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If we are constantly working towards a solution to something, what happens when we solve everything?

Asked by jcs007 (1773points) August 30th, 2008

Imagine a world with no poverty. No death. No corruption. No pollution. No racism, sexism, or ageism. No scientific problems left to solve (we’ve answered everything). No social strifes. No sadness. By this point, humanity has absolutely nothing left to solve. All the bad in the world has been eliminated.

Let’s forget the impossibility of this, and let’s just say that it happened. What happens to humanity’s natural curiosity?

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poofandmook's avatar

@jcs007: Are you also proposing that we did away with all the people who like to create problems? Because if not, then we’d always have people to create the problems for us to worry about.

jcs007's avatar

Well. I didn’t think of that one. Um. Pretend that we did. I guess in that case, we’d all be dead since we all have the choice of creating problems or working towards solutions.

Man. All of a sudden, my question feels like there’s not much else to say..

poofandmook's avatar

LOL jcs! Sorry, I didn’t mean to take the fun out of it. But that’s the only thing I can think of!

Maybe they could solve the NYT crossword puzzles? :)

jcs007's avatar

no prob poof. I noticed that it happens to me a lot, where I don’t think of one thing and that one thing turns out to be crucial.

windex's avatar

We would still be searching for answers, wouldn’t we?

The meaning of life?

Are we alone?

Does god fluther?

those sorts of things

JackAdams's avatar

Mankind will never run out of questions to answer, nor problems to solve.

The law of supply and demand is the reason.

August 30, 2008, 4:24 PM EDT

wildflower's avatar

How many of the questions to answer and issues to resolve are not man-made?

Based on your answer to that, I think it’s safe to assume we’ll find something else when all the current ones have been answered/resolved.

windex's avatar

here’s one:

What will happen tomorrow?

JackAdams's avatar

You can find out now.

It is already “tomorrow” in Sydney.

August 30, 2008, 5:13 PM EDT

cheebdragon's avatar

there would be no fluther…...

windex's avatar

*moves to Sydney

augustlan's avatar

I think our focus would be more on creation, than understanding. Creating new art and music, genetic engineering of new plants and animals, etcetera.

windex's avatar


Men will never be able to figure women out.

JackAdams's avatar

@Windex, there are men who have successfully “figured out” women.

The problem is that, once the women discover who these men are, they have them killed.

August 30, 2008, 7:34 PM EDT

wildflower's avatar

@JA: clearly you’re not one of them, but I’ll let you in on a secret: we don’t kill them, we keep them in the basement and study them closely because they’ve figured out what we haven’t!

JackAdams's avatar

That explains what happened to my good friend, Edgar.

He figured women out in 1965 and disappeared.

We haven’t heard from him, since.

He must be with you…

August 30, 2008, 7:42 PM EDT

wildflower's avatar

I remember Edgar! He held up well during the tor…..erm…interro…..I mean, interview process!

JackAdams's avatar

I hope you didn’t feed him any asparagus.

He’s allergic to it. Gives him erectile dysfunction.

August 30, 2008, 7:50 PM EDT

wildflower's avatar

It did make something go green…..

stratman37's avatar

“what happens when we solve everything?” Yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen.

Coloma's avatar

A lot of people would have nervous breakdowns because they would no longer have all the mind stuff happening to keep them from focusing on themselves instead of the problems outside of such.

If all one had to do was enjoy their being and just take in the beauty of being alive as enough, most wouldn’t know what to do with themselves. lol

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