Ever have one of those aha moments (sometimes the product of months and years of study and conversation and pondering) when you know that you’ll never look at the world the same way again?
I had one of those recently.
A Little Background
While writing Her Lost Year, a book about children’s mental health, I came to realize that most everything that is bad in our society stems from one thing: big business (or profit at any cost).
By big business, I mean corporations that pay such low wages that their employees qualify for government welfare programs, that pollute our water and air, that care more about money than people’s well-being, and that buy politicians and exert undue influence on policy.
I ended up including a whole extra part in my book to talk about social change that must happen in order for our children to have a chance at a happy, healthy future.
So I was talking about this with a new friend at a party back in December, and he suggested that I check out Michael Tellinger and his book, UBUNTU Contributionism: A Blueprint for Human Prosperity. I started by watching a YouTube video where Tellinger lays out his vision for a world without money.
A World Without Money
Yep, you heard that right. A world without money.
I was intrigued. I had included a vision for a mental health utopia in my book, but I didn’t go this far. I didn’t know it was allowed. In fact, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around.
However, after reading two-thirds of Tellinger’s book and viewing Zeitgeist: Addendum,* it makes all sort of sense.
Money is causing all the problems. And we don’t have to put up with it.
The Mental Health Benefits
Imagine for a minute that you didn’t have to worry about working for money. Rather, you contribute three hours per week to community projects (e.g. farming, sanitation, energy) and spend three hours per day contributing your God-given talents for the benefit of the community. The rest of the time can be spent tromping around in the woods, playing with your family, reading, making music, jumping in puddles…
And most importantly, not worrying about paying the bills or getting fired or having to work late once again and missing one more day of your children’s lives.
Do you feel relaxed yet?
Without corporations, we would also not have to worry about what to eat and what not to eat, because there are no more GMOs or corn syrup-stuffed food-like products. And we would have all the time in the world to get plenty of physical exercise, because we’re not stuck in front of a computer all day long.
Too Far Out?
I know the initial reaction of most will be that this is too far out there. It will never happen. The people at the top will never allow it.
This is true. I don’t think we can count on the people at the top (corporate leaders, the banking elite, and politicians) to put people first. Money speaks too loudly. (And this is the paradigm shift of all paradigm shifts. The monetary system has been in place for thousands of years.)
However, the alternative—status quo—is not an acceptable option. Any “reform” that continues to rely on a money-based economy is just going to be a band-aid.
We have to start “small”—by boycotting big business. And finding ways to circumvent “the system.” The more people we can get to do this, the harder it will be for corporations to survive. The more self-sufficient we become, the more likely it is that true, sustainable change can happen.
These are just my initial thoughts… I’m planning to read and write a whole lot more about this—and figure out what this means for me and my family and my community. But I’m curious to know what you think? What are your thoughts about a world without money? What questions do you have? Let me know in the comments or, if you get this email in your inbox, hit reply and let me know.
*I don’t agree with everything in this film, but it’s worth watching for the radical stance it takes on the monetary system.