When I ask this question, most people think I am headed down the road to pitch socialism or communism. Their responses often sound like, “I don’t think that would work or what about the bottom-feeders?” The thing is, what I am really trying to get at is, “Money really doesn’t have any power, except for what humankind gives to it.”
Before man, animals and plants co-existed harmoniously, the biggest exchange of anything was prey giving its life to a predator or a herbivore devouring foliage, but this was all in the name of the “Circle-of-Life,” not a planned out bargain, trade agreement or exchange. I think that 99% of the animal and Plant kingdom, aside from humans, does not create a commerce as we do. Now, I am only saying this without doing any research into the animal kingdom and I am sure there are animal scientists who could prove me wrong.
When I asked people the question, what I really want to know is if people truly believed that money is ABSOLUTELY necessary for life to continue on this planet.
If everyone continued to operate exactly as they are doing right at this moment, wouldn’t the world would continue to press forward? Money is really unnecessary to build, create, write, compute, design, dig, drive, and perform any of those human actions that create outcomes. It really is only because there is an exchange of one thing for another (time, goods, expertise, expectation, and sex) that any of these things happen. In the world today, there are very few things that happen without the exchange of some sort of currency.
A LONG, LONG time ago, there occurred probably one of the most important exchanges that ever happened. More than likely humans evolved to a point of where they did not want to all be one large group anymore (this was probably happening in several places on the planet at the same time). One of the group members, probably a rebel, left the group and went out and found an item different than anything the group already knew and brought it back. That new item then became coveted by everyone for its supposed “value,” either because of its utility or beauty. This particular action probably was the predecessor to the first transaction or exchange, which then catapulted us into a whole new era of commerce, which hasn’t stopped.
I don’t want to get too deep into this topic, but instead, I just want you to consider a couple of things. Money is very necessary, don’t get me wrong. At least in its current state of use. There is nothing wrong at all with people making large amounts of money. Kudos to all those who do. Someday, I hope to also.
Here are a few questions I hope you at least consider.
Is money necessary for our evolution? Is money, trade or currency, the only thing propelling humans forward? If we took money out of the equation, would everyone become lazy, “hippie” bums? Or, would a future be possible, where we actually all decided to dwell together on this earth, living harmoniously, helping each other out, making sure everyone is provided for and taken care of? I challenge you any way you believe to live your life as if money didn’t exist. What type of existence would that look like to you or do you only live because of money?