Is money evil?

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  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 - 05:35am

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    Patricia Martin

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    No, money is not evil.

No, money is not evil.

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 - 07:47am

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    Time2help

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    The idea of money is at the root of our shared predicament

Money separates us.

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 - 12:15pm

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    Money seperates us – witnessed first hand

Thank you for this video. (Jan – the captions are well in alignment with what the speaker says and portray his meaning).

The wisdom of our Aboriginal countrymen is on display here.

From what I've witnessed Aboriginal Australians fall into broadly distinct groups.

Those well integrated into the society imposed upon them by white man and benefiting from the modern day spoils. They have (perhaps fame and fortune), jobs, status as representative of aboriginal culture for tourism, sport, arts, or government panels, and good quality modern material possessions.

Those who are on the edges of this society. They live in our towns and rural areas and are low down on the socio-economic status. They are recipients of welfare or work poorly paid jobs, they have inferior quality posessions and poor accessibility to the services an 'average white person' like me can expect.  Accessibility is affected by distance (cost of service delivery), poverty, service delivery poorly aligned to cultural needs and safety, and a distrust of organisations/government who traditionally tried to kill off these people.

Then there is the group who don't want to live within white society and have been lucky enough to avoid migration to cities or areas away from their place of country. They stay living on country (Arnhem land is a great example of this). They accept what works for them from society and use it back in the area where they want to live. Culture is still lost and replaced with newer ways, but to a lesser extent.

Money affects all of these groups, as does racism and a damaged culture affecting spiritual health.

I have seen a fight break out between an older person, demanding a share of government pension, belonging to a younger person. The old way interacting with the new way. Tearing relationships apart (between people who need to be the first and foremost champions for each other's welfare).

I have also seen the old sharing style of relationship. It's based around rules that ensure survival.

Aboriginal people are wise, observant, deeply connected to the land, animals, weather and spirits, have a clever sense of humor, and are peaceful to be around. They share knowledge only when they think you are ready and worthy of it. Too see discrimination toward them saddens me, but I can understand why it occurs as it has been indoctrinated into most whites purely by osmosis as we grow up, and exacerbated through lack of caring to enquire about who these people really are.

I only wish more of them were living their old ways unaffected by modern life, because when collapse occurs they will be much better prepared to survive than us 'invaders' of their land. And they have not championed the destruction of our earth. I think preservation of any pre-industrialised culture is important if we are to hope to survive as a species.

I also think the unease some of us are feeling is a gentler version of the agony they have felt since being forcibly detached from their much reverred environment and life sustaining cultural practices.

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 - 02:43pm

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    westcoastjan

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    well make my day!

Thank you for this video. (Jan – the captions are well in alignment with what the speaker says and portray his meaning).

Thank you so much for letting me know that a) someone was paying attention to what I said, and b) that you care. It means more than you can ever know.

I can't go on. I will go on.

Jan

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 - 03:02pm

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    westcoastjan

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    and to reflect on your wonderful post

Your words resonate strongly as this largely mirrors the situation with our Aboriginal population here in Canada. The historical wrongs that have been perpetrated by white settlers on First Nations peoples across the globe is nothing short of cultural genocide. We have so many reparations to make. More than anything, we have so much to learn from them about how to live life well and in harmony with our surroundings.

Here in Canada this year, our 150th as a nation, we have designated this as The Year of Reconciliation. It is a step in the right direction. Hopefully we will see a continuation of people standing together as one to push back against the systemic discrimination and unrestrained corporate greed that has wreaked havoc to the point it has pushed us to the predicament we are in.

Money itself it not evil. It is how society has evolved to view money that is evil. Time for a change.

Jan

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 - 03:20pm

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    Time2help

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    Money hijacks the purpose of life

Money has turned what should be a song, a dance…into an Earth eating game and an all consuming scoreboard.

  • Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - 07:33am

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    skipr

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    evil money???

I think that profit is the evil one.  Money is just its conduit.

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