By Jerry Schafer
We all work for it, we all enjoy it, we all want it, we all need it, and to be sure, no matter how much we may be worth, we can’t seem to get enough of it. The Bible says, the love of money is the root of all evil. Some have seen fit to shorten that saying by simply saying, Money is the root of all evil.
Without the commodity of money, what would people use to get what they want? Or in many cases, what would people use to get what they need? Of course there is a huge difference between our wants and our needs, but without having the common denominator of money to purchase what we want or need, what would we do?
What did people use before the advent of money? The barter system was in place… trade was commonplace and the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” came into being.
Now the word “value” comes into play… it seems that certain things have more value than other things. Anyone will tell you that gold has more value than fish — unless, of course, you’re starving. In that case, fish becomes more valuable than gold. It all comes down to the way we look at things based on our experiences while living life along with our need to constantly make money. I’m sure we all agree that nothing has more value than human life!
Most will agree that one of the most wonderful human emotions is love. If you put those two things together, you get the love of life! So, if nothing has more value than human life, and no money is needed to feel the emotion we call love, that means two of the most valuable things in this world are free. As they say; the best things in life are free!
It seems that everything else costs money! People all over the world have the same stock in trade; the element of
‘time.’ As Ben Franklyn said; “TIME IS THE STUFF THAT LIFE IS MADE OF.”
Going back to the question; what did people use to purchase things before the advent of money, the answer may surprise you; what if I tell you that some of the items used to buy what people wanted or needed were: Stones (large stones), Rice, Tea Leaves, Conch Shells, Clam Shells, Fish, Salt and in some instances even paper.
The old adage ‘nothing for nothing’ has always applied even when it came to using the barter system or out-and-out trading was used as a way to obtain goods.
Here we are in the 21st century where we find the entire world caught up in a financial dilemma of one sort or another. Some countries are reportedly on the verge of bankruptcy, while others (like the USA) are mired in debt that contains so many zeros, it’s almost impossible to comprehend.
Yes, the Bible was 100 percent on target with the statement, The Love of Money is the root of all evil.
What if mankind suddenly decided to eliminate currency all together as a form of paying for whatever we want or need? What if gold or silver or diamonds or any other commodity became valueless?
Why, it’s unthinkable, isn’t it! Everything would come to a standstill. If people didn’t get paid for the work they do, they
simply wouldn’t work. If our soldiers weren’t paid to be in the armed forces, we’d have no armed forces. If doctors weren’t paid to care for us, we’d have no medical help, etc. etc.; the world as we know it would suddenly come to a complete stop! Or would it?
It seems to me that if those things actually happened, people would have no choice but to live under the rule called survival of the fittest. No question about it — survival of the fittest would become the order of every day and that survival would be maintained any way possible, by using whatever means would be available.
We must remember there would be no services whatsoever! No gasoline, no oil, no electricity other than what is provided by the sun, so transportation would revert back to using beasts of burden: horses, mules, elephants, etc.
In many ways, other than our education, human beings would revert back to the way things were during the stone age.
Let’s look at another scenario; what if the human race was required to move to a different planet? What do you imagine would be the scenario as far as survival is concerned?
We know that right now rocket ships are being built that have the capacity to transport hundreds of people to unknown destinations in what the scientific world refers to as outer space.
The colonization of a planet in our universe or maybe somewhere in our solar system is not out of the question and may become a necessity in the not too distant future.
Is it possible that the strife taking place all over the planet earth is taking place as part of a master plan that will cause the human race to relocate on a different planet?
Someone once said: Our lives are woven by the weavers of time in a pattern we cannot see! Could it be possible that the weavers of time have had enough of man’s inhumanity to man, enough of the destruction of the planet itself including its rivers and streams and even its oceans.
Maybe if man locates on a different planet, man’s inhumanity to man will be a thing of the past and maybe the human race will continue to exist in an atmosphere where love and understanding will be the order of every day.
To most, a thought like that would be in the category of wishful thinking, but to me it would be something to hope for.
Of course if man colonializes a different planet, a system of trade must be put in place in order to exchange goods or obtain things needed for our survival.
This brings us back to the question as to what do you think would happen if suddenly we were faced with a completely different set of circumstances as far as the use of money is concerned? …What if suddenly there was no more money! What if in order to purchase anything, gold, silver, and jewels are valueless.
We would find ourselves back to what is known as Square One.
By Jerry Schafer