is a society completely dependent on everything outside of themselves. Nobody wants to cook, to clean, do their yard, etc., etc. They just want to play and stuff their faces while others do the work for them. Pretty pathetic if you ask me.
I believe one of the great lessons of the 20th century was that the most effective way to control populations was not through force [ala the Soviet Union or China], but instead, to give people everything they could possible want [cheap junk food and drugs, unlimited TV and porn, etc.]. For this privilege, people will turn a blind eye and allow the elite to have their way. It is a society of adult children.
Heh, Huxley was a genius. One would imagine that in such a society there would be ever more possibilities for the bright and talented, but automation has greatly reduced job opportunities.
So what are most people to do with themselves? What are people good for that machines cannot replace? What will be the functions of the various groups of people - the poor, the middle class and the wealthy - in this Brave New mechanised World?