Whole Earth Design Project

03 Aug

MONEY IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEMS; MONEY IS THE PROBLEM

By Walter | 1 comment

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Money is as pervasive as the air we breathe. It governs every aspect of our lives: where we work, where we live, how we live, how long we live. It consumes our thoughts, focuses our ambitions, colors our dreams, sparks our disputes, and stokes our anxieties. It’s here, there, and everywhere. No wonder it is viewed with the same degree of inevitability and blind acceptance as a force of nature. Such as gravity.

Money, however, is not a force of nature. It is a concept, an idea, a figment of the human imagination. And it is real only to the extent that we allow it to rule our lives and our relationships with one another.

Money, which has been around at least as long as recorded history, is most commonly and simply defined as a “medium of exchange.” And its utility is often illustrated by such examples as the ease with which it permits a shoemaker to exchange his labor for bread without having to search for a baker in need of shoes. On this simplistic level, the concept of money undoubtedly did serve some useful purpose in times past.

Today, however, money serves a far different and insidious purpose.

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02 Dec

Which Way For The “Occupy” Movement?

By Walter

John Heilemann, writing in the December 5 issue of NEW YORK magazine, offers an excellent account of the differences among the leaders of the ‘leaderless’ movement called Occupy Wall Street, or OWS, which occupied Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park for several weeks before being forcefully removed by the New York City Police Department. Heilemann observes that the core group was split between the reformists who were aiming to improve the present system and the radicals who were out to remove it. Now that winter approaches and the movement is likely to desert the streets, the question arises as to which of those views will be ascendent when the movement stirs from its winter hibernation and begins to take to the streets again come spring. 

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