That’s awesome. That is what people like the late historian Tony Judt insist is the best we will be able to do and they call it social democracy. They seem to say we wont’ be able to do better than capitalism so accept it, but that we need to soften it to make it survivable. Its kind of like threading the yang with the yin or maybe more like bull riding. I am sympathetic to this. If society itself is just another tech it can be used to help us have a better chance at richer personal lives and richer professional lives.
I remember in my childhood thinking I wanted to know how hard I could punch or hit something. Just how physcially effective could I be? The urge was strong and it got exercised. Its the urge to life. There is fight in us. We want the struggle and we dont’ want anyone watering it down for us or we will feel deeply cheated and worse even stunted. We need an outback so we can feel authentic in our own skin. People who are over the hill on their journey or have contributed what they can contribute cannot be allowed to ruin it for the people who are coming up or in anyway deny them the challenges, . It seems so important to preserve what the world has to offer for people just entering the fight but on their terms and not compromised from the start.
I remember the contempt I once felt for programs like social security- and now I feel I was so wrong, We don’t want to straddle the young with the old or have those anticipating middle age distracted with thoughts about an old age likely to go very wrong for them or their parents or friends. Our challenges and experiences can be grander than subsistance.
What if our personal life and professional life could merge in play? I recently saw a youtube video where the main guy at either Deep Mind or Vicarious was referencing Arhur Clark saying the goal should be full unemployment so that we can all play and that the rule of play that every child knows is eveyone is included. We can do better than 500000 dead toddlers in Iraq over oil. The loss of a child is such unthinkable pain, no one’s life should include that. Its not what our parents or any of our passed on relatives wanted for us and we have the means to do better. We don’t have to live cut off from our hearts because that’s not living, you can’t really live from your head for very long.