|So basically we want a society where humans don't take advantage of less able individuals. Good luck with that. Hard to believe the fact that nature dictates everyone man for himself hasn't been brought up.|
And what are the other countries doing? How does the system of choosing to do whatever you want, enable us to defend ourselves from other nations? Who is developing our defense systems and if they are, how hard do they work to maintain it? How many people have an interest in biology? Are they making progress? Because all they do is go home and live off technology if they don't have an urge to work that day, while the next flu epidemic is x year s away.
This was never about the money, this is about you being the little guy picked on by the big guy, and that will never change because nature has a totem pole.
1) Is that really human nature, or are we just conditioned and pressured to be like this. If instead of encouraged, taught and pressured to be like that, we were conditioned, taught and pressured to be helpful to each other and the world, things might be different.
2) Defense and maintenance of defense systems would also be automated, and so powerful that deterrence to attack would be immense.
Believe it or not, so many people choose to be scientists, even though it pays very little for the effort, as it is, that it is very hard to get employed as a scientist; especially the case for Biologists.
Most people who do research don't do it for the money. I think this is true of thinking jobs in general. Just look at what the open source community accomplishes through the work of unpaid hobbyists alone. And consider how many people would be freed up to do thinking work. The amount of people available to do thinking work would increase dramatically, and people would be rewarded for their accomplishments with extra pay, perks and or recognition.
3) See 1. Besides we will be far removed from nature at this point. And if you think about it, the Native Americans worked very little and had vastly more free time than we do. They also didn't have the sense of land and natural resource ownership that we have now. Industrialization, and desire for increased luxury and social status through purchases, is largely what has led to the way people now work so hard and culture is so materialistic and people are so greedy. If you strip away peoples need to compete so aggressively with each other, and provide luxury for free, and started teaching people instead of fooling and exploiting people, then things would change a lot.
Basically my point is that it may not be fair to judge human nature and our ability to be enlightened, based on how we act in the situation we are in now. There are a multitude of factors that push us in this direction. If the core of those factors were removed from the equation, we may act differently, and we have never really been in that situation, so we don't really know what would happen. I am optimistic that most people, if sufficiently educated, and relived of pressure to compete with one another, and given the freedom to do what they enjoy, that society would change a lot. Of course some factors, like religious difference, nationalism, and racial or ethnic based hatred would still be an issue ( although diluted ), which would take a shift in culture to overcome. But slowly just as we have seen in the US for example from the days of slavery to now, people change for the better. It takes time because people are conditioned as children and that is hard to break. Still, change the environment and it's only a matter of time before people change and adapt.