Automated Societies vs The Sin of Sloth/'Worldly Work'

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Automated Societies vs The Sin of Sloth/'Worldly Work'

Postby Mossling on May 6th, 2017, 3:38 am 

Following on from the current conclusions on my thread: "Robots/China taking US jobs" = Biggest Issue of Our Times?, it seems that the poorly educated citizens in the US and UK are going to be jobless in larger and larger numbers as time goes on (at least 30% of all jobs are going to be lost to AI/Robots over the next 15 years, according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers' report).

The current forecasted solution to this 'looming crisis' is the provision of a universal basic income (UBI) so that a post-scarcity society is created whereby the poorly educated jobless are considered "pets" of the state; all basics given for free without them needing to do any work.

It seems that in some nations, such as China and India, for example, this would be welcomed, since they apparently have deeply embedded cultural philosophies that revolve around aiming for an effortless existence and playfulness. However, I am wondering about how the western jobless, often god-fearing masses will react to their idleness, given the Judeo-Christian cosmological framework that tends to be the default existential perspective.

For example, here are some quotes from the Wiki entry on Christian sloth:
"For Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do."

Although, as defined above, sloth is more akin to apathy and inactivity, many English speakers narrow it to mean simple laziness,(Proverbs 10:4, Proverbs 12:27, Proverbs 15:19, Matthew 25:25-30) about which the Bible makes many comments. (Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Romans 12:11; Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors. Proverbs 26:16...

The wicked, worthless servant, that buries his talent in the ground, instead of investing the money with the banker, i.e. one who disregards God's gift[citation needed], leaving it unused, is also lazy. His talent will be taken from him and will be given to the one who has 10 talents and the worthless servant is thrown into the darkness of hell, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


And from the protestant work ethic entry:
Protestants, beginning with Martin Luther, reconceptualized worldly work as a duty which benefits both the individual and society as a whole. Thus, the Catholic idea of good works was transformed into an obligation to consistently work diligently as a sign of grace. Whereas Catholicism teaches that good works are required of Catholics as a necessary manifestation of the faith they received, and that faith apart from works is dead (James 2:14–26) and barren, the Calvinist theologians taught that only those who were predestined (cf. the Calvinist concept of double predestination) to be saved would be saved.

Since it was impossible to know who was predestined, the notion developed that it might be possible to discern that a person was elect (predestined) by observing their way of life. Hard work and frugality were thought to be two important consequences of being one of the elect. Protestants were thus attracted to these qualities and supposed to strive for reaching them.


How will these masses deal with being 'stuck' in the sin of sloth? Will they become fervent missionaries, for example? Or will they rebel against the automated society that is 'forcing them into sin'? Will there be Amish-style segregation?
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