a money tree for ye, and ye and ye…

I came across the following discussion point by Corvida Raven and for something that I thought would be easy to answer, it has gone on to puzzle me all day.

If you woke up today and money ceased to exist, what is the first thing you would do? Why?

Money is a motivating factor in a lot of actions people take on a daily basis. What if money didn’t exist? What would you do then?

Let’s NOT get into the technicalities of how removing money from the world would change things. This Conversation is SPECIFICALLY about the FIRST thing you would do if money ceased to exist today and why you would do that particular thing.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Honestly, the first thing I would do was make sure every person in the world had a chicken in their pot every day; or in other words I would make sure people no longer went hungry.

Then I started to think about a world without money and I began to wonder just what would happen in a moneyless society. Logic suggests we would revert back to a barter system most probably, but I wonder if we would want to “work”?

What would motivate us to do anything? Would we only do what we needed for survival? If so, would we care about others? Or would we care about others even more, because if we needed to barter, we would need the goods and services of those people.

Do you think society would be better or worse?

16 thoughts on “a money tree for ye, and ye and ye…

  1. Your “work” would become taking care of your daily necessities. You’d be out feeding those chickens, cleaning their coop, drawing water from the pump, gardening, sewing, canning, home repairs, etc.

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  2. The first thing I would do is try not to go into a state of shock when I did an inventory of what I could barter in the new ‘economy’. Very little that is of actual use, I’m afraid!

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  3. I think a better question would be “If all things were free ….” Bartering was the foundation of the money system, wasn’t it. A piece of paper was created to represent a quantity of gold purely for convenience.
    Without money or bartering ….
    I’m a trekky so I think it would all work out well as folk started to concentrate on improving themselves and the lot of those around them.

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  4. In many ways it would be better. But when I think of a world without money, I wonder if there would be anymore scientific progress in the world. I think that if we do it right, maybe we could. It’s all about managing our resources. I don’t know if that makes sense… but it’s what I got. XD

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  5. I’d quit my job.
    2nd thing is that I’d invest a lot of effort into finding out the new “currency” – because people will always want some form of “payment” for goods/services.

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  6. I would get out to the yard and plant vegetables. I’d plant grains in our farm house instead of the flower garden that is there now. I’d see if I can acquire a farming land and start making food for myself and my neighbours.

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  7. Interesting question!

    I think if you removed money you would not be motivated to strive for things you need – what would motivate us to get up in themorning if everything was handed to us on a plate?. If you stop and think about feeding the starving it’s not just about giving them food but giving them the means to grow their own so they are independent.

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