This isn't about the 'truth' or religion per se but it could affect those things. I freely admit I can't fathom all of the likely outcomes if ......
energy became free!
In today's world, that idea might seem absurd. Gasoline and electricity cost real money as energy but that might change radically. Eventually, someone will find a safe way to exploit "E = Mc2" in a way that doesn't involve a mushroom cloud or a reactor. If matter is just condensed energy of a sort, someone may find a way to END energy costs via a new breakthrough........ and what happens then? That's my concern.
Good stuff that would happen:
Middle East governments collapse and are forced to develop real economies
Growing food becomes cheaper
Pollution vanishes, global warming fears end, oil spills stop, smog disappears, strip mines stop.
but now the bad stuff:
possible mass unemployment at utilities, mines, and oil refineries
a deflationary crisis because of banks and corporations collapsing
a breakdown in centralized government because people have most of what they really need
a lack of challengein the lives of young people
what am I missing in this? What else would happen? Would it really be better?
There is an absolute law in all human endeavors - the law of unintended consequences. And that has me wondering about any development that might make energy 'free'