What is the purpose of money, is it a means or an end?
Tout d’abord, quand on se demande à quoi sert l’argent, on se rend vite compte d’une chose. De toute évidence, il ne peut pas être considéré comme un simple moyen. Indeed, it is the very purpose of all businesses and many people: to make money.
Thus, money is the means of access to everything. In fact, for every human being, it is a vital element. Therefore, it is not a simple tool that is “neutral” in nature (1).
Moreover, by its mere existence it exceeds any other element, even life. Indeed, it is a necessary prerequisite for living (buying food, housing, etc.).
What is the influence of money?
In the first place, one’s quality of life is proportional to the amount of money one has accumulated. As a result, it encourages and rewards individualism.
Moreover, according to several experimental studies, money reduces altruism, ethical values and social contact.
In addition, researchers believe that money has the effect of making people self-centred. And therefore to make him more individualistic, thus reducing his behaviour to help others (2).
Especially since money circulates like communicating vessels: in order to gain money, it is necessary for others to lose money. In other words, increasing one’s quality of life reduces that of others.
Money makes it possible to invest, and therefore to earn even more money. On the other hand, the less money you have, the less you can earn (3).
What are the consequences of the monetary system?
First, to be sustainable, any monetary system requires a high level of human activity. Moreover, on a permanent basis (to generate jobs, salaries, survival from competition, etc.). Not to mention that it requires an indiscriminate waste of our resources, leads to massive pollution and an increase in waste. Finally, it leads to a dangerous and inappropriate organisation (4).
Moreover, money is a driver of individualism and generalised competition (5). On the other hand, it is an element of deep social imbalance, a means of corruption, a weapon of domination. Finally, it has the power to more or less control us (6).
As a result, the monetary system is now showing its limits, which make it impossible to make major changes without “destabilising finance”. (7).
Who is responsible for money-related problems?
We have the feeling that money is a tool to be handled well.
Yet money shapes society, regardless of how we use it. Indeed, it imposes its own laws and its own foundations.
Firstly, it is impossible to live without it. Secondly, society is only thriving on the condition that it makes sustained profits at the expense of our environment. Finally, it puts all companies and nations in a permanent commercial war.
However, most of the abuses we experience would not exist without it.
But what drifts are we talking about?