Our needs are simple: food, shelter, security, comfort, leisure to create. But historically, there has never been enough to go around. The basics of life were available only to those who could command the labor of others on their behalf.
There has always been a struggle to determine who shall toil and who shall live in leisure. Comfort was linked inextricably to oppression. Because we were either slaves or masters, we have a long habit of distrust, and have learned to regard each other as competitors in a struggle for power and pursuit of scarce resources.
In the 21st Century, mankind for the first time has the potential for sufficiency. Machines substitute for labor. Technology has given us the horn of plenty, and no one’s comfort need depend any longer on the suffering of another.
Habits die slowly. The mental orientation toward scarcity is deeply ingrained, and the hunger for power will not die in a single generation. But reality will free us in time from resentments and struggle. As the basis for our fears dies away, so, too, will the fears, and with them our constrained habits of thought.
We shall be freed to regard one another as sacred souls all, reflections of ourselves and companions on our voyage into mystery.