I'll devote my life to shitting, then. I mean, it'll certainly get shit done, and it's a necessary task. Shame about being unable to do all of the other things which are necessary merely to keep myself aliveCute turn of phrase. But a task/goal-oriented person's raison d'être should be the foci from which all of his or her actions spring forth. If one's actions do not yield results that further his or her purpose, then those actions are frivolous.
Now you're agreeing with me, and are refuting your own position. A "raison d'être" would have to be a much higher goal than "manual labour", and any civilisation in which individuals have their own individual work as their sole reason for existence is doomed to the complacency and self-serving individualism which plagues this current civilisation. A "raison d'être" would be more along the lines of "support my people, our way of life, and our customs", which may result in one individual doing more manual labour than another, depending on his skills and interests. It still does not necessitate a group of individuals which will simply be pidgeonholed into doing so-called "undesirable" (read: necessary) jobs.
Also, "cute turn of phrase" or not, what I said there was equally as inane as what it was a response to.
Your perspective is backwards, being firmly rooted in what the situation of our society is at this moment.On the contrary, I'm looking into the (hypothetical) future and the situation I foresee is every bit as grim as contemporary society... if not moreso!
You're looking into the (hypothetical) future from a perspective which is firmly rooted in what the situation of our society is at this moment.
If the human population was reduced by 90%, does it not occur to you how easily our species could be eradicated!? A single natural disaster could cut the already dwindling population in half! What happens if an airborn strain of the Ebola virus is introduced into the society, via natural means or by a malicious individual within said society? The chances of there being persons with inherent immunity would be much slimmer. There is strength in numbers, whether you like it or not!
If we all die, then we all die. As things are, we'll cause our own deaths, and the deaths of the majority of, if not all, living things, what with our polution, environmental destruction, and general planet-fucking.