Have you ever wondered about a world in which money did not exist and an economy did not exist?
I have always thought about what would be the consequences and what would be the benefits of such a world. To think about it, it would be a Marxist-socialist type of society where everyone was equal and there would be no separation by classes or no such thing as a hierarchy. The benefits always seem great though:
1) everything would be free
2) you would not have to worry about providing but just contributing to society in a positive manner
This video shows how money has distracted us and a no money world would get us focused back onto what’s really important.
My idea of a utopian world seems far-fetched but if achieved would it not create a perfect balanced world, and problems surrounding money would be solved?
What would have to happen in order for this achieved? Because in this world we are driven by trying to become a high profiled reputable person, with lots of money which separates us from the rest of the group. This thinking has brought upon inequality in our world, and described by Rousseau. Rousseau believes there should be a perfect equality where everyone has equal amount of property and such whereas we can become self-dependent. On the contrary, in today’s society we are faced with inequality whereas people have a hierarchy class system and are separated by rich and poor.
To answer the question of what would have to happen to achieve this society, my ideas differ from Rousseau. The dependence on each other I think is key to be able to live in a no money utopian society:
1) Everyone would have to love what they are doing, to want to become better at it and advance society
2) People would have to be okay with not having power or control
I think these two things are essential to a utopian society of equality and no economy. If everyone loves what they are doing there is an incentive already to keep on working on what they love to do and advance society in that area. People will always have a desire to take power and control, but if everyone can accept equality and for the love of people live in a society with no social class system, then everyone would be happy.
This idea constantly is brought up in my mind as I continue in my college career. If we were able to achieve such a society many problems would be solved, and this ideal society would help to create a society of happiness and a stress-free environment. I would be able to do what I love to do while contributing to society, and not have to worry about making money to support my family or anyone. I do not have to take into account a major that would satisfy all these conditions but rather focus on what I want to do and not what I have to do.
What do you think about this society? Although it is not practical or seemingly impossible, would you be willing to work towards such a society? Or would you continue in the current system and live for reputation and power, and rewards?