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    Smile Scarcity and Abundance

    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Yeah, but there was a high tradeoff in terms of security (of being alive next spring).
    We have overcome scarcity in developed nations for the first time in human history.

    And not only material scarcity but the scarcity of time.

    Our factories produce an abundance of goods and our noosphere produces an abundance of time.

    Of course we are still crying time poor but that is only because our thoughts were created in a time of scarcity and have not yet caught up with the time of abundance.

    So we drive forward looking in the rear vision mirror of scarcity, while abundance is rushing towards us through the windshield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    1) total free time over your lifespan
    2) total free time in a given year
    I have never thought about it like this, and you're absolutely right.

    I wonder if what we're beginning to see is diminishing returns--people working longer hours with pretty insignificant increases in the security that allows them to live longer lives.

    Owning a house with a few hundred extra square feet doesn't really provide a whole lot of extra security, but being able to afford such a place may require much more work responsibility and longer hours in the office.

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