Money is not property. It is our heritage. Paid for with blood, sweat, and tears, it is the monetization of history at our disposal. For our good, or for our demise, it will be applied to our lives, and passed on to our children, and our children’s children. What we inherited, was not all good, We will pay for our forefathers‘ sins, and our children will pay for ours, but we have the opportunity to propel our individual and collective selves in a good direction.
People are totally dependent on others for their survival. Each article of clothing, each morsel of food comes from the labor, the planning, the investment, and the cooperation of many people, hundreds.
Because of our total dependence on each other for survival. The human characteristics that are predominant in our ability to survive are not strength, ferocity, or cleverness. They are kindness, cooperativeness, focus and perseverance.
Economics is a natural force, like gravity. It is a levitating force that is exerted on humankind when they work, and care for each other. Money increases the levitating force positively, or negatively. Kindness is the economic switch. When it is on we are economically more competent, and money works to our cooperative advantage. Turned off, we are economically less competent, and money undermines our path to civility
Our individual heritage left some of us starving, and some of us embattled. A few are rich, and many poor. Some are capable. Many are vulnerable, but as a people we were left automobiles, toilets, computers, atomic bombs, washing machines, rocket launchers, toxins, medicine, disease…
The business of government, the business of institutions, and the business of commerce all use money. Money should be respectfully applied to our obligations, our investments, and our spending. Kindness, in business transactions, will have everyone smiling in the national photograph that we leave to our heirs.