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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 21 2013: "You cannot eat money, or make clothes, or build a house out of it."

    true, but you can:

    1. Grow food to sell, and buy clothes or a house with the money
    2. Make Clothes to sell, and buy food or a house with the money
    3. Build houses to sell, and buy food or clothes with the money

    Money just makes the exchange easier.
    • Jan 21 2013: Brock, I have to admit that I was using the small scale farming example somewhat figuratively. I am not as atavistic as my post makes me look. I am not against money as a means of exchange. I am not against cars, washing machines, microwaves, artificial light in my flat and certainly not against COMPUTERS !!!!! :-) I do not want to turn the clock back and see people living in trees again.
      I guess what I wanted to say in my post was that I want people to grow food to sell, make clothes to sell, build houses to sell and do all those things which people see/understand the point of doing. I had been doing something which I did not see any point of doing (apart from money which I got paid) for many years. I had been miserable. I chucked the job and now I am happy. Veeeeery poooooor but happy. I make sure that whatever I do, I do with conviction. I hope that makes sense. Thanks for the comment.

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