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say goodbye to the Almighty Buck?
say goodbye to the Almighty Buck?
If you havn't read the blog of "Philosophy and Sex-Spewing Drivel", I suggest taking a slight detour and checking it out. Every day there is another bit of wisdom that opens one's eyes to a little more truth. What really hit me was the recent post about Money. I capitalize it because I really feel that in this world, and especially in this country (USA), we have truly deified the monetary unit. Never before in human history have we given so much of our external power over to the will of an intangible entity of our own creation. So I think it may be time for me to share with this expansive community a thought (or theory?) of my own. I've been ridiculed (and divorced) on account of this thought before, so please be honest and thoughtful in your comments. If it's truly ridiculous, I'd like to know. But if any of this resonates with you, I'd like to know that, too. All I ask is that you take some time to think about it seriously first. On that note...
Money is completely unneccesary at this point in our human evolution. What was a stepping stone in an earlier time has now become a stumbling block. Money never creates any possibilities. It can only serve to limit what is already possible for humans to accomplish. Any act of survival or advancement can proceed normally without money being a factor. Money is a veil that gets between us and our true, deep motivations.
Based on these principles, I now offer a vision of a world without money...
Any plant requires only a few things to lead a happy life; sun, rain, soil, and time. All of these are provided without charge. A plant doesn't need money.
A person who loves to help plants grow will do so because they love the process of nature, and want to help natural processes become more harmonious, and therefore more productive.
A hungry person will eat food without being paid to do so (this is a no-brainer). We have plenty of natural motivation to ensure our survival.
People also want their lives to be easier and less stressful. We already have this motivation, and it is strong enough to drive the invention of luxury.
All people receive what they need. Food, clothing, shelter. Period. There is plenty to go around already, it only needs to be sent. Life is a gift. We have no right to withhold what sustains it.
Those who produce and provide the necessities of Life will receive luxury. They deserve the things that provide comfort. No farmer should ever have to worry. No homebuilder should ever have to go home to a shack. Again, we have the resources, they just have to be sent.
There are many who have a desire to invent luxury. Since all needs are provided, they are free to create, without restriction, those things that make stress diminish, and comfort increase.
Basically, everyone who is doing what they love right now, would contiue to do so. The only difference is the result of their labors. In our current version of reality, the #1 motivation is survival. We go to work to make money so we can buy the things that sustain our Life. Any extra (if there is any) gives us the things that increase comfort; money is the limit. I believe that if the money factor was removed, only the true motivations (love of what we do) would remain. If you love what you do, keep doing it. If you are miserable, go do what you love. Trust me, there are enough people in the world who love to grow things that we will not starve. There are enough people who care about the safety of others that we would not have a world overrun by criminals (much of the motivation for criminal behavior, such as poverty, would be gone, anyway).
There are over 6 billion people in the world, more than enough to provide a comfortable, and productive Life for all.
The only reason it hasn't happened yet is the fundamental truth that we all must face...
It must be chosen.
And we must agree, if only on this one choice.
As long as we CHOOSE to compete, rather than CHOOSE to cooperate, nothing will change.
It truly comes down to choice.
Now, I don't want anyone to think that what I just wrote is a comprehensive plan for the world to follow. I only wanted to outline some basic ideas; everything else will grow out of this. I really do want to know what people truly think, though. I honestly believe that we are fast approaching a time when we will be forced to make some tough desicions about how we live Life, and how we act upon the Lives of others. Like I said before, I only ask that you really put some thought into this, and be completely honest.
Peace and Love to you all.
9/14/2005 12:41 am
totally agree! but don't forget we live in occupied territory, so sometimes have to do things we don't want to do to survive ... as far as i know, none of us is blogging for money -- but we still have the incentive. people do things because they enjoy them and have access to whatever is needed to do them; unfortunately, to many people in the world don't even have access to resources necessary to find out what they enjoy...|
10/18/2005 11:51 am
Would love to live in such an Utopia. We could do what we wanted, and still have our place to live, enough to eat, and health care for all. We do have the ability to do this thsi very second you are absolutly right.
However some people love to control others by hoarding. They want to think that they center the human universe because the yare people with means. They need to think that with out them, the rest of us would be lost.
SO we still do this dance between the haves and have nots.