There has been an idea some people I know have floated. The discussion of a basic universal income for each human. It is an interesting idea, yet, every time it is mentioned, I simply can’t come to a space where humanity en masse could overcome the basic issues with greed and power inside of man.
Please don’t misconstrue that I think money is a bad thing. I feel it a simply a tool that we all can use. Money gives one freedom to make choices, the ability to move and experience things, try new ideas.
If you want or need to see a microcosm of how the world really is, just visit your local airport. As I strolled through today inside a well thought out and designed architectural beauty. What was unique and vastly different inside is the assortment of people, and how each of the classes of people is treated.
As a kid, I never believed in a class system, or perhaps it is I never wanted to admit there was class systems, or that everyone i grew up with, was simply one class of people out of many. Perhaps this is why I do get so excited with Augmanity and the technologies behind it, it allows us to see each human inside the distribution system man has created in a new way. For todays writing, I am taking away all the business travel and the perks and benefits of work travel that many have from their corporate deep pockets and I will simply talk about private people, individuals - you and me.
In this world, you have really rich. I am not talking, a little bit of money, rather so much that even their children's, children would find it hard to spend it all. This small group on the planet, has the ability to buy and decorate their own jets - with cash. There are not a great deal of people on the planet that can afford their own gulfstream 650 or bigger - and the means to operate it. When someone says someone is financially rich, i think of these folks. I think the one question their assistants and servants are not allowed to say is, "no" to any request they have.
This class of people, has no need to step into a commercial airport. As normal laymen, while they have the same problems you and i have - we really can't phantom how much they actually own or possess.
Then we have what I see very clearly today in the airport. First class (not poor) , business (usually paid for by some company footing the bill) and i am thankful it is here today, as this flight is so empty, it is probably the only way this flight is paying for the fuel of this trip across the atlantic.
Then there is a now a variant of economy, where post 9-11 marketers have even someone granular variations of economy to make one think they aresomehow traveling in "more" than a sardine can.
The plane…is somewhat similar to reality. You have 8 seats in first, 40 in business, and perhaps 250 in economy. The super rich will never step foot in a commercial airport, they own it. Those that can not afford to fly anywhere, the immigrants doing the hard work and local labor like cleaning the toilets will field all the jobs that the locals don’t really wish to do.
So the airport is a bit of the microcosmic globe. The masses get to move about, the others are catered to and served because the are simply paying a lot more for a service, and the machine is skewed to cater to this small group of people by treating them as somehow better or more special than the rest.
I was fascinatedtoday watching the immigrant movement. A large group of people from Congo, masses of them, young kids with great smiles, moving through this airport to go somewhere else and live, hopefully without the fear of unrest and violence, to experience peace in a place somewhere in Europe that while more civil and polite - will still have the same issues of humanity, but with a different flags color as the wrapping paper upon it. In hindsight, i think immigrating to somewhere else, not being attached to a company or any structure, is a great way to get your ass kicked while getting an amazing education at the same time.
Then there was a group of people strewn out sleeping from India or some part of Asia, where it is common to just stay and be. I wanted to take the images of the elderly people, well advanced in years with their leathered and wrinkled faces. They told the tale of someone that had a great deal of change happen in their lives. While they all appeared tired from too long of a travel, and perhaps layover - there was a gentle peace inside each that only comes with age. the look of, "this too will pass, we will soon be where we need...the trip is almost over."
First Class has taken over the space where I used to go to get photos in the lounge for all. Now, it is a lounge for first class, and then within the same airline, they put a first and business class next to each other - as you can't allow people to mix? The one lounge is the relatively new mega brand with a great deal of cash to flash was situated with the local host airline. A great deal of space used for the luxurious clubs and great spaces one could lounge in, pretty much get any service one might desire to make the time waiting and the level of service of such a person feel “normal." when one looks into the space, you notice how underused the space is - how few people are in them.
how ironic that society and the brands label these people as "special" when we all bleed the same color red.
I am not sure of the numeric number, but I think for great service levels you have a staffing element of 3-7 workers to care for one guest in the luxury world. Now that I think about it, I really would like to know how many people support the president of the United States. When I see the entourage of “so much” on the news, I simply shake my head that the president himself is so disconnected from the normal person he leads. What would the cost be for the president of the United States to wake up one day, and say, “I want to go out for a walk to the local coffee shop and just sit for a while.”
I giggle thinking of how much that cup of coffee would cost with staff, security, logistics and multiple helicopters and god knows what following the guy along. This is why I would never be president; I would take air force one for joy rides. I am sure the pilots might like me asking, "Can you make this thing do a barrel roll?” But it wouldn’t be a wise use of resources for the masses.
So inside our airport, with first class, from the moment you arrive, you have an arrival lounge, where someone is paid to be nice to you and take you to the other lounges, and then get you and allow you to go sit in one of the coveted seats and service to get you to some other destination.
This is why there will never be any kind of universal income. Man has taken a few thousand years to set up a class or tribal system, of which money tends to be the one element that is the glue for the modern class system and we tend to see what we know. Do the superwelathy really know what the ultra poor person life is like, sans some report from a foundation where they give a donation not so much for simply doing god, but rather publicity or a tax deduction? no, they don't. they won't experience the squalor of a slum or understand what that smiling kid from the congo's happiness is from, just as the kid from the congo will not understand why they earth appears to have stopped turning if someones who never hears "no" for any request, gets the wrong linen count on their bed sheet, or sees footprints on their silk carpeting. (
You hear about the joke from old money and new – about class. The reality is it does not matter which “class” you come from – you can have class in any "class."
But while politicians and people of various countries want equality of humanity, while they keep plugging away at an ideology that there can be some sort of balance and good life for all. I simply looked out today at the modern airport. The dirt poor being given a hand by the people of a country to move somewhere else. The wealthy enjoying life from the masses with a sort of security wall of wealth, and most of us, just sitting there waiting in lines like good little sheep or soldiers as the system that the leaders saw we need, simply are pushing humanity further away, than closer.
I think about the constitution of the United States, and as a kid, how I would read the Gettysburg address from Abraham Lincoln and equality of humans being equal. I pray I never loose this ideal or idea as I walk along the planet.
We are fast approaching, if already not into a period of change that will be so radical to the existing system. While I am not sure how it will turn out, and I think a few days ago I agreed with Steven hawking that life on earth for man will not change.
The reason is that those with so much, aren’t’ even aware of the rest. Those that are dirt poor are not aware of what is like in others. Watching a TV or a movie gives them a glimpse of a different life, but since it is a movie. It is not very real in the experiential sense.
There are invisible walls built all over the planet. Call them money walls. For the planet to really change, a redistribution of access to this tool that many horde will have to happen.
Walking along the airport today, I realize it won’t happen in my lifetime. As we hear of the opposite of the cold war, where walls were put up to keep people from leaving. Today’s walls are being put up to keep people out of different places. The one universal, the money wall, is and always has been there, invisible for most to see or be aware of, yet, it works better at its job than if actual walls were erected made of steel.
Have a great day. That is my post brainstorm from a plane.