If I ate the finest cuisine every meal, every day, for 10 years straight - it still wouldn't be as satisfying as the joy that comes from creating something worthwhile.
Building things that matter. Doing things that matter. This is so much more satisfying than consuming.
I eat plain oatmeal, brown rice with tunafish on it, drink black coffee, eat some fruits and vegetables, and try to eat light. Nutrition, not pleasure. But still - there is quite a lot of pleasure in a simple bit of tuna on rice or pasta. That right there is pretty enjoyable - it gives me fuel, keeps me going, gives me life.
How much better is the finest chef's meal than plain tuna on brown rice? Somewhat better, I guess. I've eaten really, really nice food. My favorite is chutoro nigiri, the slightly fatty part of the tuna. It's a delicacy. I had a $15 piece of chutoro once. It was great.
But was it much better than plain tuna on brown rice? Not so much. Creating, producing, building - that gives so much more satisfaction.
It's hard to build. It can be discouraging, intimidating, overwhelming... trying to get your hands to create what you see in your mind might be impossible. But man, you've got to try. Even completing something that isn't very good gives a certain sort of pride and satisfaction.
Consume? Okay, sure. Enjoy it when you do. But producing must be a million times more enjoyable. Who gets the most enjoyment out of a great event? I think the organizer. Who gets the most out of a great book? I think the writer. Create something. Make something. It's hard sometimes, but it's so worth it.
When I think of the greatest, most fulfilling experiences of my life, I don't think of any nice meals, I don't think of any pleasurable experiences. I do think of things I built, things I made, things I produced. Create. It's worth it, probably more than anything else.
Nice little post from the past. I'd challenge you to write up a similar post today, where you address if everyone becomes producers and creators, what would happen.
Thus, no consumers left.
(I have my own positive ideas about that)