In 2020, I envision myself living in a self-sustained, technologically advanced city in a global resource-based economy (RBE). Politics and the notion of nationalism of the present have been long abolished, eradicating the present-day problems of corruption, crime, poverty and war. In its place, a global RBE, where decisions are arrived at through the integration of the world's knowledge databases, enables Humanity to use its amazing capabilities to solely advance the human and environmental well-being; a far-cry from today, where decisions are usually made to benefit vested interests or based on erroneous opinions, limited by lack of information.
With scarcity forever abolished through the careful management of the world's resources as the common heritage of all the world's peoples, the use of money has been phased out, freeing Mankind from employment. Consequently, professions that deal with finance such as bankers, lawyers etc will be come obsolete. Likewise, following the trends of the last 100 years, automation will almost completely displace human labour from having to provide goods and services to society. As such, Mankind has the unprecedented opportunity to pursue any intellectual, scientific or artistic endeavour. At the same time, the engineered consumer society has faded away since the need to generate perpetual profit via constant consumption has been made obsolete. Henceforth, all products will be made with the best possible materials with the most advanced methods. Any planned or unplanned obsolescence designed in products to fuel cyclical consumption will be remembered as a distorted concept in human history that simply wastes resources.
Energy shortages will be an archaic concept since a RBE utilising the fullest potential of our technological progress. Without the need to withhold efficiency and promote scarcity to generate profits, Humanity will be able to tap the unlimited energy sources available in the biosphere via solar, wind, wave, tidal and geothermal energy systems. With an abundance of energy, automation of food and clean water production would solve all scarcity problems, giving all peoples access to the necessities of life. The crisis that Alchemy envisions would be irrelevant in such a RBE.
In such a society, people would be able to transcend the dominant value systems of childish competition, self-centeredness, inferiority complexes and the various neurosis that promotes a conflict-filled society. Education would not be designed to train subservient and narrow-minded consumers. Instead, the RBE culture would be geared towards the achievement of one's fullest potential in the fullest sense of the word, not paying lip-service to the idea. We would have a culture that promotes unity between all peoples, a genuiniely civic-minded global society.
Following my passions, I see myself as a teacher in the RBE, though not in the conventional sense as we use it today. I would not be teaching for a salary, but because I enjoy teaching and it allows me to actively participate in the elevating of the social consciousness. Children of a RBE would not be taught in the manner public schooling does, but they would be given the necessary tools to pursue whichever fields of knowledge interests them. No more will the present notion of duality or us-against-them be promoted, among others. Education in a RBE will give students a nuanced and open-minded view of the world and provide them with the opportunity to become multi-disciplinarians in order to solve social problems rather than specialised for mundane employment.
While this vision of the future sounds highly idealistic, even utopian, at present, we have all the tools and resources to create such a world. Through far from 'perfect' (for perfection never exists due to constant progress), it offers a better way of solving solving the massive social problems we face. As Jacque Fresco stated, "The only limitations of the future of Mankind are those we impose upon ourselves".