Necessity in a World of Abundance

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Survival instincts are deep embedded in our primal DNA and in our amygdala. Fear is one of them, and kicks in to keep us safe from predators, or so it was in ancient times. Necessity is another, and we find it when our basic needs are not provided for: food, water, sleep.

Fear has lost, in most cases, its original purpose, to keep us alive. Our inability to control fear is used against us on a daily basis now, as an attention grabber. More and more people fight this type of manipulation by ignoring its sources.

On the other hand, we are rapidly moving toward a world of abundance, where scarcity will become something of the past. In this world, necessity seems to have lost its main vectors. If there will be no scarcity, food, water, electricity, and other basic needs would have been assured and almost taken for granted.

Necessity is a powerful force that makes our body and mind work at 110% to overcome it. It is an experience I lived and that I saw others go through as well. Read about it too.

Would a world of abundance, despite its obvious benefits, make us lazier? I don’t know.

Necessity can find other forms of manifestations in a world of abundance. But if it’s no longer from our DNA (or maybe will it be?), since our basic needs are being taken care of, would it be as powerful?

Let me see if this example gets us any closer to an answer.

I know of a TV show that runs in my country and probably in others too (which I never watch, but I know people who do).

In this show, contestants (which are well-known and usually have plenty of money), subject themselves to some of the worst possible conditions traveling through some Asian countries. I have no idea how the contest is won or what’s its purpose, but I always wondered: Why would they agree to participate to this show? Is it for the money? Many of them already have plenty. Is it for the adventure? Maybe.

What I think is their most powerful (untold) motivator is to really see and appreciate what they have as opposed to what they could have if they had a different life, maybe elsewhere.

But on occasions I think many of us may need such a reminder to re-find our bearings.

Of course, I believe abundance is preferable to scarcity. But I think we might need to re-define some elements like necessity in the new context.

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6 Comments on Necessity in a World of Abundance

  1. Abundance, yes good topic. Removal of fear. Both of thses tie right in to what is going on in our country right now. I know I am provacative and probably anger folks, but my intent is to make them think not anger them. That said here goes,
    I have no idea any longer how many illeagal aliens we have in this country; suffice it to say the number in the millions. Now we have Sanctuary counties, cities and yes even states. Do you believe this takes away any the fear of the criminal among illeagals of being prosecuted and put in jail or deported?
    Abundance, States some of which, give free EBT cards (food stamps), cloathing vouchers even places to live beyond shelters. Now, I would say this is abundance that is shameful. The criminal element has it better than I do living on my retirement and few bucks I can make online. Of course we could always put them in jail where they would have even more benifits. Its not completley our budget that drives up the deficit to staggering levels. Someone has to pay for all this oppulent abundant fear free lifestyle!

  2. So, you’re arguing a world of abundance does make some (many) lazier and feeling entitled to it, right?

  3. I think Gary is on target… I agree.
    I also see how marketers use fear to manipulate people. “Fear has lost, in most cases, its original purpose, to keep us alive. Our inability to control fear is used against us on a daily basis now, as an attention grabber. More and more people fight this type of manipulation by ignoring its sources.”

    Yes I do IGNORE the BUY NOW in minutes or it is gone. It is usually still there the next day sometimes month.
    Just a few extra thoughts

    Patsy
    konnektions konsultant
    Partner “Unique Marketing Koncepts”

  4. “Yes I do IGNORE the BUY NOW in minutes or it is gone.”

    These are based on two things usually: fear of missing out (or FOMO) and/or scarcity (“only 1 left”).

    We will need to retrain our minds to live in a world of abundance that’s for sure.
    Here’s an exhibit of this world we got really well accustomed with: us communicating here, I, from Romania, and you from the US, without thinking at the “costs” of that, because they are virtually none.

    Thanks for your comment Patsy!

  5. I do agree with u Adrian

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