Mostly I feel that too many interpret the "all things in common" and all equal as, essentially socialism. Of course socialism isn't truly equal, but I feel that many read the scriptures on equality and they envision a socialist ideal where conspiring men don't mess it up.
I think that there is a lot more to it than that. This isn;t inspiration per se, but more of an exercise I have gone thru. If all of the saints decided to sacrifice their all to the poor and it was distributed worldwide, we *might* feed the poor for a day. The next day all of our possessions would be gone and the poor would be as poor as they were two days prior, and we would have added ourselves to their number.
My feeling is that most in the world are poor, not to disability but simply lack of education and lack of opportunity. And honestly, in today's world I have no more clue how to solve that problem than the next guy.
Here are my thoughts on living as one, all equal.
All must be welcome to participate, but they must be active participants, not passive recipients. Sacred covenants of sacrifice.
There is a great beauty to this, I think. There should be no job that is "beneath someone's dignity" - if a job needs to be done, and a person is capable of doing it, they should do it, gladly. There should be no idle hands, no retirement in old age to live in comfort from the labors of others. I would say that if one wants to retire, they need to provide for their own retirement, but in a society that has all things in common, how can one provide for one's own retirement? One answer is that everyone continues to be useful and productive until the luncheon of their own funeral. Another answer is that things are not had in common, there is private property but it si more equitably distributed. And that presents its own problems, as history shows us that when men are left in charge to redistribute things equally, some people are always more equal than others (specifically, those doing the redistribution.) Any thoughts on that?
In short, as I am sure you gathered, my biggest issue with all being equal is that no one should be participating looking for an easy means to provide for themselves. Somehow selfishness needs to be overcome, but not ONLY the selfishness of the wealthy, but also the selfishness of those who covet and desire food, clothing and shelter without working for it. To address the former without addressing the latter is to create a system that has already proven itself a failure numerous times.
What do you think? A plan cannot function on warm fuzzies, and for every person that is a net "beneficiary", others must over-produce to provide that benefit. And for the FEW who are literally incapable of doing any productive work, of course they should be admitted and cared for - and pitied. What a sad life to be literally incapable of producing anything or serving others in any capacity.
I hope I have kind of outlined my concerns/thoughts - I'd love to hear yours or anyone else's thoughts. Certainly charity is going to be central to such a proposition - overlooking each others faults and rooting judgement out of our own breast is going to be important. But it also need to logistically work. I know the Lord would pour out blessings on everyone who attempted to make this happen.