I found this quote, and the idea behind it, of value when philosophy'ing on MORALS of sailing simply and cheaply. I decided to share it because, to me, it somehow relates to one of the posts you will find higher up the thread.
Interestingly, this proposition comes from a French economist (sic!). If only all economists could exhibit SOME dose of revolutionary thinking. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Enjoy:
" ...The connection between more and better has been broken; our needs for many products and services are already more than adequately met, and many of our as-yet-unsatisfied needs will be met not by producing more, but by producing differently, producing other things, or even producing less. This is especially true as regards our needs for air, water
, space, silence, beauty, time and human contact...
From the point where it takes only 1,000 hours per year or 20,000 to 30,000 hours per lifetime to create an amount of wealth equal to or greater than the amount we create at the present time in 1,600 hours per year or 40,000 to 50,000 hours in a working life, we must all be able to obtain a real income
equal to or higher than our current
salaries in exchange for a greatly reduced quantity of work...
Neither is it true any longer that the more each individual works, the better off everyone will be. The present crisis has stimulated technological change of an unprecedented scale and speed: 'the micro-chip revolution'. The object and indeed the effect of this revolution has been to make rapidly increasing savings in labour, in the industrial, administrative and service
sectors. Increasing production is secured in these sectors by decreasing amounts of labour. As a result, the social process of production no longer needs everyone to work in it on a full-time basis. The work ethic ceases to be viable in such a situation and work-based society is thrown into crisis...
—André Gorz, Critique of economic Reason, Gallile, 1989
Source: Basic income guarantee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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