For a few years, before I decided to my non-monetary lifestyle experiment, I mulled over this concept of ABC2 Economics. I called it the WeBMaP at the time. In my mind, it only seemed right to find a more balanced solution to our financial predicament. While I know that much of economics consists of particulars and vagaries that I will probably never allow myself to understand, I believe that the essence of ABC2 Economics is simple enough to at least allow money to flow where it needs to.
Our problem is not a matter of making money. There is plenty of money that has already been made. Unfortunately, every time more money is printed, so does rising debt coincide with it, calling for yet more money. Our problem isn’t that we haven’t enough money, it is that we have an improper and unhealthy circulatory system.
Consider the microcosm of humanity as a human body. If we are to assume that money is the means through which humanity receives what it needs, its corollary would be the blood. As the blood flows to the various organs, the organs do not hoard the blood, but take what they need to function efficiently and let the blood continue to flow. When the blood is not allowed to flow, the body becomes unhealthy.
Humanity has become unhealthy because many parts of it have ceased to let money flow. Were our bodies to act like humanity as a whole, our liver would be thinking about what’s in it for him and not be concerned with what the heart needed, and the lungs would give no credence to the spleen. If our bodies were to act like this, it would not take long for them to shut down completely. If humanity continues to act like this, operating under the pretense that we are separate from one another and must take from others in order to thrive, instead of realizing our unity and the karmic principles of caring for one another in order to be cared for, how long before we shut down? How long can we survive viewing ourselves as merely competitors instead of collaborators?
Money does exist in the world. In the United States alone, there is over $1.22 trillion in supposed circulation, and $1.17 trillion of that is in Federal Reserve Notes. The problem is that with the competitive mentality that has been cultivated through the capitalist mind set, as with all games which necessitate winners and losers, the majority of the spoils have gone to the winners of the game, thereby out of reach for the rest of us losers.
However, should we look toward a more collaborative mindset where we realize that there need be no losers in life, we can adopt an operational system which is better capable of circulating the wealth that we have for those that participate in the game of civilization. For while “We the People” are the beneficiaries of the $1.22 trillion of the United States’ assets, under our current operational system, only a small percentage of us are actually privy to that wealth while almost 15% live below the poverty line and struggle to put food on the table. Would that we could transcend our need for competition in this needless “survival of the fittest” game of chance, and see all of humanity as worthy of health, security, and stability, to see them as the assets that they are instead of the mere consumers we have myopically come to regard them as, we may find that our economy, our true core economy, is much more abundant than we have been led to believe.
I have come around to realizing the need for money in order to continue on with this thing called “civilization.” It is a necessary tool for participating in a society submerged in the doubt, mistrust, and fear that has been cultivated through this competitive mindset. Although our most popular form of money is emblazoned with the epitaph “In God We Trust,” we as a people haven’t enough faith to go without it yet.
I welcome the use of money into my life again. Through whatever means it flows to me, it will flow out toward Artistry, Business, Citizenry, and Charity. My hope is that I can find enough people who are willing to work collaboratively in order to let our wealth circulate as it should.