An interesting life give us the opportunity to develop our skills, interests and affinities and finding our most rewarding productive niche in the community, for the satisfaction of contributing to the joint efforts and happiness of our peers.
…they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid.
That entails a number of things. An interesting, fulfilling life means secure opportunities for productive labor and comfortable subsistence, either through distributed ownership of the basic means of production and subsistence, or through access to the commons.
And it means the absence of fear: the ability to provide ourselves with subsistence without the requirement, enforced through artificial scarcity or threats of punishment, to work extra hard to feed privileged parasites as a condition for feeding ourselves.
And this lack of fear, in turn, entails other things. For example, it means being treated as ends in ourselves, whose happiness and fulfilment matters in its own right, rather than merely as means to the ends of other people.
More broadly, it means existence beyond the atomized individualism of countless men and women sitting severally under their own vines and fig trees. It means being part of a community in which our productive labor and creative efforts are undertaken in solidarity with our friends and neighbors, and being valued as a human being by our peers.
It means reciprocity, the satisfaction of «earning our keep» to the best of our ability through active contributions to the welfare of the community -but without the fear of living in want the minute we become sick or otherwise unable to work. It means the solidarity of mutual aid and support for those who fall on hard times, in a tradition as old as the sharing of the kill with children, the aged and sick in hunter-gatherer groups at the dawn of our species.
It means the opportunity to develop our skills, interests and affinities and finding our most rewarding productive niche in the community, for the satisfaction of contributing to the joint efforts and happiness of our peers.
It means, in the broadest sense, a way of life in which all effort is undertaken for the joy of creative labor itself, and for the joy of contributing to the happiness and well-being of our fellows, and everything we do is a work of art in the sense described by Ruskin and Morris, of pleasure in a thing well made. This is the opposite of a society in which we perform alienated labor to produce a commodity to be disposed of by a capitalist boss whose interests are at odds with our own, in an anonymous cash nexus where every bit of effort or interest in our work above the minimum necessary to get paid is self-exploitation, and our sole motivation is the fear of unemployment and want.
The rapid cheapening of means of production, the ease of horizontal network communications, the growing unenforceability of the enclosures and artificial scarcities the privileged classes impose on the commons, and the growth of the peer-to-peer ethos as an alternative to both the cash nexus and state, all in my opinion bring this interesting and fulfilling life within our reach.