Currency, the exploitation and slavery of humanity



In my opinion, the use of currency in society is the greatest form of slavery, exploitation, and manipulation. I’m sure many of you have heard the phrase, “money is the root of all evil.” Another way to phrase this would be, “Individuals who fall in love with currency, are more likely to make irrational decisions, to gain it. Individuals who make irrational decisions are more likely to put themselves, and others, in harm’s way. They are more likely to be manipulated by others for it, and are often unhappy and depressed without it, and sometimes with it.” So what do you considered evil? For money, many are willing to steal, lie, kill, degrade themselves, or exploit and manipulate others, to obtain it. Evil is defined, in Webster’s dictionary, as morally bad or wrong; causing pain. The money itself may not be evil, but the value that is given to the money, and the temptations and pain that is often caused by the creation of the money, sometimes results to negative feelings about money.





When someone says, “money is evil,” they understand that there is a value given to currency by men, and that men are often tempted to do things that are morally bad or wrong, often causing pain. Every time I point this out, I am often told, since the world revolves around money, people would rather deal with all the problems that come with having lots of currency, then to deal with the problems of not having any. Recently, I examined this logic, and I have a new outlook, in opposition to what I’ve been told.


In many indigenous groups, it is understood that in order for the group to survive and to flourish, everyone has to contribute to the group by doing some form of meaningful labor. Everyone is respected for his or her genius in a certain field, meaning everyone has something to offer. Some offer labor by mining the vegetation of the land, while others educate the group, sharing discipline techniques, and aiding in the psychological development of the young. The community often shares the responsibility of taking care of the young, while a select few are best at entertaining the group when the work is completed. These individuals are not compensated any less or any more than the rest of group, since all items are shared equally and with integrity, among the group. The labor does not come with a currency value. The labor comes with a respect and understanding that each responsibility is just as important as the other, for the survival of the entire group. No one person holds the title of “single owner” for any of the belongings, and the uses of the belongings are based on need. No one in the group goes without food or shelter, because everyone is willing to share with others until everyone has enough, or their own. The amount of labor and work needed each day is based around making sure everyone in the group has all the necessary items for survival. The environment is respected, as the group only uses what is needed from the environment. Excessive use and waste is considered reckless, dangerous, and unsatisfactory.


Currently, most of us live in a society where humanity revolves around the environment/nature, currency/economics, media/entertainment, education/communication, governing/laws, and finally, reproduction and preservation. So what role does currency play, in the progress of humanity, as we know it? Sad to say, humanity currently revolves around currency at an extremely high rate. In my opinion, currency plays a very negative role, deceptively being a form of human enslavement. The human species currently processes currency as a way to motivate individuals to work, while some have mastered the concept of exploiting individuals, providing jobs that don’t adhere to the growth and elevation of a persons’ psychological well-being. Many individuals are stuck in manufacturing style jobs, creating items that are stockpiled, never to be consumed by individuals who most need these items, due to high cost and monopolized conditions, preventing the accessibility of these items. Obviously, in order for society to flourish, we need individuals to take on the responsibility of the garbage man, firemen, teacher, mechanic, and so on. There is enough room for everyone to have an important role in society. Every time I hear a news reporter say, there are no jobs available, I know this is not true. Right now, there are communities that can use building renovations and road pavements. There are parks that can be cultivated, and buildings that can be painted. In rural areas, there are patches of land that can be plowed for vegetation and seeds that can be planted. Money, or the lack of it, can turn a necessity into something that becomes undesirable or difficult to accomplish. We all share various talents that can enhance the environment in which we live. But the everyday cost of just living, which should be free, makes it difficult for our species to band together to do the necessary things that are needed to elevate our very nature, as intelligent beings. Everyone is stuck in a do for self, doggy dog mentality, clinging for survival, while in pursuit of currency.


We all should understand, as living beings, our ultimate goal should be to enhance are capabilities, psychological and physically, as a group, and individually. Just as important, our very existence should be based on us working “together”, becoming more disciplined and righteous, ultimately resulting in us becoming a more supreme being. The idea that some individuals can own land, while others have to rent to live on it, never benefiting from it, seems suspect and unnatural. Our very existence, in the physical form, consists of us living on, and off the land, in which we are located. With this knowledge, the fact that the most powerful people, by means of currency, can make claim to the land, and then charge you for your very existence, seems very juvenile and animalistic, for a group of intelligent beings.


In the physical world, everyone is better off with adequate shelter then without it. Protection from the elements is just as important as the oxygen we breathe. The very nature of any intelligent being is also one that wants to limit the amount of pain, suffering, and stress, in which they, and others around them, experience. The idea that some individuals are naturally lazy, or that some naturally prefer living in poverty and ignorance, is highly exaggerated.


In addition, too many people get stuck working jobs that never elevate them intellectually, or that have no impact in improving conditions in their communities. The idea that someone works for a construction company, building homes and office buildings for a living, but can’t afford to build a new home for his or her family, is a crime to humanity. If you work on a car assembly line, and can’t afford to purchase the item you are making, that is a crime to humanity. If you are employed, producing or manufacturing products or materials, which you can’t afford to purchase, that is a crime to humanity. The truth of the matter is that, in order for society to function, people are needed to do all types of different jobs. Some jobs are more glamorous than others, while other jobs are more physically demanding than others. Some jobs require a more creative approach, while others are more repetitive in nature, but each job should be considered important within our society. Once people notice a pattern of injustice or limited reward for their labor, their will and desire to work hard eventually disappears. In all seriousness, I understand that it would never work if every single person played the role of a king within society. Everyone is not suited to be a doctor or a farmer. Some people are more suited being teachers or carpenters. The real problems exist when people work hard at jobs, but are still unable to make ends meet at home economically. What good is it to work a job from nine in the morning until five in the evening, when you are unable to afford to pay the entire light or heat bill? What good is being loyal to a, corporation, giving them 40 plus hours weekly of your time, when you are unable to afford a $250 car note, without struggling to pay for food and to pay for the telephone bill? If you are a great janitor who cleans office buildings for a living, why should you aspire for a higher paying job just to survive in your day-to-day living, especially if you are really good at what you do, and your skills are in high demand? Why can’t hard working, loyal janitors, be rewarded for their services and dedication to the cleanliness and professional outlook of the work environment? Everyone cannot be a good janitor, but the assumption is that, more people would qualify to do a janitors job, because the skills that are required for the job are not skills that require a lot of training. There is a flaw in this thinking.


The assumption is, the more you train or pursue higher education, the more you are likely to be more qualified to do more complex jobs. Individuals are told they need to pay for their education because the education will allow them to earn better wages in society. The education supposedly prepares individuals for more complex jobs, meaning higher wages. Before I get further into this theory, let me dismiss the concept of hard work equaling economics. Self-pride and self-worth can develop as a result from working hard, but economic empowerment has little to do with working hard. The mother who works as a bus driver, and a cashier at the local grocery store, works hard, and is dedicated to her employers, but she struggles to pay her bills. She may be a great driver, and awesome at dealing with customer service issues, but she may never be as great of a doctor, or engineer, even if she attends school for it, and receives a degree. The engineer, or doctor with a degree, may fail, if they are put in a situation where they have to manage driving a bus. No matter how long they train for handling customer service, their results and outcomes may never be the same as the mother, because her instincts for the job just comes natural to her.


The personality of the individual may determine how complex certain jobs are to them. No matter how one studies the position of the professional athlete, he or she may never excel at the job, which would have nothing to do with the lack or amount of hard work. In life, there will always be people able to do some things better than you, just like you will be able to do some things better than others. The objective should be to find out what you are best at, and to try to train and expand your skills in that particular field. If you excel in physical labor, and you find more comfort in digging ditches or moving heavy boxes, than sitting near a desk or cubicle, making spreadsheets and talking on the phone. Why should you be penalized? Everyone cannot handle physical labor and perform at a high rate. In many cases, there are people who find it difficult to concentrate, while sitting in one place for a long period of time. If both individuals spend hours in their lives to fulfill the job requirements of each job, why should one make greater wages, or one struggle to make ends meet, while the other does not? The idea is that individuals work together, in a process, to accomplish a goal, and every contributor is needed, or the operation does not flourish. For efficiency, you find out which person is best at which duty, and you assign duties to individuals based on their strengths. Only in a backwards society do you reward the decision makers more than the individuals who actually do the work on the ground. Good decision-making and hard and smart labor unfolds well when combined. One is no more important than the other. Compensation and currency wages creates the divide and the false sense of superiority and importance among individuals. It creates the, “I’m better then you,” complex.


In many cases, individuals who hold, so called complex jobs, are not good at doing jobs that are not considered to be complex, do you doc them for their wages? For example, if the manager of a clothing corporation is not good at unloading trucks and stocking the shelves in a timely fashion, should the individual receive less wages for not being able to handle work that is not very complex? Who is to say the individual who orders the clothing inventory should make more wages then the person who wakes up at 3 am in the morning to unload two trucks compiled of goods, and to stock the merchandise on the isle? As a business model, why should we think that promotions should be based on leaving one job and going to the next? Who is to say that individuals would do a better job doing their new work assignment? The person unloading trucks and stocking shelves may not do as well keeping track of the inventory, and may find it very boring in the warehouse crunching numbers. Their productivity may decline with the new job, and new status up the corporate ladder. If they are excelling at what they are doing, and they enjoy it, why can’t they be rewarded for what they are doing well, remaining in the same position?


Professional football players make wages that are on the high scale. They are the best at what they do, and they have to endure a lot of physical abuse. Their job of entertaining is one aspect of society that many find important. I, on the other hand, argue jobs as educators, waste managers, fire fighters, police officers, and many other jobs, are just as important or more, to society. My point is that, the complexity of a job should have nothing to do with a pay scale. Some jobs, people just have a knack for, and how fast they are able to understand and perform a particular job should be the first requirement. Who determines which jobs are more complex than others? The concept of wage rates and job complexity is a trap for mental and physical slavery. You pay someone to educate you so you can work for someone. You take out loans to pay for your education, so you are in debt to someone, before you finish school. Once school is completed, you have to beg for a job, as your creditors remind you of your debt monthly. Very seldom do you get to negotiate the worth of your labor. Your new employer pays you “just enough” to keep you motivated to come to work each day. If you are lucky, you are given a new line of credit, all to create additional debt. Unfortunate, at some point, your employer lowers your wages and lays some of you off, telling those who remain they have to do more work and take less pay. If you decide to leave, or to take a few days off to search for a new job, you are unable to meet the demand of the job, because the time that will be needed to search for work, you are busy meeting the demand of your current employer. If you walk away, you have no means of income. If you stop paying loans or miss a few bills, your “credit rating” is destroyed, or you risk losing material items, or not being able to afford new material items. All of this is based around the value we place on currency. Labor and skills are the things we each possess, which is the most valuable assets we have to negotiate. In a society based on capital, if you are unable to determine what your labor and skills are worth, and you allow others, rather it be corporations, or individuals, to determine it for you, you are now a slave to the system. We all should be able to contribute something to society (in the purest form) and we should develop more effective ways to perform skills and labor that are more beneficial to the common growth and development of our species, without exploiting and imprisoning individuals for riches, wealth, and currency.


This represents the views of the working class in America, whom many tend to look for government for assistance, due to the lack of sufficient living wages received after a hard days of work. The rhetoric and current propaganda being used by our critics is that we want free stuff. First off, majority of people want “free stuff.” The reality of the matter is that people who work full time want to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. There are those who like to depict the working class as individuals whom are lazy and uneducated, but the working class is among the hardest working individuals in the country. They are the backbone of the nation. So you see, about getting free stuff. I would like to share with you my opinion as to what the people, whom I’ve encountered, really want: Instead of corporate 500 jobs that have nothing to do with improving conditions of people’s neighborhoods, people want more jobs that improve the conditions of their communities, raise the value of their communities, and create job opportunities and safer environments for their children.


Examples:

Construction jobs re-building abandoned homes and abandoned parks.

Transportation, communications, and technical jobs focusing on local upgrades and modern development

Social workers and Educators: After school programs/Job training programs

Administrative, hospitality, management, and level one job’s are available through the nonprofits and entrepreneurship opportunities.


People who work full time jobs (no matter where) want to be able to afford the basics, after a hard month of work, without needing government assistance. People need to be able to afford a car payment of at least $280 a month, Rent of at least $850 a month, food expenses of at least $300 a month, utilities of at least $500, and a remainder of at least $400 to go towards savings or personal expenses. On average, people working 160 hours a month should be making at least $15 an hour, no matter what they do. Believe it or not, this is actually on the low scale when you think about the cost of living in cities like New York and Los Angeles. The $850 for rent would be a major difficulty, but my example is that of the extreme. People want affordable housing and affordable institutions of higher education. People who work 40 hours a week want to be able to pay for their living quarters and their education, without being tied down in debt. For those currently earning $15hr/40hr a week, it is very taxing for them to have to spend $250 of their income towards student loans, while dealing with the average cost of living. People want affordable and effective healthcare. No one wants to be in debt and financial turmoil because they took an ambulance to the hospital, after falling and fracturing a bone. Health care cost for this very example would be devastating for a full time worker only averaging $15 an hour. Imagine what it is like for those who earn less. People care about the safety and quality of their children’s education. People want to be able to retire after years of hard work, with a safety net of income. Their retirement income should average at least $2,330 a month, after taxes.


People in the working class want their hard work to obtain them the same opportunities of those whom are members of the wealthy class. People want a safe nation, and a responsible government, not involved with conducting wars and enforcing racial and social inequalities. So there you have it. The working class will keep asking the government for assistance, until minimum wages are increased for full time workers, and living wages are enjoyed by every full time working citizen. Ones’ labor should not be for free unless volunteered, and the cost of living should not exceed the minimum income of a full time worker in one of the richest and most powerful countries in the world.


What people don’t realize is the result of the labor (which has a lot to do with the result of the profit) should always factor in when it comes to the salary of the worker. Job titles and education should have nothing to do with the value of one’s labor. If you are so smart and educated, you should be smart enough to understand that no matter what a person does, rather it be flipping burgers or mopping a floor, if that persons labor results in a corporation earning $33 billion dollars, they are highly being underpaid for the value of their labor, if it results in them making only $15,000 a year, which is within the poverty level in America. I don’t want to hear any arguments about people needing to go back to school, entry level jobs, and other foolish statements. Everyone has different talents and some people are better at some things more than others. Just because you sit behind a desk and went to college, temporarily memorizing a whole lot of stuff to get a degree, which you usually don’t use or even remember, does not mean you are any better, or should get paid more than people who work at fast food chains.


When you got your job, you were most likely trained to do everything you currently know. You probably could have done your job without ever attending college to begin with. The reality is, my argument is based on the value of your labor, not about which job titles you think holds more status or merit in our society. Most NFL football players make more money than most teachers, firemen, and policemen, but not everyone would agree in which job holds more esteem or merit. So you say, not everyone can play in the NFL, but anyone can work at a fast food restaurant. The truth of the matter is, anyone can put on a NFL or a fast food uniform and go on the field or in the restaurant, but when the game starts, or when a bus load of people walk into the establishment, not everyone will be able to play or perform well under the pressure. We must respect the value of the labor. Merit and educational issues are trivial, full of contradictions, and not judged on the same accord by the same standards. Even though there are many outside factors, the end result is the gross revenue. As we know, products, services, labor, sales, marketing, all result to revenue. Revenue and labor should dictate and determine income. No way a business earning 32 Billion dollars, should be paying their employees less than a business that earns less than 1 million annually. It’s not practical or morally responsible, especially when the business could not function without the labor of the employees. Throw out everything you learned in the crony capitalist school system, and use your conscious minds. All workers asking for at least a living wage of $15 an hour are doing the right thing. It's a good start because these corporations can actually afford to pay them without hurting the consumer with hiked cost. We are talking about fast food chains, which “all” can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour without charging the public more. Companies making below $50,000 annually are the acceptation to the rule. Small mom and pop stores have a legit argument we can talk about later. Right now, all fast food chains making 1 billion or more should pay each of their workers at least $15 an hour.


People have been educated and trained to defend the idea of obtaining college degrees, while only earning $15 an hour. Meanwhile, the people they work for generate billions of dollars annually. How dare someone with no college degree to ask for ($15hr) which is what they earn! “Go to school,” they say. The sad part is, they are college graduates, and have no clue they are getting pimped by the system, but the people whom they claim "are not educated," are the ones conscious enough to understand the value of their labor. What an interesting turn of events. I would like to suggest that everyone reads, "The Underground History of American Education," written by John Taylor Gatto. You will come to understand why so many people continue to support and back crony capitalist practices by large corporations.