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Originally posted in another thread by Teratoma
I have read that the alchemists' concept of "lead to gold" was never intended to be taken literally. That it was a metaphor for using 'sorcery' to get rich and powerful. I can't remember where I read it but it was suggesting that all along it was some kind of formula for a fiat economy - money from nothing, and that this was perfected and set in motion with the institution of the Federal Reserve. It went on to talk about the whole thing being based on the American dollar, and how every single one dollar bill is actually a worthless talisman, giving the bearer or receiver the 'illusion' that he has "money".
Originally posted by dave420
And it's illegal to destroy currency in many countries around the world.
Originally posted by aching_knuckles
It is not until you have nothing that are free to experience everything.