In a previous post, I describe what this line of thinking entails. The “complaint” within this line of thinking is that people will not be willing to do the things other people think they “must” do in order for society to function. And by the way, people usually aren’t being self-referential when making such statements. They usually mean “other people” (read: minorities and the poor or poorly educated) have to do these things….things like garbage pickup, grueling or backbreaking manufacturing or farming, working in meat rendering plants, and doing mind-numbing jobs such as moving luggage into aircraft cargo holds and light but repetitive (i.e. boring) assembly or assembly-line quality-control work.
What people concerned about other people being lazy are really saying is “others have to work like my slaves in order for me to maintain my comfortable life.”
In this post, I examine this concern and offer an explanation for why it doesn’t matter if people become lazy in Copiosis. Indeed, people becoming lazy is a very good thing.
Stick around, it’s worth the read.
It is accurate to say “the basics” (Necessities) will allow some to live lives of leisure. We don’t know how many, but I suspect a LOT will. Initially. That’s because as people wake from their indoctrination (discussed later), many are going to need time to cope with their newfound freedoms as well as morn the freedom they had given up for so long.
But in the long run, after they have shaken off indoctrination, the majority of those people will return to production, but at much higher production levels measured in quality and quantity. There are a lot of great reasons for this.
All things being equal, who cares if people choose to enjoy life that is provided by basic necessities alone? The people providing those necessities are being amply rewarded for the work they put into creating said necessities, and, presuming they are doing these things because they want to, i.e. it is their passion to do it, then where is the harm?
This is a good time to introduce the phrase “indoctrination trope”. It refers to automatic thinking humans engage in, rather than exercising critical thinking and reasoning skills. Indoctrination trope is what you see when someone watches a 3-minute introduction video of an idea that is very well-thought-out, seems to offer fantastic possibilities, and promises to solve a lot of our major problems, and, instead of asking for more information, or going and looking for more information on their own, that person says something like “this is tried and true communism”, or “this nullifies everything in the US Constitution, eliminating all our freedoms”.
Back to people being lazy:
Presumably, there is a “significant” number of the population who, in Copiosis, would retreat to a basic-necessity-only lifestyle, and that would……what? End society as we know it? Stop the consumer machine? Create financial mayhem?
Here’s what I believe would happen. And there is a LOT of evidence indicating this is a definite outcome for the majority of such people. (This also happens to be one of the major outcomes (benefits) of Copiosis.)
After a time spent in this lifestyle, a life of subsisting on basic necessities, one or several or all of these things would happen.
A sixth thing could happen too. They may be extrinsically motivated to consume some really cool experience or product that is a luxury….But wait: Luxuries are only available to those who have sufficient NBR to satisfy the gateway. How can these Necessity subsisters obtain NBR….? Thus the virtuous cycle of Copiosis is ignited…in every person. Every person! Because everyone has a passion. Everyone!
So a person who subsists on necessities isn’t harming anyone. They are living life and happy. It’s highly likely they will get bored and want to do something more than what they are doing. Particularly when they discover some luxury opportunity they want to experience, but then realize they don’t have the NBR to have the experience. Or they see someone doing something and they say “I can do that”.
And in Copiosis they can.
For the relative TINY minority that doesn’t follow the path I suggest above, I say….so what?
There is a short-term problem, which we have identified and solved through Copiosis: While people are waking from their stupor, some necessary things have to be done. But not enough people are doing these things. Like meat rendering and garbage pickup for example. Two things happen in both cases:
Especially in a system where cost is not a factor. And the reward for creating something with such huge impact to people and the planet is freaking huge! Again, look at the algorithm and what it rewards. How many people are benefited from an invention that eliminates garbage pick up hauling and processing? How about the planet? HUGE BENEFITS! And you can bet there would be a lot of people thinking this way…in all kinds of areas.
What happens in Copiosis if there aren’t enough garbage collectors is, one, existing collectors get NBR rich. People see the collectors enjoying Luxuries collectors couldn’t before and some of those folks decide to become collectors. Others invent ways to solve the collection/garbage problem. This problem can’t be solved today.
Why do you think is can’t be solved today?
So the fear that people must work and work hard or else society collapses is just an indoctrination trope. Besides, our society is rapidly approaching a critical point with regards to automation: Fewer people are going work in the future anyway! So we’re already heading in that direction. Copiosis can fill the pain gap those paying attention to this phenomena fear is going to happen, as millions of people lose their jobs.
Copiosis can fill that gap easily.