And thus the intellectual genius of Maynard Keynes to recognise the government’s role in society as a collective goal for individuals, who now have their basic needs covered can find their own path through the multiverse without the burdens of poor health, debt, poor education, and elderly destitution. So with all these bases covered then, unlike in the movie pursuits outside of the pressures survival could be realised.
‘In Keynes’ view, the good life was not just about material goods or individual success, but also about social and cultural values. He believed that a healthy society was one in which people were able to pursue intellectual and cultural pursuits, as well as economic ones. He argued that government should invest in education, the arts, and cultural institutions to promote the intellectual and cultural development of society’.
And at present when it comes to societal and economic value this is the root we should pursue as individuals with the help of government to ease the passage for all to have opportunities and access to what Keynes referred to as ‘the good life’.
Returning to the movie to gain a context. With the pressures of family life, work, tax, survival at the forefront of the mind of the lead character. The important decisions could not be made with a clarity of thought with the cloud of debt, destitution and destruction. The protagonist reached this crunch point, and had to finally face up to the realities of the Neoliberal realisms of the bottom 90% where fight for survival in a world were the accident of birth is a far higher determinate of future outcomes than the universal opportunities promoted by Keysiansim for all to prosper by their own efforts, leading to the Keynesian ‘good life’.