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People hurt people due to their theistic religious beliefs.
I was always a fan of the Dalai Lama. Maybe because he didn't _ask_ to
be a religious leader.
I have issues accepting advice from people
who have never worked a day in their whole
Being a leader, can sometimes be a thankless job. No matter what you say or do, someone might disagree. Leadership can be hard work. Working with your mind, can be more important than working with your body.
Not to slam a Lama, but only one of those things literally
puts food on the table.
What about the CEO or other managers/leaders of a food company? Somebody has to make the tough decisions: how to allocate resources, which products to market and sell etc. Man cannot live on bread alone. The market decides value for services people provide, and knowledge workers are among the most highly paid, like those in technology or finance.
The decisions about pay are not made by manual workers.
(Except when a manual worker quits to get a better job.
That's a decision.)
Unless you believe the book of Genesis (Joseph) -
before there were big food company CEOs, there were
still farmers, bakers, butchers, etc, and a lot of
the people who revere big CEOs also claim that
"the market" runs well without conscious direction
anyway. So how much value does the CEO add, really?
With machines and robotics, manual work by humans, continues to become less important. If you believe in the market, you should believe that the market fairly sets salaries, valuing the contribution by the worker. In India, and in many other countries, the industry sectors that pay the best include technology and finance. The more responsibility you have as a leader, for stakeholders like employees, customers, investors, suppliers etc., generally the better you are paid.
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Where do we go when machines do almost all labor. The only people
that can buy the goods will be investors, and the
That's something we ought to be working out right now. Ideally we're headed for some kind of post-economic post-shortage society. A starting point would be the Citizen's Income, but nobody really knows how such a society would work.
Quality and quantity of life continue to grow rapidly in developing nations, although growth may have stalled in many developed nations. People should invest in robotics and AI, to take advantage of the intelligent machine revolution.
The key word there is "developing" nations. Those of us in developed
nations have already seen areas where the quality of life has been
decreasing. Quantity? You mean like population numbers?
People should invest in themselves. Happiness is a more worthy goal
than material wealth, especially when the wealth means joining some
rat race. I'm comfortably well-off but discovered a long time ago
that more "things" does not correlate to greater satisfaction.
You only have time. You can sell it to someone else or use it
yourself; them's the choices.
My garden tiller has engine problems. I can pay someone to fix it,
pay to replace it, or I can repair it myself. If the work I do at a
job isn't satisfying, the satisfaction of repairing it myself can
easily outweigh choices one and two.
Having a lot of toys, but no time to play is not a good way to live.
There has to be a balance. There are no hard and fast rules for what
will work for everyone. Everyone is different. Some folks value
security, others adventure. There is no right or wrong way.
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Corporate tax collection and personal tax collection from rich entities, should be improved by raising tax rates for the rich, closing loopholes, and changing accounting regulations.
Taxes collected from the rich corporations and individuals, including robotics and AI companies, can be used to fund a limited and variable income for all those living below the poverty line. I dont think a universal basic income for all citizens is necessary, and it will be more difficult to fund, as compared to a more targeted periodic cash transfer.
Also, a large inheritance tax can be used to redistribute wealth when a rich person dies.
I agree with most of that but the term "targeted periodic cash
transfer" scares me. I imagine schemes used to control what people
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But intelligent people will be able to find more creative work that pays better, as machines take over repetitive or dangerous or boring work. If you are willing and able to learn new skills, you should be able to find work.
If the goal in life is "finding work," that's right. Bumming around
the country I found work. It is all around. Some of it was pretty
menial. I worked as a cook at Yellowstone park, the work didn't pay
much and I wouldn't call what I was doing cooking but the location was
spectacular and the women wonderful. I worked fixing rails for the
Milwaukee Road in Montana. The work was dirty, back breaking, and
dangerous at times, and the pay was spectacular, the other perks were
the location (again) and physical fitness. I worked in electronics
made a lot of money, but didn't have a lot of satisfaction and lived
in an apartment, chased women and raced motorcycles. I worked as a
handyman on an Outer Banks lodge, great location, lot of wonderful
people, caught some amazing fish, the pay wasn't all that good but I
was in an excellent state of health and fitness.
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Machines have no rights
Better a satisfying life well-lived, than the mindless pursuit of
material wealth. The acquisition of wealth can become an addiction in
itself. A game, where it is easy to keep score with dollars, but
that's no life.
I left out building your own business as an option for support,
because from what I've seen the people that do don't seem to have a
lot of free time. It takes a lot of dedication and while they may say
they own their own business, the business owns them.
Another option is to scam people out of money, become a preacher, con
artist, etc.. Start a business, rope in investors, pay yourself a
hefty salary, declare bankruptcy, start a business, etc.. Launder
money for Russian oligarchs? That's OK if you can rationalize,
justify, and fool yourself.