We are playing a silly game of tug-o-war. On one side, you and me and every other regular old soul. On the other side, the people and entities in control of money. The banks. The international corporations. The überwealthy.
I should correct myself. The tug-o-war used to be a game. But the “rich and powerful” have pretty much rigged it by buying our politicians, taking over our governments, crafting our laws and policies. Buying our regulating agencies. Creating an incomprehensible financial system.
The more they win, the more they rig the game. It’s like they have tied their end of the rope to a tank and put the tank into reverse. It’s time to let go of the rope. Drop it and walk away from this game. No use holding on to something that continues to drag me through the dirt and mud. Not to mention, if I keep engaging those tanks, they just keep going in reverse, tearing up the land, mowing down the flowers and trees, and running over innocent bystanders! Aren’t you watching where you’re going?! What the actual fuck!
Money is just paper anyway. It gets its power because we all agree to believe in it. The power of money comes from my belief in it. Because I play the game.
Think of the last influential book you read. The physical paper didn’t do anything for you. It was the belief that came from the words on that paper. The change came from within you, not from the physical book.
Think of the last time someone made you mad. That person just cut me off! That feeling of anger came from within you, not the action of being cut off.
Everything originates from within me.
PS I use “you” and “me” interchangeably because you and me are one in the same.
So — back to money. Well you and I are entering a transitional time were we can live our lives — healthier lives incredibly — without money as we know it.
It’s time for society to make the transition. Excuse me — it’s time for me to make the transition.
On the micro level, my transition plan is to build a tiny home, with just the essentials, and power it with solar energy. There’s a 3 minute video from MIT demonstrating how to create cheap, efficient solar cells from old car batteries. Last week Tesla announced they will produce a battery for our homes. Then I just learn how to garden and I’m set.
How much money will I need once I have my food, energy, and shelter covered?
Another micro level option is to build an extremely self-sustainable home — an earthship.
On the macro level, Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoon, shared his vision. Protip: when looking for a visionary answer, turn to an artist.
Another macro level inspirational model is an Ubuntu community. These communities create abundance and is based on contributionism, not based on competition which creates scarcity.
So, I’m dropping the rope and off to play some other game, like building a sand castle. Or climbing a tree. You are invited to join if you like. Or you can keep playing that silly old rigged game of tug-o-war. It’s up to you.
And yes, even my former tug-o-war opponents are welcome.
Thank you for visiting. Your attention is a gift to me. My writing is a gift to you. I invite you to share this gift with others if you so choose.
This was written in Jamestown, ND, USA on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.