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May. 22nd, 2003

One thing about Star Trek has been making more and more sense to me lately. Gene Roddenberry says that in the future, people won't need money anymore. They'll get what they need, they'll be comfortable, and nobody will have to go without so someone else can have too much. Yeah, I know, we have a LONG way to go (and I'm pretty sure we'll never get to the point) where we don't need money, but it's still nice to hope that people like Paul Allen, who has $20 billion, two 747s, and multiple homes around the world just because he was in the right place at the right time, will be wiped out of existence. I'm not jealous of him, I just wonder why the heck does someone think they need 2 jets, especially when they could be spending all that money on helping people who need food or medical attention or something of the like. It's frustrating for some reason this morning to think about that sort of thing. Grr.

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solteronita
May. 22nd, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
"I just wonder why the heck does someone think they need 2 jets, especially when they could be spending all that money on helping people who need food or medical attention or something of the like."

I agree, but keep in mind that there are people all over the world wondering the same thing about the typical American with a car or two or three, a DVD player, two computers per household, a few televisions, phones, enough clothes to wear something different for a few weeks straight, etc.
rivulet
May. 22nd, 2003 11:23 am (UTC)
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That's true - I'd say that if I were rich enough I'd give some money to people, but I'm just barely scraping by as it is. But then again, I spend an entire paycheck a month, $600, towards rent and utilities and a car payment, which, while it's expensive, also is a lot more stuff to have than even some people I know own.

Wow, that was scary sentence structure. Heh
bigby2k
May. 22nd, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
And we look at the growing gap between the haves and have nots...
georgelazenby
May. 22nd, 2003 01:07 pm (UTC)
Well, we (as a race) came rather close to a acurretical society at one point. When the Bolsheviks took over Russia, there was a powerful faction which pushed for an abolition of money altogether. The fact that Stalin was already too powerful for them to succeed doesn't change the fact that it was tried.
rivulet
May. 22nd, 2003 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure how well it'd work now, here, but it sounds really good with all the higher-taxes-for-schools thing, and the state of the economy in general... it'd be nice to not have to worry about having enough to get by...
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