Money is fast losing its value as a provider of security, convenience, social prestige and even basic need fulfilment.
We’re in ‘Post Money’. For a long time, we’ve been used to thinking of money as a single door to multiple needs (incl wants and desires) – accumulate money for a good life, lead kids on the path to make money to ensure a good life for them! This thinking is slowly but surely losing validity.
We converted everything we could into money – fossils, minerals, water, land, forests, animals & animal produce, sunlight and much more. We also turned physical strength, mental aptitude, time, art and skills into money. We’ve got so used to this conversion that it’s almost impossible for us to see the value of anything, unless it can be presented in financial terms. The good news, however, is that intuitively, we know that value exists even outside the realm of money.
For many of us, there is a realisation that money is fast losing its value. I repeat: Money is fast losing its value as a provider of security, convenience, happiness, social prestige, admiration, self-worth and even basic need fulfilment.
If you’ve spent your lifetime converting everything you had into money, this may come as an ugly predisposition. You may reject it outright. But if you do find sense in the line of thought, it would be a good idea to ponder what might be your future endeavours. You or I aren’t the first people coming to terms with this fact. There have been people in every era, who have. These people were ‘enlightened’. But in today’s times, it doesn’t require enlightenment to know it. It’s quite apparent.
Technically speaking, there is excess money in the system, which has it’s own complications. Ray Dalio has brilliantly presented this perspective. Check the link.
In one place in the article, the author says, “There is now so much money wanting to buy these dreams that in some cases venture capital investors are pushing money onto startups that don’t want more money because they already have more than enough; but the investors are threatening to harm these companies by providing enormous support to their startup competitors if they don’t take the money.”
What does it mean to be in ‘Post-Money’? Well simply put, we ought to find something else to pursue (unless of course, you’re enlightened and know your purpose of life).
I have proposal. If you have a lot of money (or at least more than what you can spend), you can invest the money in re-converting a lot of stuff we earlier converted into money – participate in reforestation, support natural farming and/or help us make farm living a viable lifestyle. There are many ways money can be put to use, which are better than making more of it. You’ll find something that makes sense to you.
The only catch is that you don’t invest money to make more of it. That will be chutzpa.
Let me know if this makes sense.