The Venus Project – A Cashless Society

I’m going to try my best to keep this as non-controversial as possible. So before I get into this, I want to point out that I’m not necessarily saying this would work – it’s just an exercise to get people thinking outside the box.

In an earlier blog of mine, I talked about how the concept of money exacerbates all that is negative in humanity. Its created infatuation for meaningless objects, lust for status, and promoted an overall disgustingly materialistic society. If you sit down and really think about what makes you happy, I find it difficult to believe that the first thing on your mind would be an item or object. I would assume in the vast majority of cases, your interpersonal relationships would top the list. So why do we care so much about things?

In my opinion, it’s because our culture has created these desires for us. We grow up to learn that having a bigger house, a nicer car, and finer clothes is a direct reflection of our success in life. Having more things than someone else is, for some reason, respected in our society. Doesn’t that seem a little twisted?

So here’s the part where we need to keep an open mind. What if the world didn’t require money to function? Where everything was practical and necessity-based, and people only cared about what actually matters? How much of our planet’s natural resources have been pillaged for the creation of useless trinkets and unnecessary consumption? It’s sickening, when you really think about it.

The sad part about it is that this will never change unless we ALL go through a degree of enlightenment. Until humanity starts valuing things differently, we’ll have no choice but to live in the very holes we’ve dug for ourselves. Look around you – don’t you think there might be something wrong when we have a population that’s likely more depressed than you can remember, and everywhere you turn there are people crying out for help and change? When will it happen? Well, it’ll change when WE change. Until we, not as a small community, but as an entire civilization, change the way we think and value the world around us, we’re going to be stuck – stagnant and frustrated over a system that we ourselves have allowed to be created.

One thing I’ve been doing over the past few weeks (since I finished my first book) is learning as much as I can about social philosophy and what ideas have been pitched throughout history. After absorbing the research, I’ve been writing some thoughts on how we could transition from a currency-based system to something that doesn’t rely on the exchange of money for goods and services. Not that I expect that to ever happen, but I think the more we can get this dialogue going, the more aware we all will be.

I’ll leave it at that for now. But if you feel inclined to educate yourself about these types of ideas, check out the link below for a group who’s fervently trying to create a movement such as this. Most importantly, always remember that the world in which we live can be changed with the right amount of conviction and effort.


05 The Venus Project - Circular City

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