Such tangled webs we weave, yes? And none more so than mankind’s economic system. Not that I am an expert on this subject.
But after spending two hours weaving my way through provincial income tax forms yesterday, I have emerged with the idea that the economy is an abstract mess — and that it is simply a bunch of numbers on paper or, even more abstract, symbols in the sands of computer chips . . . as in, dust corralled in the wind.
Sometimes I wonder how we’ve let this abstract system of numbers strangle us to the point where so many people suffer for lack of numbers on paper. Yes, I understand that the economy is simply an extension of the barter system. But it has clearly gotten beyond itself — it’s antiquated, and in dire need of repair.
So, here is my solution. On, say, June 1, we turn the clocks of debt to zero throughout the world. All debt — personal and national — is wiped out with the stroke of a pen. And, hey, while we’re at it, let’s reset the bank accounts of individuals to a minimum of $1 million — unless you already have more than that in your account. Sort of like the Monopoly game, when every player is given a wad of cash at the start.
Then again, we’ll probably end up in the same abstract mess we’re in now somewhere down the line . . .
Hey, how about doing away with the economic system all together? And the barter system. Everything is free! But you still have to work . . . to make all the free stuff.
Sigh . . . I told you I’m not an economist. But I do know I spent two hours of my precious time entangled in the rough draft of a provincial income tax form before I got to the bottom line: they owe me $20. Sure, if I had done the form online, it would have been easier because the software would have done all the calculations for me. But it would have cost me $30 or more for the software program, so I would have ended up losing money . . . Yes, I know, it’s only abstract numbers, but . . .
Which is all to say that I wish we lived in a world without money. I do believe it could be done, and that some day it will be done.
What say you?
How would you change the economic world?
Happy Earth Day, everybody!
Nope. Not going to happen. Unless of course you are a member of one of those crazies in Iraq or Syria. Sorry. Meantime, how’s cold? You(we) need “sunshine”. And lot’s of it!! That will go a long way to raising spirits. Along with picnic basket and chilled wine-coolers, no? ;-D
The cold is mostly gone; just a bit of a lingering cough now.
The weather sucks!
My answer was a response to your wish for a world without money. Even if we leveled the playing field for everyone, there will always be misfits who want “more”. Such a small word, but big consequences %@