Life is not easy and as I am fond of saying: life is a beach, and then the tide goes out. Just because everyone knows everything and there is no rock to hide under or curtains, to my mind, that could be drawn closed so that secret things could be contemplated doesn’t mean that accidents didn’t happen, mistakes weren’t made, emotions didn’t run rampant, and everyone wouldn’t have a bad hair day once in a while.
The work of living still needs to be done and some of it was not very enjoyable. Boring things challenged our resolve and commitment. Inequities abounded and things are simply not fair. Why is it so easy for him and so hard for me. Why does it seem that the world is against me and she can’t do anything wrong.
The concept of utopia is that everything is good and someone or something takes care of the problems. In this life the opportunities are boundless but the challenges are commensurate. You can be great at whatever you are great at but your responsibilities don’t stop at greatness. You have an obligation to seek out those who have not discovered their greatness or are stymied by physical challenges and help them to fulfill their lives. This is not a life of goody-goody but better-better.
To whom much is given, much more is expected. I love to hear you sing but I would rather sing along with you as we meet the needs of this life. As with any society there are the achievers, the wanabees and the clueless. Accept now instead of the achievers being allowed to wallow in their own adulation and that of others. Instead of their worth being calculated by a lucrative contract and expensive accouterments their worthiness is determined by altruism and selflessness. You can sing for yourself, sing to your fans, or sing along with the world.
The challenge for the GM is how to assimilate the actions of the populous, prioritize the intrinsic values of the individuals without imposing conflicting social values or subscribing to hedonistic tendencies and counter cultural impulses.
By using the natural laws and factoring in the culture’s personality protecting the life and welfare of the individual as determined by the majority and awarding merit for behavior that falls within those parameters each culture articulates its uniqueness. It would be possible for a culture to arise which favors strength and cunning but only if those who would be dominated and ridiculed were accepting of it. The only way those who would dominate would be credited with a higher value would be if those who were subservient were actually seeking humiliation and their actions and reactions justified it. The likelihood of that happening in a free society is possible but highly unlikely. If it did than the rest of the world would seek to help them rather than condemn them.