Unemployment and a Spirit of Service

This is still a half-formed thought, and I need some help finishing it:

What is the connection between unemployment, economic productivity, fair distribution of wealth, and a spirit of service?

I’ve been thinking about it for a long, long time, and it’s still a bunch of ingredients that have yet to form a cohesive stew. Here are the ingredients; I’m pretty sure they go together to make something pretty good, but I’m not sure what it is:

I can think of a few implications, but does anyone know of examples of these principles put into practice? What kind of society can we build after they stew for a while?

  • If life is easy, what will motivate you to do difficult things? A spirit of service?
  • Can you truly be unemployed if you are looking for ways to be of service (and not desperately poor)?
  • What proportion of people take advantage of the system?
  • Where can innovation come from, if everyone has access to information, reasonable resources, and if we celebrate service?
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