jusummerhayes

Money

“There are only two things wrong with money: too much or too little.” ― Charles Bukowski

There is a lot to be said for money, but are the right things being discussed?

Yes, it supports or sometimes diminishes our life, but we rarely question the meaning of money. 

We assume (for instance) that we can't live without it, or question why it rests in the hands of so few people or why we shouldn't consider a more egalitarian and less consumerist life/lifestyle. Why, I don't know.

I used to think I didn't care about money, and that's still the case — at least as to how much I make — but I desperately care why (for instance) we've allowed 33 of the world's biggest banks to lend or invest over 1 trillion dollars in fossil fuel companies and projects since — get this — the 2015 Paris Agreement. 

Call me naive but how the hell can that be right morally, legally or in any way whatsoever? 

Ah, you fool, Ju, money makes money, even if that means we all go to hell in a handbasket.

I know that money is a subject that we desperately need to open up and discuss in a radically different way than before. Not just that but we need to fundamentally reexamine the narrative premised on economic growth, prosperity and the idea of a free market. 

But of course, given always the lack of political, social or moral will, I suspect that this will go the same way as so many things, namely, "meh, what's the point?"

Yours despondently,

Ju

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