Well firstly I’d just like to link you to a surreal comedy show linking aerobics with learning English (specifically about what to say if you get mugged).
Now thats done I’d like to ramble a little about The Culture and Woolworths. Now theres a lovely bit in at least one of the Culture novels where Banks, via his characters, asserts that “Money implies poverty” or similar wordings and indeed I got that impression again yesterday.
Being in town and thirsty I proceed to stroll into Woolworths since I know they would sell me my beverage of choice, upon selecting a bottle of said drink I noticed that again they had a 2 for 1 sale on it, literally even though I wasn’t thirsty enough for two it made no economic sense for me to not take two. I may drink the other bottle today, maybe tomorrow, it’ll keep, but thats no the point, I didn’t need it then and really felt no need to deprive another of the available resource but since it cost me none of my shiny tokens I thought I may as well walk off with it (as it would cost me more later should I want it and not take straight away).
Without the driving motivation of shiny tokens I feel small wasteful situations like this could be avoided, although I’m going to be the first to admit that you can only ignore money when your culture is post scarcity I think, I’m not sure theres a better way of divvying up resources amongst the world then to make them trade tokens for what they want (including the hiring of other people for said tokens).
Still, in a few hundred or thousand years if we’re lucky our society (well, what started as our society and since grew in strange and unimaginable ways) will work out some crazy way of becoming closer to post-scarcity and we can hopefully start to throw off the shackles of money, I’ll never see it, and indeed I reckon my brain is too closely molded to the current model to get on with living in such a way, but I feel its worth pondering.