The meritocratic society is an intentional community designed to reduce the cost of living of its residents while still allowing them to maintain the same or a better standard of living.
The meritocratic society consists of 3 main infrastructures which are: Meritocratic apartments, meritocratic government and Community hub. Let us now discuss the three:
Meritocratic apartments consist of houses connected to a food hub that handles all chores involved with food and a clothes hub that handles all chores involved with clothes.
When someone who lives in meritocratic apartments needs food or clothes, they order them from the food or clothes hub and they are brought to them by a pod that passes through small tunnels.
When they finish eating or wearing the food or clothes respectively, they return the dirty dishes or clothes using the pod that passes through a small tunnel to the food or clothes hub where they are cleaned and stored.
Meritocratic apartments don’t need a kitchen, closet, appliances, store etc. and hence can be designed to be simple enough to be fully cleaned by autonomous robots.
After discussing meritocratic apartments, let us now discuss the meritocratic government:
Meritocratic apartments are fully dependent on the food and clothes hub which are collectively used by the residents of the apartments.
Hence for the concept of ownership of a meritocratic apartment to make sense, all residents must have the ability to influence and decide how the hubs are run and how the profits of the hubs are used.
Because of this reason, meritocratic apartments are governed by a decentralized government system that uses direct democracy called the meritocratic government.
The meritocratic government consists of institutions that residents can join through passing merit tests.
Once they are members of an institution they can vote on or propose bills to change regulations or policies of the government.
Hence residents of meritocratic apartments could pass merit tests for the food institution which might include questions about how the food hub operates or where the food hub buys its ingredients from, and when they become a member, propose a bill for the profits of the food hub to be used to purchase certain automation, start a garden etc.
After discussing the importance of the meritocratic government, let us discuss the community hub:
The sheer nature and complexity of meritocratic apartments, makes it extremely expensive and complex to build by upgrading existing apartments or houses.
This means that, in most cases, meritocratic apartments will be built from scratch and people will have to switch from living in their current homes to living in meritocratic apartments.
This leads to the problem of what will people do with their current houses or apartments. Renting is out of the question, as doing so, will defeat the goal of making people live in meritocratic apartments.
If meritocratic apartments become the main form of living, they will also lead to the close down of many businesses that rely on the current architecture where residents have to do house chores such as businesses that sold groceries, small shops, businesses that sold utensils, clothes shops etc.
So the fundamental idea of meritocratic apartments will lead to many of our current infrastructure dropping in value and having no use.
Because of this reason, once meritocratic apartments become the main form of housing in an area, they will run a community hub that will allow people to embody different stereotypes through providing them with infrastructure such as venues, accessories, characters and life stories.
The meritocratic government will obtain venues and accessories from residents who owned houses, shops etc. that have been made useless or dropped in value because of meritocratic apartments.
The meritocratic government will hire people who have lost their jobs because of meritocratic apartments as characters who act in other people’s lives.
The community hub will become viable once meritocratic apartments start to become the main form of housing in an area.
After discussing the three infrastructures required for a meritocratic society, let us now discuss how it reduces the cost of living:
How the meritocratic society reduces the cost of living
It saves time for the residents
The meritocratic society saves a lot of time for its residents, as they don’t have to do any house chores which include buying groceries, buying clothes, dealing with waste, cleaning dishes, storing utensils, cleaning the house etc.
This allows residents to save both physical time they spent doing chores and mental time they spent thinking of house chores or decisions about food or clothes.
It reduces the cost of food and clothes
The meritocratic society reduces the cost of food and clothes for its residents since they are bought in bulk by the hubs making them cost less.
Hence the residents will pay less for food and clothes since the hubs are able to obtain them at a cheaper price compared to if the residents bought them individually.
It reduces the cost of house necessities
The meritocratic society reduces the cost of house necessities for its residents since they are bought in bulk by the hubs making them cost less.
The house necessities include detergents, utensils, kitchen appliances, clothes appliances, cleaning robots etc.
Hence the residents will pay less for food and clothes since the hubs are able to obtain the accessories needed to handle them at a lower cost.
It reduces the cost of owning a home
The meritocratic society reduces the cost of owning a home since the homes in a meritocratic society can be small and simple.
The simplest homes can have only a bed, a toilet and few furniture and still manage to provide its residents with all the modern luxuries through the hubs.
Homes are usually the most expensive purchase in most people’s lives. So by reducing the cost of owning a home, meritocratic societies are able to reduce the bulk of the cost of living for its residents.
Hence meritocratic societies will allow many people who previously had no hope of ever owning a home to be able to own a simple home that provides all modern luxuries through the hubs.
So residents living in the meritocratic society will have a substantially lower cost of living compared to other people around them. This gives people a very big advantage over others.
Let us now discuss the advantage of having a lower cost of living compared to those surrounding you:
How having a lower cost of living will increase the wealth and power of residents
It allows residents to offer lowers prices in their businesses
Residents of the meritocratic society will be able to start businesses that offer lower prices for the goods and services compared to the competition since they have a lower cost of living compared to the competition.
This will allow residents of the meritocratic society to easily create sources of income, as they are able to easily gain customers and market share in businesses they choose to start.
It allows residents to accept lower wages
Residents of the meritocratic society will be able to accept lower wages compared to the competition, as they have a lower cost of living.
This will allow residents of the meritocratic society to organize through the meritocratic government and start schools, hospitals, restaurants etc. that offer lower prices than the others as the workers accept lower wages.
This will end up reducing the cost of services in the location such as hospitals, schools, restaurants etc. allowing the overall standard of living in the area to be reduced.
It allows residents to have more risk tolerance
Residents of the meritocratic society will be able to take more risks in their lives as they have more time in their hands and have a lower cost of living ensuring they can always get their life together if things don’t go as planned.
This will allow residents to create or work on projects that take a longer time period to get off the ground allowing them to do what they love and make a positive impact on society.
Hence residents of meritocratic societies will have a competitive advantage over those surrounding them in terms of wages, businesses and risk tolerance since they will have a lower cost of living.
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