Money is quite the interesting little phenomena when you really begin to study it. The funniest part is that it seems entirely integral to the functioning of society, when in reality it continues to only be a hindrance. Allow me to open your mind to the possibility of an earth without money.
What is money? In essence it’s a fictional measurement of wealth, of power, versatility, & mobility. Without it we are incapable of sustaining our lifestyles, we cannot feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, or hold shelter. This is because we’ve been conditioned to use money instead of resources, which in turn has blinded us to the world of our resources altogether. We need money don’t we? How else would we motivate people to take up the occupations that push society along? In a world without money who would want to be a garbage man? Who would want to be a maid? A gardener? The illusion is that our incentives to do this seemingly unimportant work would disappear if money were to as well, but this isn’t the case.
Imagine with me a world where currency was non-existent. What would create the jobs? The professions? The answer is necessity & inspiration. The streets begin to pile up with garbage, this presents threats to people’s health, the aroma degrades our quality of life, and wildlife becomes a nuisance as it ravages through our discarded trash. Several people living in this area filled with discarded waste become inspired to not only take care of the issue but to better the life quality of all in their community, so out of necessity and inspiration these people collaborate together to create a positive change for the community and themselves. This is applicable to every need a society may come across. If there is pollution in our water sources, many would feel inspired to congregate and deal with the issue. If there are people starving in your community, you would feel inspired to contribute to an operation dedicated to feeding the famished.(so why don’t we?) The beautiful thing is that most issues don’t require the participation of an entire community. This leaves everyone free to fill the voids where work is needed, while subsequently limiting the amount of people working in one field because it is “lucrative”.
To truly understand this concept you must look at the inverse, a society dependent on currency. In a world controlled by money we don’t choose our occupations based on their necessity to the evolution of society. We instead choose our occupation based on how much currency we can earn from it. This soon becomes quite dysfunctional because those who dictate the flow/ownership/control of money, are put in a position to manipulate & control the direction of society. They are allowed to then take our freedom to create the future and instead hand us a few disdainful options and paths we never truly desired in the first place. In this world ruled by currency, it doesn’t matter if our waters become grossly polluted, we wish we could do something about it, but ultimately we are powerless because it would consume our time, time we need to make money to survive. It doesn’t matter that millions of people around us are starving to death, we cannot devote ourselves to the issue because there is no money to be made in it, and without money we cannot support ourselves. But if you want you can become a lawyer and sentence people to a hellhole fenced off from society for profit because it’ll support your ability to survive. You can go into tech support and take calls from countless angry people who take everything out on you over the phone, not because you love troubleshooting or understand technology, but because it puts bread on the table. If no other job is available to you, you can always join the military and contribute to the killing of many, not because you enjoy killing(though you might) but you see no other alternative in life that will provide for you.
In this way money is the ultimate limitation of society. On the razors edge we feel unable to save ourselves from the world’s calamities because there is no profit to be had, and our immediate survival comes first.
How do we migrate to a money-less system? In this world of mortgage payments, student loans, electricity bills, is there any way to break free?! What am I but one person in a society ravaged by fictional wealth? The answer is that the currency system is only sustained by participation. You don’t have to live off the grid, you don’t have to burn your life’s savings, you don’t have to give up your job and become a nomad hippie. The world needs people with open minds working in the cogs of the machine, the world needs people working from the inside to bring about change from within. But instead try to realize money is only a crude means to an end. Money doesn’t measure your wealth, it doesn’t measure your ability to survive, it doesn’t measure anything as currency only exists as points which can be used to purchase a variety of goods and services that without meaningful intent hold no purpose. Get creative, go out and experiment with just how much you can do and attain without money, with words, experiences, and relationships alone. We are all connected and on some level wish to help one another just in the same way we wish to be helped. Instead of seeking financial gain from your actions seek emotions, experiences, and witness the full effect your actions have on the world around you. In order to make this change the world needs to get on the same page of this confusing book we call earth, and with baby steps it is our job to get as many people there as we can. Nothing happens over night, with all good things patience is the key. A problem can’t be solved that is being unobserved, but a problem who’s facets you are well aware of seemingly resolves itself, for it’s existence provides an answer. So wake up, and as you become more mindful wake up as many others as you can! You aren’t a cog of society, you are society! Be the change you wish to see in the world!