Money has existed for at least over 5,000 years, but why? Have you ever stopped to think about why people used money? First, money as paper was created to stand in place of precious metals (gold and silver) as trading items. No more need to carry around heavy gold and silver coins. Just deposit those into a bank and get paper of equal value.
So then why did people need money? It boils down to one simple truth: people needed money to buy things that they could not make or build themselves. Scarcity of resources required a system to be developed to trade those scarce resources. If you had something I needed, but could not get, and I had something you needed, but could not get, the legal way to transact between us would be physically trading items (bartering) or using money. The more "rare" the commodity, the more "value" it had, and eventually money won out over bartering, allowing you to get something you wanted or needed even if you didn't have something viable to trade for.
That makes complete sense in a world where traveling 100 miles was a serious challenge on foot or by horseback. The ability to go get something for yourself, or have it transported with ease, was simply not possible 5,000 years ago. Hell, it wasn't very easy just 200 years ago.
But now we find ourselves living in a world that has been completely transformed due to technological innovation, a lot of which is a direct result of space exploration and development over the past 50 years. Global communication is literally in the palm of your hands, goods are transported routinely every day around the globe with ease, and advances in science and technology give us the ability to create sustainable systems that can provide an abundance of everyday living necessities for the entire world. All this thanks to technology.
Moreover, money today isn't even backed by any tangible object. This is called fiat money. Fiat money is money whose value is not derived from any intrinsic value or guarantee that it can be converted into a valuable commodity (such as gold). In other words, it's just made up out of thin air by governments, and the governments "say" it has value. What kind of system is that?
So then we move to the next most logical step, what is money good for in today's world? Think about it. We have the technology to mass produce food in any location around the world, even the driest deserts (it's called hydroponics). We have the technology to mass produce homes, better ones not made of wood, but made of composite materials that would be so energy efficient it would make your head spin. We have the ability to mass produce clothing and we have the technological ability to transport any and all of this throughout the world in under 24 hours. There is NO MORE scarcity, at all, in the world we live in today. And anyone who says that we have a food shortage, a water shortage, or any shortage of anything is absolutely ignorant and/or lying! Period. So what stops us from doing the logical, humane thing? MONEY!
What used to be a necessary item during a time of scarcity and technological deficiency is now they very reason why people starve around the world, don't have clothes and don't have shelter. Money is now the end-all, be-all of existence. "He" who has the most toys wins. "He" who has the nicest car, biggest house and fattest bank account wins. And if you can't make a profit on it, don't do it. It is simply not profitable to be humane. It requires donations!
So what is more important, money or humanity? I bet most of you instantly thought humanity, because in your heart you know this to be true, but we sure don't act that way, do we? With all the technology we have in the world, and all the abundance we can create, sustain and provide, why do we cling to a system that causes us such stress, anxiety, depression and destruction? How many of you have struggled under the thumb of money? In today's economy, it's probably even more apparent that money is a fickle beast.
Why do we live in a world of such capability, but also such poverty, disease and turmoil? The monetary economic system is an outdated, old world method that needs to be put to rest. There are alternatives to a monetary based system, and there are many more people living in this world without money than there are of those who want to hold onto theirs. Are we going to let the greed of such an insignificant few drive the direction of the entire planet, a direction which is obviously flawed and broken?
Throughout history mankind has developed new and better systems to live under, and now is no different than then. We are fortunate to live in such an age where anything is possible, such as traveling into space, which would have made us Gods just 2,000 years ago. People are fearful of such drastic change, but in light of the obvious truth, how can anyone sit by and continue to let the mess continue?
Consider this: There are children in this world, maybe even in your own city or town, that will grow up to be criminals, not because they are evil, but because they are poor, hungry and distraught. They are products of a system that cares less about them, because it's not profitable to do so. There are children in this world who will die from disease or starvation, and they don't have too, but it is not profitable to help them. There are children in this world that have the minds of geniuses, who would have the ability to solve mankind's greatest problems, but they will never become great, never become visionaries and never harness that potential, because it's not profitable to educate them.
So what's more important, money...or them?