I don't think any variation of capitalism is necessary to give people something to work towards, personally. I think that if people were able to spend less energy worrying about how to stay alive, whether because of homelessness, starvation, hate crimes ect, not only could they reinvest that energy into fulfilling and productive things, the'd WANT to! I agree with you that a livable basic income and free health care would be amazing starts though. (Sorry for the long ask! I have FEELINGS x3)
Oh, it’s quite alright. I do too! 💚
I think my big problem is that both capitalism and communism seem to be obsessed with jobs and work. They’re both all about slaving your life away for your means to survive. Hammers and sickles and dollar signs and all of that. But we live in a world where more and more menial work is being automated. We, as a species, are supposed to be moving past obsessions with jobs by now. That’s why the mid-20th century was full of daydreams about robot housemaids and other such things.
Give me a world where all people can chase after whatever creative or intellectual pursuits they choose without needing to worry about getting paid. A world where, as you say, people don’t need to worry about all of the troublesome things we do now, and can focus themselves on something worthwhile. Do what they actually want to do with their lives.
Money… Eventually, I’m not certain it needs to continue existing. But while it does, I’d like to see it used for good purposes instead of lining the pockets of the needlessly rich. If I didn’t need to worry about affording rent or food, I could do things like buying more artwork or music. Maybe help crowdfund some research. I could buy delicious locally farmed honey or fairtrade vanilla pods from Madagascar. While spending money is a thing which happens, I’d like to use it to encourage creators and artisans to keep doing what they’re doing.
And if those creators and artisans didn’t have to work two terrible jobs just to be able to afford food, they could spend more time doing the things they so obviously love. Wouldn’t that be a nice feedback loop for society to fall into?
Money isn’t going to disappear overnight, and neither is scarcity. But we can grow and evolve society to move in that direction. The way I see it, our biggest obstacle is greed.
I seem to be rambling now. Oops.