I am getting a lot of questions from people from around the world about Copiosis. As they come in, I’m adding them to the FAQ page. Some of the questions are worthy of longer replies. Here is one of them:
How will individuals be motivated to add value to society if the basic needs are provided?
This is a common question I get. My experience is people who ask this question tend to believe that other people must be motivate by the threat of not getting their basic needs met. We at Copiosis believe that people are better motivated to produce tremendous value only after their basic needs are provided. Only then can they operate at the higher levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy, where higher order human expression comes out.
In economies today, people are negatively motivated to contribute to society. “Earning a living” motivates us all because we can’t get and maintain our basic needs without doing something that earns us money. This is a problem because for the majority of people in the world, they get stuck just “earning a living” and rarely have moments to express their talents in the highest and most valuable ways.
To get to the level where people can express themselves at that higher level, they are taught they need education and “time.” But those two often end up costing people (increasing their debt) and so they rarely get to the point where their highest level expressions are benefitting society. Most people never make it. Some do, after retirement. Some other brave people go against the system and manage to create value for society despite what people tell them. These are rare people though.
The rest are forced to “earn a living” in jobs that are uninspiring. Often some people’s contribution to society is not only not valuable, it’s actually destructive. This is the case with drug dealers, pick-pocketers and others who commit crimes or enslave or abuse other people. So, I think you can agree that the way we motivate people by forcing them to pay for things they need works in some cases, but in many, many cases it produces terrible results.
Copiosis gives people positive motivation. First, by providing basic needs for everyone, people can relax and figure out the best way to express their talents. Suddenly they have time. They don’t have to worry about mortgages, debt, bills and other costs that come with simply living (in today’s economies). They don’t have to worry about massive student loans they’ll have to pay off for the rest of their lives.
Second, we use what some people think is a negative – human greed – to inspire people to add net-positive value to society. If you look around, what people are really doing with the money they earn is they are using it to buy things to express themselves to themselves and to others. They buy experiences and things that coincide with their interests, they obtain things that enhance their personality and characters, enrich their lives and generally make life more interesting and enjoyable.
In Copiosis, all these things are Luxuries. Luxuries can only be obtained in two ways: 1. a person who owns the Luxury can transfer it to the other person, or 2. the person who wants the Luxury can buy it. Obviously, there will not be enough people who own enough Luxuries for those people to give everyone Luxuries. So the main way people will obtain Luxuries is to buy them.
Now, in Copiosis, money serves only two purposes: it rewards Producers after-the-fact for the Net-Benefit they create. It also allows Producers access to Luxuries. So, we motivate people through their greed: People want these Luxuries. The main way they can get them is to earn money to buy them. What’s different (among many other things) between Copiosis and today’s economies is that the only way to earn money is to create Net-Benefit, which in effect is positive value to society minus the negative consequences of actions taken to produce that positive benefit.
People are greedy. There’s nothing wrong with that so long as that greed can be expressed in a context that makes that expression moral. Copiosis channels greed in a way that produces maximum positive benefit for all thereby gradually, gently motivating all human beings to do things that create net positive value.
Copiosis is an innovation that eliminates market externalities, spurs innovation, and holds people accountable for their actions like nothing else in human history.