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.
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