Why do you hate money, Rienk?
Why, that’s a very good question! I hate money because it causes all the problems that I can see I the modern world today. Many people may want to argue with me, because of the serious nature of my statement, but it won’t really matter. And it doesn’t matter to me, because I am entitled to my own opinion, just like everybody else. The reasoning behind my hatred is very simple. You see, love is the opposite of self-love. Not of hatred. That’s weird isn’t it? You would say and everyone would agree with you, that love is the opposite of hate. But that’s not true. If you love something you mentally want to touch it and if you hate something, you mentally want to push it away. In both cases you come in contact with the subject. Self-love pulls the subject towards itself in order to consume, destroy and grow itself. In the measure that you love yourself, you do not love someone else. Self-love is stopping you from loving another. A relation, from one being to another always breaks, because one of the two or both, cares more about itself than about the other being. One or both consume more than their portion, because that being thinks that it is entitled to. This goes for everything, from lions eating antelopes, to plants consuming sunlight and humans loving themselves and thereby hurting others. What does this have to do with money, you may wonder. Everybody wants money. Everyone wants the one exchange object, that can be traded universally. Money can buy you anything, from cars to friends to sunlight, if you go on a holiday. It is the material equivalent of love and freedom. Or so it would seem. It is because of self-love and freedom for yourself that there is love for money. People love money. In all of its forms. Beit cash, digital, plastic or an implanted chip. People love it and the love for money will forever compete with the love for each other. The love for money is an actual link to the love for the self. Let’s explore this train of thought more thoroughly.
The love for money.
The love for money is not actually the love for money, but a want (not a need) for material goods. In our minds this is directly linked to money. Ask anyone if you can live without money. They will tell you that you can’t. This is not true. You can’t live without food, water, air, love, sunshine, rain and all other things that are found on the earth freely. If any of these things would cease to be, then your life will be short or horrible. Without money, the earth will spin, crops will grow, water will flow, air is aplenty, love will grow because of the absence of a big portion of self-love, the sun shines, the rain falls and the earth will give freely. You won’t even know that it’s gone. Unless of course, you were rich. If you are rich then you have a big problem, because you will have a feeling of lacking everything. Your big house and fancy car will mean nothing, because the worth is brought down to a shelter and a vehicle. Rich people love money, that is why they have a lot of it. And they have a lot of it because they did not give it away. If you gave away everything that you owned out of love, then you wouldn’t be rich. Thus, rich people don’t love and loving people aren’t rich. There is a certain guilt that comes with being rich and it is rightly so, because being rich means that you did not give enough. You could argue that rich people love as well, but they don’t show it. And they can’t show it, because of the nature of love. I will get into this shortly. The rich modern world is rich because we pull towards ourselves, all the earthly goods. From far away and all across the globe we pull the richness towards ourselves and away from other countries. It is kind of like the ebb and flow caused by the moon. We, in the modern western society and the upcoming Chinese and Indian society, pull everything towards ourselves, like the moon pulling the water across the globe. This is collective self-love. We have to much! We can’t even eat all the food we have and buy all the TV’s that are in the stores. The food is thrown out, more than 30% in the Netherlands, where I am from. When a ‘new’ kind of TV comes in stores, the old ones are discarded. Shipped off to villages in Asia, where they are pulled apart under horrible circumstances. They live in disease, filth and bits of metal and plastic, because we don’t want to watch TV on a broad screen. It must be a LCD, no! A Plasma, HD-ready, Full-HD, Ultra-HD… Who are we kidding? We pull and pull and consume and consume and all because we are hungry and can never have enough. We are hungry for love, but all we get is self-love.
What is the nature of love?
Love is giving. It is the opposite of pulling towards yourself and you love and give, because you feel that someone is lacking that which you give. Love encompasses many things. Comforting a sad person, coming together after a fight, feeding the hungry, giving anything to those who are lacking. Love is righteousness. Love is good. Love is light in the darkness. Warmth in the cold. Love is what you need. But love always means sacrifice. That is the nature of love. If you give something in order to receive something in return, then it’s not love. That is self-love in a mask. That is hidden egotism and traders and merchants are very good at this. They are trained in clothing their self-interest or self-love like it is something that you need and want. Like they love you. Commercials especially serve this purpose. Everyone in modern society knows the car commercial, where the people are looking at the car and going ‘wow!’ This is telling you need this car, because everyone will think your cool. They will love you. See, it is in YOUR interest that you want this car. And because we love you, we are even going to give you a special discount if you come in today! That has the appearance of love, albeit a very poor one. Most people know that it is self-love why merchants produce these video clips and they are only interested in your money. And yet, you might just want to be found cool. Don’t fall for the fake love, it is the most silly thing you will ever do. It will leave you empty and hollow as soon as you realize that your neighbors and friends don’t really care what kind of car you drive, what phone you have or how big your bank account is. They are far too busy trying to look cool and attractive themselves to notice. In a world where everyone loves themselves, love is dead and gone. No-one will do anything out of the kindness of their hearts, but will want to get paid. Love is always sacrifice and that is why the rich are so bad at it. If I only have 1 coin and I give 1 coin away, I have given 100% of what I had. I cannot give anymore and I can’t buy anything to feed or clothe myself. That is a sacrifice. If I have 100.000 coins and I give 1 away, I’ll have given 0.0001% of what I have. I have plenty left and with that I’ll serve myself. No sacrifice, no sweat of my brow and no worry on my mind and no love to show for it. For a rich human to show true love, they will have to give 100% of what they are worth and they just can’t do it. They might want to, but they quickly realize that it will make them poor. And they don’t want that. No, expect no love from the rich, but don’t hate them for it. It’s their fear of being poor and fear of ‘what will the neighbors think?’ and in some ways it is how anyone acts, who lives in modern day society. That means that judging them for this, is judging yourself for this, because we all do the same thing. We are all afraid of being poor and about the opinions of the friends and loved ones around us. But ‘loved ones’ gets a strange taste to it.
What is money?
Money is a means of trade. I get this a lot. I will try and tell you the story of money so you won’t fall asleep. The entire thing is very long and boring. Quick version: Gold, IOU, paper money, loans, debt, more debt and more debt. All new money is digitally created out of thin air by way of loans. It used to be a tenth of the money the bank actually has, but that’s different in every country now. It has nothing to do with gold anymore, those days are long gone. As for trade, most trade is at the stock market and that is more like gambling than anything else. That’s it as for as money as a means of trade. Money is also a means of motivation. A means of control. Because people believe they need money, they will do a lot of weird stuff to get it and to keep it. If you want someone to do something silly, dangerous or dirty for you. Just pay them a lot of money. They will think that they earn freedom, because of the amount of money they can now spend, not realizing that they gave up their freedom, doing the job in the first place. That’s how the rich stay on top and the workers at the bottom. Rich people pay the poor. But not out of love, but out of law. The law says that workers must be paid. No slavery is allowed. Slavery isn’t needed anymore, because you have all these poor people dying for a coin to make ends meet. They’ll do anything for the right amount. The illusion that the worth is in the money keeps people from being disgruntled, while the rich man gets richer of the produce. The rich man runs the risks, you say? Not so. Risks are spread and when one company should fall, others take over the gab. The rich man gets a golden handshake farewell and some workers may lose their jobs, but no real harm is done. The harm is working a dead end job for 30 years and get fired. That hurts a humans pride, thinking their effort went unnoticed, which in fact it did! They mistook money for love and care, but it’s not. Money is not love. It will wear the mask of love, while being the exact opposite. Self-love