What influence does money have in the world?
- Half the world, nearly 3,000,000,000 people live on less than $2 dollars a day. (United Nations)
- Less than 1% of what the world spends every year on weapons is all that was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen. (New Internationalist)
- 20% of the population in the developed nations, consume 86% of the worlds goods. (UN Development Programme)
The world is ‘controlled’ by an economic system based on financial currency. ‘We created this system’. We think of ourselves as an intelligent species, and yet we have created an economic system that enslaves us and forces us ‘to work for a living’. Why? Is it intelligent to create a system that forces you to ‘work for a living’? To make matters worse, the current system is also a ‘competitive’ system.
“He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” – Henry Ward Beecher
In a competitive system, there are winners – but there are also losers. And countries, corporates and individuals do not like to lose. So this system inevitably leads to greed, financial corruption, economic exploitation, distrust, resentment and so many other negative psychological effects in the world. It has also had a very destructive effect on the world’s environment.
Is it possible to construct a wiser, more positive and intelligent world…a world that allows us to truly ‘live and enjoy life’?
The Psychological issues:
This financial system ‘encourages’ greed in humanity. It encourages people to make unintelligent decisions which they would otherwise NOT make if you take the ‘financial’ element out of the decision process. For example, would some governments and corporate companies be so keen to push genetically modified foods into the world markets if there were ‘no’ financial gains involved? Extremely unlikely as there is nothing wrong with the food we grow today. It does not need to be genetically modified.
Would countries and governments support the selling of weapons in the world if they did not profit from them? It is more than a bit disconcerting that the 5 permanent member countries on the United Nations Security Council (US, Russia, China, UK, France) that are predominately responsible for maintaining the peace in the world, are also some of the biggest manufacturers and sellers of military weapons in the world!
“The value of a man is in what he gives, not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein
It is also common practice today for company CEO’s to receive huge financial bonuses based on bottom line profit margins of their companies. Has this become a motive that drives some of them to exploit people in poor countries and use them for ‘cheap labour’? By flooding the market with cheaper products, the competitors of these companies also feel forced to resort to similar acts of exploitation in order to compete on an equal basis. So greed and competition only encourages more greed and competitive aggression. These same companies have also been destroying the planet’s rainforests and environment for the same self-centred financial motives.
Clearly you can see that financial profiteering is constantly ‘encouraging people to make very foolish decisions’. The point is, if there was no financial gain involved, would they still make the same greedy self-centred decisions?
I think we can safely say that they would not. There would simply be no point as there would be nothing to gain.
The Wise approach:
Changes in the failing economic system need to be made through the IRG. It is a global system and problem, and as such, requires a globally authoritative solution that binds all countries to the same legal and economic responsibilities.
With the IRG in place, the economic system can be adjusted to ensure that there is more ‘cooperation’ in the world and less ‘competition’. Competition has resulted in great destruction to humanity and to the world’s species and environment. Initially ‘upgrading the economic model’ does not require many changes. It simply requires more focus on ‘ethical and cooperative’ trading practices. This will reverse the destructive patterns of greed and exploitation that have emerged in the world. Companies will be rewarded for ‘contributing towards the well-being of humanity and improving the world’, instead of just focusing on themselves and their profit margins. This is the first stage.
Ultimately if given time, relationships between countries and people will greatly improve. The generations of the future will look back on the past centuries as if they were some sort of delusional nightmare. Eventually society will grow beyond the need for an economic system altogether.