Understanding Money as a Poison
Looking at the spread of the concrete jungle all over the world is essentially like looking at the part of a wound that’s not covered; because you can’t see all the damage that we’ve done beneath the seas. When I look at the concrete jungle I see that the wound of our planet has come through the use of money. People with enough money have built the industries, ships, railroads, power companies and so forth. And those of us who didn’t have enough money envied those who did and would have done the same thing or worse had we struck our gold mine.
Money causes us to build a world that’s designed to make money, while at the same time it separates us from nature by living in an electrified artificial world. Most of us spend well over ninety percent of our time inside of artificial environments. We live with street lights on at night. So, most of us don’t know what phase the moon’s in. If someone didn’t know what phase the moon was in 150 years ago people might think that would be kind of strange. Our lives are strange and we don’t see it. We don’t kill or pluck the chicken ourselves, instead we pay someone else to do it. We destroy nature by proxy in this manner. We go to the grocery store and pick a package of meat off the shelf and think not one thought of the animal. All we care about is the price and expiration date. We do this across the board with many things and without realizing what we’re doing. And again, I’m not pointing my finger or trying to shame anyone. I’ve eaten thousands of chickens myself and never plucked one in my life. But this is where we are and I do think we must wake up now and change.
Understanding that money is a poison is in truth a good thing because knowing it’s a poison allows understanding and forgiveness. If someone accidentally ate a poison mushroom, for example, lost their mind, got into their car and ran into your car, then at first you might condemn them thinking they’d gotten drunk or something, but after you found out that the they had been under the influence of a poison and didn’t know it then you would be much more apt to understand and forgive. If money is a literal poison then that would explain why we’ve used the power of money to destroy the world and ourselves.
Is money a poison?
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.
Conducting a study to determine how money affects the human neuro-chemical system seems like something the government would want to do as one of their many studies. I always assumed that studies on how money affects humanity have already been done, but what if they haven’t? Because the fact is I’m not finding much research in this area. Or maybe it’s classified research – I don’t know. But what If we really don’t know much about money being a poison? If money is a poison and we don’t know much about it, then that makes us rather vulnerable doesn’t it? It is like the analogy of the Starship Enterprise. We are caught up in the effects of a poison without realizing we are poisoned – even the crew and captain.
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 the use of 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. Science and psychology are both used in designing advertisement campaigns .
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)
Here is a list of some of the main mental disorders in America today:
• Depression disorder
• Generalized anxiety disorder
• Panic Disorder
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
Imagine how much money has to do with each of these disorders. Depression can obviously be strongly influenced by money. Anxiety and stress are closely related and the American Psychological Association has placed money as the number one cause of stress in America since 2007 . Panic disorder can certainly be influenced by lack of money, as well as depression, anxiety and stress. Obsessive-compulsive disorder could be considered a symptom of the stress caused from dealing with money. Post-traumatic stress disorder often comes from war which is caused by money (in my opinion). At any rate, one can see that money has a strong influence on mental disorders.
It’s amazing how much money affects all of us. It identifies us and we take on the identity it gives us. The poor man is humble while the rich man is proud, yet all of us walk around like zombies oblivious to the unnatural devastated reality of the real world. We have become money zombies.
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?
Why should we consider money a poison?
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.
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.
Seeing money as a poison is a perception that allows humanity to get our arms around the problems that we’ve created. When we realize that basically all of them are based on the underlying cause of a poison, and that we have created them under the influence of this poison, then we can easily see what the solution is – to get rid of the poison. Once we end our use of money then our minds will clear and we will begin our recovery onto the Road to Life.
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. But if money is a poison then it would have to be a different kind of poison because it’s of the way that it’s not only carried from generation to generation and that it’s not delivered in a conventional way. The poison of money is delivered through the uniqueness that separates us from all other life on Earth; which is our intelligence. The poison of money is delivered through the channels of our unique intelligent minds.