Audio to the 9+ questions below
Someone sent me these questions
The person said that people tend to think these things when they hear the words “a world without money”.
- In a world without money how would I be able to live in my house without freezing to death or dying of heat.
Answer: You might not be able to live in your house. The point is that we’d all have to adjust so that we use as least amount of energy as possible. Life will be different.
- Who would keep my water supply treated and pure?
Answer: A volunteer workforce. Many hands make work light.
- In a world without money how would people go to college?
Answer: Probably on the internet. Why drive? If you were going to be a dentist, then you wouldn’t have to take all those economics classes.
- How would highly skilled jobs like a surgeon be paid or compensated for their time spent learning to do such a highly skilled job?
Answer: In AWWM there would be a volunteer workforce that only worked about 15 hours a week. There would be many highly skilled jobs that wouldn’t be necessary anymore. Those people can be retrained to help doctors if they want. We have a giant population and many people will want to do many things. While a doctor’s office today might have 5 assistants, after Phase 1 there could be 30 assistants. The doctor wouldn’t have to worry about making enough money to pay for his office or staff. Doctors could work because they cared for people instead of caring for money. A doctor would also not be bound by the directions of an insurance company. Instead a doctor would be free to prescribe according to his best knowledge.
- In a world without money are you talking about going back to tribes and agrarian hunter-gatherer type existence?
Answer: No. Only using their mindsets as an example to follow. Our mindsets should be set for living a sustainable life.
- Is a world without money communist or socialist or any of those other “was-isms” that people are afraid of?
Answer: AWWM is not communism, socialism, totalitarianism, a monarchy or like any of them. It’s not based on keeping track of everything. It doesn’t harp on aggravations, instead it promotes the well being of everyone. It’s based on what’s good for life, not what’s good for money.
- What systems and structures can be in place to prevent corruption in a world without money?
Answer: The neighborhood is the fundamental structure. The mindsets of our ancestors knew how to handle social dissention. In AWWM there will be far less corruption. Why steal from someone when you have no need? When our survival depends on money then we will steal. Whether we steal from each other, fly in airplanes or drive cars, nature pays the ultimate price for our use of money.
- In a world without money where we’re all living within our own food shed water shed and fiber shed does that mean we all have to wear the same homegrown hemp and flax clothing?
Answer: We have so many clothes now, so many varieties, that we waste them. Why dress up fancy when a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt looks just as good? The clothes we have now could last a long time. Which is more important, the clothes you wear, or the children of the world?
- Can we hasten transition to a world without money by ending fossil fuel use?
Answer: I don’t think so. In the last fifty years of trying we haven’t improved, instead we’ve gotten worse. What makes us think the same tactics will produce different results? Technology won’t work if money gets in the way. We can’t even install a carbon tax.
Further response to the questions:
We’re heading for the collapse of civilization anyway. Which means the end of money. What if the collapse happened because the economy tanked? Wouldn’t we want to survive? Wouldn’t your children? What about the rest of life on Earth? If we survive, then we may be able to start life over again in a different way. Science has told us for a long time that adequate response to climate change would require the collapse of civilization. What better way to achieve a collapse level of change than to plan for it? The Plan of AWWM simply takes advantage of the no-money condition, because if money is no more, then we don’t have to include it in our plan. Not including money simplifies planning so much that it becomes doable.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s about Money
Why do you call money a poison?
I call money a poison because I think humanity has been poisoned by money. I’m not saying it’s a deliberate poisoning but if an alien race wanted our planet, and didn’t care about nature then introducing money to humanity eventually causes the end of life on Earth. In our case it’s taken less than 7,000 years.
Why should we have the perception that money is a poison?
Looking at the spread of the concrete jungle all over the world is essentially like looking at the spread of a cancer. Since humans began using money, we’ve built a world designed to make money. This world gives money priority over nature while at the same time blinds people to it’s adverse effects. This has gone on through hundreds of generations and increasing populations. Money gives people power. What we’ve done with this power is destroy nature. The concrete jungle also separates us from nature so that we don’t feel the pain on nature that we inflict. Instead, we pay someone else to inflict the pain. When we grow up learning how to survive with money, we gain a perception that our survival depends on money. This is a false perception because we know that our survival truly depends on nature. But the false perception causes us to do whatever it takes to make money to survive. The perception that money is a poison allows us to see all of this. It tells us how we should react.
Definitions of Money
The Merrian-Webster dictionary defines poison as:
a: a substance that through its chemical action usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism b: (1): something destructive or harmful (2): an object of aversion or abhorrence
: a substance that inhibits the activity of another substance or the course of a reaction or process * a catalyst poison
The rabies virus is a poison that affects the brain and causes insanity. The drug heroin is a poison. Alcohol is a poison. These poisons do things to the human brain that cause people to behave insanely.
How does money effect people?
Money effects people differently depending upon how much you have of it. According to research conducted by Paul Piff, associate professor of psychology and social behavior, Ph.D., UC Berkeley, money effects people as follows:
- Wealthier people are more likely to excuse greed and selfishness.
- Wealthier people are less likely to be prosocial, and more likely to cheat and break laws.
- People who make less money are more likely to be generous and share.
- Rich people are more likely to ignore pedestrians
- Poverty impedes cognitive function (thinking ability)
- Those with less (money) are better at reading facial expressions (can read emotions better)
Are our identities tied to money?
Our sense of self-worth is often tied to how much money we make.
Is money an addictive poison?
A review paper titled “The Neuroscience of Addiction” describes addiction as:
Addiction, also known as substance dependence (American Psychiatric Association, 1994), is a chronically relapsing disorder that is characterized by three major elements: (1) compulsion to seek and take the drug, (2) loss of control in limiting intake, and (3) emergence of a negative emotional state (e.g., dysphoria, anxiety, irritability) when access to the drug is prevented (defined here as dependence) (Koob and Le Moal, 1997).
Does this description of addiction not describe the relationship between humanity and money? Do people not use money compulsively? Do they not seek it out? And when we find it how much more of it do we want? Do we ever really have enough? And when our money is taken away from us do we not go through withdrawals? Is this not why we have insurance and attorneys to protect us?
Does the perception that money is a poison lead to recovery?
One of the principles taught in Alcoholics Anonymous is that alcoholism is a disease. An alcoholic reaches the end of his run and faces either death or sobriety and is forced to finally get sober. When he sobers his eyes are opened and he looks back at the shambles he has made of his life and goes into depression and possibly contemplates suicide. Then Alcoholics Anonymous tells him that alcoholism is a disease (a poison); that the reason he did all these terrible things is because the disease (poison) caused him to behave insanely. When the man realizes his actions were the result of a poison and that he would not have done them if he had not been under the influence of the poison, then he is able to stop blaming himself and others and he steps onto the road of recovery.
Does money cause blame?
Today humanity is running around in different directions. We blame everyone else for everything. It’s important that we realize that money is a poison because that realization takes the blame away from all of us. The blame is one of the main things that is keeping us apart. It is like the analogy of the man with rabies. The man goes insane because of the poison that is in him. He is not responsible for the damage he does while the poison is infecting him because he is out of his mind. When the man receives the antidote and comes out of his poison induced stupor he returns to the sane person he was before and sees the damage he’s done. Then he takes responsibility for it and repairs it the best he can. He does not go to jail. There is no blame.
Is there any real proof that money is a poison?
There’s a preponderance of evidence but no real proof that money is a literal poison. The thought that money is a poison is only, therefore, a perception.
There are, however, a few studies that have been done. Direct correlations have been found between the brain pathologies of the cocaine addict and the brain pathologies of using money. Pain, fear and pleasure share the same brain pathologies and are also powerfully influenced by money today. Fear of money runs the gambit between a slow anxiety-induced type of fear to the adrenaline-rushed fear into fight or flight. Television commercials home-in on our pleasure instincts – as well as other instincts.
Is science used to manipulate our brains for money?
Science and psychology are both used in designing advertisement campaigns.
Why should we have the perception that money is a poison?
Seeing money as a poison is a perception that allows humanity to get our arms around the problems that we’ve created. The perception allows us to see that nearly all of our problems originate from the underlying effects of money. It also allows us to see that the reason why we’ve destroyed our own planet is because we’ve been under the influence of this poison. Then we know how to react.
Could animals have given us the poison of money?
Animals can indeed spread disease to humans. Could they have given us a mindset that money would compel? I don’t know. The perception that they gave us the poison reveals why they would. If, after suffering so many indignities from humans, one could imagine that when we traded animals for slaves, that could have been the final indignity they would allow. Animals have different kinds of brains and defenses. The perception that they gave us the poison tells us that, even though they will take much abuse, they do have a limit that we would be wise to not cross.
How would the poison of money be delivered?
Poisons attack through the uniqueness of a species. The uniqueness that separates us from all other life on Earth is our intelligence. The use of money boils down to an agreement between two people. But that agreement is fraught with conflictions. The poison could be delivered, therefore, in a wireless sense through the channels of our unique intelligent minds.
Is money the poison, or the love of money?
Money is said to be the root of all evil. Some people say that it is not money, but the “love of money” that is the root of all evil. But that is like saying that it’s not the heroin that destroys the addict it’s the addict’s love of the heroin. Can the heroin addict continue to use the heroin if he does not love it? The implication is that humanity can continue to use money as long as we don’t love it. But the truth is that money is an addictive poison like heroin and just like the heroin addict cannot help but to love the heroin human beings cannot help but to love money. Money induces a euphoria and that high is what we want. Have you ever experienced the euphoria of coming into a lot of money? Have you ever won a jackpot on a slot machine, or unknowingly inherited a fortune, or been given money at a critical time of need? Or even the mild euphoria of confidence in simply having a decent wad of cash in your pocket. Do you recall what that feels like? It is this feeling of pleasure that is the prize we strive for; that we call the “love of money”. It makes us feel secure, but it also has its downside. Can you recall the fear you felt when you lost your job, or faced bankruptcy, or couldn’t pay the power bill? There are two sides to the money coin; the side of pleasure and the side of fear. But the two sides do not seem to be equal because it seems that there is more fear than euphoria. There are more poor people than there are rich. And the poor will work three jobs if that have to, and they will rob and go to prison more than the rich. They don’t do these things for the love of money they do them for survival. No one can realistically live off the land anymore.
Why does money only directly affect humans?
A poison to one species may not be a poison to another. What is a poison to one species may not be a poison to another. The poison attacks through the uniqueness of the species. If that uniqueness is common among different species then the poison would theoretically attack all of those species. Humans are the only life on Earth having cognitive intelligence. We’re intelligent enough to recognize the power of money.
Does the poison transfer to following generations?
The poison is transferred from one generation to the next. Each generation seeks it’s own gold mine.
Could money be a disease instead of a poison?
It could. The CHI may choose to redefine the word poison.
Is money a virus instead of a poison?
Here we are in March of 2020 and the COVID-19 Coronavirus has the world essentially in lockdown. This virus is a result of the poison, or at least that’s what I think. I think this virus is a subset of a much bigger issue and I think that issue is the poison of money. A virus, however, is similar to a poison. The CHI may choose to redefine the word poison.
Is money a drug instead of a poison?
A poison is generally thought of as more serious than a drug. If a drug or poison is removed the symptoms often go away. The CHI may choose to redefine the word poison.
Does money cause irrational behavior?
Money causes all kinds of irrational behaviors. This is discussed throughout this website.
Why do we need to understand that money destroyed the world?
If humanity doesn’t understand the reason why we’ve destroyed the world then even if we are able to survive the same results will eventually happen again.
Does money cause greed?
I think a smaller, usually self-controllable, amounts of greed lie within all of us; some more than others, but money causes a euphoria that feeds a seemingly unquenchable thirst. Greed is a bit hard to define because what seems like an action of greed to one person may not seem like an action of greed to the person committing the action.
Does money cause hoarding (a selfish accumulation of stuff)?
Money enables hoarding and may also contribute to the psychological abnormality that would cause a person to hoard. Over time, however, people accumulate things. If they change their living location often then they’re less likely to accumulate. Likewise the opposite often occurs when people remain in the same location. Some people have fear selling things because of strangers coming to their door.
What effects does money have on people?
Money causes euphoria, stress, pleasure, pain, fear, selfishness, greed, cheating, robbing, murder, envy, irrational behavior, compulsions, psychopathy, slothfulness, anger, neglect, destruction of life by proxy, gives a false feeling of security, gives a false perception that our survival depends on money, cause us to rationalize when we do something bad to the environment for money. Use of money enables the destruction of nature, animals, and other people without personally committing the destruction ourselves. I could continue for hours with this answer and it is discussed throughout this website.
Why do you say that a sustainable future cannot be designed if the design includes the use of money?
Including the calculations of finances in the design of a new future would complicate the modeling process so much that they would either have less accuracy or not work at all. How could a future with money be designed when no one knows who would have the money in the future? The arguments would be endless. The mindset that uses money is also a violent mindset that ends up doing whatever it takes to get more money. Money causes us to make important decisions based on what we can afford rather than what is needed.
Isn’t money just a tool – a medium of exchange?
A tool is used by the human but money uses the human as a tool.
A tool doesn’t incite emotional outbreaks. A tool does not create an imbalance. Any medium of exchange, including barter, creates imbalance. Someone always has more than another. Having less incites emotions of jealousy, envy, anger, and fear. Having more incites emotions of pride, greed and vanity. So, in a sense money a medium of exchange could be described as a tool, but sense it incites the emotional outbreak of human behavior then it would be a broken tool.
Didn’t money evolve to provide a means for exchange in a system of goods and services, needs and wants?
Money came onto humanity so fast that it was more like an attack. It didn’t evolve into a system of goods and services it creates a world that’s designed to make more money. Money only evolves to be better able to make more money. It doesn’t evolve to make less money.
Is it wrong to have a medium of exchange?
When one receives their sustenance from nature then one cares for nature because it is the source of their sustenance, but when one receives their sustenance from money, then one will turn nature and anything they can into money.
Is humanity’s life so complex that we need a medium of exchange?
Humanity’s life would not be so complex, nor difficult, if money was not used at all. Money has complicated humanity’s life on Earth so much that we cannot do anything else except bow to the demands of money.
Why live without money?
I’ve heard scientists and other people say that an effective response to climate change would require so much change that humanity couldn’t do it without the collapse of civilization. A world without money, however, could meet the same, or better, level of response.
How could we live without money?
We would have a much smaller workforce that wouldn’t need to create waste and would be volunteer. People are much more amenable when asked than when told. There would still be ambition but it would be for real merit, for real praise, not for the apparent reward of money. Why do something great for humanity if your reward makes you rich and everyone else poor? What good did you do? All you did was elevate yourself for money. If people want to be doctors then they will be doctors because they want to, not because they make a lot of money.
Why would volunteerism replace capitalism?
When money is not included then the waste that money creates will not require work anymore. Removal of that waste would reduce our workweek to 15 hours a week or less according to my estimates. We might have less choices, but the choices we had would be of high quality, not detrimental to the environment, and free.
What would we do with our excess time?
Spend it with our family and friends. Take long trips on bicycles and other non polluting methods of transportation. They would also enjoy activities like art, education, sports, cruising on the internet, and restoring the Earth. Eventually people could enjoy the return of nature.
If money ended would it solve all of our problems?
I don’t think Ending money would solve all of our problems, but if we ended money there would be far fewer problems to solve and solutions would not be skewed by the powers of money.
Why not use a different type of currency?
Money produces an imbalance that intensifies all the negative aspects of our lives. Any form of money does the same thing. I have never heard of any form of money that didn’t.
Why wouldn’t a barter system work?
As proven in the past a monetary system works better than barter, therefore a barter system would eventually turn back into a monetary system. Additionally, inequality will always exist when any form of money, including barter, is in place. Using any form of money prevents the return of the megalithic mindset; that is, the mindset that lives in harmony on Earth.
Why not use a different type of ism?
Which form would you choose? Capitalism? Socialism? Communism? Totalitarianism? Marxism? Theoretically they all work, but in reality, none of them work. The change humanity needs will be the change that is required to live sustainably after the collapse.
Why is Neighborhoodism a good system?
Neighborhoodism provides a way for people to escape the heat, have food to eat, have room for refugees, provide means for recreation and entertainment and crafts. Neighborhoodism will also provide access to the internet for many reasons including access to the CHIP and home school education that is performed in mass by quality teachers and tutored by parents and people in the neighborhood that want to help. Neighborhoodism will allow humanity to reduce its carbon footprint the most and police themselves to the greatest extent.
Why do you say that money allows us to destroy by proxy?
Humans and all life on Earth depend on nature for life. Money makes us think our lives depend on money instead. This deception causes us to give priority to money over nature, turn nature into money, and destroy nature vicariously without putting any of our own efforts or interest or wisdom. We buy frozen chicken legs. We don’t raise, kill, pluck the feathers, butcher or package the meat. We kill the animal secondhand.
How does money create an artificial life?
Almost every aspect of our lives involves the use of money in one way or another; from schools to careers to retirement. The reality is that we work so hard and so much that when we go home, we don’t typically want to work anymore so we usually pamper ourselves in one way or another, watching TV, taking a bath. We continue in an artificial world. We go to bed, turn off the light and wake up to an electric alarm and electric toothbrush and then we get into our cars and drive to work and for all that time we are outdoors for maybe a minute or two. Most of us don’t even know what phase the moon is in. We’re separated from nature by this artificial world that money creates.
Is artificial bad?
I don’t think so. But if it results in the destruction of nature and/or all life on Earth, then I think that most of us would agree that it would be defined as bad.
What will prevent people from taking advantage of each other?
Ending money will restore the mindset of love for life.
Should an accumulation of wealth be acceptable?
I don’t think so.
Is it necessary that if a person works harder than another that they should earn more?
Everyone is born into the world without choice. If someone is born with the ability to work harder than someone else and that ability causes him to think he is superior and earns what he is paid, but the truth is that nothing that person has was earned. It was all given to that person. Even if someone works out or excels in some way, they were born with the energy level in them to do it. And opportunities are random except that whatever world your born into will give you more opportunities if you stay in that world.
If I go to more school longer than you should I earn more?
Should you be paid for something that was given to you?
Do we need to have the concept of if I scratch your back you scratch mine?
If you need your back scratched and I am there to scratch it then I will scratch it without expecting you to scratch my back because my back does not itch. But some time my back will itch and at that time I will not call on you because you owe me a back scratch, I will ask whoever is around and available and if they can they will scratch my back. This is karma. This is the creed that humans should live by.
Should we abolish other things that are not natural (i.e. governments or embassies)?
The CHI way of living can be designed to give us a sustainable life on Earth. If embassies and the need for permission to walk on our planet is what the model indicates will work better than not keeping them, then we would probably keep them. If not, then our plans for a sustainable future would probably not keep them.
Can we use cryptocurrencies instead of money?
Cryptocurrency still creates an imbalance. It essentially does the same thing as what we currently have though it professes to be different.
FAQ’s about the CHI
What are the rules for the CHI?
To be determined by the CHI.
FAQ’s about Humanity’s Platform
Why should I pay money to help you build Humanity’s Platform?
Because building the platform would give humanity a place of its own to meet in council, escape from the influences of money, be more able to make rational, logical decisions, and develop a plan to save human and other life on Earth. Because you would be a hero to your children. It’s not for me. It’s for the children of the world.
What software programs might be used on Humanity’s Platform?
The software that would be used would be determined by the CHI. I see the following list as important to have.
Possibly AI software. Only if it could be kept 100 percent safe.
Organization types of software.
Instantaneous voice translation software.
How much would the negative aspects of human nature be affected by a world without money?
Scarcity and money are both intensifiers of our natural negative human characteristics. A world without money not only removes money, but also plans for future to prevent scarcity. The removal of these intensifiers means that a world without money would would allow our natural human characteristics to return. The effect of a world without money, therefore, would be to allow human nature to return to normal.
Can the design be changed later on?
The design belongs to the CHI and the CHI will have full control. If the CHI wants to change the design it can, but if it doesn’t meet the mission requirement then it should not be changed to less.
FAQ’s about Artificial Intelligence
Why would the AI help us?
We don’t know that it would. We may not need help from an AI at all. If we are organized, then our CHI working with the high speed internet processors we have today may be all we need. If we do get help from AI, then that might make the difference that saves us. So we hope for the best, but plan for the worst. If we used AI in an uncontrolled way, then we could essentially jump out of the proverbial frying pan and into the fire.
FAQ’s about miscellaneous things
What about survival of the fittest?
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin.
I think that scripts like survival of the fittest and the strong prevails are not wise to run in our heads because they promote the selfish mindset. No one gets to choose the life we’re born into, but these scripts promote the power of a life that’s enabled the gain money. The small person may be able to weave the tightest basket. The poor person may be able to adapt to change the rich person isn’t able to.
FAQ’s about civilization
Does restoring the hunter-gatherer mindset mean we go back to our hunter-gatherer way of life?
We can’t go back now. The best we can do now is use our technology and intelligence to help us survive and restore our planet the best we can and live sustainably thereafter. I do not envision humanity regressing our existing knowledge or education but slowing down our ingestion of knowledge would give us more time for review. Knowledge should be thoroughly reviewed by the CHI before it is put into active use.
Does civilization constitute evolving?
Modern anthropological studies reveal that the life of our Homo sapiens species began about 315,000 years ago and have lived in relative peace and harmony as hunter-gatherers with a worldwide population of less than ten million for almost all that time. Then, civilization began and the human population suddenly soared to 7.8 billion and those people turned into war mongering disrespectful destroyers who brought humanity and all life on Earth to the horizon of death in less than 7,000 years. The end of life on Earth is not indicative of evolution, it indicates the effects of a poison.
FAQ’s about the collapse
Is the collapse inevitable?
If we put our collective minds together and made a plan we could follow to correct the damage we’ve done and set us on the course of sustainable life, then as the collapse approaches, if the people of the world see the plan and want to follow it, then we could transition then, before the collapse happens. This way is preferred.
Are we trying to prevent the collapse?
Essentially no, not at the present. Humanity is not reducing its carbon footprint, its consumption, waste or trying to prevent the environmental breakdown or the Arctic from melting.
How would we transition?
The ideal would be to fill Phase I with enough detail that we would know exactly what to do and would even look forward to the collapse. Then it would be possible that humanity could collectively decide to change before collapse happened. Once our Mother Earth sensed that we had realized what happened and were trying to change, then the hope is that she would respond favorably.
What are contingency plans and what will they do during the collapse?
Contingency plans are defined in Phase I. They are plans for how humanity adapts for a year or so after the collapse of civilization. They tell how to organized, get food, medicine, shelter, turn on generators, use solar and hydroelectric, and how to deal with nuclear power plants, chemical facilities, and things like that.
Do contingency plans include short-term emergency plans?
Yes, but they would be made for long term.