State of Mankind

A New Way Of Thinking

The Love Of Money

As we consider the building of a society that can bring us closer to the principles of Zion, money and how it it is properly handled becomes a constant issue.  I believe that the idea of Zion has at its base an equality held in the heart of all the people.  No one feels in his or her heart that they are above or below anyone else in any way.  In thinking this way, I stumbled on an article that gave some interesting points to think on.  I’ll quote a portion of it.

The first pre-requisite of the establishment of a “society” of the rulers and the ruled has always been the same.  The rulers must gain control over the medium of exchange.  For obvious reasons, no nation can ever progress to a state of advanced economic activity until a medium of exchange is established.  Once it is established, there is no going back.  An advanced economy cannot operate by means of barter.  The problem is that once the government or the rulers gain control of money, it progressively ceases to be a medium of exchange and becomes a medium of control.  That impinges on the functioning of markets which in turn impinges on the maintenance of property rights.  Thus, we come full circle from a free society to a command society.  There has never been any shortage of those who want to rule.  The problem has always been with the vast majority who are content to be ruled.  Today’s global outcry for the manufacturing of more and more “money” out of thin air is an eloquent testimony.  It shows that most people have no understanding of freedom, markets or money.  Lacking such understanding–and having no desire to gain it–most people have accepted government as their masters.

As Robert Heinlein stated the problem–it is impossible to free a serf or a slave.  He or she must free themselves and most are much more terrified of that prospect than they are resentful of being ruled. (From The Rulers and the Ruled, by Bill Buckler)

Note a similar story in the Bible, when Joseph saved Egypt from the great famine.  Genesis 47: 15-20, 23.

And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.

And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.

When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:

Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land?  buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh:  and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.

And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them:  so the land became Pharoh’s.

Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh:  lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.

I have before discussed how money is used to control people in our society, so I won’t dwell on it too long.  Just consider that when those in power offer something for “free”, that is the rulers telling us that item or action is what society desires.  When something is to be taxed or made expensive, that item is bad or to be shunned.  Over time, this “social engineering” becomes our culture and belief.

It seems, if I follow his ideas well, that we are presented with somewhat of a dilemma.  The real reason for the love of money and the reason it would be described as the root of all evil, would be that it is actually seeking control.  It creates this unequal relationship that needs to be avoided.  However, on the flip side, to fully shun money would be to choose to be the “ruled” which is also an inequality and gets us no closer to where we need to be.  The only answer I can come up with is that the righteous use of money is the only thing that really helps.  Seek first the Kingdom of God and then you may obtain riches, if you seek them, but you will seek them to do good.


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