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Money

Money is not natural. Money does not represent value. Money is material; it is not spiritual. Money is the primary method of controlling human beings on this planet. People have been trained to think that their value can be measured in terms of how much money they have or earn. Thinking like this perverts society itself. Current practices regarding money have no morality whatsoever, and do not even pretend to. How can we proceed from our present horrible injustice and deceit toward economy and exchange with integrity?
Current revision: paper January 11th, 2022; recording:November-December 2021. First posted 2021 July 27th. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
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Referenced works:
Daniel Webster, Speeches in the convention to amend the constitution of Massachusetts; Speeches in Congress (1853), p. 394
Chen et al., How Basic Are Behavioral Biases? Evidence from Capuchin Monkey Trading Behavior, Journal of Political Economy (2006)
TED talks about happiness
Harvard Longevity Study
John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit man (2004, Berrett-Koehler)
White Hats Report, White Hats Report #48 Episode 1
Frederick Bastiat, Economic Sophisms 2nd Series (1848) Ch. 1 Physiology of Plunder
Dharma p. 5-9 or videos 2-3
Ricardo Semler, Maverick (1988)
Matthew 19:21-22; Mark 10:21-22; Luke 18:22-23
The complex financial system
Truth First p. 9-13 or video 4
To Give or Not To Give Surprise 3 Giving and Gaining, p. 6-7 or video3; and Surprise 7 Sacrifice: Folly or Virtue, p. 13-16 or video 7
Wisdom leading to joy, Cognitive perception of spirituality and the spiritual path, Principles for healthy human societies, Focusing on goodness
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