Welcome to EthicalEconomy.org!
If you have ever used a dollar, a pound, a yen or any other “unit of currency”, that means that you are a part of the Economy in some form or fashion, whether you realize it or not. And it’s this “unit of currency” that we’ll focus on here more than just about any other aspect. Why do we feel that understanding the purpose of money is so important to understanding the Economy at large? Because money (currency) is the thread that holds the patchwork of our “economic world” together.
The function of money is something that has held my interest for so many years! It is certainly not your run-of-the-mill topic and can be quite confusing, frustrating, intimidating. So many of us spend so much of our time worrying about where our next dollar will come from while at the same time, never asking “what is money?”, “what is money’s purpose?”, “who creates our money?”, “why do we keep creating more of it?” and “what happens when we create more money?”
When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
This blog, like so many other blogs out here on the web, is as much for me to have a space to write down, think through, modify, improve my own understanding as much as it is a means of sharing what I learn. If you see some flaw, mistake, error or opinion masquerading as fact, please consider taking a moment and bringing it to my attention. Thank you!
Also, please know that I realize, recognize and respect that you will have your own ideas about what is expressed here! So if there is something you would like to comment on, share, or ask, please do! All that we kindly request is that your comments are fact (not opinion or ‘belief’), are directed entirely at the idea and not at the fellow human who said it 🙂
To a better future!
The Ethical Economist