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Old 01-15-2006, 10:55 PM   #1
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What if every human had what they needed ...


I read a short story(scifi) many years ago about a benevolent alien force that supplies everyone with a home. This home never runs out of water and the cupboards are always full.

This force also supplies everyone with a vehicle that would never need refueling and could never crash.

War ends. People quit working.

Soon, music, painting, and all forms of art become the national pastime.

Sounds simplistic dosn't it?

With the struggle to survive, even in our modern day lives, ended, would humankind go on?

What would we do?
 
Old 01-15-2006, 11:02 PM   #2
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A holiday is always appreciated but my brain would turn to mush without something to occupy it. Humans thrive on challenge, having it removed from our lives wouldn't turn us all into artists...

And I do love my fender 6 string, but no matter how much free time a benevolent alien gave me I'll never play like Eric Clapton
 
Old 01-15-2006, 11:13 PM   #3
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Have you thought on God, Heaven & computers ?
Will it be fun to have a perfect and all-secure OS ?

The Caesars in Ancient Rome liked to see misery to enjoy their not-assured comfort. I guess it happens just the same with God...
 
Old 01-15-2006, 11:22 PM   #4
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.... since i dont see anything around science or math, i would assume people would stop working for crappy pay, and start doing what they really want to do. Some would do art, others do science and math, and others make things (like new computers, or new programs, or a new spaceship to tour the universe ..). So yes humans would go on (i just hate the word "mankind" ... it doesnt seem to have any logic, either it assumes men are nice (*cough*), or that women just dont matter .... either way, i hate that word!!). Just because people dont have to starve to death, or work deadend jobs, it doesnt mean everyone goes away and doesnt come back, it just means people can stop doing what they hate, and stop worrying about stupid things like living, and start having fun, and start improving things.
 
Old 01-16-2006, 06:16 AM   #5
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If you give a man everthing he wants, he'll just want something else instead. Why else do you think so many of the rich are on average less happy than the average man??
 
Old 01-16-2006, 08:06 AM   #6
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...there'd be no reason to live.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 10:49 AM   #7
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Fair_is_fair - what was the name of the story you read and where can I read it?

You can't really give someone everything. You can't make someone happy. You can't make someone a great writer. You can't make anyone anything without them wanting it too. We each have have our own soul. You can provide building blocks, but only the individual can make it work. Of course if you gave someone everything they asked, they would never have time to figure out what they really wanted. They'd waste hour after hour doing silly things like I'm doing right now participating in forum posts.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 01:05 PM   #8
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What if I don't like music, painting, and most forms of art? Sound pretty miserable to me. It takes all types to make the world go round. Maybe I'm happy doing things that most people find unpleasant, find joy in overcoming difficulty, maybe I just don't fit in your idea of a perfect world.

Your perfect world is a prison.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 02:00 PM   #9
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... we'd all be dead. Period.
 
  


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