Think about that for a second. I am talking about a world that operates without the presence of money. I am talking about a world where there are no poor people or rich people. I am talking about a world where people still maintain an occupation, but not because of the paycheque they receive. A world where money does not effect almost all of the decisions you make in your life. A world where money was never created. That is the world about which I am talking.
There is a short video on YouTube, that you may have watched called, “What if money didn’t matter” or ” What if money was no object” (Same video, different titles). The main message revolved around the “doing what you love” concept. That’s great, but to do what you love, you still need money. Right? Or am I completely wrong and writing blog posts at 3AM has finally caught up to me?
Think about everything in your life right now. Almost everything required money in order for you to have it. And don’t retort with: freedom of speech, oxygen, family, or anything else like that because I can assure you that people living on the streets have those things and are worse off than you and I, which is a shame.
The computer you are looking at right now.
The cell phone in your side pocket.
The clothes on your back.
The roof over your head.
The running water that appears when you turn on the tap.
The car you drive.
The college that educates you.
The school books in the bookstore that end up in your backpack.
The chiropractor appointment you make because of the pain in your back.
The food you eat.
The toothbrush you use.
The toilet paper you wipe…nevermind.
The lawnmower you use to cut your grass.
The BBQ you use to make steak.
The television you watch.
The couch you sit on.
The bowl for your popcorn.
The batteries for your remote.
The gifts you buy for people’s birthdays.
The jewellery for your wife.
The sports equipment for your kids.
The glasses you are wearing.
The Kleenex (yeah, I called it Kleenex and not tissue – this whole debate is coming in a future post) you blow your nose with.
The shoes you wear.
The chocolate bar that is screaming your name through the glass of a vending machine.
Everything that I just listed involves money. But how does that money end up in your pocket? Great question. You are smart readers!
The most common way that people make money is through their job. (Now, I’m not talking about jobs that pay minimum wage. And I don’t mean to offend anyone who is working minimum wage jobs, while providing for their family. You are a hero, in my books.) The type of job I am referring to is one that comes with a five, or six, figure salary and benefits. In order to get a job like that, you need to have an education. Well, to obtain an education, you need money to pay for it. And if you don’t have money to pay for an education, then the popular belief is that you cannot get a job like that. I’m sure some people have done it, but “popular belief” often overlooks those individuals.
What I have laid out, so far, is a world where money means everything.
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of money influencing my decisions. Sure, if someone gave me a million dollars right now, I’d take it and run away like Usain Bolt. But that’s not reality. The reality is that people need money in order to live a comfortable lifestyle and be seen as successful by their peers. No one wants to be seen as a failure, or even be associated with one. Don’t believe me? Well then why are people homeless? Shouldn’t their friends be taking care of them and giving them a place to stay until they are on their feet? Or maybe they don’t have many, if any, friends left. That’s tough to think about.
So then get rid of money. Set every single person on this planet back to zero. People talk about equality? That’s one way you make people equal.
Of course, we won’t wake up tomorrow morning and read a tweet from the Government that says, “Money is banned. It will be shredded. Start living for each other, not money. #Equality.” Look at how easy that was. And it was less than 140 characters too! It can happen!
No, it will never happen.
But what if it did?
What if, society as we know it, still operated the same way, but with the absence of money? What if money didn’t impact any of our decisions?
What if we walked into a grocery store and got what we needed in order to fill our stomachs for the week? What if we left behind what we didn’t need – just like we would if we were on a budget? What if children could buy their own clothes and not rely on hand-me-downs? What if teachers still taught and students could study anything, anywhere? What if people still built houses because they believed that everyone should have a roof over their head? Homeless people could move in. Everyone would still do what they normally do – except bankers and accountants. Sorry about that. But have no fear, you won’t be unemployed for long because other organizations won’t have to worry about paying you!
What if ALL children grew up without living in poverty? What if every child had the chance to pursue any education they desired? What if, after they achieved that education, they are employed instantly – doing what they love? What if everyone in the world knew they had a job to do in order to keep society running? Think about that. Everyone pitching in, and doing their share, to keep everyone happy. Sounds like an episode of Barney. You want to go on a two week vacation with your family? Airlines will fly you wherever you want to go. Oh yeah, everyone will receive first-class treatment because that is the world you now live in. Enjoy the additional leg space, fellow tall people!
What if First World countries went to Third World countries and helped them develop? What if they helped with infrastructure, without having to worry about how much it cost?
A world without money would require everyone’s full cooperation. Otherwise, it would be a disaster. For example, if food or clothing companies decide to stop, everyone – including themselves – would suffer. Inevitably, there would be people who would take advantage of everything being free. There would be people who think they can sit back and watch, have everything handed to them, and live a fancy lifestyle. In order for a world without money to be successful, it would require a re-wiring of everyone’s psyche. We would have to change how EVERYONE viewed the world.
Doing things for others because we want to, not because we are required to by a job description – that is the world I’m talking about.
I’m talking about a world where everyone is treated equally. When was the last time you treated a homeless person the same way you treat your best friend? Exactly.
What if money didn’t exist? Would we all be happier? I have no idea; this is a big, “What If”, that I’m having far too much fun exploring. I do know that everyone cannot start living this way tomorrow, or ever. A world where money doesn’t exist would have had to start at the beginning of time and instilled in our character. It wasn’t. Slaves existed. We were doomed ever since.
I realize this entire post has been one big pipe dream; I don’t care. I just think it would be cool if everyone could just come together, as a planet, and do things out of the goodness of their heart, rather than a paycheque. And maybe sit in a circle, hold hands, and sing Cumbaya. Too cheesy? Yeah. Here’s some crackers.
All I’m saying is, we hold doors open for each other every day, how hard could living in a world without money be?
NOW WHO’S WITH ME!?
No takers? What if I paid you…