There is a revolution coming and it’s not anything you’d think of. As technology evolved over the years, it changed who we are and how we accessed and obtained information, and information is always the impetus for change. A mix of good and bad stemming from technology has occurred, but I think it’s been mostly positive as it has improved the lives of many who do have access to newer innovations such as health screenings, medicine, and just pure entertainment. Even some in remote areas have access to cell phones now. We are connected more than we think. There will be many more technological marvels that will arrive that will affect our lives and how we operate. Self-driving cars will put a whole industry out of work. How will we accommodate this large segment of society? Where will the money that paid them go? To the 1% to make them even richer? It is clear that there will be a revolution of mindsets happening and a revolution in thinking about how we should treat our fellow human beings. Is our current situation sustainable if technology changes, or do we have to change what is viable now when it is becomes nonviable? I believe we will move towards more of a socialist society, where we must redistribute riches in order to take care of the population as a whole. It is no longer humane to sustain a system where the top 1% retain their riches at the expense of everyone else.
As of today, the capitalist system works as it has sustained us simply because a need for a large workforce and manual labor does exist. We allow those in the financial elite to reap the benefits in the name of being able to keep what you earn, but how can that work when we no longer need a large workforce and they literally cannot earn what they need to survive? A technological revolution will arrive, but that is not the revolution that will mobilize us into a force that can propel all of mankind upwards. That revolution remains one of the mind. We must change how we view each other and how we will sustain ourselves in the face of change. The truth is, those at the very top can’t be sustained if those at the very bottom are not satisfied. There will always be a revolt of some sort, but even deeper is the universal truth that we as a race can only be as good as the poorest among us. It is from these ranks that we will find new scientists, theologians, problem-solvers, and miracle-workers. We must realize that the greatest resource we have is our fellow man and if we can give everyone a solid base from which to grow from, we will be able to expand the number of people who will create the future. If we don’t value our neighbors, we will slowly die from fear and greed. Fear and greed are basic human instincts, but to overcome them is to become the truest form of ourselves that we can become.
We are hard-wired to fight only for ourselves, and that is how we have evolved, but we must also realize that it does not apply to every aspect of our lives. When we are selfish, we definitely strive to make our lives more livable and comfortable, which everyone should do, but it does not bring peace and happiness. We can both be selfish in our personal goals and selfless in the pursuit of world goals. The only thing that truly makes one happy and at peace is helping another human being. You can perform either of those tasks and not have a complete life such as chasing riches without helping others while being respected and not happy, or the opposite of helping everyone else at the expense of yourself, so that you are fulfilled internally but constantly taken advantage of by others. It is a fine line to abide by and some advocate for the furthest reaches of either spectrum. Ayn Rand writes that you should be selfish only to the advantage of yourself, but that brings no peace and certainly no harmony for the rest of mankind. We succeed at the rate that we can help others not ourselves, for how successful can we be if we are but islands of success unto ourselves?
Greed and fear will always exist and to deny that that is a mistake. Whatever system we do decide upon, we must build in safeguards knowing that these two things will occur. Success is not always planning for the best, but it is planning for the worst and hoping for the best.