I guess this will be loose for now. I have some thoughts on what our civilization might evolve to be. I need to understand property law more before I can start to put down something complete that might be formalized. But I do think it can be done, well before our civilization might approach such a state (thus the understanding and foreknowledge being a precursor to such change).
Today and historically (recorded and found history!), our society, our money systems, the driving force of our evolution, the technologies that arose etc. have done so out of a necessary reaction to finiteness or restriction of supply.
In some ways the truth of this is perspective only, however it would be quite important to note this is probably the only perspective most individuals and especially society as a whole might understand our progress (and what drove that progress).
The limitation of land, limitation of resources especially in relation to food water and shelter has driven many of the institutional and societal systems that eventually evolved to become our global society today.
The want or ability to conquer foreign nations, or uncharted waters or lands, or the necessity of expansion to feed a growing population. Fiefdoms, tribes, nations, laws and religions are all products of our ancestors need to manage what needed to be managed to sustain the populations that arose.
Money evolved too in this way, and at some points in our history, it become necessary from an evolutionary perspective for certain centralized powers to manipulate and control that money.
In different forms and ways, money has been manipulated and used for the same “scarce” purpose that might entice a peoples to behave in a (hopefully) productive fashion. Our money, as a driving force for our labour systems, has inherited a kind of debt driven system that causes us to think and act from a perspective of “scarcity”.
I don’t mean to argue for some conspiracy theory either. There is a great possibility, that I think thewealthofchips highlights, such a debt system and perspective of scarcity was (and maybe still is) crucial for the proper and secure evolution of mankind.
But I think I see a time ahead, where scarcity is not really at all a consideration in the mind of the average citizen, and so I think we might be able to project a future and a type of economical thinking that is based or rooted in abundance.
In his paper “On Diaglogue” David Bohm alludes to the possibility that our civilization might have had access to a kind of technology millions of years ago that we possibly do not have today.
I think it might be possible, given what could only be called “Garden of Eden” conditions, that there was a time or multiple times in our history that these conditions of general abundance held for some significant period of time.
I’m not thinking of a technology such as electricity or computers or the internet, but a type of perspective that might have been more holistic and far more free of a certain type of psychological (social!) fear that we seem to inherent from our social conditioning today.
Technology is changing faster than we can fathom. We are soon to be using computers to solve problems we ourselves could never hope to solve. We are gaining control of systems we previously never knew existed. Soon there will be discussion of a collective effort to optimize these systems which was something, prior to these times, I think one could not hope to reap the benefits of in a lifetime.
Society is growing an ability to “vote” for longer term political policies that it might hopefully live to experience the benefit of itself.
Space itself might not be finite, or the universe, but for the perspective of abundance it must be effectively so. We might develop our economic systems based on the understanding and realization that each of us might travel in our own direction and claim our own finite yet infinite area of space that “probably” has some near equal value to each other persons claim.
I have some more specific thoughts I think can be formulated but I think this shows how we might outgrow our spherical earth paradigm and shift towards a new dimensional way of thinking that is more akin to exploring the universe outward from earth.