The world system is driven by one factor – money.
Money was not always the driving force of the system.
We bartered as a way of living which to my mind was a far happier medium.
People survived on what they had and the skills they developed.
A farmer sold the crops that he grew or the animals he bred.
The miller did his share by grinding the corn and keeping a portion for his own use. The baker made bread and sold this to those who had something else to trade.
The system had its limits but people, on the whole, led far more satisfying and productive lives.
Time was spent providing for your family and your future.
People had time for one another and communities were close-knit.
The family unit was sacred and a maniac’s word was his bond.
He was healthier and lived longer with a balanced lifestyle.
Nature was something that was respected, not plundered for its wealth.
Modern man has lost many of these values.
A man now trades his time for money.
He had to work for his money as money was now his boss.
No money means no food, shelter, clothing or anything else.
Man is still a survivalist in a different sense.
His days are no longer spent on the hunt, raising livestock or growing crops.
He dodges reckless taxi drivers, bosses that ambush his promotion and co-workers that hide behind his work.
Instead of growing crops he now puts money into investments hoping they will grow into something more.
Money does not grow on trees but we hope it grows in investments.
The stock market used to be where animals were sold for breeding or profit.
Now it is the place where we trade in stocks and bonds that we never see.
Whole economies place huge value on the sentiment of others.
It is well known that the market reacts to what people believe and not the true value of the stocks.
So you have a market with technical indicators and facts that are controlled by the feelings of others.
I cannot think of a more precarious way to make money.
Society has evolved technologically but at what price?
Mankind used to be patient but not anymore.
We are addicted to an instant lifestyle.
The labour-saving devices were designed for the benefit of mankind and to give him more time.
Some are the biggest time wasters ever and addictive to boot.
Gaming and the internet are two that spring to mind. They do have their roles but can be seriously abused.
You can spend hours on the net never finding what you want but always fascinated by what you find.
Television has replaced the babysitter as mom and dad spend their days working for money.
A survey was conducted some years ago to determine how much money was enough.
All walks of life came up with the same answers around 15% more than what they currently had. Nobody wanted less!
Is money the root of all evil?
That is the same as saying that guns kill people.
A gun has never killed anyone; the person behind the weapon is responsible.
Can money be evil?
No, it is an inanimate object.
The same money that buys you food could be used for habits whilst your dependents starve.
The love of money is the root of all evil which I will examine in another post.
My question today is: How much does money pull your strings?
Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money – or the want of money; but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.
Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912