Pope Francis - Money Is The Devil’s Dung
Before I get started, let me say that I have absolutely no problem with any nonviolent religion. Okay, that’s an oxymoron. The religions of money and statism or state liberalism are the basis for the vast majority of violence we see in the world today. So, let me say I have no problem with any local, community-based religion. I do have a problem with organized, hierarchical religion, including state liberalism and money, and the endlessly delusional self-deceit, ambition and often outright evil that often defines it. On that note, Pope Francis has turned out to be a very interesting pope. He has actually said some pretty amazing things for a pope. Not too amazing for anyone else but amazing for someone who controls a massive bureaucracy of like-minded pinheads. He has said animals have a soul or Divine life force, and who am I to judge a person’s sexual preference, which places him at the top of the heretic list for much of the existing religious power structure and orthodoxy. And he has also made note of the greed and the Godlessness in the world’s halls of power today. That has recently earned him the label of Marxist by those seeking to marginalize dissent and silence any truth. (Although there is ample evidence that the evils of communism are alive and well in the world today. And btw, Thomas Jefferson was the first to write that corporate capitalism would destroy itself. Not Marx. Well, in modern times. The contradictory god of profit or serving two masters as capitalism requires, has been known for thousands of years.) The pope responded that caring for the impoverished is not Marxist but rather simply following the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. By the way, those who believe Jesus of Nazareth was a Marxist or communist are really clueless about Jesus of Nazareth’s true message or communism or both. Marxism, communism, capitalism, etc are state control systems (violence) reliant on destroying God, individual divinity and human empowerment. When the pope was called a Marxist, maybe he should have said what Cesar Chavez said when he was called a communist by pathological elements in this country. Loosely from memory that was, “How can I be a communist when I’m a Catholic?”. The pathology in this world never likes to be called out for their endless evils. And mind you, there is more abundance of evil with its jack boot on the neck of humanity than at any time in human history. Evil can only survive in the shadows but in today’s world, it has stepped into the light. It has done so for a very specific reason. Because the control it must use to keep hold of its domination over humanity is now so obtuse it cannot be hidden in the shadows any longer. And that evil now arrogantly seems to believe it has the ability to do so without any worry for being stopped. The flip side is that now humanity has the clarity to see evil in the light. And has the opportunity to stand to account and resist it. Or not. You can define evil however you want. But in its simplest definition – the absence of good - it clearly does exist. And its most prevalent form is the state and other hierarchical control systems that enforce the god of money. As I noted in some detail of a prior post, there is some evidence that the antichrist was the Roman state and more specifically its emperor. In other words, it is the state and its forced use of money that is the institution of the ego through which evil dominates humanity.
Pope Francis seems to be a breath of fresh air for an insular, pedantic hierarchical structure like the Vatican. He seems very genuine and authentic in his service to humanity. From what I see, I am a big fan. Not that he is anything more than a man with all of our imperfections. But that he is truly a compassionate and caring person who is able to rise above his condition in many ways. ie Truly express his higher power. He actually is less concerned about formalities, religious dogma and the inanity of the world’s self-important, ambitious, bureaucratic placeholders and more concerned about actually doing good and walking the talk. But I find it really amazing that he came out and called money the Devil’s Dung and criticized the throwaway culture that exists in the world today. This pope has to be very careful or he may just reveal the Vatican’s systemic hypocrisy. That may very well threaten his own personal safety in a world of such madness as I am sure he is well aware. The disposable society is something I have written about in detail. In fact, some years ago I penned a post of this title. And, of course, the possibility of us living through the end of money has been presented more than a few times on here. Money is an institution of the ego or of control that is used to dominate humanity. (You’ll never find the pope’s recent comments on the web site or through the words of any good capitalist Catholics or Christians. That’s because they mock God by worshipping mammon as their true god. )
“What is the chief end of man?--to get rich. In what way?--dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must. Who is God, the one only and true? Money is God. Gold and Greenbacks and Stock--father, son, and the ghost of same--three persons in one; these are the true and only God, mighty and supreme.” – Mark Twain, The Revised Catechism.
People have a very hard time visualizing a world without money, and I have not laid out a lot of specifics of what the world would possibly look like without it, but literally every illusion of control created by money would likely disappear. The changes would be so profound that I don’t know that any single person can wrap their head around it. There would be no method through which class could extort surplus intellectual talent or physical labor from humanity unless it was outright physical ownership of people aka slavery. There would be no incentive to ever produce more than you need without outright physical ownership aka slavery. Thus, there would be no ability to over-consume the planet’s resources without …. No one would ever work 40 hours or more a week without…. There would be absolutely no incentive to destroy every pristine piece of nature and replace it with capitalism’s endless sprawl without….. 70-90% of the economic activity (which is completely useless) that takes place today would disappear without….. Corporations as we know them to be profit-driven engines would become extinct without.… It would be very difficult for the state to wage war without….. There would be no incentive to distribute illegal drugs. It would be very, very difficult for power struggles to develop with wholesale numbers of humanity as being enslaved. The concept of an economy and a career as we know it would probably disappear. And, most likely the state would lose any reason to exist. In short, there would be little ability to control humanity unless it was through outright physical subjugation. Which, by the way, was the original basis for what eventually became the state and its control constructs like capitalism and money. Those are just a few possible outcomes.
The reality is money is not needed for anything. Period. People have become slaves to intellectual ignorance and laziness. Once you appreciate this, you can consider what is necessary to create a system of freedom and democracy using money. Or, moving beyond money. The only two things needed to produce anything that humanity needs are intellectual capital and labor capital. In fact, humanity has thrived far longer without money than with it. Far, far longer. Egypt didn’t have money. They built the pyramids that stood as humanity’s greatest achievement for 4,000 years. What did you build? In many ways ancient Egypt was just as advanced of a civilization as we are. In many ways, they were much less ignorant. Did southern plantation owners need money to produce with slaves? Around the fringes they did. They bought and sold goods and slaves but the labor to produce quite abundantly did not involve payment of money. The reality is they actually didn’t need money at all, including around the fringes. (Capitalism’s division of labor is slavery and was originally created to serve a feudal economic control system. The southern plantation slavery system used the same division of labor as capitalism. The end result is the same. That is, economic slavery or wage slavery controlled by the capitalist class.)
Could money be used for the common good? Could money be democratic? Of course. But it never has. Ever. It may have come close a time or two for very, very short periods of time. I have written extensively on this topic and laid out very specific examples of how a democratic banking and monetary system would work. And I will be laying out a major post detailing a complete democratic monetary and banking system at some point. But we are kidding ourselves to think any structure similar to today would work in supporting democratic money and democratic banking. Corporate capitalism, private, for-profit banking and the private creation of money are not, have never been and will never be democratic or some virtuous system. They are systems of state power and control.
A lot of people have very large blind spots on this topic of money. They really don’t understand money. That’s the problem with people who back gold as money. As a result, most people believe that the disappearance of money is a pipe dream. But because it is a control construct created by the ego, it will disappear forever some day. The only question is when. As I have noted in past posts, in some regards money has already failed very substantially. 2008’s failure of money may have been a precursor of the next wave in this global crisis. In 2008 a form of money, debt instruments, failed. There were a small number of firms holding these instruments and no one wanted to trade with them. Now, if we extend that to today with so few people owning nearly everything, including the massive theft of democracy’s money, the vast majority of people have so little money that a future unemployment crisis or financial crisis would mean there is no counterparty for those with all of the money to trade with. If 80% of people have no money, how exactly are the going to trade with those who have stolen all of the money? They aren’t. Money becomes useless. Just like 2008. This is a very distinct possibility.
Since we have a religious leader coming out and warning about the god of money, I want to end this post with an ancient religious allegory. The Tower of Babel is one of the most important lessons from ancient history. I used it before the 2008 collapse to highlight behavior that was going to end in disaster. That being the profligacy of the oil fiefdoms in the Middle East and the Burj Dubai. And it did. (Saudi Arabia is on track to build the world’s largest building that will dwarf the Burj. This has no intent of serving humanity or any purpose other than self-aggrandizing pathology. Another sign of impending Saudi doom; a long time theme on here. What a waste of human intellectual and labor capital, much of which is immigrant economic slavery, that could actually be used to do good in the world.)
Today the Tower of Babel that binds all four corners of the earth into a common language is the universal language of money that we call globalization. Which is nothing more than code words for neoliberal pillaging and exploiting all of humanity by corporations with one intent. That intent is to serve the god of mammon. The common language of the world today talked about in the Babel allegory is the ego-created control construct called money. And what came next in the Babel story was the destruction of that common language that resulted in the scattering all of humanity to the four corners of the earth. In other words, the destruction of globalization, the return of economic self-determinism and possibly even the destruction of corporate capitalism and money.
Never in the history of the world has humanity been so united in such Godlessness or the lack of love and selflessness that is derived from our higher power. In order for all of society and humanity to serve mammon, one must first destroy God. And that destruction is nearly universal. Communism, capitalism, statism (state liberalism) and all other isms require the death of God, religious communities and faith in your own divinity in order to redirect humanity’s power and faith to serving man and his control constructs of class - corporations, mindless consumerism, money, profit and the state. Never in the history of the world has the disconnected ego and its Godlessness been so all-consuming.
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
The human mind has only two intents; the intent of control and the intent of discovery and truth, or if one prefers the intent of serving the selfless Word of God. (Love) One cannot serve two masters. There is no way to hold the intent of money or profit (the ego’s intent of control) in the mind at the same time one holds the intent of love, or if you prefer the selfless Word of God, in their heart. The endless rationalizations and self-deceits of the ego (self-interest) will always win. Truth will always be destroyed - there literally isn’t a single institution in this country or the world that has not been severely damaged or outright destroyed by the intent of serving money or profit.
Serving money and profit as a primary intent, as private banking, private money creation and corporate capitalism does, is the devil’s dung. One cannot serve money and profit and selflessness at the same time. How much more clearly does this need to be than what exists in the world today? (Just a reminder on the topic of money noted on here quite a few times over the years is that we are likely headed to some type of direct trade settlement system involving barter. Interestingly, well after those remarks were made on here, Russia and Iran announced a massive economic deal based on direct trade settlement and barter. We shall see what the future holds.)