Life is about exchange

You’re probably thinking life is all about money.

It would seem as if life is all about money.

Money has a way of becoming the end goal, when you have bills to pay.

The government makes things about money the way they keep inflating the currency.

Life is not about money.

It is about exchange.

Money or not, we live on exchange.

It’s possible to be 100% self-sufficient, but it’s not desirable.

Money is just a convenience, compared to actual bartering.

Money isn’t the end goal, what we are trying to pay for is. Our desired lifestyle.

The service to other people is it’s own compensation. This is what we will get paid in heaven. That’s why lower paying jobs don’t pay much, because they pay more intrinsically. Although the intrinsic reward doesn’t always pay the bills, unless you have very low living standards; which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Life isn’t about money. It’s about exchange. The basis for economy is how to meet our needs and what we have to exchange for it. Money is just more convenient.

Focus on what you want out of life, and you will attract the means to “pay” for it.

What makes someone a capitalist?

What comes to mind when you think of capitalism? The first answer most people will give is money. That is, except for those that understand the purpose of money and that the currency is largely made up to facilitate trade and value assets.

This blog post will entertain the idea that anyone, or most people, can be a capitalist. Many will claim to be anti-capitalist because they are not interested in “playing the game”, or they are content with their life and not into raising their standard of living.

Let’s start with the definition of capitalism:

Capitalism is defined as a system made up of private owners who control a nation’s industry and trade for profit, as opposed to being controlled by the state. At one time these private owners were mostly small businesses. Throughout the end of the 19th century and the 20th century, the private ownership has tilted more toward corporations.

Is capitalism all about money?

Technically capitalism isn’t just about money, since currency is a social construct. The definition says it is about profit though. Money is a tool or a resource that is used to make said profit. The profit is made by being of service to others. However, it trends toward favoritism because a capitalist is only serving people who can pay for the created product.

Money may not have necessarily been the end goal during the early stages of capitalism. As standards of living rose, so did the cost of living. In the 21st century, we are moving into supercapitalism, or hyper-capitalism. This is where few of us will experience the highest standard of living known to man. The pitfall is money becomes more of an end goal with most successful capitalists giving in to the “money is everything” mentality; most religious people would see this as idolatry.

Is capitalism a biblical system?

The kingdom of God is bigger than money, no doubt. The underpinnings, or ideas, behind any man-made system may come from the Divine; though humans are flawed and can corrupt anything.

More about this topic in a recent blog post with the same title:

Is capitalism a biblical system? | Daily Evotionals & E’isms

The most interesting answer to who can be a capitalist came in some recent article that I read recently. It said basically that anyone who believes in the free market is a capitalist, while anyone who believes the government needs to have more authority over our lives is a socialist. According to that definition, you can be an exploited worker and still be a capitalist. Especially since all socialism seems to offer exploited workers is dependency on government welfare programs. Even most people who profess to be anti-capitalists would choose capitalism over any form of communism any day of the week.

Since there has always been a system of free enterprise as long as there has been money, I wouldn’t worry about all the fear mongering surrounding the possibility of collapse. Especially when you understand that the market is rigged not to collapse anyway. Businesses do adapt though. Like everything else, economies hit their peak and then they go backward. The benefit of moving backward is everything that went out of style may become popular again.

We may be in late-stage capitalism but if it did crash it would just start over again. Remember no matter what system you live under, including a traditional economy which is what most third world (or developing countries have) it is God who brings true prosperity. When we give credit to a system, that shows we are making an idol out of the system.

Is it more moral to be a Republican or a Democrat?

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The title to this blog post has been an ongoing question over the last decade. While it seems most religious people tend to lean toward the right of the spectrum, a growing number of voters are voting left. They cite that it is moral to help the poor and disenfranchised. They are right in that it is, it just depends on who is more moral in doing it.

I grew up in a conservative state and visited the west coast enough to see how democratic states function. I did not see much of a difference with regards to social services. The main difference was that social service organizations relied more on actual donations rather than government welfare programs. I also noticed that organizations like Salvation Army had dorms where they rented out a bed and a locker to transient people more in conservative states.

It should be noted that Democracy is a secular idea that originated in ancient Greece and thrived mostly in pagan societies. Maybe this is why democratic societies embrace science more than religion and trend towards atheism. The one thing I noticed in democratic societies is a higher cost of living and a tax on virtually everything. This goes against the notion of a free society that was envisioned by our founding fathers during the Enlightenment. Maybe this is why the founders did not speak very well of Democracy.

The spread of democracy tends to lead toward more government dependency (i.e., social poverty) and runs antithesis to capitalism. More atheists lose faith in the church and subsequently the free market and this explains why they lean more towards democracy and big government. From growing up in a conservative society, the market always tends to provide for the needs of everyone. Most counties in Texas have county hospitals for those that lack health insurance, for example.

From the divine perspective, I don’t think it really matters who is you vote for. It is God who prospers His people. Prosperity in the kingdom of God may not look like prosperity from the world’s point of view since the Kingdom is not dependent on money like the world is. A wise person that can live simple is just as prosperous as a billionaire. The spiritual realm is the only realm where all things are truly equal.

On a final note, when a Democrat gets elected, it is usually during a recession. Therefore, if the economy looks like it is doing better under democrats, it is more than likely because the economy is already in the process of bouncing back. Also, there is the fact that governments spend more money which makes the economy looks like it is thriving; all the while putting society in a debt that will probably never be able to pay back.

Innovation at its finest

One of the hallmarks of capitalism is innovation. Of course this is assuming that the only motivation to be innovative is to make money. There are countless people who are innovative either for personal or societal goals. Nikola Tesla comes to mind. Of course people like this usually get there ideas stolen from them.

One of the things I miss about living out west was the creative slogans on business signs. I have seen some of that in the south but not as frequent.

I saw more innovation living among the “poor” in Phoenix. That is some of the people who rode bikes putting motors on them. Of course when I looked up the first motorcycle, that is actually how it was invented.

There are some inventors, maybe more than we know whose only goal was to better humanity. Until some capitalist came along and profited from their idea. We probably never would have heard of these great minds if that hadn’t happened.

The way our monetary system works today, money no longer feels like freedom. In fact people all over are finding creative ways to live and do things just to save a buck here and there. From finding creative ways to beat the rent to even burying their relatives to beat burial costs.

Life in the material world

This meme about sums it up. The world isn’t getting worse. It’s always been cursed. The church was supposed to be a light to the world. They still are to some degree, but even man can corrupt that too.

Life is not hard. The ways of the world are. To put it in proper perspective anyway.

Anybody who walks in the Divine light is the Light of the world. Don’t expect the world to respond well to the light.