Money Talk$

Regardless of whom you are, or what you do. As long as you live amongst society, you’re dependent on that evil green stuff. Ah, yes money – “the root of all evil”. For it is money that can be traced to materialism, commercialism, status, poverty, crime, and an entire slew of soul crushing malevolence.

But the point of this post isn’t to denounce capitalism, nor is it to articulate any sort of communist manifesto.

Realistically (albeit hastily generalized) we only truly have a few options on how we can choose to partake in the money game. We can –

A)    condemn money/civilization and live amongst the wolves
B)    condemn money/civilization and live in the dreary depths of our parent’s basement
C)    sell our soul for a buck, and play the money game to pay for life’s ‘necessities’

If you’re like most people you chose option “C”, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The vast majority of people will have to work the majority of their lives just to survive. Yikes!

With that being said, there are varying degrees to which one can pursue the art of collecting monies. We can dive head over heals in capitalistic fiery, or we can walk placidly through this rat-maze and spare ourselves just enough cheese to get through the winter.

To complicate things even more, there are many ways to skin this proverbial cat.

This week I’d like to switch things up a bit and open the floor to some good ole’ fashion discourse. Particularly I’d like to know:

1.    What is your current, future, and ideal plan for making money?
2.    What do you plan to do with your money?
3.    How do you view the concept of capitalism? Are there better alternatives, if so what? If not, why?

I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s view – and with that ladies and gentlemen, Lil’ Wayne….

“Money over bitches I’m yellin’ it to the grave
Developed at a young age go after what pays
These Cabana sunshades block the sun rays
I drop a car note in the mall on the first day”

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  1. redpillneo

    My current plan is to subsidize my education through student loans, augmenting this with minor income at irregular and sporadic intervals (paid studies, short term work, etc.) Seeing as how a Ph.D. will take me the next five years, this is enough for the moment.

    Regarding “isms”, I refer to myself as a socialist insofar as I believe our current society is worlds too far toward laissez fair capitalism, largely due to the absence of controversial economic thought from our educational system (can we get some Continental philosophers on that reading list?).

    While I do not believe that one economic schema will always be superior to another in all foreseeable circumstances, prudence behooves us to work toward a society wherein the financial powers are not being bailed out by the common taxpayer. Perhaps, we may even reverse this trend?

  2. jakefunc

    1. My current plan entails telemarketing 40 hours a week until graduate school begins. I’m attending BGSU in the Fall to attain a Master’s of Public Administration… and from there, try to fill one of the 600,000 federal jobs opening up over the next 2 years.

    Ideally you want to own your own business, positioning yourself with the best picks from the money tree. I have ideas for businesses but simply lack the capital to start them; might be something to consider after I begin working a ‘real’ job.

    2? Maybe a big ass stone monolith in my backyard.

    3. Capitalism is the only feasible economic system. Everything else will fail. Socialist, hell, even Communist countries all use capitalism now; granted, they have more restricted forms, but the principle components remain the same.

    I can imagine a system where everyone bartered or simply donated time and goods and services and worked to maintain the community, but…

    I don’t think we could deal with that level of integration; its a lot of communication, compromise. We hate other human beings a bit too much. Capitalism allows for that seperation, that disconnection from others, and probably promotes hatred to new heights.

  3. Soahki

    I don’t have qualms over working for money, or much concern over money, so much as a feeling that I would like my contribution to society to feel like somewhat more than just working for pay, then using my pay to buy stuff. Therefore, my concern isn’t how can I make more money… but how can I find the process of making money more personally satisfying and rewarding. How can it mean more? Probably there are many people who find ordinary jobs too unstimulating and too pointless. I am one of these folks.

    My only real issue with our economic system is that only areas of society which produce profit are strongly supported. Many areas which would yield satisfying, meaningful employment are not well funded. They are staffed almost entirely by volunteers… retirees who have already put in their mandatory years in the mind- sucking machine that is our labor force.

    My degree is in wildlife conservation, so I may as well use myself as an example here. Jobs in this area are far from abundant, and most parks & nature centers are staffed by volunteers (college students and, especially, retirees). I feel this is probably because natural areas and wildlife do not generally yield a profit. Surely, providing education to the public on issues of conservation of nature would benefit our society greatly, but those benefits don’t include monetary gain… so they fall by the wayside.

    In fact, I feel there should be more educational and community- enriching activities in general, supported by the government. This is not limited to environmental education in particular. I feel that more of an investment should be made in the people rather than the profit they can generate.

    I found this comment by Jakefunc especially interesting: “I can imagine a system where everyone bartered or simply donated time and goods and services and worked to maintain the community, but… I don’t think we could deal with that level of integration; its a lot of communication, compromise.”

    I do agree, though the barter system greatly appeals to me. Or even tribal life. Sure, I’d probably die by age 35 of a tapeworm infestation, but it would have been a good life. I surely wouldn’t have felt like a drone, toiling in some sort of artificial- reality corporate bubble.

  4. merkaba33

    1. Current: Work for the man, collect my dollar.
    Future: Eventually, get a PHD and teach.

    Ideal: make a living providing something I consider to be of true value to humanity. (Any suggestions?)
    2. Spend it. Share it. Basically everything but hoard it.
    3. Capitalism is a rather young experiment. 233 years is a blip on the radar when compared to the 6,000 years or so years of known human history (emphasis on the known). It’s great at moving commodities around, but I’m not sure capitalism is the best of all possible economic systems.

    It probably is the best possible system at the current level of human evolution. Given a paradigm shift out of the “survival of the fittest” and “me and mine” into a collective human consciousness focused on the benefit to all, another system may work. If we were truly aiming for functionality, adaptability, and sustainability we’d probably come up with something better than capitalism. However, look around. We may be moving toward that, but we are not there yet.

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