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Need to redefine money

It is a lovey morning ushering in the first rains of the season; so, to enjoy them I have headed outdoors.

Though part the choice is governed by my desire to escape bites of Aedes aegypti that loves such conditions, it is more because of the uncouth fact that I have money enough to do so.

While I enjoy the drizzle, I am well aware that most of humanity has little time for enjoying the moment. They can’t enjoy the rain because of a strange but brutal reality that they need to make money. And that raises a almost existential question about human life.

We humans are under the impression that we are the most liberated animals on the planet, as we have acquired ability to nullify natural constraints through technological advancements; but, the reality is, we have built another set of even more debilitating constraints by forming a system where God is replaced by money.

I often feel that we need school of philosophy looking at the new almighty, the money, just as generations of past did for God, as we now respond to an alternate reality fabricated by money even more than the one made by Him.

Though money is born from the social contract that allows us to park fruits of our efforts in time to utilise them later, it has found a great amplifier of its power because of the ability of cognising future that we humans have. Hoarding, a natural instinct that many animals have to secure the future, has provided a natural seed that money has watered. Today money has redefined life itself, as most of us live for a tomorrow that may not even exist.

As the concept of money is going to remain with us for a while, there is a dire need to understand it in modern context, so informed decisions can replace the paranoia that has gripped humanity.

The most sensible way we can look at money is a tool that offers choices. The more money you have, more choices are available to you to live life. If we extrapolate this, it also means that the more choices we have, less is the need of money.

Health, fitness, education etc are some tools that increase availability of choices so they make a good replacement of money, provided we are able to imbibe and internalise such an understanding of money; but, if we look at the society today, we can clearly see that we are ready to trade everything, including health for money.

The simple reason that money has gained such a devastating power is that it is not debated or questioned in this context.

We are teaching our children how to make money, but we are not teaching them what money is.

Money has stagnated as a concept because we are too enamoured by it to notice a paradigm shift in the context.

Money is actually a relic from an era of scarcity. Humanity had never seen enough-for-all situation that was initiated by industrial revolution, so our scarcity-fearing brains caused a gratification spike through consumerism; but, what is worse is that we are now heading towards an era where AI-driven technology will take our ability to exploit the planet to a new level.

So, the need of the hour is to introduce concept of money into education and help next-gen to escape the paranoia of money. Humanity has now reached a point where life can be reclaimed from money, so sooner we start the process, the better.

Redefining money in the minds of youth is the next social revolution that we need. If the gen-next inherits our idea of money, they and the planet are heading for a doom.

DNA: 11/6/17

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

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