The declining symbolic order gives the impression that we live in a world of scarcity. Hence existing social orders are mostly designed in such a way that deprivation is experienced in almost every domain of life: a lack of time and attention, a lack of food and goods, of jobs, and money. The alleged scarcity of resources is intended to boost competition and a tireless pursuit of „more” in order to enable the capitalist economy to reap profits from people’s lives.
An important step towards a good life is to focus on the abundance that actually exists: the fullness given by the Earth, the abundance of possibilities for every life, of opportunities for relationships, the abundance which emerges from difference, the abundance of experiences and things that have been passed on by predecessors, the abundance of gifts which most people receive daily.
An awareness of abundance in one’s own life, of life’s fullness, can also occur in situations of actual deprivation where even the bare essentials are lacking—for example money or work opportunities.
We prefer the notion of „abundance” rather than „wealth,” since in colloquial speech „wealth” is closely related to the culture of „ever more” as well as to the contrasting pair of „wealthy and poor.” On the other hand, abundance as we understand it can easily go hand in hand with a culture of „enough.”
A universal basic income might reveal that money is not scarce by definition, but can also express abundance, by „simply being”: an abundance from which people can live even before they start to achieve.