What would you do if you were given $1,100 a month with no strings?
Now that you know what I’m speaking of here, let’s continue. No doubt this topic will evoke many different reactions. Money is a hot topic.
I may just be stating the obvious but clearly our capitalistic paradigm is not working. Whether we’ve lost our focus on the original purpose of that system or it’s just the inevitable outcome, I’m not sure – though my “money” is on the latter. Capitalism in my view is a very large pyramid scheme. There’s a very few at the top making most of the “capital” and then it trickles down from there, becoming more scant as it flows downward until there’s barely anything at all. Like all pyramid schemes eventually those on the bottom are going to wake up and stop supporting those on the top and I think that’s exactly what is happening now. We’re waking up.
But waking up is not enough. Seeing that a system is no longer working is not enough. Complaining about that system will not help us in any way. We need to focus our energy on finding something that does work. That’s what Rutger Bregman is doing by bringing forth the idea of Basic Income, and he does so brilliantly. Bravo.
But what can we do … we can support the idea by educating others about it. It might not seem like much, but truly that’s how the world changes … we begin by talking about it.
(originally published on www.aworldoflight.com)