A general reply.
I think that money should be eradicated for many reasons:
humans are cooperative animals, we cannot live without the help of others, our parents, teachers, a friend to confide in, someone to do the work we cannot do ourselves. We are social. Without others we are miserable. Individual inventiveness is real, but ideas are not generated from a vacuum but from observation of prior ideas. We can only live because of each other and those before us, and natures gifts.
99.9% of work done is voluntary and unpaid because anything whatsoever that is "done", either thought, or action, is work. Cleaning your teeth is work. Making dinner is work. Mowing the lawn is work. Getting up to go to the toilet is work.
Going back to point 1, humans can't exist without other humans and human’s greatest asset is our cooperation. It’s how we survive, build dwellings, make tools from nails through to cars to computers, and launching satellites into outer space. It's all done through cooperation. We cooperate because we know that we need to, to survive.
The world provides an abundance of food and resources for everyone. But some people have much more than they need, and others don’t have enough.
At this point pause. Keep an open mind.
Think about being the best version of yourself. Think about being kind and compassionate and loving. How can we bring less stress to peoples lives, raise living standards? How can we remove the threat that not eating or being housed is only one misfortune away?
Some people say that money is a motivating factor to do better, earn more, create more. That’s true. But if a person’s primary motivation is to “get money” it is a corruption of their purpose, which is to do their duty.
What is our duty? From birth we are all raised by our parents who have a large influence on our likes and dislikes, our fears, our confidence, our general outlook on life, and attitudes.
What we want to do when we grow up is based on the things we are exposed to as children, what our parents did for a job, the things they like etc. We choose our careers based on experiences that had a profound effect upon us. We either follow our parents to the same sort of work, or we reject the work they did, and choose something different. But hopefully what we choose to do is something that we like. In other words our duty is to do something that “makes us tick”, “does it for us”, “calls to our soul” , is a “passion”. By doing this sort of work you are doing your duty to yourself and others, and the world. You don’t have to follow your passion always in a day job, doing it as a hobby or in other times is OK too, as long as you actually do it!
We all have different passions, but whatever passion we have, it is important for each other’s survival, and the world in general. Every job done is very important! Those jobs that we presently know to be the lowest paid jobs are equally as important as the highly paid jobs. A hospital cannot work without a sanitary environment, so the cleaner must do a very diligent job to make sure the hospital is clean. The sewage must not block up, so the builders and plumbers job is very important. The rubbish should not build up in our cities to avoid rats and disease, so the garbage workers job is very important! The factory worker makes things for us to use so their job is very important. Every job is equally important as any other job because humans cannot live without each other.
It is true that study is very challenging and requires great determination and commitment. Studying to get a qualification is hard. I know about it. But I have a big problem with the concept that some jobs deserve higher pay than other jobs. Many people are “smart”, “intelligent”, but what makes us study certain fields is our inner passion. A person who has a passion for something like welding or cleaning is no less passionate and no less needed in this world.
In summary, following your passion is important not just for your own contentment but is good for the world. Thank goodness everybody’s passions are unique, because every job is vitally important, and we cannot operate without the cooperation of each other.
Our beliefs are not reality, but they create one reality.
Presently we live in one version of reality, and it is based not on fact, but on belief in a story.
The story goes like this – Some people are better than other people. Some people are smarter than other people. Some people work harder than other people. These people deserve more money.Some people are dumb, they don’t do much for the world, and they smell, so they deserve less money. Those people are a blight. I wish they would get out of my sight. Bring the lobster Jeeves! Its called the class system. This story is a belief system created by the powerful to keep themselves powerful. It is discriminatory in the same way as sexism or racism. The stories surrounding the class system hold no more water than stories of how males are superior to females or one race is superior to another. You can make arguments for this and that and defend your position, but in the end, it is nothing more than unfair and unwarranted discrimination to hold your power. I have a qualification because I have an interest (passion) in a particular field, I see myself as a cog in the machine of society, fulfilling a duty to myself and society and see myself as not superior to anyone else who earns less than me, and not inferior to anyone who earns more.
The economic system is based on the story of the class system. The purpose of money is not to avoid the barter system, or to make trade easy, or exchange a token for goods and services. That is all a story. Its whole entire purpose is to keep the powerful in power. It is one giant story, or game, where the participants are all hemmed into playing it with seemingly no escape and is created by the powerful a long time ago.
If you run a business or understand business you will be perhaps saying that you cannot pay employees more because the business only makes a certain amount of money, and if people were paid more the business couldn’t run because there would be more outgoing costs than incoming. This is true. But this is only due to being hemmed into a system and being forced to play an unfair game that nobody I know of asked to play. Questioning money and the economic system itself often results in the rebuttal – “it may not be perfect but its better than the other systems” – always in reference to communism or socialism. I want to be very clear that I am NOT proposing communism or socialism.
My motivation for thinking about this topic was if I was to invent a system of living on this planet which is fair, eliminates poverty, guarantees everyone has a home to live and food and water, what system would I come up with?
I need to make sure that some key things are eliminated
Existing power structures
Overt and covert class system
Poverty and homelessness
The system must promote
Kindness / Compassion / Caring
Equality of ideas and opportunity
Harmonious living within the environment
People following their passions
Cooperation NOT competition.
We all know that certain things should be done which would benefit the world, improving living standards, eliminating poverty, improving the natural environment etc. but those things don’t get done because;
It costs too much money
There is no profit in doing so
If we spend money here we must cut spending there.
Money is finite. (actually it could be infinite, but the system creates false shortages through various methods)
The monetary system simply doesn’t work to address the problems we face in this world, and tweaks here and there will never solve the problems. The system is completely unworkable to create a fair worldwide society and healthy environment. To keep believing in the story of money is clutching at straws.
Look at what money does to us, and how it makes us behave. In the view of the powerful all things should be commodified to be sold at a profit. Anything which is free is unacceptable.
Labour is only limited by the number of people.
Ideas are infinite.
Money limits ideas being turned into action.
Only ideas that generate profit get turned into action.
If we have a system with money, it means that some will have more than others. People seeing how the game is played want more money. Our democracies can become corrupted by bribery, or incentives. When our democracy doesn’t work, it means it’s not a democracy anymore. To be a democracy the ideas need to come from the people, and those ideas represented in government by representatives of the people.
Greed stems from fear. People are fearful their home or lifestyle is insecure, so they want to buffer themselves against poverty by being greedy. The system encourages this behaviour.
A system of living without money means that power can only come from ideas. The smartest ideas win out, the most urgent problems get attention first.
A system with money means that the powerful get their way. Their ideas become enacted, in other words anti-democracy. The monetary system forces debt upon countries, and individuals.
All tax money made from your labour instead of going towards improving the world and your country goes towards interest payments to overseas banks. The proof of this is that every country in the world is in massive debt. Everyone in the world is working their whole lives to pay interest to banks, rather than getting infrastructure built or the environment repaired, or solving homelessness and poverty.
If there is no money, there can be no debt. All labour goes directly towards doing necessary and important things.
Many hands make light work. With everybody doing some light work, lots of work will get done. There are no wages to pay so no excuse not to do necessary work.
The idea is to concentrate on and understand the overall concept of a world without money, and to consider a way of moving beyond the capitalist story towards a compassionate kind story for this world where the value of cooperation is completey understood and valued highly, where the value of following your passion is understood as of great value and contribution to the world and that we should not be hemmed into the motivation of seeking money, because of the fear of loss of status, home and life, but work for the motivation of filling the world with our creative ideas.
This only touches upon the ideas in my head and is incomplete but gives a reasonable introduction. I hope to expand upon this sometime. Thank you.