Warning to the Wise - Figmint

Society today is composed of a series of systems. From political systems, and legal systems to systems of social class. It is obvious the influence these traditional systems have in shaping our understandings and outlook for the future. Yet of all the systems we are born into and conditioned upon there seems to be no system as taken for granted and misunderstood as the monetary system. The monetary system exists as one of the most unquestioned forms of faith there is. In a world were 1% of the population owns 40% of the planets wealth, were 34,000 children die every day from poverty and preventable diseases and where 50% of the population lives on less than 2 dollars a day. One thing is clear something is very wrong. Whether you are aware of it or not the life blood of all our established systems and society itself is money. A monetary system’s motivating principle is profit, or the acquisition of money through the exploitation of others. Everyone must, in order to survive, seek out and obtain an income. An income earner seeks out the best possible pay he can earn for his service, while the employer seeks to constantly reduce cost in order to maximize profit. This is the dominant mentality in a monetary system and those in positions of great wealth are often the most ruthless. While many people who favor the profit system will talk endlessly about their ethical standards in regard to their products, history had shown that the priority of profit is a sickness which is not only poisoning our social well being and standers of living, but also the environment in which we rely on for everything we need as a species. In 2006 Bayer found out a vaccine they were selling in the United States accidentally was contaminated with HIV. They stopped selling in the US and to recover their profits they started to sell it in Japan, France, Spain and other countries, where hemophiliacs were then infected with HIV. This is a perfect example of the priority of profit over concern for social well being. There is an assumption that the need for profit provides a person with motivation to work on new ideas that would sell in the market place. In other words if people were not motivated by their need to survive through profit, little social progress would be achieved. This seems odd considering the most powerful contributions to society did not come from people seeking profit. Nikola Tesla did not establish the alternating current because he was out to make a buck. Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton did not make their contributions to society because of material self interest. While it is true that useful inventions do come from motivation for personal gain, the intent behind those creations has nothing to do with social concerns. The most important issue for us as humans is survival, and in a monetary system this inherent self interest turns into the constant pursuit of profit. This mentality has caused far more problems than it has given as benefits for society, for social concern is second to monetary gain. If the industry cared about society, putting the welfare of the people first the entire system would fail. There is no place for equality in a system where the basis of survival is competition. Meaningful contributions to society in this system are just a chance byproduct. The cure for the diseased monetary system is a Resource Based System. A resource based system utilizes existing resources rather than commerce. All goods and services are available without the use of currency. The aim of this new social design is to free humanity from the archaic and out dated monetary system. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said “None are more helplessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” This new incentive system that is focused on self fulfillment, education, social awareness and creativity will bring humanity to a new level of enlightenment. There are many out there who would say the development of a resource based system would never happen. They cite human nature, the rich elite or other irrational opinions in their defense. This cynicism has no support in view of humanity’s social development through history. We have come from a world of extreme superstition, slavery, racism and social prejudice, to a slowly emerging world of race equality, scientific ingenuity and emerging values that desire to see humanity benefit as a whole. We have gone from smoke signals to telephone to e-mail sent in an instant. Everything that has once been considered impossible has gradually become possible. To assume otherwise in this world is a failure of creativity. There is no reason why we cannot come together and use human ingenuity to accomplish incredible social achievements for the betterment of humanity. As Jacque Fresco say’s in his book, “The Best That Money Can’t Buy” ” It is time we unleash our Weapons of Mass Creation unto the world.” We must take responsibility for each other and ourselves. We have the knowledge, means and initiative to devise an entirely new social structure that can create a world we all can flourish in.

By Figmint