Deeper than money as the root of all evil, I will argue, is greed. Money is only a vehicle for greed; an object onto which desire is placed. This is done in an attempt to fulfill feelings of emptiness which are common to the human condition, yet cannot (I believe) be addressed by material gain.
Without greed, we would not cling to money, or trade it for wise and vital circumstance. We would not cut corners, deceive others, or exchange liberties for ANY form of currency. Money, and many of the fabricated objects build to accumulate money are only perceived wealth. This is a discrimination that we frequently struggle to make, which is in-part due to our biology and in-part due to our social conditioning, but when stripped of your ability to create and harvest food and clean water, to travel to friends, provide shelter and healthcare, you see very quickly that money is only a perception.
Unlike wealth, which returns a true value, the value of money is not absolute. It fluctuates with perception. The the art in a wise, fulfilling existence (and co-existence!) then, must include the skillful discernment of wealth in the face of product-mongering where the sales pitch is pleasure only. This paradigm is short-term, and offers limited protection. It is natural for human beings to be caught by this trap. It is part of our biology but that does not mean it cannot be overcome with training. Acting out of greed, as you all have seen, is a course that belittles your character, and the quality of your immediate and future condition.
When you are able to see past and act skillfully against this compulsion, what does the nature of your life tend towards?
Hi guys, here is a great vid for you to watch and share. Sorry that it isn’t embedded, but apparently YouTube can’t cope (or won’t cope?). It is an interview of a previous U.S. government Senator Mike Gravel, now the chairman of the Democracy Foundation.
"We’ve not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion.
We don’t have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for the people to govern themselves in the 21st century.”
PS: For those of you who enjoy the content I post here, you’re welcome to check out my blog, the 1000 Hours project (http://enquiremind.blogspot.com) which will begin filling up with new plans and ideas as I finish my thesis (2.5 years in the making and due next monday!) and start on a plan that has been brewing for nearly as long =)
You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?
“The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding, the veteran Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, who described this moment in a new book called “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” “When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required.”
[Read on at the source =) ]