Old saying: "Where ever you go, there you are."
There are basic human characteristics/traits that will not change; if historical observation can be believed. Originally termed the
Seven Deadly Sins
, they are: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.
Take a minute and think about them outside of the traditional context of the Judeo-Christian "church"; think of them in terms of contemporary life.
- not as much sexual but as the desire for more than we need to live comfortably.
- not only the "developed" world eating to excess, but the materialism that seems to drive modern society (new cars, so many different cars, sunglasses, handbags, "designer" clothing, shoes, etc.).
- not so much laziness, but the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts; and what
the are used for
Not mentioned in the "Seasteading" article, but very much akin to it, were the many attempts over the years to build Utopian Societies
that were to provide ideal circumstances for their inhabitants. None proved viable in the long term. I don't think "design" will solve any of these things; there will always be those who disagree with what "you", "we", "me", "I" think is the ideal.
I grew up near the site of one, New Harmony, Indiana.
Excerpt from Periodical Letter II 1856;
"The experiment was established in 1825 and dissolved in 1829 due to constant quarrels. The town banned money and other commodities. Individualist anarchist Josiah Warren, who was one of the original participants in the New Harmony Society, asserted that the community was doomed to failure due to a lack of individual sovereignty and private property. He wrote of the community: "It seemed that the difference of opinion, tastes and purposes increased just in proportion to the demand for conformity. Two years were worn out in this way; at the end of which, I believe that not more than three persons had the least hope of success. Most of the experimenters left in despair of all reforms, and conservatism felt itself confirmed. We had tried every conceivable form of organization and government. We had a world in miniature. -- we had enacted the French revolution over again with despairing hearts instead of corpses as a result. ... It appeared that it was nature's own inherent law of diversity that had conquered us ... our 'united interests' were directly at war with the individualities of persons and circumstances and the instinct of self-preservation ... and it was evident that just in proportion to the contact of persons or interests, so are concessions and compromises indispensable."