Uniting Humanity: Monetary Mutiny
"The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is because man is disunited with himself."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have often wondered what it would take to unite humanity under one global flag, so I'm going to take the next few entries to post some ideas about how to make it happen. If you mind, the back button is located in the upper left corner of your browser. If you dig, keep your mind open and enjoy the ride.
As a fan of science-fiction, I frequent galaxies in which humanity isn't divided by race, nationality, or creed. They have looked past the petty squabbles of our time and moved into an era of exploration and discovery. Is there conflict? Of course. Peace is a grand ideal, but something that humans, in our current evolutionary iteration, just can not attain or even begin to fathom completely. We are continuously driven by our fear of the unknown:
Do they have the capability to launch a nuclear attack?
Are they researching groundbreaking medical treatments that would change the face of our largest moneymaker?
The world is getting warmer! Everyone stop what you are doing while we make grand suppositions!
More than our fear of the unknown, we are held prisoner by that which we are aware of, but choose not to recognize. We are inundated with archaic systems of education, government, and financial security that continue to fail across the globe, yet we remain in them because we know nothing else.
A little over two centuries ago we wouldn't have let this fly. We would have stood up and said, "Hey! This isn't working! Let's fix it!" But, things have changed over the last two hundred years. There are so many voices to be heard, that the single revolutionary is now confined to a wall post and a couple thousand thumbs up.
Our imaginations are brought to life on the silver screen in glorious High Definition, larger than life personalities entertain us daily, and the cares of the world drift further away from us as we fall deeper into our complacent slumber. No longer are we startled by the death of the voice of one person calling for change. We have seen it all...attempted genocide, plague, controversy, and are no strangers to the downfall of our own kind. No my dear humans, it will take much more to wake us from our autonomic dormancy.
"Wake up you idiots! Whatever made you think that money was so valuable?"
Think back through your formative years. Did anyone ever explain to you why money is involved in every decision you make? Why it has permeated human existence so thoroughly that to imagine life without it is nigh impossible?
No? Neither can I...
Want to know why? Join the club...
For my money, there is no reason for our current monetary system. You could give every reason in the book for why, and all would undoubtedly point to human greed. It's difficult to imagine life without currency. The first question that pops into our heads tends to be, " Well, how would we afford (insert worthless piece of regret)?"
This is how deeply money has dug itself into our psyche, we can't even imagine how we would obtain what we need without it, but the answer is relatively simple...by offering of yourself to a society that requires only participation.
Imagine going to the grocery store, and instead of the constant fear that you wouldn't have enough money to pay for supplies to keep your family running, you would be calm knowing that your skill set has contributed to a society that no longer desires wealth, but knowledge and progress. Each citizen would be valued, not by the accumulation of wealth, but by what they could offer to the society as a whole.
Would there be conflict? Of course there would be conflict! Conflict is what some are best at, and their contribution to the society would reflect their nature, serving a necessary purpose, though we rarely enjoy admitting said purpose.
By eliminating our drive for monetary gain true intentions would surface, true desires, and many a terrible falsity would come to light. Our world would be thrown into turmoil for years before we understood the implications of a life without money, but it would be worth the pain. Worth the sacrifice. We would be united in a singular cause, our most basic instinct, survival. Stripped of the ability to obtain wealth but armed with brilliant human ingenuity, compromise would be inevitable.
Our current system is unsustainable, this much is evident. The worthless nature of money is beginning to surface, and the solution remains the same...print more. Something will change soon. I just hope it brings about progress, not pratfall.
Stay tuned for Part II of Uniting Humanity...First Contact!