Pleasure is the ultimate product(service)
Pleasure is always in demand. Love is a type of pleasure, but some will argue over the semantics. Let’s just say that whatever one calls it, it feels good.
Pleasure always costs something. Sometimes the price is being a baby so as to “buy” the pleasure of being loved by a mother. Sometimes the price is measured in monetary units.
Those who help the most people experience the most pleasure at the lowest costs, become wealthy.
The people who became wealthy during the industrial revolution helped the most people experience the most pleasure at the lowest costs.
War was acceptable and common during the industrial revolution. Therefore one could acquire the product of pleasure by force. Therefore those who had weapons could experience the most pleasure at the lowest costs.
During the industrial revolution, a person with a gun could force many people without weapons to please them or experience death.
Those who controlled the most advanced technology could please the most people at the lowest cost. So being that people love pleasure, people did what they felt was necessary to acquire the most control of the most advanced technology that they could. The technologically elite became extremely wealthy. Rockefeller and others. The rich-poor gap increased dramatically with technology. Those who lacked the ability to compete at pleasing others suffered, died or had to receive help from organizations such as governments, religious institutions, family, etc. Some had no property to grow their own food or acquire their own water. Even if they did, they didn’t have the technological know-how.
So those who lack the technological know-how are at the beck and call of those who have what they need to survive.
This is what really happened and is what is happening now. Don’t fool yourselves. Nature only rewards those who survive. Nature also rewards those who reproduce.
War is no longer acceptable. Not in the military sense. There are wars now. But they are not military wars.
To answer your questions. The wealthy are not getting wealthier. Those who help the most people experience the most pleasure at the lowest cost are becoming more wealthy. The wealthy are being created from various backgrounds. J.K. Rowling, the author of the best selling book series and the highest grossing film series in history based on a fictional character named Harry Potter. She went from being a “welfare mom”, to one of the wealthiest people in the world in a short five years.
So the wealthier are not getting wealthier, but rather, technology is making wealth more accessible to everyone. And hence. more people are becoming wealthy. In fact the wealthy are becoming less wealthy due to the newly introduced wealthy. The U.S.A. is relatively less wealthy due to the new competition for wealth from China and other places. So more people are becoming wealthy, but the currently wealthy are not becoming more wealthy relatively speaking.
So the cold answer, is that people that cannot compete must rely on welfare, and unfortunately for them, their caregivers may ask for more than they are willing to give. But luckily acquiring pleasure by force is being gradually eliminated as people and governments unite to protect the less capable.
As for the wealthy. They must compete to remain wealthy. They are not gaining wealth, but losing it in relation to the new competition. On record it may show that they are gaining wealth, but relatively speaking, they are losing wealth.
Will robots replace humans. That has already been answered. It’s already happening. Technology is not the problem. Technology is inevitable. The problem is lack of capability. If one does not compete, one could die or be at the beck and call of a caregiver. That’s happening and is the truth.
Those who choose to compete and increase their skill at becoming engineers of pleasure, increase their chances of becoming wealthy. Those who compete can only become better for it. It’s either compete or be at someones beck and call.
Those who long for the time when the U.S.A. was a haven where one could simply show up to work and own a mansion while having the rest of the world at their beck and call will have to change their strategy a bit. There’s a lot of hungry people in the world. Some are literally hungry. And they’re not going away. Nature will reward only those of them that survive and even more so, those who sexually reproduce.
Those that try and avoid sexual reproduction will not have their genes passed on. No offense to same-sex lovers. But nature has instantly eliminated the genes of all same-sex lovers with ease by choice of same-sex lovers. Unfortunate for them.
Nothing has changed. Don’t blame the wealthy. Your neighbor could be the next billionaire. Like society, the roster of the wealthy is constantly increasing and changing.
Self-sufficiency is wise. Why buy a tomato from overseas when you could grow one for free, and then sell the rest? Why depend on the government when you are simply at their beck and call. The truth is there.
Like J. K. Rowling, helping the most people experience the most pleasure at the lowest cost, has made her wealthy. The wealthy didn’t get wealthier. The wealthy got poorer because J. K. Rowling took some of their wealth.
All these nonsense arguments will not increase your ability to please. Of course if you are complainer, some will be pleased to help you. So in that sense you are pleasing some by whining. There’s a market for everything. If you want to please criminal reformers, simply commit some serious crimes, and you will be rewarded. Maybe even become famous. There’s a market for everything. A good book might be entitled “How to Become a Professional Whiner and Profit Greatly.” One might even sell more than J. K. Rowling with that book and ironically cause the current wealthy to become even less wealthy.