In school I learned that humans are inherently evil. You know, Hobbes and Locke and stuff. That’s about as deep as that discussion typically goes: in the 17th century some philosophers reasoned that human nature is bent towards greed, and in all cases humans are meant to war with each other.
This philosophy is incorrect.
Hobbes and Locke lived in an era where currency was the controlling factor in society - not trade or physical braun as had been the norm since the dawn of humanity.
A man-made invention (currency) that could be accumulated or lost very briefly was dictating who was a god and who was a peasant. And so it would seem natural to view money as an extension of humanity… I mean, it’s our invention, right?
Those who participate in the money culture are greedy.
There is no arguing with that simple truth: questing for money is greed. You want some. You participate in the process of acquiring it for yourself. That is exactly what greed is.
Consider this: you are taking money away from someone else.
Wall Street has an adage that “there’s always someone on the other side of a trade”… meaning that when you buy a stock, someone is selling, and when you sell a stock, someone else is buying it. Pretty basic principal.
Let’s say you win the lottery. Congratulations, you’re rich! You’re probably thinking about everything you’re going to do with that money… how it’s going to change your life. What are you not thinking about? The millions of people whose money you just took. Sure, they spent that dollar trying to win the lottery just like you. But it doesn’t mean that they couldn’t use the money as much or more than you could.
Questing for money is greed.
Please don’t think I’m attacking those of us (myself included) who play by the rules in order to try to earn money to support ourselves and our families. It’s a very unfortunate consequence of living in our present day society that humans have no choice but to participate in capitalism.
It was recently mandated that every US citizen be required to purchase health insurance by law. While universal health care is a wonderful benefit of citizenship, this measure struck me as perhaps the first time it was legally required that every citizen spend money. Think about it: never before has it been a law that you have to spend money.
The collective mass of humanity participating in currency exchange is perhaps the greatest scam ever perpetrated. The truth is that all humans are citizens of the world, and as such are entitled to its bounty. Yet we live in a twisted manipulation of reality where subservience to the industrial mechanisms is the only way to meet even your basic needs.
And it all just fuels the quest of the money hoarders.
We idolize the rich. We worship them in our media, allowing them to be the gods they portend to be. Billionaires and even trillionaires exist in our society, but for what purpose? What benefit do we get from allowing the ultra-rich? There’s literally no single thing that amount of wealth can buy. Frankly, there’s no purpose to owning that much money. After a certain point, you have to ask - what is the point?
Worse yet, these people are mass murderers.
Remember, there’s always someone on the other side of the trade.
Money hoarders are preventing hundreds of millions of deserving citizens of the world from being able to live the basic life they are entitled to.
You thought I was crazy for calling the ultra-rich mass murderers. Ponder it for a minute. That conclusion isn’t even a stretch. It’s reality.
How can you knowingly quest for endless wealth when you’re depriving the world of it’s natural bounty? How can you justify money as something you earned? A bank robber earns their money just as much as the CEO of a company earns theirs.
And every person alive has earned the right to thrive just as much as you have, you greedy fucks.