Is money that important?
Money comes from what was a practice of free trade, thousands of years ago, bounded to a territory of production and consumption.
The trading practice is based in two pieces: capital and labor and has transcended to impregnate the same system that people have adopted in order to have organization but with money.
But today’s problem is that almost everything is for sale.
It may seem somewhat excessive, but it’s actually not. For instance: Health, education. The human being’s formation and health has to be “bought” generally.
We can say that money is no longer really just an element of the exchange between our desires or needs and a tangible object but also the access to intangibles that are part of us, such as: emotions, values, personal growth, and so on.
This means, we have two problems.
The first one is that not everybody has the same economic capacity to buy. The rich get rich but the poor grow old. They get sicker and have limited education, which means that money is today’s greatest frontier that separates people.
If we talk about power, we have to talk about money. Today’s government is based in interests from people with money of the large multinationals that foment and sustain political programs and governments, not on the people that voted in the first place.
The second issue comes from the ability of money to displace other personal and social considerations.
For example, in most schools in the US pay students so they can keep having good grades, but in the end, this practice is somewhat training. If the only incentive to learn is the possibility of obtaining an immediate and tangible reward, we are doing with our children the same as we do with dogs to get them to obey us.
Just for the fact that our level of intelligence is way superior to animals’, then it be should be shared. But I am afraid that is asking too much.
The idea of a business must go beyond the merely practical aspects.
It’s important to hence the need of applying far more transcendental values than the economics to any project we have. This way, it will make it an enriching and satisfying project and not just a currency.
If today everything seems to be for sale, maybe it’s time to prove that not everything has a price.