In the Post-Employment Future, We’ll Explore Our Inner Selves
The pursuit of transcendent experiences will become a connoisseur art when we’re all unemployed.
Will the second machine age turn us into a nation of lotus-eaters? Will opiates, psychotropic drugs, intoxicants, and entheogens rise to dominance in an unstructured future? If you are regularly too high to visit your mother, read a book, or put your pants on, then you are definitely doing it wrong. If, on the other hand, consciousness exploration is a disciplined part of a well-rounded, social, intellectual, and creative life, then only puritans can still be horrified by it. The pursuit of transcendent experiences will become a connoisseur art when we’re all unemployed.
[S]piritual technologies [will] bring our minds into the present moment and help us overcome the cravings of consumer culture.
In traditional Hindu and Buddhist culture, parents fulfilled their roles as breadwinners, protectors, and teachers of their children, but when the nest was finally empty, they were released from their householder duties and (if they wished) wandered the world to explore the mysteries of consciousness, and metaphysics. So, a mendicant culture was supported, and “holy men” (and women, to a lesser degree) were free to explore inner space.
In the West now, we are realizing the restorative and therapeutic aspects of mindfulness (sati), and many schools, businesses, prisons, and social groups are adopting secular forms of this Buddhist meditation to help with epidemic levels of American stress, and the juvenile demands of the ego. When we’re all unemployed, it will be our opportunity to work with these spiritual technologies that bring our minds into the present moment and help us overcome the cravings of consumer culture.
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Big tech is making its opening moves into the health care scene, but its focus on tech-savvy millennials may miss the mark.
- Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have been busy investing in health care companies, developing new apps, and hiring health professionals for new business ventures.
- Their current focus appears to be on tech-savvy millennials, but the bulk of health care expenditures goes to the elderly.
- Big tech should look to integrating its most promising health care devise, the smartphone, more thoroughly into health care.
A new study, led by psychologist Jean Twenge, points to the screen as the problem.
- In a new study, adolescents and young adults are experiencing increased rates of depression and suicide attempts.
- The data cover the years 2005–2017, tracking perfectly with the introduction of the iPhone and widespread dissemination of smartphones.
- Interestingly, the highest increase in depressive incidents was among individuals in the top income bracket.
Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.
- Universal basic income is a band-aid solution that will not solve wealth inequality, says Rushkoff.
- Funneling money to the 99% perpetuates their roles as consumers, pumping money straight back up to the 1% at the top of the pyramid.
- Rushkoff suggests universal basic assets instead, so that the people at the bottom of the pyramid can own some means of production and participate in the profits of mega-rich companies.
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