Stay home because of the obligation to contribute to civilization....
To understand that this is wrong, read Civilization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
first. Civilization is based on living in cities/towns/etc. and agriculture with excess of agricultural produce. Instead of bartering, money
is used so that the system is fair. Most civilizations evolved to an industrial form instead of agricultural.
This means that when you live in a city and buy the stuff you need without being involved in crime to acquire the money
, you contribute to that civilization.
This also means that as soon as you sell all that you own, take your money and leave the place, your obligation to contribute to it is automatically void as you choose not to profit from it either. You go and join another society and get obligations there instead.
Remember that a civilization is something exclusively for the people that live inside it and only those people have an obligation to contribute to it. If you would force outsiders to contribute, you would plunder that other society. If you would force people to stay in your civilization, you would imprison them, take away their freedom. Both techniques are often used by civilizations, make no mistake ;-)
All that effectively means that once you become financially independent of your civilization, and the value of the type of money you have is recognized elsewhere, you can choose to leave and play without any obligation to the civilization you leave. The money you gathered equals the contribution you made (you were only payed the value of your contribution
If many people do that, this might threaten the civilization. Governments recognize that threat and created a refined system to counter it: dictated education and taxes
. With dictated education I mean that the government
, in their role of the "wish of the people of the civilization", decide what knowledge and values to teach in- and outside of the class-room. They will push the young ones into education for the jobs that need more manpower and they will paint
their wish for the future and describe that as the best way to go to. Mommy will tell her little boy that if he wants a car as nice as that of the neighbor, he should do his best in school
to get a good paying job. She will also teach him how to achieve marrying that pretty girl, what clothes to wear and how to behave to reach that goal. The boy learns that it is important to earn lots of money, and have an expensive car and wife. This, however, doesn't mean that these are important goals for your life, but you believe that because they keep telling you that... you are actually programmed to behave in a way that will keep you inside the civilization
(mortgage/debt etc.) Tax is an easy one: reduce the money one has and you reduce the chance he gets financially independent, while at the same time creating a bigger government
that gets a tighter control of the civilization and a cultural elite
which, in many if not all cases, leads to a parasitic elite
If you study this, you also find that it's not fair to ask 2 persons to pay a different amount of tax. In the end, it's also counter-productive to do that as people recognize it's better for them to remove their selves or their operation elsewhere (like China) to reduce the payment of tax, or even to not take that high responsibility job considering the money you are left with after paying taxes
is not much more than the worry-free jobs out there. In many cases, these schemes are defended by creating an institute named "social care": you are forced to pay for the weak and the ones in need where the bigger shoulders should carry more of this weight. They don't tell you that this also really helps keeping successful individuals from becoming financially independent. They also don't tell you about the parasitic elite
, those who take your money without contributing to the civilization, or that the amount of tax collected in this way far exceeds the amount of money spend on social care.
Fact is, that a civilization needs resources, population growth and tax collection to survive. Imperialism is just one technique to accomplish that, but every civilization will fall in the end and there have been much more successful civilizations in the past than anything we have today.
So, don't stay home because of an obligation to contribute to civilization. If you worked hard enough to be able to leave, you earned it!
I'll end my post with a quote:
During the initial phase of a sociodemographic cycle we observe relatively high levels of per capita production and consumption, which leads not only to relatively high population growth rates, but also to relatively high rates of surplus production. As a result, during this phase the population can afford to pay taxes without great problems, the taxes are quite easily collectible, and the population growth is accompanied by the growth of state revenues. During the intermediate phase, the increasing overpopulation leads to the decrease of per capita production and consumption levels, it becomes more and more difficult to collect taxes, and state revenues stop growing, whereas the state expenditures grow due to the growth of the population controlled by the state. As a result, during this phase the state starts experiencing considerable fiscal problems. During the final pre-collapse phases the overpopulation leads to further decrease of per capita production, the surplus production further decreases, state revenues shrink, but the state needs more and more resources to control the growing (though with lower and lower rates) population. Eventually this leads to famines, epidemics, state breakdown, and demographic and civilization collapse (Peter Turchin. Historical Dynamics. Princeton University Press, 2003:121Ė127).