The Asset-Light Generation – A Sign of Humanity Evolution?

We are moving from an era where it was important to possess everything to an era where it is considered cumbersome.  From racks of CDs and DVDs to music (Spotify) and movies (Netflix) in the cloud, accessible by subscription from a small handheld device.  From bookcases full of books to reading on demand from an iPad.  From stores full of products to eCommerce sites full of data.  From workplaces with cubes and desks to telecommuting and Workforce as a Service (WaaS).  From owning cars to sharing cars (Uber).  From a physical wallet full of cash and credit cards, to digital wallet transactions with just enough bitcoin in the account to satisfy “just in time” needs.

This new era is called the Shared Economy or Collaborative Economy and the individuals who thrive in it are becoming known as the Asset-Light Generation (fka Millennials, or Gen Y).

It strikes me that in many philosophies and spiritual teachings, the suppression of material desires is a crucial step on the road to evolving the spirit.

“All suffering is caused by desire.”
– Buddha

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”
– Jesus Christ

“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”
– Bertrand Russell

“When we share – that is poetry in the prose of life.”
– Sigmund Freud

“It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none.”
– Snoop Dogg

So I wonder – if each generation of humanity is becoming less interested in ownership and increasingly more comfortable with the idea of sharing resources, is that another indication that humanity is evolving spiritually?

Or is it just cool tech?


3 Responses to The Asset-Light Generation – A Sign of Humanity Evolution?

  1. VAr says:

    I see this so-called “millenials” biggest egoist of all time, trying save world without changing themself. Nothing will change when trying to save world “outside of you” , you are just demanding world to change for you and doing same mistake over and over again. Where do you see spirituality in this? This is the opposite direction when done with the same thought or intention like always, through suffering. It’s sounds nice but will end up in a very bad situation for all of us if peoples perception of reality doesn’t change. That’s just how I see it.

  2. varottaja says:

    No it’s not. It’s the opposite. Evolving in spirituality means conscious desicion, evolving with nature is path of suffering until nothing is left (all hope is gone), we have seen how all eras begin when people are basically searching but can’t find it or when someone just starts to take drugs and what not when finally one starts to evolve in spiritually when everything is already seen (this world or reality or whatever gives nothing, because really, it’s a jungle) , meaning to build a “new world”, not with the help of some gadgets or technology but inside of them, because there is nothing outside of you. It’s all about qualities and desires which drives a person. Spirituality is a quality of love and connection, it doesn’t exist in this world, that’s how I see where this “plan” is going, to be the Creator or that quality of love, can’t go higher than that, it’s eternity.

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