Currency is a Trap
By M.M.J. Gregory on May 28, 2014
I do not believe in capitalism. Not only that, I don't believe in money.
I hate money.
I am sick of money.
What is money anyway?
Little pieces of paper and metal that have value.
Why are they valuable? Because we say so.
That's it. That's all.
We agree it means something, so it does - a shared delusion.
There is no inherent wealth in a $1 bill, not even in a $100 bill. It doesn't matter if it is the Queen's face or my own, a stamp on a bill is meaningless.
A sparkly diamond can go for hundreds of millions of dollars, but the bottle of water that keeps us alive? A few quarters.
Our priorities are screwed up.
I'm not saying water should be expensive or diamonds should be cheap, I'm saying nothing should have a price tag on it.
“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”
Why do citizens revolt? Either because they can't walk the streets safely or they can't put food on their table. That's it.That's the purpose of government. To provide safety and security. That's what civilization is. When those two needs are corrupted, revolution is certain.We all live on this planet. We all need its resources. We all need care and sustenance. But even in one of the most revered countries in the world, this happens:
"Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself."
-William Dean Howells
Why does this happen? How did we let this become the norm? How did we disillusion ourselves so much?
We speak of American Dreams and trickle-down economies. We listen to tirades against the "economically disadvantaged" in which they are called lazy and stupid and unwilling and unmotivated and deserving of their lot in life.
We ignore generations of racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and ableism. We ignore the pitfalls of capitalism and the way it always leads income inequality. We call corporations 'people' and watch those that struggle suffocate and call the billionaires "too big to fail".
We don't ignore our materialism, we applaud it:
We are told that the rich need the "incentive" of more money for them to create jobs. We are told that the poor need the "incintive" of less money so that they will pull themselves up by their bootstraps. And then we believe it.
When someone does battle their way to the top of the ladder, they believe they deserve it more than anyone else. That think they worked harder, that they are inherently better. Even if they cheated.
We become convinced that those seeking help are a bunch of couch potatoes commiting fraud, no matter what the evidence shows.
We don't share. We don't consider. We don't empathize.
We slap on a price tag.
I hate money. It is a vile thing.
Originally published on Wary Wonderlust
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