Much of history can be summed up as a boat sailing into the wind. First it tacks
One paradigm, call it the tack
I believe that this would be a defensible position if I had confidence that this happy state would continue for a thousand years. But I fear that our "data" is similar to the turkey's proof of the eternal benevolence of the farmer the weekend before Thanksgiving.
The other paradigm, the one that seems to be ascending, holds that the robust function of the lifeboat is more important than any one person. For example, you don't want to pull too many more passengers into the boat or it will capsize and everybody will be swimming. They (I) believe that productive capability is perishable. It amazes me that we were able to rebound from the Great Depression into the enormous productivity of WWII. But it also bears repeating that the Great Depression only lasted 12 years. One would expect 1/3 or 1/4 of the skilled tradesmen and engineers to "tap-out" during that time period.
Others point out that people who are given "stuff" are usually not all that happy. Their sense of identity is hollow and they have no sense of "value" because there was no sacrifice to attain.
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