Fang Talks


Second Wednesday, second whiny post about how the world fails. Or something along those lines.

It’s not the economy by itself that’s a bad thing, but rather how people deal with it.
At the moment it’s doing… not all that good. Everyone spends less, so everyone earns less, and the government decides to stop giving money to all kinds of things that actually need the money. A downward spiral? Yeah, sort of.

Thing is, greed is in human nature. What we’re doing now is just strengthening it by worsening everyone’s situation. But we’re not doing it now. We’ve done it ever since we started asking something in return for a good deed or nice necklace.

This next part is going to sound a bit silly and idealistic, but bear with me.
What if everyone just dropped all their money, threw it all away, and gave away their services and goods for free?
Yes, the baker would be out of bread in no time. But hey, he can get the ingredients he needs for free, so he has no limit on how much bread he can make!
There’s so many holes in this idealistic world, but if everyone could get along then maybe, just maybe it would stand a chance?
It’d be the perfect world: you go about doing your daily routine, and nothing else to worry about. If the baker dies, his son just takes over. Simple as that. This means you would literally be working for a living, instead of working to “survive”.
People in Africa could get sent free food and stuff they need to build decent cities and whatnot. They don’t have any money to pay for it, but that’s not needed. Everyone living good lives, everyone happy!

It’s a bit quite unrealistic, sure, but it would be nice, wouldn’t it?

But yeah, like I said, the economy, money, it all makes people greedy. Greedy enough to kidnap the president’s daughter and ask for a gazillion dollars ransom. Are their minds corrupted by themselves, or has society pushed them to do that? A bit of both, I guess. Especially when you can’t really survive if you don’t have any money.

But I’m starting to ramble, and going slightly outside of the scope of this post, so I’ll quit it about now.
~ Fang


  • Anonymous
    22/08/2011 (4:07 AM)

    Somehow got linked here, was bored, read the post, and… yeah.

    Late to the show but “greed” creates *excess* due to people working harder which generates more product to get more in return. Just TRY getting someone to carry a bigger load than someone else just out of good will, it won’t work for long if at all. That *excess* allows people to have more time to think, love, play, invent, plan, endless things really.

    That *excess* gave us modern medicine, cities, transportation, entertainment, long lifespans, AND the ability to send aid to the less fortunate.

    Without *excess*, we’d be nothing more than tribes struggling to survive, living and dying for nothing, failing to exceed animals, never leaving this rock called Earth before something terrible happens to it, and never becoming more than a brief thought in the universe.

    TL;DR Greed creates excess, excess spurs progress on all levels, like your computer, education, and living longer than 40.

    P.S. Idealism is a surprisingly dangerous thing. Pol Pot wanted an equal society and killed more than a 5th of Cambodia’s population to achieve a less than well thought out ideal that many young people supported.

  • 18/08/2011 (5:46 PM)

    It is just unfair. But thats how the world works. There is no freedom with equality and no equality with freedom.

  • 18/08/2011 (2:48 AM)

    I’m a bit of an idealist myself. I know just how you feel! :D

  • 17/08/2011 (7:48 PM)

    Don’t blame you at all, those are very legitimate concerns.

  • 17/08/2011 (7:24 PM)

    It’d be nice. But unfortunately it’s never going to happen.

  • 17/08/2011 (7:13 PM)

    Well like you said we were greedy before we had money and the economy, we were trading goods for goods. IE, we’d do some work in return for food. Everyone doing everything for free sounds like a very idealistic situation, but like I said, we’ve always been greedy, so it could almost nevar evar happen. Good thinking though.

  • GT
    17/08/2011 (7:05 PM)

    Great post!

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