Pick a dire concern from the developed world today, now how would you explain to an average westerner ~200 years why that concern is dire.

Getting back to post-scarcity for people who choose not to work, and what resources they would miss out on, a big concern would be not having a home. Clearly this is much more of a concern than drinks on flights. The main reason it is not considered a dire concern is that people's ability to choose not to work is not considered that vital.

4Jiro6y "I'm concerned about nuclear war. It's like the wars you know, but it's a lot more deadly and whole areas can be left uninhabitable for centuries." "I'm concerned about dying of cancer. Cancer is a disease that many people eventually get once we have reduced the rate of dying from other things." "I'm concerned about the NSA reading my email. You don't have email 200 years ago, but surely you understand how bad it is for the government to spy on people. Imagine that every time you wrote someone a letter, the government hired a scribe to copy it and filed it so they could read it whenever they wanted."
3TimS6y I don't understand your question. I'm not sure I even understand the relevance of your question to the topic of post-scarcity and what post-scarcity might be like. It seems pretty easy to explain current serious problems to people from the far past or far future (I'm not sure which you mean). Drinks on airplanes is just not a serious problem - it might be hard to explain not serious problems to people from very different cultural contexts.

Rationality Quotes July 2013

by Vaniver 6y2nd Jul 20131 min read429 comments


Another month has passed and here is a new rationality quotes thread. The usual rules are:

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