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The one ring to rule them all


The only truly successful meme of 21st century is that of 'Money'.

Successful because no other idea has been accepted with such unanimity as the idea of money. A paper with little value becomes fantastically valuable with a photo of Mahatma Gandhi. (or a fish or watch tower if you are from Norway.) And this transformation happens because humanity has collectively agreed to bestow imaginary value upon real substance. 

No other idea comes close to the level of acceptance that the idea of Money enjoys. More and more people identify themselves as atheists (so there goes religion). Not everyone believes in equality (the idea of caste refuses to die, The idea of class remains a reality. People are forever trying to find imaginary cues to set themselves favourably apart from the masses). The rise of ISIS and resurgence of Nazi sympathies tells us that idea of democracy and human rights are not as strong as we think they are.


Money is the one ring to rule them all. 
Ideas that serve the idea of money will prosper. Ideas that pose a threat to money, will be reduced to insignificance. Take the example of the idea of Human Rights. It will forever be an underdog: Little islands at the margins fighting the battle against bigger interests at the center. Ideas like these will never die (well, at least until humanity exists), but they will never assume center stage as well.

So what exactly is the idea of money? 
Essentially, it is a medium of transaction. From paper, plastic and now to bitcoins..  the concept is moving from material transaction to conceptual transaction. For the idea of money, a material person is not essential anymore. A virtual 'want' is enough.
Is it essentially convenience of transaction. Transaction between humans. So what does it mean for humanity? For it to be irrelevant materially, but relevant existentially in the age of virtual worlds?

Centrality of banks
No wonder, bankers are the highest paid mammals on the planet. They control the flow of money. They control the idea of money. And with globalisations and digitisation, banks are central to all human activity. Without them, the system as it currently stands, will fall down.

Power at the centre
The 0.1% of the human population controls the world. The one ring gives them all the power. To fight them, support alternate ideas of money.

An alternate Future is P2P
Bitcoins and other p2p mined virtual currencies operate outside the banking system. But how resilient is the idea of p2p transactions? The nascent system has had its share of troubles. But the idea seems to be inevitable.
If there is global centralised banking at the centre, then there must be P2P virtual money at the opposite pole. The future of money is bipolar. and we can't afford either of the systems to be too powerful.

The new science of economics
Economics as a subject to be studied is a fairly new idea. That tells you something crucial about money. This means that the momentum behind the idea of money is fairly new. With globalisation, money became important. Which means, it wasn't that important earlier. Which means, the idea of non money-centric life is not that far fetched. that there is a possibility of money to be reined in.

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Value

Things turn into cash
once they are stripped of their lives -
their breath,
their freedom,
their dignity
or their joy.

A fish on the table
and a cubicle dweller..
both are united in their solvency,
their ability to be stripped of their lives and turned into money.

This solvency is our own making
Hold up your hands against the sun and your favourite gods
Do they dissolve? 
Hold up your heart and see if it beats for them
Hold your joys in your hands and fling them towards the system,
does it stick?

For a better world
first we need to walk away from this world.

Withdrawal symptoms

Ctrl-tab
Ctrl-tab...
Scroll Scroll Scoll..
Alt-tab
Alt-tab...
Catch yourself slipping away.

Deep  breath. 

Close the browser. silence the mobile and turn it away.

Open an offline-real-paper diary. Stop your thighs from lolling impatiently. Stay still. 

Pick up a pen awkwardly. ahh, the fingers are stiff. It will take a  while for them to get used to holding a pen. Quick finger exercise - open the palm, stretch finger outwards, close into a fist, dig the fingers in. Repeat.
Ok now.. about to pick up the pen again, but eyes dart towards the screen. Tempted to check email.

Shut up. The last consequential email came two months ago. Nothing of consequence is online.

Pick up the pen. Don't fetishize the object now. Get on with it. Put it on paper, write a word and start it already. If I get to a sentence, perhaps I will get into a flow and won't have to look up from the paper at all. 

One sentence later.

Ahh. That was good. I am feeling good about myself. The sentence makes sense. …