reply to post by zysin5
hey zysin! i'm very sorry to take so long myself in replying to your very thoughtful post. after reading what you wrote, i thought about the very
idea of money and how it relies on inequality, doesn't it? i've heard it said that the rich need the poor, so if somebody has an excess then
somebody has to have a deficit, right? and then if there was egalitarian distribution there would be no need for money, so inequality must exist in a
system of money, right?
it seems to me this is HUGE stuff as just entering the type of thinking that a system of money would require would drastically change one's outlook
on everything else, it would seem. am i crazy here? i guess i'm trying to say that the psychology of money appears to be powerful!
i thnk there is a real, primal reason that it is so romantic and alluring to imagine a world devoid of a system of money.
like you, there are things i take for granted every day (the AC, like you mentioned, showers. i would sorely miss recorded music, honestly), but
doesn't it seem like those things could and would exist in a 'perfect' world' (which would not include the scourge of money)?
i can't help but think that if money boils down to energy, then we have people hoarding disgraceful amounts of energy that could be redistributed
more efficiently, so the very idea of hoarding this energy seems like something that ultimately holds us back as a whole species, it hurts us.
where i live, in the extreme northwest of the united states, there are a lot of people who say they'd like to do away with money. we had people
moving to my area in the 60s and 70s (they called them the 'back-to-landers') who moved here from large cities for more natural, communal living.
some of these communities still exist (a lot of them grow pot). as a whole, though, these people are generally ridiculed as dirty or simple (and not
in the good way). there is an interesting dynamic here- it's as though we look down upon those whom, for whatever reason, are able to exit the rat
race. maybe we do this because we're angry we don't have the courage to do it ourselves.
again, thanks for the interesting post, zysin!