All this wealth we’re building up….what are we buying with it? I think the surprising answer is….ever greater connectedness. I know that sounds trite, but it’s actually at the center of what we’ve been doing for a long time. The telegraph, the automobile…these were tools to destroy the isolation of distance. The telephone and television do the same destruction of isolation for the senses of hearing and sight. (jokey aside: Ever watch a cooking show talks up how they wish you could smell what they smell….”Smell-o-vision”. My feeling is that if they ever get that technology to work online the internet will fill up with fart jokes) And the creation of all our products? I think the products themselves matter….but the where and how are of less interest to us, because they don’t make us feel connected, connected on our terms. The manufacturing life, with its demands that transcend our interests….we came to see it as a chore, as something to avoid,….as “work.” Oh, we appreciate the money! Absolutely! But, despite a large amount of cultural training in that area, it was and is something we don’t want to go to anymore.
Perhaps what we are starting to spend on is the deepening of how we earn our “living” (good choice of a word, really!) and we spend our days. To really make that work we need an “Internet Plus”, the knowledge exchange functions we see on the Internet as well as other more formal connections to work, to supplies, to resources…we’ve just started this part, it’s like the highway system, circa 1920 would be for cars. How do we keep fleshing it out?