Thursday, December 10, 2009

Question:

This one comes courtesy of an old high school friend.

What would be a more Utopian world, one where everyone was self sufficient, or one where everybody cared for one another?

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great question - but the answer is neither. Give the man a fish he eats for a day. Teach the man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. If you give the man the fish while you are teaching him to fish this not only fulfills the need he has today but gives him the tools necessary to grow and further share this gift with others. If we are all self-sufficient we no longer will interact with each other. If we only take care of each other,this implies that someone has something and the other has nothing and we do nothing but ensure the existence of this scale of imbalance. A brewing stew of resentment will occur thus breaking the utopian state. I think the perfect world would be to be equally self-sufficient AND to share our skills with others. This is not only in material things such as trade, food, shelter but also goes deeper to things like love, humility, and perserverence. Thats my short answer this late at night. PArdon the spelling mistakes and the grammar errors, to tired to proof.

empeterson said...

I think they are not mutually exclusive, but if I had to pick I would say one where people cared for each other. My answer is probably going to be more theological, since that is of course where my brain is most of the time these days. God does not require us to be self-sufficient, but to love our enemy.

On the other hand, Paul does admonish the Thessalonians (2nd letter) not to be lazy and basically says, if you don't work as part of the community, you don't eat. I don't, however, think that necessarily means self-sufficiency but rather some type of contribution to the community, almost a "what you can do you must do". Therefore, in a very short theological argument, I think a more utopian world is one which follows God's will and that is to care for one another.

patric Lewandowski said...

My answer, unlike everyone else's is more simple. In which world do people read my comics? Because even if I was self-sufficient, meaning I could make my comics and make a living, I would always want more people to read them because I want fame, which means I would need a world where everyone cared for one another to be self-sufficient.