Labor Day And The History Of Money

Sep 4, 2017 | | 4 comments

On this Labor Day holiday, reflect for a moment on what we exchange our labor for – a thing called money, which we then use to trade for things that we want and need and to pay for things that we owe. But, what is money? Besides being the only true worldwide agreed upon global religion that unites all humans in forms of cooperation, money is an agreed upon fiction of trust. We mark a shell, measure some barley or silver, or create coins and banknotes, then we socially agree upon the idea that these objects have intrinsic pre-determined value that is guaranteed by our collective governments. It’s an agreed upon human fiction, and we work at jobs to receive money in exchange for this work – which we then share, spend, and invest money with others, and (sometimes) save money for unpredictable workless days.

The first monies invented by humans were cowry shells, the sila (0.25 gallons of barley), and the shekel (0.3 ounces of silver). Then, a new global-reaching form of money was invented by a little known nation of history’s past – a form of money that changed the imagined social world of humans for good. Around 640 BCE, a nation called Lydia invented the monetary coin – and it is from this all modern forms of banknotes and coins originate. Money is our most successful human social fiction, that crosses all nationalities and religions, all cultures and ethnicities.

Money is what we work for as humans, it has the power to enslave us in the pursuit of pleasures and the experiences of hell on earth. Money is the universal human religion. So much so, it is difficult to imagine a post-money economy – where labor is done for joy of it and for benefiting humanity as a whole, and where basic subsistence (home, food, medical, education, monthly income credit) is a guaranteed right for every human citizen on this planet. But, if we expect our labor to mean something beyond immediate gratification, we must keep this future social evolution in mind, too. Happy Labor Day holiday.

#LaborDay #Money
Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
#Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
#Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

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  1. Let’s see … either the scientists are correct and human-assisted #globalwarming is causing noticeable #climatechange – or – Christian theology is correct and ‘God’ is punishing Texas and Florida for persecuting homosexuals. Or, is it ‘God’ is punishing the United States for inaugurating #Trump against the clearly voted will of the citizens? Folks, scientists have been warning for decades now about the effects of willful #climatedenial . Are we now ready to listen?

    Hurricane Irma Strengthens to Category 5, Has Puerto Rico In Its Sights
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    The Category 5 storm is churning toward the Caribbean and expected to make landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday. Irma could also sweep across Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos, the National Hurricane Center warned. It was expected to reach Florida later in the week.

    #HurricaneHarvey #HurricaneIrma
    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

    Update Sep 10: Isn’t nature exciting? Excellent vid shorts of Hurricane Irma activity in Florida!
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  2. Welcome to the middle of the lunar month, everybody, the time of the full moon! Do yourself a favor tonight and step outside – take a close look at the moon and sky above you. When was the last time you did this? And, while you’re at it, imagine for a moment that you are a human of the forager era, before cities and written language, and what it must have been like to look at the moon and wonder what it is.

    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/written-explanation
    The National Popular Vote interstate compact would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

  3. Just a reminder, the #NFL has made the calculation that you won’t boycott watching their games. That you’re not man enough to stand for principle over entertainment, that you will give them your time and money as they racial discriminate for profits. #ColinKaepernick Are they right? Patriotism is making a stand for constitutional rights in this country. Until Colin Kaepernick is hired as starting quarterback, boycott the NFL. And, during the playing of the national anthem, take a knee until all citizens are treated the same under the law.

    It’s time for a Black0ut!
    https://www.facebook.com/Black0utNow/videos/vb.371675713249482/371780329905687/?type=3&theater
    Join us as we stop watching and start doing!

    #BlackLivesMatter #NativeAmericanLivesMatter #LatinoLivesMatter in the United States
    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

  4. If you don’t want the Electoral College deciding the next presidential election for the people of the United States, then contact your state representatives and senators and insist they enact the #NationalPopularVote initiative. The only way to prevent stolen elections, elections that defy the majority voted will of the people, is to prevent the Electoral College from favoring a few small states in national elections, giving them unfair voting weight, at the disenfranchisement of states with much greater population density. We, the people, can demand fairer elections in the United States of America!

    #trumppence #trumppence2016 #trumppence2020

    Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote
    http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/written-explanation
    The National Popular Vote interstate compact would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    Let’s get the #NationalPopularVote in place before #Trump #TrumpPence 2020!
    #Resist #Indivisible #UnitedWeStand #WomensMarch #maga #inhisimage #inhislikeness
    #Alllivesmatter in the United States when America begins to fully embrace its history and its constitution, and when #WhitePrivilege ceases to have meaning in U.S. society.
    The United States desperately needs #TruthandReconciliation and #SocialJustice starting today!

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