Thursday, 20 September 2012

Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1

Frequently Asked Questions and Perceptions about Contributionism.

Part 1:

Here is a set of questions that are most frequently asked and they come up all the time by those who are new to the idea of a world without money. Since 2005, I have been answering these same questions by people all over the world and it just shows us that we have been almost equally conditioned to think the same way, no matter where we are.  As long as we are a part of the current system, it seems that fear is the main underlying motivator to do nothing to challenge the system and in many cases even defend the very system that enslaves us. 
The following statement by Morpheus in the film “The Matrix” eloquently demonstrates this: “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”
We have become a fear-driven society – we more often than not operate from a point of fear than love or inspiration -  and the mainstream media is having a great time perpetuating our fears. The fear of death, losing our jobs, our loved ones, and losing our possessions, is one of the strongest. We believe that we have to work really hard all our lives to get to the ‘top’, and once we get there we have to do everything possible to hold onto the status and the stuff we have accumulated.  Each one of us is out for our own success, but the problem is that there are millions of people who also want to get to the top, to ‘succeed’. This is not a sustainable model for survival.  Furthermore, we seriously have to question our measure of success in these times. 
Economy and stock market reports have become the main focus of all the media as if this is the lifeblood of being human. This has slowly eroded our humanity and turned us into drones whose only perceived value is to keep on producing more stuff and generating more money.  This is really a sick, inhumane system that we have become entrapped in without realising it. 
Each aspect of the system is structured to support the well being of the system, and not members of communities. The system is designed to ensure its own survival at any cost  - the cost is our humanness. Our entire education system is geared to prepare us to work at upholding the system and keep us slaving away, chasing the elusive buck.  Is it not true that our lives have become all about work?  These days it is more important ‘what you do’ than ‘who you are’.
I would like you to read these questions and think about each one for a while, to try and figure out the answers for yourself. Think outside the box.  To get to the answers, ask yourself the following questions:
Why is this the current situation? Why is this happening today? What cause it to be so?
How will this situation change in a moneyless society?

Repeat the FIVE POINT MANTRA to get to the answers.
1)    NO Money
2)    NO Barter
3)    NO Trade
4)    No value attached to anything greater than anything else – because all our efforts and contributions are equally valuable.
5)    Everyone contributes their natural talents or acquired skills for the greater benefit of all the people in the community. And therefore everything is available to everyone at all times. So there is no need for hording, no fear of loss and no theft.

Imagine a new structure is in place which has been placed there by the people. People don’t have jobs – but rather they do what they love, what they are good at and what their talents are. We have called it Labour Of Love – not employment. Farmers farm; engineers engineer; bakers bake, etc – all for the greater good of the community to provide abundance for the whole community. There is no thinking about “what’s in it for me”, because everything is in it for you. No more chasing money.  So everybody does what they love, and then for 3 hours per week each person contributes time in one of the many community projects, learning new skills all the time.
It took me a long time to figure this out and systematically shed the capitalistic conditioning I had accumulated throughout my life of education and social conditioning. But our collective consciousness has shifted a great deal since 2005 and I have seen people get the answers within minutes – answers that originally took me weeks if not months to figure out. But if you still cannot get the answers – I will be listing them in a sequence of upcoming papers to demonstrate how simple things can be and how easily we can move from the greed-driven, hoarding mentality of service to self, to a free giving mentality of service to others and our community – which in essence means serving ourselves at the same time. There is no greater honour and satisfaction than the community honouring you for what you contribute to the community – the divine gift of giving – and in giving the universe provides in abundance. In scientific circles this is called the “Law of Attraction”.

List of most frequently asked questions:
1)    If everything is for free, can I just sit on my ass and do nothing and get people to bring me stuff – anything I want?
2)    If everything is FREE, I want 10 mansions and 50 Ferraris.
3)    Who is going to shovel the crap?
4)    Why should I give up all the things I have worked for so hard?
5)    Why should I give you something if you have nothing to give me in return?
6)    If I give you something of value what am I going to get in return?
7)    Is this not just another form of Communism?
8)    What about human nature and the fact that people want to continually better themselves?
9)    Does this mean that we are going back to the dark ages and living in caves?
10)    Is this not a free-for all and a lawless society where everyone can do what they want?
11)    Who is going to make the rules?
12)    What about progress and advancement and technology – does this mean we are going to regress and go backwards?
13)    If there is no money, how are we going to buy things?
14)    Why would I want to slave away all day for free?
15)    Who is going to provide the food?
16)    What will happen with education?
17)    How are we going to get electricity?
18)    Is this not a case of taking from the rich and giving to the poor?
19)    Why don’t we rather focus on improving the economy and alleviate poverty so that everyone has sufficient access to food and other things?
20)    How are we going to import stuff?
21)    Does this not mean a degradation of our lifestyle?
22)    If everything is for free, can I go to your house and take whatever I want?
23)    What happens to the laws and policies and security?
24)    What about those whose education and skills are higher than those of others... is their time not more valuable?