This is the first post of a 4-part series that I've wanted to write for a very long time but failed to find the time or inspiration for. It is, for me, a hope for the future that can yet still happen.
Imagine, for a moment, that you did not have to work; that sleep was optional; that you could obtain, without paying or even getting out of the house, any item or material that you wanted. What would you do with 24 hours per day of completely free and open time with no obligation to anyone or anything?
In a world where this could be possible for every citizen of earth; where poverty was non-existent and resources limitless, creativity would thrive. Instead of droning into work every morning, or struggling to find food and water, humans could sit down, appreciate what is around them, and start creating.
If the world was an open sandbox game, the boundaries between imagination and reality would disappear. The human mind, freed from the constraints of meaningless work, could now explore new corners of itself that it could not have fathomed before. We would see new Picassos, Beethovens and DaVincis come forward to blow our mind out even further. Our civilization would evolve on a conscious and mental level beyond what we can achieve with the chains that currently drag us down into the abyss of everyday life.
Do you still think this is a pipe dream, that humans cannot live without the stimulation of a 9 to 5 pencil-pushing job? I pity you, and hope you will see the light when it shines upon you. In the meantime, do a little search on YouTube for Minecraft and browse through player creations, you may yet be amazed at what people can do when they have time on their hands...
And how could this be achieved? Robots? Virtual Reality? Replicators from Star Trek? What do you think of the idea and how do you think we could do it?