Is Money Really the Issue?

“If you didn’t have money problems, how would you live your life?” Today, you will answer this question first. And then, when you have the chance, ask a few adults around you. But not in haste, give it some time and space, as a gift to your silence.  First allow your own mind, and then the mind of the person you asked, to run freely through this liberating mental space. It’s highly possible that the person whose life goals you doubted will emanate a light that you’ve never before witnessed. Life suddenly becomes exuberant when money, its most fervent hindrance, is taken out of the equation.

The strong belief that living our lives according to our wishes automatically means existing without money has been ingrained so deeply into our minds via our families, environment, and education system, that any alternative voice is unsuccessful in altering our conviction. We must have a home, job, and status like everyone else. We must ensure our future. So that no one is ashamed of, looks down on, or ostracizes us. We must achieve the average and if possible go above, so that people can respect, like, and admire us.

I don’t think our problem is money. The problem is all these other aforementioned things. The things we expect of ourselves because of other people, is the problem. Living for other people. Trying hard to garner their admiration. Putting that which is not I, before myself.

If we think that money is what’s hindering us from doing what we want, it’s perhaps because fooling ourselves is so much easier. Cause who needs all those futile things from which we derive pleasure anyway? In an economic system where only the strongest and smartest win, the idea that the ‘unimportant, and ‘unassuming,’ will never succeed, has become innate.

However, one can also believe that money has negative goals and that the system is founded on the ideal of squandering, and therefore defend the possibility of a ‘sacred’ economy. Charles Eisenstein has been doing this for years. He interprets our talents as gifts that make the world a more beautiful place. Instead of exploiting the planet’s limited resources and our equally limited time, he reminds us that we are all a part of the same whole. He reminds us that we can only be a society, not because we happen to live in the same place, but when we foster meaningful and mutually supportive relationships.

If you’re thinking, “oh man, a lot has to be done to create such a society,” then become aware of that inner voice guided by hopelessness, indifference, and haughty passivity. Our lives are identical because most of us listen to this voice. A new society is not something that will be prepared by another and then presented for our use.  When we really want it, we will create it ourselves. With the things we bring to human relationships every day.



Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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