A short history of money in a few words or less: here this morning, gone this afternoon with no evidence to show it was here.
History lesson Is over. Now to the reality of our lives.
Some people have never enough money. Some have more than enough but always want more. Some people have so much they act like they are gods, trying to reshape the world in their own images (Imagine their astonishment and consternation when they come face to face with the real God); but don’t be too hard on them; the rest of us, though with limited resources, are not very different. We’d probably attempt the same things if we had the muscle. This human problem has been with us since the invention of money.
And, methinks, the problem will only be exacerbated by the ease with which money can be shifted about, camouflaged, buried in numbered accounts, passed though loopholes and knot holes, digitized, sanitized, counterfeited, and otherwise made invisible.
Realistically, money is a necessary feature of life, essential for carrying on business over the back fence and across the world. Recognized and measured in numerous ways, in different times and cultures: wampum, shells, salt, hides, gold or silver by weight, coins, scrip, paper currency backed by gold, paper currency backed by nothing but the current government’s flimsy assurances of value, and other forms of exchange.
Even worshiped under the name Mammon.
But we’d never do that, would we?
We are too sophisticated for that, aren’t we?
Don’t be too sure. Mammon is still around in one guise or another.
With recurring ups and downs, we have bumbled by for centuries using the various means of exchange. And still we bumble, but for how long?
I get a strong sense of concern from various news sources that most world governments and their handlers, with the clout to do something about their fantasies, are rapidly moving toward some sort of digitized currency that will allow government total control over many of the details of our lives that, until now, we have considered as nobody’s business but our own.
It has often been said that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing; that comment is usually followed by the lament that too many of us love to live dangerously.
It’s too true!
When it comes to tracking our governments’ designs on our freedoms, including the freedom to own our personal financial resources and use them as we see best, I submit that we are altogether too complacent, too trusting, too naïve.
Ever ready to receive handouts of public money, we are self-blinded to the reality of our sorry predicament.
While the details of how and when these designs on our lives will take place cannot be clearly seen, the winds of change are blowing a gale and they bode no good for those of us who cherish freedoms.
The newly minted Kleptocurrency may not be the right word for what is happening as we sit here at ease in our comfort zones. More accurately it will be a kleptocracy (not a newly coined term) of some sort strong-arming our financial independence.
Is there no solution?
Maybe not. We are far down the road.
But we should not be surprised at this or any of the many other changes and impositions that will be laid on societies around this struggling globe.
We’ve been warned and warned again that we will experience trouble of many kinds such as has never been experienced in this world.
It is the responsibility of each rational individual to discover how to prepare for more change than we might want to see.
How depends on where and how you live. But if the news is correct, we don’t have a lot of time to adjust to the future that is looming.
Still, maybe there is a solution.
I’ll leave you with the words of Jesus Christ that most of us habitually ignore; they were recorded by a reformed tax collector for the Roman occupation government: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…But seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 7:25, 33, 34 NIV).
*A newly coined term, I think: Money that seems to just run through our fingers without leaving value or, in the language of the Ancients, that makes wings and flies away.