posted on Mar, 24 2009 @ 09:18 PM
On the most basic level, we as beings are constantly fighting entropy. To maintain our lives, we need to import energy from outside our bodies into
our bodies, we need shelter from the elements, and we need (or at least are programmed to strongly desire) to reproduce. These are basic, irreducable
Money, at its root, is one way of facilitating transactions of energy that allow the realization of the above basic human needs. It is not the only
possible way, but rest assured that whatever system we select to satisfy our basic needs as organisms, it will involve at least some level of
suffering, effort, and misery, because sustaining life itself and fighting entropy entails suffering, effort, and misery. In other words, if we
weren't complaining about money, we'd be complaining about whatever energy/value storage and transfer system we'd choose to replace it with.
On a slightly less fundamental level, we as a culture are obsessed with money beyond the satisfaction of our basic survival needs because our culture
has emerged in such a way that LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, and RESPECT have become equated with material posession. This is psychic poison, to be
sure...spiritual rot of the most foul sort. And yet it is an integral part of our current system (capitalism) because capitalism demands eternal
growth. It's not enough merely to preserve the level of value -- in order for capitalism to function, the level of value itself must grow, or the
entire system collapses. One way of ensuring this growth is to psychologically tie needs such as love, acceptance, and respect into material
aquistion. Ultimately, however, this strategy will fail because growth will eventually bump up against actual physical limits. Whether this is what is
currently happening, or whether the system has some years or even decades to go before it collapses, remains to be seen.