Nietzsche writes in Beyond God and Evil of the 'new philosophers' future atheists who will reject all metaphysical notions, commanders and lawgivers who will live outside the herd concept of morality and have the strength, the will to power, to create their own values.

These new philosophers will say yes to life, yes even to the idea of eternal return because their experiments, their values will justify all of human existence.

With such ideas Nietzsche allows us to ask an amazing question, perhaps the most important question ever asked. The question is this: what undertaking might these new philosophers fabricate for mankind? What non-metaphysical project might these new philosophers give to mankind?

Remember the project would have to be so grand it would retrospectively make the entire history of human suffering worth it.

To put it another way: What shall we do for the next 10,000 years?

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"What are you thinking?"

Bullshit...the most important question ever asked was:

"Paper or Plastic?"

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I hope for, but don't expect, a sort of Star Trek future for humanity. Without giving the analogy too much weight, it basically would entail an off-earth society that has figured out how to supply basic needs for everyone so that they are free to pursue the professions that interest them, based on merit.

Rather funny that one of america's all time top tv series postulates mankinds progress without capitalism, in fact a scialist future in its true meaning, as opposed to the one most americans ascribe to it. :-)
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The U.S. already has a segment of the economy that is supported through a welfare system that takes care of its basic needs.

Do they distinguish themselves by using the time they don't spend working engaged in useful indeavors in the arts? inventing things that benefit mankind? volunteering?

I would say that the evidence is that people supported by the state would vegetate in front of the TV, frequently abuse alcohol and drugs, and often end up participating in the illegal underground of drug distribution, selling contraband, and prostitution.

Not what the research shows. Most if given the an opportunity to make a legal living that affords them everything they need they will work for it. Actually in places where the basics are actually handled most will work to live at a higher level and have goals but arguably live a more balanced life overall. research that I have seen really point to it being a matter of maturity, if they are healthy, more than anything else. I am  using Maslow's theory here to some extent although I am not sure the new research points to a universal hierarchy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs

Did Maslow study Americans on welfare? I don't see a lot of them doing much positive with their lives.

I think it's partly cultural. The European states don't seem to have the problem of a "welfare class" to the same extent that we do, yet they have more social programs and higher taxes.

As for using their free time to benefit mankind, such endeavors require more money and resources than a welfare check, food stamps, and housing assistance. First off, they require a real education, which is extremely expensive even with student aid.

But in the Star Trek future, supplying everyone with food, housing, and other necessities does not burden the rest of society. It's a thought experiment about a technologically advanced society with unlimited energy resources.

But in the Star Trek future, supplying everyone with food, housing, and other necessities does not burden the rest of society. It's a thought experiment about a technologically advanced society with unlimited energy resources.

So it's utopian thinking, not based on reality at all.

So I wonder 'how many' new realities people have attempted to create, and how many have been maintained as either helpful or useful.

If you are affraid of creating anything, for fear that you could be terribly wrong, then the future either will look like it does now, but maybe dropping into a pit, or just maybe, with a little imagination and good sense, a place that we could call 'home'.

Given what I have seen of this 'reality', I would rather gamble on that next 'future' than stay 'here'. But I have know many people that would rather 'rule in hell, than serve in heaven'. 

If you are affraid of creating anything, for fear that you could be terribly wrong, then the future either will look like it does now, but maybe dropping into a pit, or just maybe, with a little imagination and good sense, a place that we could call 'home'.

We've had our share of attempts at new realities. They range from Heaven's Gate to Scientology to Communism to Nazism and the People's Temple. But by all means, let's keep trying.

Given what I have seen of this 'reality', I would rather gamble on that next 'future' than stay 'here'. But I have know many people that would rather 'rule in hell, than serve in heaven'. 

This reality isn't so bad compared with most of the alternatives people have tried.

It's a thought experiment. What would happen if we had a relatively unlimited supply of energy in the distant future? Can we work toward this, technologically? Sure, why not?

I don't see any reason to poo-poo it as utopian. It's not about social engineering. It's not political. It's not a rejection of current realities. 

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