Money makes the world go round

A horse and a hyena are seating under a tree playing chess.

The light coming from the old street lamp makes the sand appear like an autumn leaf.

Bishop to E6.

“Keep moving to the back of the train”. 



So, I heard this thing a lot. But the first time I heard someone say it as if it was the meaning of life, I think I cried for a week. “Money makes the world go round”. That’s right, money makes the world go round. No sir, its not the sun’s gravity  that makes the world go round. It’s not the sun’s light that keeps us safe from the darkness, nor its warmth that shelters us from cold. It’s not the sun’s energy that makes the plants grow so we can eat and breathe.

“Our ancestors were a bunch of uneducated imbeciles! Worshipping the sun as a life-giver… Whoever thought of such a preposterous idea? No, its the money that makes the world go round!”

Sarcasm aside, I like my ipod just like any other guy and I’m not saying we should burn all the money and go back to a barter economy. After all there’s not really any difference. So what am I really saying? Well, it goes a little bit like this.

Three thousand years ago, or maybe it was four, people begun to master the art of farming. Growing crops and domesticating animals meant people could provide the necessities for their families and have a little bit left over. And thus begun the first barter societies where commodities were exchanged. This was of course necessary at the time, or at least extremely advantageous, as trade of commodities increased the living standards greatly. Fast forward to today.

It’s self-evident that we now live in a society of consumerism, the Society of the Spectacle, as Guy Debord put it. A world where the commodity has replaced the sun as the object of our worship. This commodity fetishism has infiltrated our social subconscious to such a degree that the meaning of life has changed from “living” to “having”.  And this is true no matter what “alternative” system is used to organise our society. Whether its Capitalism or Communism, our lives revolve unnaturally around the commodity God and its image. None of the “alternative” systems have been successful in promoting a healthy state of existence, nor have they ever attempted to. The only thing that has been attempted was the redistribution of wealth, production and power.   

So our society is based on wealth, the more the better. No one has actually ever considered that there could exist a society that is not based on economics. A society where money is not what we all aspire to would be a society where poverty could easily be eradicated. The rise of consumerism has led to a deluge of problems, ranging from the biggest (poverty, famine) to the smallest (stress and obesity). 

Keep worshipping the God that kills you.


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