Incentive to work

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A NEW WORLD: Where technology replaces servitude

HOW many people do you know that live for their job? Who can’t wait to get to work and don’t give a fig about how much money they earn from it? Probably not very many. The sad reality is that the majority of people work to live rather than the other way round. We obviously need the money to survive.

The idea of a moneyless society is hard to imagine because we have never experienced such a thing. So, theoretically-speaking, if such a society did exist, what incentive would people have to work and do jobs that are not particularly pleasant? The short answer is that, ultimately, they wouldn’t have to; technology and machines would do most of the work for us.

Telephone Exchange

Possibly deceased telephone exchange operators

If we look back at history we can already see a gradual progression of human labour being replaced by machine automation. Several occupations have become obsolete due to their replacement by machines. Candle makers, elevator doormen, telephone exchange operators are a few jobs that no longer require human labour or are no longer relevant to society.

We therefore have a right to fear machines, for human employment is in direct competition with technological development. However, this creates a serious clash which proves the falseness of the monetary-based labour system.

Employment is necessary to survive in a money-based system. However, given the fundamental priority of profit by industry, people through time will be continually laid off and replaced by machines. If, on the other hand, we didn’t need to work to earn a living, we would then more readily embrace the idea that machines free people rather than putting them out of a job. After all, freeing people to live their lives without servitude is the point of technology itself.



This replacement of human labour by machines is not only possible, but inevitable. And with the pace that new technologies are being developed, specifically that of nano-technology, it is not difficult to foresee the phasing out of up to 90% of all human occupations. Machines today are even capable of performing complex medical procedures — often with higher success rates than humans.

Furthermore, if money was taken out of the picture, a large portion of current day occupations would no longer have any basis to exist because they would no longer be relevant. Anything associated with the management of money, advertising, along with the legal system itself would have no basis to exist in a resource-based economy.

If money was no longer needed to survive and people were given free and easy access to the necessities of life, a great majority of the crimes that are committed today would never occur. Contrary to propaganda, it is largely environmental conditioning that lures people into criminal and violent behaviou­r.

According to this view, man-made laws are attempts to deal with recurring problems that people do not know how to solve properly. It is a sad reality that in most countries today, more resources are devoted to prisons and police rather than alleviating poverty, which is known to be one of the majo­r contributors and factors behind crimes committed.

Given the above, perhaps we need to view machines more positively and think of them as an extension of human performance rather than as hunks of metal that might put us out of a job. We also need to understand that if people have easy and free access to the necessities of life they would behave very differently.


Eager young minds of today

We are taught to support the monetary system, not only by working to earn money, but by believing that a monetary system produces incentive. However, the simple truth is that if money were taken out of the picture people’s incentives would be very different.

New incentives would emerge that perhaps weren’t there before. If all our needs were met we might take more interest in space and the stars, environmental conservation and helping to educate our fellow human being.

Education is paramount in such a society. Today education produces people for specialised jobs rather than teaching them about the world. Instead, it needs to create generalists — critical thinkers with extensive worldviews.

Most people today don’t know a lot about a lot of different subjects because the structure of our educational systems. You would never get people to go to war if they were educated this way, nor would they give a fig about doing the unthinkable to make a quick buck.

You can read the other parts to this series below:

Zeitgeist Moving Forward: Your life, your world

7 responses to “Incentive to work

  1. Nice post! I’m glad you promote the concept of a Resource Based Economy as well! 🙂

  2. Thanks Wizek. You might be interested in reading the first two parts to this topic as well (links above)

  3. Why doesn’t your zeitgeistthemovement link exist?

  4. @Ezra: Thanks for bringing that to my attention. The “the” was in the wrong place 🙂 All fixed now!

  5. I think that this change needs to happen soon. Too many people only do productive things (or not) because of money. We have the technology and the means to build, construct, farm, provide necessities to people … but things will only get done only if there is enough money. I support this cause, but I think it will be a challenge to motivate people to do their jobs.

  6. This is some of the most unrealistic bs I’ve ever read. If everything can be done better by machines then people won’t do anything at all. Without something to strive for, life is meaningless and empty. If technology does advance in this way, and I agree that at some point it probably will, then what’s the point of humanity at all? We aren’t going to all sit around singing kumbayah and contemplating improving the environment. People are still going to try and get over on one another, it’s the way our evolution has made us. This isn’t star trek, leave your fraudulent 60’s ideology where it belongs: dead and buried.

  7. @Dave. Thank you for your comment.

    Mechanization is on the rise whether you like it or not. This is most prominent in factories around the world where machines are replacing assembly line workers. The same is happening with toll booth employees, cashiers in large grocery stores etc. Here in South African we even still have people employed to pump our gas!

    The idea is to free people from MUNDANE jobs – jobs that in no way give people something to strive for. I have a friend who worked in a toothpaste factory for a while. He recalls that the people working there were like robots – so depressed and empty that they didn’t even talk to one another.

    If you were freed from your job, what would you do? I would personally travel the world, write and create music. Note that the topic here is incentive to work in a MONEYLESS society. When people are freed from mundane and routine work they will pursue their interests and dreams.

    There will always be a need for people in education, medicine, conservation, architecture – people developing new ways to produce food, energy and create new homes. The creative industry will boom. The media will still play a huge role. People will be freed to create abundance and bring their own creativity into manifestation. The options would be endless.

    Those who would choose to sit on the beach all day and live off the land would be free to do so without being ostracized by the rest of society.

    Do you disagree?

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