Very well put. Industry is really slowing us down in a lot of ways.
Patents are a load of crap. All they do is make it possible for big money to keep running the show. Everything I've invented happened because I saw something someone else was doing or had invented and I either came up with a better way, or a way to utilize someone else's new invention in a new invention of my own. Where are my inventions you ask? They're largely stuck in my head. Why? Because, being a creative person, I don't fit into the worker bee mentality of society, and regardless of injuries, have a lot of trouble being satisfied with my quality of life when I'm working a full time job. Even if I could be happy working full time for someone else, finding a job that would fit me would be really difficult, maybe impossible. Why is that? Since I'm more creatively endowed than production endowed, my brain frequently tends to keep me up all night thinking about new ideas...sometimes for days at a time. Can you imagine working on some designs for 20 hours straight, then going to work and running a machine safely for 8 hours? I can't. Also, I've found that cannabis has a huge positive impact on my life. It helps me with physical and mental pain, helps me sleep, eat, and other things that others take for granted, and on top of it all, it boosts my creativity and drive. If I could find a job where I could come in and leave whenever I needed to and didn't have to pee in a cup, I'd go for it but I'm pretty sure that jobs like this don't exist.
This is where 3d printing tech gets me really excited. There are free drafting programs out there and cheap 3d modeling programs. Anything anyone ever wanted to know is accessible on the internet. So, other than money and actual part production, creative people have everything they need to research and develop ideas. If the 3d printing technology keeps advancing and someday we all have machines that can print whatever we can draw, the only drawback left will be the funding necessary to take the ideas public. There's a solution for that though. With a good design and an actual working prototype, it will be very easy for people with good ideas to get financial help through crowd funding. Then more people can start making their own jobs, on their own terms, and all of this corporate/industry/greed/patent BS can go the way of the dinosaur.
Turn it OFF!!!
Apocaloptimist! (thx Kiwi!)