The world could change overnight if humanity simply changed its definition of wealth from "possession and power" to "use and cooperation,"
The wealthy must redefine wealth, not the poverty-stricken. Those who are setting the standards must set the new standard.
If you want the world to change, you have to be the change you want to see.
Besides, there are other reasons for moving to the "use of" rather than the "ownership of" model.
An economy based on such a model would also produce many beneficial side effects.
Neale: Such as?
Fewer "things" would have to be manufacured. Everyone on the planet could have the use of many things that now are used only by individuals or single families and are sitting idle 95 percent of the time.
People whose business depends on using things wisely understand this perfectly. Ask any airline how many hours of "downtime" its airplanes have each day. You will find that there is hardly a moment when they are not in use.
This requires that each airplane be built to very high specifications, so that it can take such continuous use and still operate efficiently. It also allows fewer planes to be made. No airline in the world could afford to have enough planes in its fleet to use each of them 5 percent of the time. That would be absurd.
Yet it is precisely this kind of absurdity that comprises your Western World's economic model.