Not everyone is smart enough to design products for a 3-D printer or pilot a space vessel. How will the portion of the population which does not design products to be printed or which is not involved in the space industry earn a living? The answer can be found in a demographic trend in America- income inequality. Historically, where income inequality has been great, the wealthy have constructed great estates which employed hundreds if not thousands of people. These estates generate economic activity in the millions were they exist now. They hire staff to cook, clean and entertain. So, while a strong middle-class which can purchase mass-printed goods which are processed from materials extracted in in space is the prime-mover of this economy, there is also a provision in this society for the lower-classes. As the wealthiest must hire the poorest to help keep up their estates and vehicles, those people they hire will have to adjust their attitudes and manners to their high-class work (and most likely home) environment. This will end the trends in our culture which make it ‘cool’ to be criminal.
Not everyone will work directly for the wealthiest though. As those who design 3-D printed goods and those who work in space spend money, that will create jobs which require face-to-face interaction. People will have to greet those customers in a friendly manner and the ability to enage in conversation about a wide variety of subjects will be highly valued. Thus, because of these trends, society will be kinder, gentler and more orderely.
There will also be a solution to the health care issue in all of this. As people are more connected, there will be more pressure on people to live healthy and catch medical problems early. When someone does get sick who is uninsured and needs treatment they cannot afford, then people will be able to place a name and a face to the person whom is sick. Private charity can then help the person more than the government ever could. When this individual recovers, he will be grateful to his benefactors and the community will become closer.
The virtue which will allow all of this is community. If we aren’t here for each-other, then why are we here? If everyone had a connection to everyone else and everyone wanted to see everyone else succeed along with them, then everyone would enjoy a richer and fuller human experience. What if greed and isolation from the human race were discouraged as much as laziness or entitlement? What if the social classes worked together, the wealthy providing resources and the poor time, to fight poverty and under-education, instead of fighting each-other? The answer to all of this, is that if the community pulls together, then the resulting tide will lift all boats.