Why is money our idol in human society?

Question from the Internet:

“Why do we define our lives by a green piece of paper (money) that only we give meaning to?”

Our “basic matter”, our engine that drives us, is an insatiable and ever-growing desire for pleasures for ourselves.

Excessive overconsumption is not something society or capitalism has taught us or forced us to do. It is our own nature that pushes us towards constant and ever-intensifying consumption and accumulation of profit and resources for ourselves while we ruthlessly compete and fight with each other.

Thus money perfectly expresses our “purpose” in life as long as we blindly and instinctively associate ourselves with the original, selfish and egotistic desire for pleasures. Money symbolizes our ability to purchase and hoard everything we can for ourselves. This is why even human beings are measured and expressed according to their monetary worth in our world.

Of course, there is another way of looking at life; there is another purpose we can associate ourselves with. But that is something that we do not have in us by default; it is not something we can use instinctively — so we have to learn and practice it.

When we look around us at Nature’s all-encompassing system, the purpose of everything that happens is to create and sustain life. Even the “destruction” we seemingly see in Nature — or in our own biological bodies — is just something that facilitates life and improves mutual integration even more. In our biological body, our organs, and systems are constantly destroyed and broken down so they can be rebuilt in an even more perfect and balanced way to suit our actual, ever-changing conditions.

It is the same in the “animal kingdom”, for example. Predators eat the weakest links of the prey species in order to facilitate natural selection and the best possible survival of the species of prey. And none of them consumes more than what they need to consume, so the overall balance and homeostasis are never harmed.

We, human beings, can also learn how to become positive and constructive participants in this “circle of life”, constantly contributing to the general balance and homeostasis and most optimal development.

But since we have to do this consciously and proactively, purposefully and methodically adapting and preparing ourselves, we will also understand how and why life is created. We will feel ourselves — tangibly and realistically — as if we ourselves designed and governed the whole life-creating and life-nurturing system.

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I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.