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Originally posted by Symbiot
reply to post by WaKingLieFE
Currency was invented by various empires for the purpose of empowering the emperor who rather enjoyed absolute power. Like those who line their pockets with stolen goods today those who invented currency really didn't know what they were doing. All they figured was that they were streamlining the manner by which they were able to force themselves upon others, they had no idea that currency would evolve to enslave even the emperors. Trapped within our own invention.
Before the invention of currency existed there was the Gifting Economy, such is really the only sustainable economy because it's not based upon the perceived value of an object, but people. As long as people exist in a gifting economy everything runs perfectly fine.
The gifting economy is based upon giving without the expectation of receiving something in return directly. The idea is that if you help someone what you receive in return is whatever that person freely provides to humanity. By helping one you help humanity and by helping humanity you help yourself. The gifting economy realizes that by helping another you benefit not only them, but yourself and all others.
In a gifting economy one does not give to others because they have to or because they are told to, but because giving is the most intelligent and beneficial choice. When you give to them they give to others who give to others who give to you.edit on 6-12-2012 by Symbiot because: (no reason given)