This essay has spent a long time simmering in my consciousness and its time to set it free. Why? Because I'm about to surrender to money, to "join the system," "play the game" and seek money for my software.
The software, located at http://metamind.us, is all about creating a quality discernment system so we can "find the good stuff and tell everyone." It's the exact opposite of advertising; we will promote good ideas, products and politicians regardless of whether they pay us.
That's revolutionary and while I get a lot of lip service for the idea and the endeavor, there is very little money. The money is held by the rich, the corporations, and the government so that is where I shall now turn for support. That is the surrender I accept as "prudent and necessary." This is the way I am "selling out" to money. First, however, I shall tell the truth about money. It's the least I can do.
Why do I say that money is a failed system? Well, consider what needs to be done at the highest levels of social analysis. We need to provide a way for people to get their basic needs .... food, shelter, clothing, health care, education ... and money has become the single unifying method for accomplishing these things. We could simply provide them free-of-charge but then how would our needs be met? Money forces us to require money. It's a positive feedback loop. The more money you want, the more money you need. Of course, there is never enough money to do what needs to be done by design.
Money is artificial scarcity. It's what keeps the people in line. It's a form of social control. Money has failed to provide us with freedom while all the while contending that money is the path to freedom. And it seems to be true when you have money. But it is illusion since one man's freedom is obtained by enslaving other men. Money is deception.
A hundred years ago you might have been able to apply for a spot of land in Kansas or somewhere and move there, plant a few trees, and own the land. That was called the Homestead Act. But it doesn't exist anymore as far as I know. Now you need money if you want to have a home. There is no other option.
Similarly, you need more money every year for property taxes. Taxes keep going up even if they come down. The Bush administration's claim that "it's your money" is entirely false. It's our collective debt and we will pay in the future for the irresponsible fiscal behavior of the present. It's a question of WHEN your taxes will go up ... now or in the future.
Money has failed to provide for basic human needs. If the objective of money is to provide a fair method for us to distribute the goods and services of society then it has failed.
One might assert that money has succeeded because it is working for more than 51 percent of the people, but I think that is skewed reasoning since we have the physical means of providing for 100 percent of the people.
The reason we don't provide for everyone's needs is that we don't' have "enough" money. Money is our excuse for not doing the right things. Money doesn't work.
The most insidious thing about money as a system is that it keeps us from telling the truth about everything in life. It corrupts our souls so we no longer share the truth with each other. We say "I don't have enough money" when what we really mean is "I don't want to help." A commercial for Coke or Pepsi is never followed by a comment about how unhealthy these products are for you on the TV news. Money doesn't work to set the truth free. We stay silent so that we can get the money.
We've forgotten that help is not about money; it's about help. We have many ways we can help each other but we continually depend on money. That's why I'm going to create a window for people who want to use my program, the MetaMind, but don't have enough money. They can become "Beta Testers" and get free access in return for their help in finding bugs and helping to develop the database and the idea.
Anyway, consider how money doesn't work in politics. Howard Dean was giddy at the prospect that he would have $200 million to battle Bush. His now-fired campaign manager called it the "$100 Revolution" where he envisioned 2 million people donating $100 each to Howard Dean's Presidential campaign. There's nothing revolutionary about that idea; it's the same old crap: "Give me the money and I'll change the world."
If Howard Dean had picked up the phone and called me I might have given him the ideas which would have led him to victory. But no, he was too proud to call a humble peasant like myself. He put his faith in money. Money doesn't work. Dean is done.
Money doesn't work to save the environment either. We know we should "reduce, re-use and recycle" but how does that work to create jobs? It doesn't. Doing the WRONG thing creates economic progress in the money system while doing the RIGHT thing causes economic stagnation and even decline. We should be thinking seven generations into the future but instead we're thinking about how we can turn a profit in the next six months. Money doesn't work.
President Bush said we should go to Mars. I totally agree. It's "what's for dinner," what's on our plate, what we must eventually do, so let's get started. We have the people to do the work, the industrial capacity to make the stuff, and the technology to make it happen. Why was his proposal a non-starter? We don't have the money. Money doesn't work to get us into space.
At every turn money stands in the way and says "You can't do that." You can't provide health care for every American, you can't have free and open political campaigns without a lot of money to corrupt the voters, and you can't go to Mars because you don't have enough money. Money doesn't work.
Money stands in the way of human progress and we need to talk about what needs to be done. I think money needs competition. We need another system for distributing resources in society. I think that every company should be encouraged to give away 10 percent of their productive capacity, whether it is goods or services, to individuals who need it. Those of us who have money should support companies which do this. I call it the "ten percent" solution.
The government should provide an open data system for companies to report who has received their gifts. We need to learn to live in the open.
If you want the free stuff, you must release some personal information in exchange. That's fair. The less dependent we are on money, the more freedom we will enjoy. Government should be in the business of putting itself out of business. We need to learn how to live without either government or money. Let's remember our ideals.
Business has excess productive capacity so it should share it willingly with those who need it. Government should facilitate this process and the people should support the businesses which embrace this new ethic.
We don't need more laws; we need a new system of distributing resources in society. Money needs competition.
Instead, government continually presents money as the solution to our problems which breeds more dependence on both government and money. It's a psychological trap. Money is tyranny, plain and simple. You can embrace money or government but you are embracing tyranny in either case.
Money is a sick system because it keeps us from telling the truth. It's as if there is a huge elephant in the living room and we can only talk about the mouse in the corner. Money is the elephant and it shouldn't be in the living room. Money shouldn't be the focus of our lives, the meaning of our lives, the purpose of our lives. It's all wrong. Money should be outside in the back yard or perhaps downtown in a zoo, but not in our living room. The living room is our heart. Money doesn't work to promote healthy minds.
The mouse in the corner are the corrupt corporations which take our jobs overseas, cook the accounting books, and take huge salaries for their top officers. Yeah, we need to talk about it, but it's the small issue in my opinion. The big issue is the failure of money to promote peace, prosperity and human progress.
How can it be that spiritually wise and enlightened people refuse to "tell the truth" about money being a failed system? Where are the preachers teaching the wisdom of Jesus Christ regarding money? Do you think Jesus had a bank account or mutual funds? Do you think he self-identified himself as an "investor?"
Let me refresh your memory about what Jesus taught regarding money. He said "The love of money is the root of all evil." I ask you: how can you HAVE money without LOVING it? You love something or someone by paying attention to it. Therefore, if you pay attention to money, you love it!
The nature of money is self-deception, so that we can't even tell ourselves the truth any more, the truth that we are doing evil by even paying attention to money at all. I am doing evil now by surrendering my idea to the "will of money."
Jesus told the rich man to "sell everything and give it to the poor" when asked what else one could do to be righteous. Jesus overturned the money changers' tables in the temple. Jesus was a pauper, a man without money or property. He didn't own any slaves and was probably what we today would consider a "homeless man."
Money doesn't work to build a spiritually mature society. It constantly requires the rule of coercion, via government or artificial scarcity, to get things done. We go to government and say "redistribute money by force of the gun because it isn't happening on its own accord." But that just makes us more dependent on government. Taxes go up and the people hate government more and love money. Jesus said "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" meaning we should willingly give our money to government because it belongs to government.
But the Republicans, who appeal to the Christian right, say "It's your money." It's not yours if you believe in the teachings of Christ. The Republicans are an evil group of conspirators who consistently pervert the truth into a lie. Money doesn't work.
Money and government are two sides of the same coin. The idea that we will eventually create a just society through money is flawed. We will only get to tyranny through money, either by a revolution once the concentration of wealth syndrome has played itself out to its natural conclusion, or by socialism if the people ever get enough power to force the rich to surrender their wealth through taxation. Either way, it's not a spiritually enlightened society: it's a constant battle over who gets the resources. This is why politicians constantly say "I'll fight for you." Who or what are they fighting? Money and the people who have it. Money doesn't work to promote social justice.
My software is designed to promote the idea that we can "discern quality" through the search for consensus. The philosophical assumption is that quality, consensus and righteousness are all the same thing.
Now some people say that consensus doesn't exist, that there is always someone who disagrees. Perhaps, but consider the virtues, things like kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.
Everyone considers virtues to be good things. So let's start with virtues, since we already have consensus on them. If a proposal is virtuous, then it should be done. This is exactly the reverse of what money teaches us. Money teaches us that if a proposal gives me an "advantage over others" then it should be done. Money is war, constant struggle to get into the dominant position in the social hierarchy. Money doesn't work to produce consensus.
We have made a million kings and queens with money. I live next door to one of them. He's a multi-millionaire who doesn't have a job. He inherited his wealth, I'm told. Most of the neighborhood hates him because be behaves like a little king. He literally owns the road we live on and "graces us" with permission to use it. He has a mental problem, perhaps "bipolar" disease, which seems like a catch-all term for all the things that go wrong with people when they get into controlling others. Money doesn't work to promote community.
We should give rich people jobs helping others. If a job is good for poor people then it is good for rich people too. The social isolation of the rich produces mental illness.
He's a controlling sort of person. He doesn't have to listen to anyone ... he's rich. This is the consequence of money; it makes people who are "above the rest of us." We all know how "money buys justice" since the O.J. Simpson trial. Money is our salvation. It's how we "rise above" the rest of humanity and make ourselves special. It's not our deeds or values .... it's just money that matters. Money doesn't work to create justice.
Money is a failed system because it doesn't provide a way for people like me to get my message out to the world. I have to "surrender to money" I am told. Then I can be successful. Then I can get the recognition I need and desire. Then I can go to the dentist. Then I can pay my auto insurance. Then I can have my own home. First, I must surrender to a failed system.
Well, I'm ready to surrender people. Because you already have. You don't have time to do the things that need to be done because you're busy doing things which don't need to be done for the sake of money. It's a collective conspiracy. It's a spell. We cast it upon ourselves in the end so that we can live within this crazy system without going crazy. At least I can tell the truth before I surrender.
We tell ourselves "everyone needs some money" so I'll just do whatever is necessary to get some. We don't work for an alternative economic system which would de-necessitate money because then we would be making it harder to make money ourselves. We're trapped by money; we need to support it if we want to get it. If we support it then we become dependent upon it and can't tell the truth about it. It's a mental trap.
How do we free ourselves of this trap?
Any other alternative seems to lead to war. In truth, I think the "War on Terror" is all about money. Money itself is a system of warfare.
- Seek the truth.
- Speak the truth.
- Support the truth.
They teach "business as war" in the nation's business schools. Competition gets to be quite serious. Winning is everything. Money promotes this mental attitude which produces competition, conflict and war.
Meanwhile, we have the resources we need to provide for basic human needs, promote quality products and services and go to Mars. We have everything we need .... except enough money.
Because we don't have enough money we end up fighting with each other. Money is the true terrorist. Try living without it sometime .... it's a collective terrorism. We do it to ourselves.
It's all quite senseless. The idea that money is simply a form of "abstract barter" is so wrong. It's much more than that; it's a system of oppression and exploitation so that some people ... less than one percent of humanity ... can live like Kings and Queens. It's a system for preserving their position in society. The "concentration of wealth" syndrome is not an accident of money; it's part of money's design, part of it's very nature. It's easier to make money when you have money.
Money doesn't care about quality, just quantity. It's the nature of money. Money doesn't work to promote quality. We have government regulation for that.
Money is our true God. We think more about money than about anything else so it is the true focus of our existence. Do you think the Islamists have a point? We are the Great Satan because we force everyone to bow down to our god: Money.
Money is evil. What should be done with it? Seek the truth. Speak the truth. Support the truth.
That means you should join the MetaMind and share quality resources in the open for free. And you should send me some money if you can, because money is the dominant paradigm. That's not just a couple of words on the screen: it means if you don't surrender to money, money will destroy you. Money has been destroying people for thousands of years.
Money has been un unnatural influence on natural selection since it's beginning. We've been using it to kill people, actively and passively, who don't have enough money to defend themselves.
Please think about it. Pease support quality ideas, products, companies and a quality discernment system. Money is all about the rule of "quantity." Let's do the "other thing." Money needs competition.
Set the truth free!
Creator, MetaMind http://metamind.us
Virtues Project: http://metamind.us/virtues
Constitutional Convention: http://nodes.org/cc
Quality Choices: http://qualitychoices.us
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