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Thursday, December 25, 2014

A world without finance

What would the world do without finance? Probably lots of things because contrary to popular belief, money does not make the world go around, things like gravity and inertia do. Just as there comes a time in everybody's life when the end is clear, one day, perhaps far in the future, there will be a day where the Earth no longer has finance. This will either come about by forces of nature such as the death of the sun, or it will be the result of cultural changes.

Nowadays, many face their financial demise alone, others do it with family by their side and others get by with the help of acquaintances, friends or loved ones. Those with jobs frequently brave the world of corporate exploitation with notable resilience, others either choose to be homeless out of disgust or out of  lack of options. In some cases, homeless people have psychological issues that prevent them from being functional within a somewhat dysfunctional and off-balance ethos, which might actually make them more balanced than most in a round-about way, which brings the topic back to a world without finance.

The truth is, the end of finance is always near, all around us, all the time. Focusing on this reality is hard to do, unpleasant and unnecessary, yet not paying attention to it is potentially harmful if not socially destructive, ill informed and negative. So where is the balance? In a world with no balance, there is none. A better question is, how can we attain balance when that balance is sought? Finding balance in an unbalanced world is like trying to run faster than a 20 foot tall giant. It can't be done unless something changes; either the giant has to slow down with an intentional handicap or some artificial way of accelerating is required. In both cases, unbalance creates disadvantage.

Can you make your own balance? Yes, if you're lucky, and that's the truth. There is a good chance you will not have a balanced life with meaningful opportunities and a hopeful future. They don't tell you the success rate of high school graduates for a reason. What they do tell you is where your best chances for success lie. Usually they are with all the driest, uncreative, difficult academic pursuits on the planet. Of course opportunities will exist when the work is grueling, soul sucking and generally unbalanced and if you just happen to be born in to wealth.

In short, your life has a high probability of sucking, especially if you're not designed to be average or even above average in an average unbalanced world. But what if money did not make the world go around? That's a pipe dream these days, but it does not mean it has not been a reality in the past. In fact, money has existed for only a fraction of human time on Earth. Humans existed without money for tens of thousands of years, then, approximately 5-6,000 years ago, things changed, a lot. As the bronze age ended and the iron age began, the concept of non-financial world deteriorated in to nothingness. It could take many thousands of years more for money to lose its importance, but for now, we're stuck with it.

The pastoral state


Thomas Cole; The Course of Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
The days of the pastoral state may actually seem utopic in our world of economically restricted free will. Within the agricultural industry, pastoralism still exists, but not without hefty property taxes, insurance policies and other fiscal limitations.

The days of tax-free pastoralism are for the most part gone, and the few that continue this lifestyle are encroached upon by modern civilization. Perhaps if we colonized another planet and designated it for pastoral use only, then humans could have a choice. Until then, it's highly unlikely you'll live out your pastoral dreams without a well financed range or farm.

The spiritual democracy


If they could be proven as real, Lemuria and possibly Atlantis come close to the description of spiritual democracies. Although Plato describes Atlantis as being ruled by Kings, the true nature of this civilization can only be gleaned through the lens of epochs. Moreover, these were states of the golden age, when spiritual being was closely connected to physical life. It was allegedly a time when balance was far more possible, and in ways that we could hardly imagine now. Humans focused their energy on a whole different set of skills that enabled them to transform matter with their thoughts and change their energy frequencies with ease so that they could transcend dimensions. It was a time that may seem inconceivable without scientific explanation.

The spiritual autocracy

The Egyptian Book of the Dead
Ancient Egypt is known to have existed in the last golden age and into the silver age starting with the pre-dynastic and protodynastic eras. Some research that dates the construction of the Sphinx suggests the culture may have existed as far back as 26,000 years ago. In any case,  just after Egypt entered into the bronze age starting around 2800 B.C., the building of the Great Pyramids took place; it is speculated that they served the purpose of maintaining or preserving spiritual energy.

Ancient Egypt was a spiritual autocracy or at least it seems to have been one. The pharaohs and priests who ruled and the agrarian-spiritual economics would seem confusing in modern day. Food, art and spiritual life were priorities, not automobiles, houses and iPhones. Yet these concepts were enough to drive a whole society for thousands of years, even if money played a less than dominant role as it does today. What the spiritual autocracy of times passed teach us is that money really is not the most important thing in the world because if it was, people would literally not be able to exist, coordinate and become civilized without it. Yet, many of us think human life cannot exist without it. In our current global zeitgeist this is true, but if one believes things cannot change for the better, then a useful perspective on life is missing.

The technocratic technological non-homogeneous economic democracy


It is a mouthful, but what was will be, at least in the fictional imagination of "Gandhar", or "Light Years". Whether or not what existed in the past includes the technology of the future would confirm or deny an echo of the phrase "history repeats itself". If it does, then a technocratic balancing of a sustainable nexus of a simultaneous use of varying economic models is possible. In other words, integration of eco-friendly and commercially perpetual business models.

What is more, if this occurrence takes place alongside technological advancements that support human interests and existence outside of purely profit driven motives, then humanity will see a whole new perspective on life sometime in the future. Some call this a change in the ages or epochs. Just as the older of the ancient Egyptian eras saw the silver age yield to the bronze age and the bronze age become the iron age, the wheel keeps turning and our spiritually dark position in the iron age will give way to an ever expanding ray of light from the coming of new ages.

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What these examples of society, culture and human existence demonstrate, is that finance really is not as necessary as people think. It is like many things, a human construct, regardless of whether or not the society being envisioned is a fictional portrayal of the future or not. Life is a gift, existence might even be a right at the cosmological level and the social, scientific, cultural and existential possibilities in our universe are many. This means, a great deal of things are possible in a universe such as ours, some things, lifestyles, ways of thinking and being have barely seen the light of day and others that have are buried in the annals of time. Still more have yet to be actualized in our reality. Whether or not finance is involved in any future way of life is at the societal level, it is a matter of choice and can be on the individual level as well.

Images: 1. US-PD; 2. DBachmann, "Lemuria", CC BY-SA 3.0; 3. US-PD; 4; Geralt/Pixabay US-PD