I was talking to my mom and she was asking me to help her pick out a shirt for my husband for Christmas. She’s got pretty good fashion sense, but she worries a lot. So as she was describing the things she’d seen, I just kept saying “I trust you Mom! You can pick it out.” Because you know what? If she picks something he doesn’t like he can always return it. If she “messes up,” it’s not really a big deal.
I know this is a a very minor example, but what does it mean when we say we trust people? It means we are saying we have confidence in their abilities, in their decisions. It means we think they are a good person who will make the right choice.
Let’s expand this discussion to the work place. Doesn’t it feel good when your boss trusts you? Who likes a micromanaging tyrant standing over you, checking your every move? I’ve had this. It’s not good. And when your boss trusts you, don’t you feel like you owe them a good performance? When we trust people, most individuals will want and desire to step up to the plate and live up to our expectations. That’s human nature. We like to prove ourselves.
A resource-based economy that I mentioned in the last post would absolutely require that we trust each other. It would require that we put our faith in our fellow humans. It would require that we recognize the reciprocity of trust. If we trust others to contribute to society, we must also contribute. It’s a two way street.
Maybe many of you are saying there is no way this system would work. You say “how many people mooch off the system right now?” Some for sure. But how many more people go to work or are trying to find a job to support themselves and their family? How many people do you know that if they were told they could have plenty to eat, a nice place to live, access to the best most up to date technology, all for FREE, wouldn’t want to contribute a little bit?
Ahh, but let’s get back to those moochers! What a lot, right? Lazy, stupid, drunk, high parasites! Get a job! They are the downfall of society! Well, not really. There have always been lazy people and there will always be people that want to mooch off the system, and countries and empires still rise and fall. Like I said, a resource based economy is NOT a utopia. There will be moochers. There will be aberrant behavior. But it will drastically drop if people’s needs are met. And the ones that still mooch? Well, fuck em. At least everyone in the world will be fed. I can live with a few moochers. I can’t live with two-thirds of the world living on $2 a day.