Some say that money is causing humans to do evil things, to manipulate, economically enslave, and steal from each other – that it is the root of ALL evil. Still, I just do not see it that way, and humans have been torturing, enslaving, killing and stealing from each other far before the advent of money – or units of trade. Trade is what started it in the first place. Trade is a good thing, it helps different cultures interact for their common needs, wants and desires. Now then, let’s talk as this has been a topic of conversation at our think tank on numerous occasions.
My first comment to those who complain that money is the root of all evil, I’d point to the biblical record where Kane killed Able – hint: he didn’t do it for the money. There are also cave paintings of tribes of humans fighting other tribes of humans, and there are instances in the Chinese written record going back over 8,000 years. The Egyptians have hieroglyphics showing 1000’s of slaves building pyramids, those people were not economically enslaved due to money – they were enslaved as prisoner to build those structures.
In Babylon Times, there are writings of the need to lock doors and the problems of stealing, that was 3500 years ago, so even back then, like today, the trusting of anyone was questionable. Likewise, there were roaming marauders and gangs, thugs, raping and pillaging 5000 years ago. Yes, there were units of trade back then, but not every group used money, but they still stole what they wanted.
The problem, at least as I see it, isn’t about money – more like human nature, actually all organisms in some form or another. It is the way of things. Humans will agree to cooperate if everything is working nicely, if not there will be a revolt – Communism has revolts too, just like Kingdoms, Dictators, etc. – so, what I am saying is this: if one proposes getting rid of all the money to make peace in the world – I doubt it will work.
And for those who propose such a notion, I duly ask: what are you proposing? What plan do you have? What are you going to do with 7.7 Billion people who rely on money to buy their food, to live and to eat until you set up the logistics to take care of them all? You see, no system to date has ever worked without a unit of trade, so think on that.