Love your train of thought here, Dan. I think you’ve really hit on a key point with achieving a level of abundance where acquiring more doesn’t change anything.
I think that the Internet has started doing that: When everyone has access to the same massive volume of information, we automatically look for better things to do that simply ingest endless amounts of information. As a result, people start communicating more (the rise of things like Instant Messaging, Twitter, Facebook, etc., are evidence of this) and looking for ways to collaborate and share ideas and stories (blogging) instead of just sharing articles of information.
We’re a long way away from a similar affect in the real world, but I think it’s an excellent example and a great catalyst for bridging the gap.