I’d like to be unashamedly self-indulgent here and write a post for the sole sake of getting my thoughts out and hopefully transforming them a little. If they turn out to be useful for other people I’ll post them.
I’ve already written a post about this subject before: Money. In it, I put out my own perspective on the self-development concepts that are supposed to help us get more of it. I decided at one point that I wanted to get money in my life, so I studied those concepts and found my own spin on them. All well and good.
Today though, I want to talk about the dark side of money. It’s so well known that money has a dark side that some people don’t even question if it has a light side. On the other hand, some people get so lost in their personal development ideas that they forget why money was hard for them to handle in the first place. Money has a dark side; at best it’s a useful tool, at worst it’s a vicious illusion.
By the way, at this time I focus quite a lot on the dark in my writing. I ran away from that for a time, but at the insistence of my inner compass, I’ve decided to dive deep into it, accept all of these tendencies of mine to see the darkness. Let it flow and get the best lessons out of it.
I think I’m making a pretty good example here, though there’ll always be one or two people who have a problem with me not being enlightened. I guess these are the people who can’t accept themselves not being enlightened.
Moving on. The dark side of money. What is it?
Well I think that, fundamentally, the existence of money is rooted in darkness. In a world of light, there would be none. People would give to each other freely, and that would be it. All of the myriad problems of capitalism, from planned obsolescence to poverty to needing to “protect” a “job”, would disappear in face of a single solution: love.
Or caring. Mutual responsibility. Different words, same meaning in this case.
Now here’s the thing: the existence of money is rooted in darkness, but money itself is not necessarily dark. As our personal development gurus are so fond of saying, money is as it is. It’s neither good nor bad, though it can be used for either good or bad.
In the world, we’re obligated to use money. Those who feel in their souls the urge to live in a world of light will often throw off the obligation as best they can. But that path doesn’t really go anywhere.
I took that path for a while. I think it’s worth taking if you feel the need, just to see where it goes. Then you try to take the middle path.
Neither rejecting money. Nor, fully diving into the selfish culture of money, which means you only give in order to recieve, which means you don’t care about your neighbour if your neighbour has nothing to give you.
Using money. But not believing in it.
Not believing in value for value. Believing in love. Believing in giving when someone needs what you have.
But performing the ritual of exchange in society, because that’s how other people know how to give to you. Pretending to do a business.
Pretending that you’re doing an exchange. Really, you’re giving for free. Due to a funny social ritual, your friend is giving to you for free at the same time. They just don’t know it (unless they do…). If they asked you for something without being able to give back to complete the ritual, you’d give, still. If you could, anyway. In any case, you’d want to. With an open heart, you see in all people the deservingness to receive.
I’ve found it easy in the past to fall into anger for being forced to play this game. I desperately wanted to live life as I am inside and not have to play along with those crazy humans in their silly games. It’s kind of surprising how uplifting writing this article was. I was expecting to sort out all the sticky anger and dark emotions, but it just all turned into high vibes when it came out. Now let’s see me taking this positive vibe into my own business.
Love to you.