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Monday, February 22, 2016

The Value Of Money

I saw a meme being promoted in social media the other day. It was written to promote a conservative political agenda, but as I looked at what was said it dawned on me that is was based on our current system of valuing money--a system I believe to be highly flawed. Regardless, it made me ask myself some hard questions.

The post read as follows:

  • FASCISM: The government orders you to give the fruits of your labors to others. If you refuse, the government arrests you.
  • COMMUNISM: The government takes the fruits of your labors and gives them to others. If you refuse, the government arrests you.
  • SOCIALISM: The government politely takes the fruits of your labors and gives them to others. If you refuse, the government arrests you.
  • DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM: At the request of 51% of the voters, the government politely takes the fruits of your labors and gives them to others. If you refuse, the government arrests you.
It was obviously written to make people angry that their value/energy/money is being forcibly taken and given to others who "don't deserve it." My question is, if our money became worthless tomorrow, how would we go about getting the goods and services we need? 

The most logical answer would be to barter. It would be easy for the actual producers of goods and services to get the resources they needed. Farmers, doctors, furniture makers, etc. would be in the clear. What about teachers, social workers, and garbage collectors? How would all that work? I believe the powers that be want us to think it would all end up in chaos and that a state of martial law would have to be proclaimed. I personally believe humans are much better than that.

At the present time, there are people who give value/energy every day that do not get paid for it in money. Many caregivers take care of their own children or an elderly parent with no energy given back for it in return. What about the starving artist, who has talent but requires people with loads of money to buy his work? Should he be forced to use his energy in a job field that does pay money but does not use his talents? What such circumstances say to me is that our value system has gotten seriously warped. Why are we not allowed to use our gifts and energy in meaningful ways--in ways that make our hearts sing with purpose?

When we limit the value of money/energy with society's current norms, we limit who we allow ourselves to BE. Most of us go through life running on a hamster wheel, working hard but going nowhere because our energy/value/money ends up in the hands of a relative few. It often takes real creativity to build yourself a niche where you can get paid to do something you love.

It is time to think differently about what money is and what earning it should mean (as opposed to what it means at present). When we solve this problem, it will no longer be about having our energy/value stolen from us. It will be a mutually beneficial giving and receiving that will bring peace and prosperity to all.

~CSE



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