Stop Pursuing Money, Start Pursuing Community

What are you in pursuit of?  Money? Happiness?  Really?  Are you trying to buy that happiness?

I’m here to tell you – it won’t work.  I’m a happy person.  I always have been.  I’ve even seen and done a lot of shit.  But I’m sick of it.  There’s something better than the shit.  And there’s definitely something better than the money.

It’s called Community.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you know, yourself, how broken and dysfunctional our system currently is.  If you’ve been reading along, hopefully you’ve begun asking yourself some healthy value-reorienting questions.  I know that I have.  I have come to the conclusion that money is poisoning our system.  Its consequences of greed, corruption, and sole self-interest have completely broken the true trust our communities need so desperately to survive.  This culture of individualism must stop.

Start pursuing community!  There are already lots of good places to begin doing this:  Community gardens, churches, martial arts and dance studios, musician communities, barbershop communities.  Law communities, crime communities, and science communities and economist communities. Renewable energy communities and infrastructure rebuilding communities.  Video game communities and athletic communities.  If we truly begin to examine each of our individual communities (of which many people belong to multiple communities), then we will begin to realize that we already have a significant amount of true trust accumulated thus far.  It is no great leap then to assume that this extant trust will carry on in the face of a large collapse of American infrastructure.  If we look closely around us, we see that this has already been underway.

A revolution will allow communities to unite together in one thing:  the trust amongst themselves.  This union can have some meaningful consequences in the form of a collective catharsis over many things that are part of the American way of life right now such as:  Damaged national psyche as a product of 9/11 and, huge world debt, environmental crisis, constant war.

America needs to begin asking forgiveness from the world.

How can we meaningfully right this injustice of a life we’ve been living?  I tell you:  Revolution.

A revolution in which all of our debts are wiped clean.  But what’s more is that it has to be a revolution of the mind in order to make it true.  We must truly believe that money, itself is a bad and harmful thing that poisons our system.  We must believe that a better way forward is Trust within our Natural Community.

2 comments on “Stop Pursuing Money, Start Pursuing Community

  1. Mario Grillo says:

    I agree with most of what you say, but I don’t think that money, in itself ,is the real cause-it’s only a medium of exchange. The problem to me seems to be that people have come to regard it as a kind of Value or a guiding principle in their life. Something other than money must be worth following and seeking.

    • Thanks for the comment.
      I’m definitely aware of the value issue you bring up.

      So, what can take the place of money?

      My suggestion (which I believe to be both efficient and conservative/conservationist) is Language. If we simply use our words as a currency, we could take money out of the cultural equation tomorrow without ever giving it a second thought.

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