Money dominates human existence at a profound level. The idea that money is so real to those who give their souls, psyches, and limited time on earth to the idea of money would be considered a tragedy, perhaps, if people weren’t so shortsighted or convinced of its importance or superiority over genuine humanity. Beyond the effects of money’s influence in our world on the individual, however, is a much broader and more disruptive side of this evil.
So many questions of culture, materialism, division of labor—what causes or endeavors deserve the devotion of time, energy, and labor—money’s impact on the future of all society goes unchecked. Money has apparently effectuated a type of “mass psyche effect“ leaving everyone in oblivion as to their capability to sense real justice, fairness, and more importantly, meaning. With capitalism in particular, the identities of individuals fail to calculate the loss in output/employment from crises in human terms and focus rather in numerical value . . . particularly troubling is not knowing what those numbers even represent?
The movie Worth provides one example where insurers for Airlines tried to calculate the dollar value of the lives lost. While it is “worth” watching, the fact that people are titled by their economic role such as “insurer” or “airliner” or whatever else, is proof that the almighty dollar is the manufacturer of our society and the identity of every constituent of it. What’s more, is that the loss of real unified culture is utterly apparent, replaced with nothing more than net worth as an expression of power. Like, is an individual person somehow more capable of addressing worldly issues because they obtained more money by playing a sport or having some random idea that further complicated options trading? Anyone who firmly believes America is a meritocratic place will have to contend with hundreds of millions of people who feel the opposite. Why do we continue to allow the almighty dollar to rule our pseudo-civilization?
Is it somehow connected to human progress and if so, progress toward what?!
The alleged disparity between the proverbial “haves and have-nots” seemingly appears to be at an historic high, and with rising populations across the globe, the inevitably of future like the plethora of futuristic dystopian films is apparent to anyone with a pair of eyes and a conscience.
Somehow, in a world where the levels of youth unemployment would’ve led to revolutions in the past, how is that not happening this time? Or is it? (We know that many “U”niversity’s across the nation shifted from objective educators to institutions of indoctrination, leading to widespread and open support of socialism by the new generation of idiot-intellectuals who think scientific reason is a means of obtaining utopian blueprints)(notice: it is not intellectualism itself that renders adherents stupid, nor the belief in reason, but the belief that those two combined is what makes a life, or makes society better).
Theoretically, it could be that the portrayal of values and life-course are controlled such that “the system” can equitably provide for those who wish to partake, and those who don’t are to blame, themselves. That is to say, the unwillingness to join the global economy by becoming a nice drone in providing labor value to the legitimization a fiat currency that isn’t in their own best interest.
The pacification of mainstream America with their 2-child families, university-styled high school education progressions, tract housing, unsustainable levels of consumerism, and perpetual domination of American culture also houses the largest population of prisoners in all history. Electoral democracy is, more-or-less, just an extension of high school popularity politics, with reason, science, or even religious morality only touching the cusp of the rationalizations for social control. It needs money to maintain its status—”it” being the bubble/inside crowd of political hegemony. Those in the board meetings responsible for creating “ads” that have gone so absurdly far so as to seek profits by monetizing things that were parts of our past positive experiences. For example, a fucking Vrbo ad portraying a couple sitting at a campfire at some getaway cabin. They literally are taking the concept of the past of people getting out of the city where their lives are occupied with a certain hasty lifestyle to free themselves and get in touch with nature, an event that historically was satisfying and head-clearing, and preyed on people by offering that in exchange for money. The point is, money has no limits or bounds on what was once sacred, to anyone, anywhere. Love? Online dating is a mere monetization of love…Fucking love! Anyone who complains about DeBeers monetizing diamonds needs to quit holding some shady mining practices out as evil when the entire fucked up Western world has monetized every single aspect of life wherever they can, to a complete sickness, and rationalized it all with legal documentation upheld by equally insane entities that pretend they are righteous and know what the ‘nation’ was founded on because they interpret the american constitution however the hell they want.
Even the nature of why human beings turn to drugs in the first place is indeed an existential question that, unfortunately, is often categorized with simplistic rhetoric, unfounded science, domineering attitudes, or disdain from self-righteous persons with identities that don’t have time for others or their problems. They do it in a way so as to monetize “mental” pharmaceuticals. Convince parents their kids have a mental problem and get them to pay a few hundred bucks a month for years! Yay, righteous american industry!
It is very easy to just write-off people. Saying “they gave up on life” or blaming escapism, PTSD, immaturity, etc. The fact of the matter is drug use is typically tied to the degree of happiness and content of people with their lives…lives that are part of the greater world, the world around them—that means society. Social harmony gets heavily disrupted as economic forces impact all of our lives. While institutions divide, and hold as criminal, individuals for violations of rules (rules designed by those supposedly acting for the greater good but all too often having special interests, often being a constituency that is a major voting force, parts or the whole of mainstream America), the rulemaking’s aim at individuals lacks utter consideration for systemic problems, including issues of culture clash, lack of norms upon which to define deviance, the effect of implementation of laws, and the entire purpose of governmental regulation in itself.
What does any of this have to do with money?
EVERYTHING HAS TO DO WITH MONEY. Somebody gets rich, somebody dies. Somebody is born and has a dream of adulthood, somebody’s future gets stuck plugging away in an economy with zero upward mobility. The list of madness about money goes on and on…it is probably the most absurdly dystopian human institution to date.
To understand more, research into the effects of the protestant reformation on the relations between Parliament and Catholic Ireland can serve as a reference point upon which to analyze social dynamics of power struggles and monetizing a culture that gained its sense of pride and emotion from a togetherness that outweighed the lines drawn by money and profit. Read not with an “eye” for the details of Cromwellian conquests/slaughter or the aims of figures within the parliament, but rather the principalities of ideology to which they likely possessed…for this is where I speak and where the most insight can be gained.
You see, monetizing life on a global scale—that is to say, implementing money-systems to thereafter gain power and control over the resources and people of a nation, land, or tribe, is a dangerous game…dangerous for the unsuspecting. The idea is to bring “justice” and put the land to “its highest use.”
The funny thing is, speaking from an economic policy standpoint, the premises upon which the entire foundation of the modern American “free-market” version of capitalism are Founded, are entirely Obsolete from the system in Reality. Smith’s Wealth of Nations, which established the essential premises of social philosophy that took medieval Europe out of feudalism and into industrialization, was intended at providing more goods and services for everyone by incentivizing
Rules against trade in products and commodities as opposed to money, it can assist in local and small yet necessary transactions. End of alchemy and money of banking it’s chaos it’s madness it always has been. It seems his aim is a better world through rational calculated steps, changing landscape, the games men play, the futures become very bleak for all of us. The application of social theory to human life, or any theory for that matter on a macro level in a more connected/macro than ever world. Think about how to make capitalism work? Can’t ignore that it’s social circles in power struggles and discourse rhetoric-adjusting. Taken all together, this marks possibly the end of all human civilization. Between all the nuance of business, beyond accounting, beyond the niceties the civility in the understanding that come from homogeneous culture, civil unrest in the law of diminishing returns of the increase in population and production. Affecting mankind by creating a widespread state of anomie.
Can somebody please explain to me the reality and a proper relationship between time and the development of individual personhood as it pertains to an ethical progression of one’s relationship with money? I’ll PAY BIG BUCKS!!!
As for now, it seems that the world takes its children, threatens and thereafter steals their natural consciences and molds them into believing they actually NEED money to live more than anything else. I could be wrong, but I suspect something is a bit off about the way American culture uses money, the way it portrays money to its youth, the way it affects the human being by converting them into just human and reduces the being to nothing more than a point of processing in an overarching system that doesn’t even necessarily serve all. At the same time, they claim to idealize democracy, which has its own flaws aside from the many falsities that it actually exists.
Getting back to this money thing on an individual level, it cannot possibly be easy for a child to grow up and understand money and how it works, or is supposed to work. It’s gotta be as much of an experiential thing as the infinity of pubescence…I mean, if anyone is being honest and willing to step even slightly outside their own subjectivity.
The world tells its youth, you must make money, you need money, you have to be a part of the economy, you must get a job, and work…and at the same time asks them what they want to BE when they grow up, despite knowing as adults that children have a really limited identity when it comes to fitting into the economy. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, construction workers, manufacturers, chemists, software developers, restauranteurs, and the like.
When a child says they want to be a wizard or fairy, or an astronaut, or a veterinarian, or anything that they might say (always exclusively something that has entered their realm of thought through social relations or media), we know the world is going to bombard them into giving all that up and, by necessity, fitting into the increasingly large economy we all submit to wherever the hell they can…an economy increasingly regulated by bureaucracies through globalization’s great promise/lie of inter-connectedness and technological utopia.
Funny how that same economy is so adamantly opposed to “identity theft” when their entire system is a giant form of identity theft as it controls jobs and how they are run, requires massive amounts of people to sell family farms as agribusiness dominates the market, leaving them in bankruptcy and their children moving into the big city to become urbanites with deranged attitudes on relationships, sexuality, love, and individual freedom while their farmer fathers and mothers scratch their heads in disbelief and slow death.
Is it really fair to impose the concept of money on a soul and simultaneously suggest that they are free?
What would happen if the world abandoned it and people were truly free to move about and organize to nothing but natural law? If we think it would be chaos and violence would be rampant, is there an answer to the violence that the “ordered world” imposes by keeping its currency and resources in alignment by destroying cultures we label as inferior and “developing” them?
And what does any of this have to do with individual identity formation? If you haven’t figured it out, maybe you won’t.
Watch American Greed on MSNBC and see all kinds of stories of people who did what it took to make a lot of money. Sure, you’ll jail them for “crime” but at the same time, nobody says its wrong to want to make a lot of money, its just the methods they say. Well nobody seems to make it easy for us all to become wealthy. If I laid out what I want for my life personally, how do I know if the world would say whether its grandeur or humble or where on the spectrum in between? Would everyone be on board with trying to achieve the same level for everyone if we all agreed it was good? You know, we all make these decisions every day with our actions, but we do so inefficiently by not actively making a system to decide them, like forum or making use of our technology.
When a friend tells a friend (that is to say, two youths who met through the phenomena of organic innocence as their bodies come together in the physical world and their relationship develops as the sounds of vocal tones and the words and their meanings are interpreted in such a manner that their souls actually unite and transcend the world in a surreal manner that only they understand and know) something like “you only need enough to be happy, too much will kill you” or something like “if it don’t make dollars, it don’t make sense”, or the infinite other number of ideologies about money, is it good?
Will the world and its use of money ever cease? Is it possible to measure the goodness of money as a concept against its divisiveness, against the evil it causes, against greed? Is it an evil person that needs to be sent to jail for fraud, or is it the money system that needs to be analyzed to determine whether its fair in its ability to regulate humanity. Can we fairly blame someone who has been forced to choose between a modest, hard laboring life, given few outs to a better material world or even something like a week of freedom through a vacation, and then punish them when they choose some sort of scam-ish behavior. Or, how about the people who have put in a lifetime on working and striving to become great at something that the world says they can make millions of dollars for doing if they are good enough, and then they become good enough, having sacrificed their youth—to the point that they can no longer fit into the world by sheer lack of shared experience—only to find that the system they dreamt of and was encouraged has left them high and dry. High and dry meaning a body who the world thinks is still young, but can no longer sustain itself in the world that IS.
Is not everyone that is a part of the system a scammer? Everyone sells out the identities of their youth, the stories of their lives before money interfered, to make money…as they were told by an oppressive system. I have news for you, the money this government and its allowed venture capitalists to invest in will fail. It will fail everyone, all of us. It arguably causes more cancer than it cures. It’s disrupted all of our hearts and integrated society based on the idea of labor force, not on the idea of nation, or of religiosity, or of the goodness of free spirit. It’s turned sport, a great thing when it means nations compete in a non-violent manner, or for developing bodies to meet a physical standard humanity can hang its hat on, and turned it into another greed-centric institution that has hardly any room to support the millions of youth it entraps. Idealizing star athletes would be more acceptable and honorable in a time when this globe wasn’t suffering a serious crisis on the verge of expanding human consciousness to something great or more likely falling into a horrendous abyss of catastrophes, both economic and ecological.
I cannot let this world steal my identity by telling me I’m a lawyer, or a doctor, or a hooker, or a secretary, or a janitor, or a waitress, or a white man, or a black woman, or a criminal, or a vagabond, or weed-enthusiast, a coke-addict or an American, or a Mexican, or Gabonesean. The capitalist economy only poses multiculturalism as an ideal worth promoting so they can keep their mental heuristics and the current social order in check. Their half-truths are slowly being unveiled, by things like their inability to answer crisis, as well as their direct relationship in causing them.
If you think this whole rantangent is nuts, then YOU take the time to figure it out. Read Marx or talk to anti-capitalist youths in your city who hate seeing their life dwindle away stuck at a local bar or coffee shop when they know they could be devoting their lives to something bigger if it wasn’t controlled by a system of profitability that often is owned by people who are so detached from their lives and don’t understand who they are or what they want. Or read about Risk from Ulrich Beck. Learn about sociology and its aim of objectivity. Learn about the progression of American culture as it pertains to scientific materialism. Learn about how nearly all non-Western cultures view Wall Street and the President of the United States. Or, get really good at sports and ask yourself if it’s deserving of being a several hundred billion dollar per year industry…if Lebron James is truly a more worthy human being for his work than Ulrich Beck’s who you probably don’t even know. Ask yourself about what bounds we should draw between capitalist and socialist ideals, as the reality is that somewhere along those lines and even transcending them in our lives is more important.
All our lives, identities, and property, is being stolen by money. We are all a part of a system and an economy we never asked to be a part of. I’m upset because I have no say and its left me poor as heck, and the people around me who have made money have done so either illegally or through means I don’t find ethical. What’s worse is, they don’t even see the relationships I am talking about. What’s worse is, they have children who they can support financially while I have never been able to take that chance, cause its been so far behind the 8-ball of personal finance. And I ask myself, is carbonating Coca-Cola actually a good way to resolve carbon emissions that are destroying our planet and health (see what oxygen levels are like across the planet and how it affects human bodies) but also we need to keep the company alive and sell coke and cell phones to Brazilians to keep that profit margins high for American consumerism. IF that sentence didn’t follow proper grammar, its a rantangent, who cares. The whole world cannot speak grammatically any more because its moving too fast and profitability drove it to this point.
Anyone who doesn’t know about the rule of 72 doesn’t know about investing and they don’t know about doubling rate. The population of the earth of 7.5 billion give or take and its growing at over 1%, between 1.1 and 1.4%, which means it would be 15 Billion in 72 years. Add in some degree of leveling off reproduction rates and we still see projections much higher than what the global authorities are suggesting in their lies.
The world’s leading authorities will engage in subtle forms of genocide to control lifespans and keep their views of global order under raps as best they can. They literally have to, failing us all by doing so. The only answer is to stop using money and get together and be a public humanity that communicates openly about this crazy shit! Nobody asked for any of this crap…but together we can all be a part of making it better for everyone. It could be a very enlightening and loving process, too…it’s what the creator wants before it all ends.