Selfishness and greed are causing irreparable damage to our world, to ourselves, and to each other that no ideology or political system is able to manage or end. Instead, what is needed is a clear understanding of the personal and social values of a self-less mindset – a mindset that is as concerned for the wellbeing of others as much as, or more, than for themselves – and how a self-less society would function and could be brought into existence. The ideas below provide a starting point.
The basis of a self-less society is a self-less attitude, i.e. a mindset that is concerned for the wellbeing of others as much as, or more, than for themselves. A self-less individual cares about the happiness and well-being of others with no concern about what they will get back in return. For example…
A farmer – who farms because that is their passion / talent – grows food for her local community. Because she has a self-less attitude she provides the food that she grows for free. The people who receive the food also have self-less attitudes, and, so, they think about the well-being of the farmer, asking her if there is anything that she needs or needs help with. This is not in exchange for the food – as even if she could not provide food at a certain point they would still offer their help – but because they are self-less minded. Anything that the farmer needs or needs help with is provided to her from whoever has what is needed, or who can provide the help.
This same model applies for each member of the community population. Each individuals primary work is the development and sharing of their own interests, passions, skills and talents. If there is a gap missing in the community, i.e. if there is no-one with a passion for waste collection and disposal, then the gap is filled voluntarily through each individuals community service. Community service is a voluntary and joyful role because it is the chance to give back to a community that supports and enables them to live a fulfilling, meaningful life, exploring and developing their own interests. Whilst a selfish mind assures us of at least one person looking out for us and helping us (ourselves) the self-less individual is supported, helped and cared for by many others, and, just as they help us, we help them… a self-perpetuating cycle.
Communities could form around certain ideas or functions. For example, those of a certain spiritual interest could live and practice together. Or, those who are interested and skilled in a certain technology might live and work together. There would be no competition, because everyone has a self-less mind and they only wish to see success for one another, as well as the ensuing development of advanced technologies that are going to be of benefit to both themselves and all other human beings. If a certain technology is recognised as beneficial to humanity then all the resources needed to produce it will be provided by other communities. There would be no charge because there would be no need for money. The products would then be manufactured and delivered to all who want one.
If someone wanted something then it would be located on the internet, ordered and then sent to them (again, freely). But people would not want things for their own benefit or to accumulate wealth – in fact, because everyone can have anything they want, there is no concept of material wealth since there is no value in accumulating material resources. Plus, it wouldn’t be seen as desirable anyway, since happiness and fulfilment is understood to be attained elsewhere i.e. through a self-less attitude as well as the freedom to explore and develop their own passions… surely the most fulfilling way to live our lives. The motivation for acquiring material resources would be simple… ‘it would help me to help others if I had this’.
If a community was lacking a certain skill, for example, a doctor, then a doctor from another community would self-lessly choose to move to that community. If there was a general lack of a certain skill at a particular time then the natural self-less mindset would inspire some people to take on those roles temporarily even if it was not their particular passion or interest.
It should also be considered that because each individuals primary education is in the development of their passions, skills and talents, most people would be, what we currently consider to be, ‘geniuses’. As such, humanity would make incredible developments and have access to amazing technologies that would massively enhance our lives, and, that, again, would be shared freely for the benefit of all. There would be technologies available that cannot be discussed now because they would likely be beyond our comprehension, such is the power of fully realised human beings co-operating with each other for the benefit of all. As such, as positive as this outline of a self-less society is, it would likely be much, much better in reality.
Trust would prevail. If a technology community requested resources then they would be provided without any hint of suspicion (concepts like suspicion, deceit, theft etc. would disappear). It would be a given that the technology had been properly researched and developed and was of genuine benefit to humanity because the individuals developing the technology would be self-less and only concerned with benefitting all.
Humans would be naturally productive for two reasons, 1. Because they spend their lives doing what they love to do do, and 2. Because they want their community and others to be happy and well, and, so, they genuinely wish to contribute all that they can. Because everyone would recognise this shared mindset in others, everyone would be self managed. No-one would need motivating (another concept that would die out), and, if people needed rest then they would take it without question. No-one would think to take advantage of such a way of living that benefits them and others so much.
To achieve a self-less society we must first fully understand the possibilities and benefits of a self-less attitude, so that we become motivated to practice the development of a self-less attitude. Then we must practice, practice, practice. This practice will become easier, more natural and quicker to adopt as it becomes the norm. At the earliest point possible our education systems should be adjusted so that our children are being developed into self-less individuals. We should also begin to focus our educational energies on identifying and developing their passions and talents.
Some people might not want to become self-less. An education system should be able to nurture a self-less mind in most children. Until then, those who wish to be selfish will be free to do so. We will attempt to transform their selfishness into selflessness through our example, by letting them see how our communities work so well, and how happy and fulfilling our lives are as self-less individuals. If they wish to continue to be selfish then, so long as they are not harmful to the community, they will be accommodated, and interaction with them will allow us to continue to practice and develop attributes of our self-less attitude, such as patience, compassion, and forgiveness. In other words, it will be the very presence of selfish individuals that will provide those who wish to become more self-less with the ideal opportunities to practice self-less attributes. Such an attitude will negate any resentment towards those who remain selfish.
If, however, selfish individuals are damaging to the community, and will not change, then they will be asked to leave the community to minimise harm. Other communities will then welcome them and provide them with a new opportunity to become self-less. This cycle will continue until the individual converts to a self-less path. Each community will welcome the opportunity to accommodate them and demonstrate true selflessness. Each successful adoption of a self-less attitude will be shared with other communities, so as to gain a better understanding of how a selfish mind can be accommodated and then transformed. Those who are transformed will be encouraged to travel and share their transformations so as to inspire others to adopt a self-less mindset.
In reading this you might be concerned that our selflessness will be taken advantage of. However, only a selfish mind can perceive itself as being taken advantage of. A self-less mind wants to help, it wants to be of service, it wants what it has to give to be used – it wants to be taken advantage of. However, there comes a point – a point that only we can discern – where our helping another only enables selfish elements within them, disempowers them, and makes them dependent. A self-less mind will recognise that our help no longer helps, but hinders, and at that point it will say no.