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You cannot eat money, or make clothes, or build a house out of it.

In this day and age when it is politically correct to be out of work and complain on being hard up I propose to reflect whether this widely proclaimed poverty is real or faked. If it is MONEY that you are after, then I have no remedy. You will be poor (in the sense that you have not enough) forever. If however you are able bodied and need food, shelter and security for yourself and your loved ones, and live in a town or a city and no-one wants to employ you and pay you for your work enough to cover your basic needs, then move to the country, grab the fork and shovel and produce your own kitchen veggies, keep a pork or two and some chickens. Chances are someone will help you build a decent house in exchange for the food which you have in excess. I agree individual small scale farming and husbandry is not efficient, but who wants the efficient when clearly efficiency does not prevent hunger and what is more is directly the cause of so much unemployment. Believe me, you will be happy as a lark provided it is not money that is your object in life!

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    Jan 15 2013: Jarek,

    Look what someone wrote on the wall of this artist's project......it comes on the screen at around 3:28

    http://www.ted.com/talks/candy_chang_before_i_die_i_want_to.html
    • Jan 15 2013: Yes, top of the list! I want to live without money. I must underline however that it was not my intention to discard the idea of money altogether. Money is a wonderful and useful invention which makes the exchange of useful work easier. The key is your attitude towards money. There is nothing wrong with money as long as you do not think of it as a goal. Look at money as a RESULT of your work. Just make sure that whatever it is you are doing in exchange for money, you completecly understand and aprove of. Conversly, never engage in anything you are unsure about just because it pays, PARTICULARLY when it pays good. Easier said than done, eh? Well, I dumped my job 3 years ago, because I felt that by doing what I was doing I was making not only my life miserable but equally so that of other people. I was well paid for tormenting myself and others, so the decision was not an easy one. Now I live hand to mouth, but enjoy being frugal and resolute (am even planning to amend my diet with plants from my own kithen garden this season), but above all I enjoy some (growing) respect for myself, which is more that I could boast of 3 years ago.
      Good luck Mary M.
      • Feb 7 2013: Jarek: your wish to live without money is an honorable one, and people have often lived that way in large numbers, in Monasteries, Armies, and Churches. But to face facts, most people are not up to the challenge, and there is really no reason they should have to live austerely in an economy as "wealthy" as ours is. And it could be much more so, since a safe type of nuclear energy is available . Remember, civilised life depends on coal and oil, but nuclear is a MILLION times more powerful than that. Right now, the 1% is operating as if we were in an "economy of scarcity" i.e repression and imposed class structure. But that is an obselete way of thinking, just as the Feudal System was, and for about the same reasons.

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