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Going Off the Rails

Going off the rails refers to people who have some quest that they wish to pursue, or are compelled to pursue, instead of doing a normal job, even though the state doesn't think that it is worth pursuing, or doesn't believe that they are capable of achieving it, which could also be referring to the state's perception that they are not able to compete with others who have been granted jobs or academic scholarships associated with the pursuit of such quests. Sometimes these quests are very ego orientated, such as wanting to be a tennis champion, a great artist, or a rock star. Other times, they are associated with doing the type of work one desires such as architecture, teaching, neuroscience, or art. Sometimes they are associated with developing a new type of business or inventing something. But other times, they are associated with more altruistic ideals such as finding truth, improving the society, finding a cure, helping needy people, or changing the society or government policy in some way.

There are many such people within our society at present, and at present they usually have to pursue these goals by....

  • financing it themselves. This could also be referring to financing one's education in one's area of interest. Financing one's quest could entail a range of possibilities such as working part-time, working full-time and doing this other work in one's spare time, living off one's savings or inheritance, or partaking in some illegal, but time-efficient activity that provides an income.
  • gaining sponsorship (which is, in most cases, unlikely).
  • being on the dole while pretending to find work (which is technically illegal within our contemporary society).

The fact that these are the only ways to achieve the pursuit of one's goal serves to discourage many people from actually taking on a challenges such as these, particularly when there are bills to pay or families to support. This is why the majority of such people are currently those people who often have little to lose by taking such a chance with their lives.

Although most will fail in their quest, the AEM acknowledges their right to try, and we also recognise that a percentage of these people have proven to be extremely valuable assets to our society when they do achieve their goals (e.g. improving their society, generating revenue for the country, discovering new facts). However, because the Egalitarian state has complete control over all money within the society, and because it will eventually be extremely difficult to save enough to live on for years at a time, there is no way that such people can exist unless we make it possible for them to exist, and so we do. And we make it possible for anybody to go off the rails, without having to be concerned about their economic responsibilities to their families, so we expect that there will be an increase in this sort of thing. In fact, the state will often supply one with the resources, information, and advice one needs to achieve one's quest (within reason). With bigger, more expensive projects, one may need to find others who are interested in the same goal so that one's group can pool their allowances together to acquire more expensive resources.

We will probably offer a number of packages, depending upon how much regular work one is prepared to do, while one sets about fulfilling one's quest. Generally however, one goes on a student wage (this does not affect the resources available to one's family), but there are conditions.

As long as one is doing what one said one is trying to do, the state will continue to support one in one's quest. And so that we know that one is doing what one said one would do, we may require one to do this project at a place of work appropriate for one's project, just as one would normally go to a regular job.

These types of quest are extremely diverse, and we need to cater to this diversity. Some quests for example, will be logical to have time limitations placed on them. With those people who achieve the social benefit they were seeking, the state will usually back-pay these people as if they had always been on a full wage. Others may only receive a partial back-pay due to the excessive time taken to achieve the goal. Perhaps even more important than being back-paid (for many people), is that we also reward people who succeed in the challenges they take on by allowing them to have more control over the course of their career, and this is particularly so when they have succeeded in these quests, when the state didn't believe they would.


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