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Is Money The Root of All Evil?

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The saying “money is the root of all evil” comes to us from the Bible – which actually states, “the love of money is the root of all evil”.

My extensive study of spiritual and metaphysical subjects has led me to the conclusion that, in fact, it is evil that is the root of all money – at least our modern monetary systems.

Money was first created as a means of exchange or trade, to replace clumsy systems such as barter.  It was later exploited by those who wished to accumulate wealth and wield great power over others.

All monetary systems are based upon one very basic (and incorrect) assumption; that it is necessary to get something in exchange for any product or service delivered to another person – and this “something” must come directly from the one who received the product or service.

This false assumption (and all evil is a result of mistaken assumptions, or false beliefs) has led to many thousands of years of suffering, war, poverty, corruption, and greed amongst humans.  One need only look to the natural world, which has succeeded and thrived for millions, perhaps billions, of years to see that if nature had adopted such an insane policy, we never would have been created in the first place.

In nature, the sun shines, the rain falls, microbes create soil, plants grow and produce flowers and fruit, insects eat the plants, birds eat the insects, animals eat, breed and enrich the soil with their waste – all WITHOUT THE DIRECT EXCHANGE OF ANYTHING.  Imagine if the sun would only shine on the plants that could pay the utility bill, or the plants only allowed animals and insects to eat their leaves and fruits if they could “pay” directly for it, or if animals collected taxes to compensate for being killed and eaten.

Sound ridiculous?  That’s because it is.  It is just as ridiculous and ludicrous as the human invention of barter, trade, and money.

Money can only limit and inhibit the free flow of resources required for life to flourish, develop, and evolve to higher levels.  Humans are currently stuck at a certain level – the level of separation, competition, and fear.  To evolve, me must abandon this insane way of looking at our relationships with each other and with the earth.  We must realize that cooperation, community, and love are what makes the world go round, not money.

Nature has developed amazing technologies, ways to utilize and store energy, and incredible systems of interdependence and cooperation.  All we need do is study, observe, and follow her example.  We can do this.  We must, if we are to continue enjoying the infinite and abundant resources we have been given.  We must reunite with the family of life all around us, and let go of the evil (mistaken beliefs) that are at the root of all money.

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February 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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Are You A Consumer? Or A Creator?

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One of the reasons it is so challenging to envision a Resource Based Economy is that most of us (especially Americans) think of ourselves as Consumers.

Consumers ask the question, “Where can I get the money to buy the stuff I want and need?”

Creators ask the question, “Do I have the resources to create this?”

If we see ourselves as Consumers, then the process of creating often boils down to, “Where do we get the money to buy the stuff we need to create what we want?”  This unfortunate process detracts from the creative process, and can leave us feeling frustrated and empty.

In a lecture on TED Talks,  Daniel Pink explains how financial incentives interfere with the creative process.  (The video is embeded on website here: http://www.metaphysics-for-life.com/mind-on-money.html) Money motivates action that requires no problem solving or creative thinking.  And yet, money is considered the primary source of motivation in our economy!

Before we can successfully move from a money based to a Resource Based economy, we must begin to redefine ourselves – to make the quantum leap from seeing ourselves as Consumers, to seeing ourselves as the Creators we truly are.

Economies do not run on money.  Economies run on people!  We can have an economy without dollars, trade, barter or exchange.  We can create a society that is fueled by the creative genius within each and every one of us – that creative genius that is crushed by financial incentives.

The key word is “CREATE”.  To create the peaceful, abundant, healthy, and FUN world we all want – start seeing yourself as CREATOR!

Note: Please share your experiences with creating and consuming, and how those two experiences have impacted your own personal “economy” (ie. how rich do you really feel?)

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November 19, 2009 at 12:34 am

Resourced Based Economy

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I found this article at http://thevenusproject.com and I’m posting it here so it’s easier to read.  Please visit the website for more about The Venus Project: Future by Design.  We need a positive vision for our future, and this could be it!

A Resource-Based Economy is a system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few. The premise upon which this system is based is that the Earth is abundant with plentiful resource; our practice of rationing resources through monetary methods is irrelevant and counter productive to our survival.

Modern society has access to highly advanced technology and can make available food, clothing, housing and medical care; update our educational system; and develop a limitless supply of renewable, non-contaminating energy. By supplying an efficiently designed economy, everyone can enjoy a very high standard of living with all of the amenities of a high technological society.

A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all.

Consider the following examples: At the beginning of World War II the US had a mere 600 or so first-class fighting aircraft. We rapidly overcame this short supply by turning out more than 90,000 planes a year. The question at the start of World War II was: Do we have enough funds to produce the required implements of war? The answer was No, we did not have enough money, nor did we have enough gold; but we did have more than enough resources. It was the available resources that enabled the US to achieve the high production and efficiency required to win the war. Unfortunately this is only considered in times of war.

In a resource-based economy all of the world’s resources are held as the common heritage of all of Earth’s people, thus eventually outgrowing the need for the artificial boundaries that separate people. This is the unifying imperative.

We must emphasize that this approach to global governance has nothing whatever in common with the present aims of an elite to form a world government with themselves and large corporations at the helm, and the vast majority of the world’s population subservient to them. Our vision of globalization empowers each and every person on the planet to be the best they can be, not to live in abject subjugation to a corporate governing body.

Our proposals would not only add to the well being of people, but they would also provide the necessary information that would enable them to participate in any area of their competence. The measure of success would be based on the fulfilment of one’s individual pursuits rather than the acquisition of wealth, property and power.

At present, we have enough material resources to provide a very high standard of living for all of Earth’s inhabitants. Only when population exceeds the carrying capacity of the land do many problems such as greed, crime and violence emerge. By overcoming scarcity, most of the crimes and even the prisons of today’s society would no longer be necessary.

A resource-based economy would make it possible to use technology to overcome scarce resources by applying renewable sources of energy, computerizing and automating manufacturing and inventory, designing safe energy-efficient cities and advanced transportation systems, providing universal health care and more relevant education, and most of all by generating a new incentive system based on human and environmental concern.

Many people believe that there is too much technology in the world today, and that technology is the major cause of our environmental pollution. This is not the case. It is the abuse and misuse of technology that should be our major concern. In a more humane civilization, instead of machines displacing people they would shorten the workday, increase the availability of goods and services, and lengthen vacation time. If we utilize new technology to raise the standard of living for all people, then the infusion of machine technology would no longer be a threat.

A resource-based world economy would also involve all-out efforts to develop new, clean, and renewable sources of energy: geothermal; controlled fusion; solar; photovoltaic; wind, wave, and tidal power; and even fuel from the oceans. We would eventually be able to have energy in unlimited quantity that could propel civilization for thousands of years. A resource-based economy must also be committed to the redesign of our cities, transportation systems, and industrial plants, allowing them to be energy efficient, clean, and conveniently serve the needs of all people.

What else would a resource-based economy mean? Technology intelligently and efficiently applied, conserves energy, reduces waste, and provides more leisure time. With automated inventory on a global scale, we can maintain a balance between production and distribution. Only nutritious and healthy food would be available and planned obsolescence would be unnecessary and non-existent in a resource-based economy.

As we outgrow the need for professions based on the monetary system, for instance lawyers, bankers, insurance agents, marketing and advertising personnel, salespersons, and stockbrokers, a considerable amount of waste will be eliminated. Considerable amounts of energy would also be saved by eliminating the duplication of competitive products such as tools, eating utensils, pots, pans and vacuum cleaners. Choice is good. But instead of hundreds of different manufacturing plants and all the paperwork and personnel required to turn out similar products, only a few of the highest quality would be needed to serve the entire population. Our only shortage is the lack of creative thought and intelligence in ourselves and our elected leaders to solve these problems. The most valuable, untapped resource today is human ingenuity.

With the elimination of debt, the fear of losing one’s job will no longer be a threat This assurance, combined with education on how to relate to one another in a much more meaningful way, could considerably reduce both mental and physical stress and leave us free to explore and develop our abilities.

If the thought of eliminating money still troubles you, consider this: If a group of people with gold, diamonds and money were stranded on an island that had no resources such as food, clean air and water, their wealth would be irrelevant to their survival. It is only when resources are scarce that money can be used to control their distribution. One could not, for example, sell the air we breathe or water abundantly flowing down from a mountain stream. Although air and water are valuable, in abundance they cannot be sold.

Money is only important in a society when certain resources for survival must be rationed and the people accept money as an exchange medium for the scarce resources. Money is a social convention, an agreement if you will. It is neither a natural resource nor does it represent one. It is not necessary for survival unless we have been conditioned to accept it as such

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April 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

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