I know. That headline contradicts a post I wrote recently. Here me out. It’s important.
Among most people’s dreams is one of being rich. There’s a reason for this. When they dream of being rich, people don’t consider the pain in the ass it is actually having millions of dollars. Riches bring a lot of troubles, including managing the fear that someday you’re going to lose it all.
Most people consider being rich desirable because being rich equates to being free. With only a few millions of dollars you can do just about anything you want to do. Everything becomes affordable. Nothing is too expensive.
With great wealth come great desires. There are plenty of things many rich people can’t do. Some can’t afford to own a plane, particularly the kind requiring two pilots. Some can’t afford a yacht, especially a big one. They often need crews to operate. People are expensive. For the most part though, being rich does come with a new level of freedom.
Tons of money is freedom where what you want costs money. Tons of money is freedom in a condition where what you need costs money. Money, secular defined*, is limited. Therefore, where money is needed to obtain things you want and need, there is bound to be lack experience. Not everyone can be rich in societies governed by money. Where there is lack experience a whole host of problems arise. Most can be grouped under the header “human behavior we’d prefer not to experience.” That is why Copiosis is considered a moral econo my: it eliminates or at least minimizes in the extreme those behaviors, while gently persuading people to act out “human behavior we’d prefer to experience.” Not through laws and enforcement, but by making everyone free.
We don’t make everyone free by providing everyone with money. We redesign the system by removing money all together, thereby uncovering everyone’s natural freedom. A freedom that was there all along.
I’d love to hear your opinion on freedom = money idea. It’s causing me to think a lot about it.
*Some spiritual beliefs hold that beliefs about money rather than the nature of money is what causes some people to have a lot of money, some to have some, and others to have none. The idea is if one can hold onto positive thoughts and beliefs about having money, money naturally flows into one’s life. I believe this. But for everyone to experience what I experience, everyone must believe the way I do. I don’t believe everyone should believe the way I do. Rather, I hold the positive thought and belief that life is better when supported by societies where people are unbounded by affordability. From there I can create a reality where everyone is free without requiring that everyone think like me.