The thoughts of all evil
By NotJustAnotherTeam on December 13, 2011
Commerce is dirty and money is bad. An often-heard comment by artists talking to me; a creative working part-time in advertising. I understand where they’re coming from, but I doubt it. The exchange of money can also be seen as the exchange of energy. If it’s exchanged in a good way, it’s not bad.
Recently, Neale Donald Walsh, American author of the Conversations with God series, wrote about this subject:
“As part of our Old Cultural Story many humans have been told that money is the root of all evil. Money is bad and God is good, and so money and good do not mix. One result of this teaching: The higher one’s purpose in life, and the greater one’s value to society, the lower one’s income must be. Hence nurses, teachers, public-safety officials, and those in similar service professions are not to ask to earn much money. Ministers, rabbis, priests and other clergy are to ask even less. Homemakers and mothers, under this guideline, should have no personal income at all, for they may be the most selfless in service to others. Because money is bad, intrinsically evil, pay must be in reverse proportion to the value of the function performed. The better the deed, the worse the pay.” Of course, we can fill ‘artists’ in between the lines ourselves.
Now we’re finding ourselves in the paradox where good things are not well compensated and bad things are. The work of God should be done for free and the arts are not given many subsidies anymore, while illegal activity might be the best-paid job in the world. People in this society are not willing to pay for good things anymore, but paying whatever it costs to consume bad things, like tobacco.
So money is bad and something good cannot be exchanged for something bad. Well, we did! This summer, we exchanged money for a bit of awareness, at the Black Rock Desert branch of the Exchanghibition Bank. Of course, the Zero Note can be seen as money (bad), but also as a stunning piece of Dadara art (good), so in that case we exchanged the good for the good. We made people aware of what they had done for or with their money, which wasn’t necessarily good for themselves, their loved ones, the environment and so on. And of the fact that they could make better choices regarding their money. We changed their thoughts about money.
And maybe that’s what’s needed: a change of thoughts. How bad money works in our society nowadays, is a consequence of our ancient cultural thoughts of money being bad. In that case, we should turn our thoughts around. What can be bad about money is the way you got the money or the things you spend your money on. It’s not the money itself. Maybe, in order to rewrite our cultural thoughts, we should perceive money as something good. As a motor for good things to happen. At the end of this line of thought, we would be finding ourselves in a society where the people with the highest purpose in life and the greatest value, are rewarded the most.