If I was in charge of the world, past and present, I’d abolish money.
Sounds trite, I know. And it probably is. Especially because I’m most likely to say so because I’m not one of those with a lot of it. But here’s the thing: money isn’t the root of all evil, but it sure the heck causes a lot of suffering.
First, let me clarify that I do believe some kind of economic system necessary. And indeed, straight trade and barter can become quite burdensome – especially in very large amounts. In that respect, money works very well (a couple of coins and bills fits in your pocket SO much easier than a few dozen sheep).
That said, money has a tendency to create misery in mankind. So often one is left chasing after it, only to accumulate it and then worry about losing it. Indeed, especially as an artist, one wishes to make money with one’s art, but the reality is that the bills still need to be paid, groceries need to be purchased.
How many other Shakespeares never wrote a word because they couldn’t get away from shepherding duty (and probably were never taught to read or write either)? How many great painters, writers, inventors and all the potential they had and were was lost to the world for want of coin?
What if that hadn’t been an issue? How different might our world have been? Might it be today?
Or, would we be faced with the glut of too much knowledge, too much art, too much invention thus devaluing it all?
Hmm, sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it? In the “Information Age” where it doesn’t cost a thing to post your creation online and share it with the world, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern what falls within the ideals of “useful creation,” and what forms the rest of the glut. Perhaps it is money that helps us determine and give value to these things – no matter how sometimes biased, ignorant, or controversial that “value” placement can be. The best artists are not all making millions. The best inventions are not always chosen.
Or does, indeed, that thirst and quest for money – and sometimes the want of it, the suffering that can ensue – does this somehow determine the quality of creation?
Does money contribute to or harm creation in all forms?
What do you think?
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