… remove MONEY (in letter & spirit) as the operating policy of life as we know it!
From the beginning of time, when barter used to be the means of exchange, humankind understood the a physical item or service had a certain value attached to it. Barter exchange evolved into money exchange and the importance of commerce and economy developed.
However, what if money is not the defining aspect of life? Why can’t ALL goods & services be available freely to anyone? The value of special interest groups, big business, wars for “oil”, smuggling & exploitation, etc will become inconsequential & redundant! The concept of exploitation of the world’s natural resources would be over. Beggary would stop. There would be no such thing as Poverty – because every ‘social class’ will have access to the same services & facilities as everyone else.
The idea of a community, in my book, should not be defined by what economic or monetary benefit each can give the other. No siree bob! Under this [fairy tale’d] ‘poverty-free society’ concept, a community would provide each other goods & services with no monetary benefit because each and every one benefits from the exchange. There would be a 1 to 1 exchange – there would be no value attached to an item or service anymore.
The person providing a good or service is doing so for the community at large; she would be using her trade & knowledge to provide for her own family and others; and in turn would receive goods & services required by her family completely gratis. If I become sick, I go to the hospital and get the same medical care, treatment and medication our prime ministers & presidents would get with no concept of compensation.
I, alongwith 6 billion others, will have 6 billion & 1 reasons on what a government’s role is in society.
… But, why do we exist? Why are we living? Why did “societies” and “cultures” crop up?
It is for the promotion of general welfareof those societies & cultures. That’s what should be the purpose of any government and NOT a 20, 30, 40-page manifesto of the “ideal” society!!! How much of these manifestos actually materialize in your country?
There is NO perfect society or government by a long shot. However, I feel the county which comes closest to this 1-point “ideal” is Singapore! The country has remained neutral; it looks after it’s citizens and residents; and their education & health policies are almost second to none!
If all governments, including here in Pakistan, were to use this one-point agenda (general welfare of its citizens) as it’s rallying call, I think all policies – domestic or international – would correctly flow from this.
Like Star Trek, eventually, the quest for the human race should be furthering “knowledge” and what humanity can eventually develop into!
(Title catchphrase from the original television show & film series “Star Trek”)
April 1, 2019
What’s worse than having a hangover but isn’t an hangover ? A 27 hour travel to Vancouver and then add 4 hours for the return journey. I wish it had been a hangover instead!
We traveled from Karachi to Doha- so that’s 3 hours; with a 3 hour wait in Doha. We then had a 15½ hour journey to Los Angeles. That was followed by a 3 hour wait. Finally, another 3 hour journey to Vancouver… 27 HOURS!
Returning was exactly the same- except we had to add 2 more hours for the wait in Los Angeles; and 2 more hours for the wait in Doha… 31 HOURS!
Being in Economy didn’t really help either!
I just read an article that the Spaceship X type of programs will eventually result in an half hour journey between Dubai & London – can’t wait for that to happen!
Till then, I wish star Trek’s transporter was actually there- we could simply be across the world with a simple “beam me up… Scotty”!