I had a passionate discussion about money last night.

Money is a story.

Somebody asked me if I am a capitalist anarchist.

*Record scratch*

No, I don’t think so! I’m not a libertarian b*tch.

The person I was talking to said they didn’t get how I could “love money” (my words) if I was anticapitalist.

I get the confusion—because it confuses me too. There’s something about money though, that just makes me happy 🌞 Even in times in my life where I don’t have much money to spend, simply reading about money puts me in a good mood.

So I wanted to share some thoughts and some things I’ve learned about money that I don’t think most of the world shares. My feelings about money are based on a mix of philosophy, economics, spirituality, and personal experience.

Money is part of every society. It can look and behave in ways we can’t even imagine.

There’s a tiny island called Yap out in the Pacific Ocean. Economists love it because it helps answer this really basic question: What is money?

There’s no gold or silver on Yap. But hundreds of years ago, explorers from Yap found limestone deposits on an island hundreds of miles away. And they carved this limestone into huge stone discs, which they brought back across the sea on their small bamboo boats.

It’s unclear if these stones started as money. But at some point the people on Yap realized what most societies realize. They needed something that everyone agrees you can use to pay for stuff.

One key thing about this money: It was really heavy. A big piece could weigh more than a car.

As a result, this very concrete form of money quickly made the jump to being something very abstract.

“They often talk about the stones themselves not changing hands at all,” Fitzpatrick says. “In fact, most of the time they wouldn’t.”

So imagine there’s this great big stone disc sitting in a village. One person gives it to another person. But the stone doesn’t move. It’s just that everybody in the village knows the stone now has a new owner.

In fact, the stone doesn’t even need to be on the island to count as money.

One time, according to the island’s oral tradition, a work crew was bringing was bringing a giant stone coin back to yap on a boat. And just before they got back to the island, they hit a big storm. The stone wound up on the bottom of the ocean.

The crew made it back to the island and told everybody what happened. And everybody decided that the piece of stone money was still good — even though it was on the bottom of the ocean.

The Island Of Stone Money on NPR

Money is an earth element.

No, I don’t believe everything in the world is made of either earth, fire, water, or air. That’s a pretty simplistic view of the world and not really worth entertaining in the age of quantum physics.

But, I think there’s something to be said about intuition, in the present and past. And in this way, money is seen as “earth” element. It’s as natural as trees and flowers. More than that, it has the characteristics of “earth” (meant in a symbolic way)—it grounds you aka brings you back to reality and springs, lives, grows, and thrives under the right conditions.

Again, it’s not something I take literally. But it’s gotta mean something that we’ve always given money a place under the earth element.

Money is a story.

I feel that people bring this up often without fully considering the impact of the statement.

Anything—anything—ANYTHING—you or I consider a “fact” about money can in fact be turned around and still apply to money.

I grew up broke. The story in our family was that money is hard and unforgiving. I don’t think that anymore! Now I see money as a video game that doesn’t have full power over my happiness.

The current global story about money is that it’s for exploiting. Look at how the richest people at the top have gotten there. They’re usually involved with banking and investments, which is just moving piles of money around and tweaking the numbers on us. It’s not fair that they have gotten this money through pure legacy and it grows and grows to the detriment of everyone else. Because these people don’t pay taxes.

To turn $100 into $110 is work. To turn $100 million into $110 million is inevitable.

Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

It’s a really ugly story of manipulation that money is taking on at the moment, isn’t it?

But it’s not the end story. It can’t be. The more we see money as a problem, when it’s actually a circumstance, the more “sick” we make it. The more it turns into a monster we can’t face.

My advice if you want to become friends with money.

I got the idea for this exercise from Earth is Hiring by Peta Kelly. (I recommend the book.) Doing this exercise cleared up a ton for me and I came away feeling lighter, so I think it’s worth a try even if you’re a skeptic. It’s easy, anyway.

Write a letter to money. Start with Dear Money, and talk to money about how it has helped or hurt you. Let it all out. Tell money your feelings, hopes, and fears around it. This will help you look at money directly first of all and also see where you’re being unfair or illogical with it.

Love is the only thing that matters. My goal is to return money to love!

Feel free to leave your thoughts below including any contradicting ones đź‘€ We love a discussion, yespeople are overrated.

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