The Political and Economic Pitfalls of Attachment to Money

When we look around the world we see the evils of attachment to money.  Money is a form of power which if it becomes the sole cause of your existence will utterly and completely destroy you.  Just like all forms of power, money can become an addiction for which you sell out everything that really matters in your life only to pursue the shallow ends that money often represents.

The purpose of money is to create something more just as the purpose any instrument of power is to allow for expansion.  When power becomes an end to itself, the personality becomes distorted in an effort to acquire more and more of it in order to fill a fundamental vacuum in personal psychology.  When money is used to increase well being, then it is being used for a greater good.

Our society has become extremely shallow and materialistic in its pursuit of the shortest end possible which is profit.  The very basis of money creation and life itself is being threatened by this obsession with short term gains.  Without a planet that sustains life, what good will any amount of money do anyone?

Part of this issue has to do with a lack of care for others that money has come to represent.  The nature of the money we use demonstrates how it is misused to steal and rob people of their wealth and power.  At the same time, the more important resource that money fundamentally represents, energy, is similarly being used to destructive ends polluting the planet and making life for future generations increasingly perilous and stressful with each passing year that the global warming crisis remains denied and ignored.

The utter laziness when it comes to thinking and acting for the long term is ingrained in conservative social, economic, and political institutions that do not wish to change.  Because the personal needs of wealthy and powerful are met in the moment, they have no personal interest in creating a energy system or a money system that works for everyone.  In addition, because all of these interests have to answer to a very few individuals who are making the majority of the decisions, advancing the cause of planetary development beyond profit at all costs comes at a price for any of the political leaders who stand up to the corporate power brokers.  Because it does not serve their individual interests in the moment, the short term thinking is outweighing the long term thinking on the most critical survival issue facing humanity.  The issue is truly a question of life and how much we truly value it and our selves.

While appealing to human selfishness oddly enough results in the same ultimate conclusion that renewable energy systems and a better monetary system would promote the long term survival of our species, the short term attachment to money and the existing system of doing things is the greatest hurdle to seeing the possibility of a better future develop for everyone.  This hurdle is what is currently being demonstrated daily in the struggle to overcome the short sighted and ultimately suicidal tendencies of the power brokers who simply don't care enough to make any changes out of fear of taking short term losses.  Because they are so addicted to the conservative element of the process, the failures of their policies are being ignored and denied in the media which they control.  In no way do they wish to make the fundamental changes they need to make to help humanity or even their own power base here on Earth.

Such utter stupidity offers them no long term hope of maintaining their own power except through drastic reactionary measures designed to send society back to what it was before the 20th century even began with power concentrated in the hands of a very few.  But with looming natural disasters approaching that can only be blamed on them, the costs of their attachment to money and short term results is very, very high.  The amount of control necessary to avoid being held responsible for the global warming nightmare is staggering.  The amount of corruption required to prevent natural political changes places democratic institutions in peril of being completely and utterly subverted.  This effect will likely be impossible to conceal from the public and the public will be impossible to totally control using current media processes which the established vested fossil fuel interests have used up to this point in time to prevent change.

As the costs of propaganda is likely to rise, the only logical near term solution for those that wish to see no changes take place in our addressing of the global warming issue (and its larger causes in the economic institutions of corporate capitalism and corporate ownership) is to use reactionary political mechanisms to turn back the clock to the days where external threats are created and invented to draw public attention from the long term issue.  This process is already evident in the conservative media institutions that use these mechanisms to scapegoat others for crises created by economic policy.

The attachment to money is thus the key psychological mechanism that explains why the individuals who run these economic institutions are so keen on preventing change.  Because modern corporate capitalism is based on short term profit making goals, the long term costs are being passed off to future generations in order for the present generation to enjoy a meager measure of convenience.  It is meager because only a small portion of the human population truly enjoys the conveniences created at the terrible cost to many others and to future generations. 

Returning to the issue of reactionary politics, it is in the self serving mindset to seek a cynical means of exploiting existing biases and hatreds to distract the people from the real issues.  The creation of imaginary opponents both abroad and at home is a logical extension of this mindset.  Because it is easier for the established order to avoid and dodge responsibility for its actions by spreading lies and disinformation about other groups rather than facing their own responsibility, the convenience of black sheep politics is likely to expand in the near to medium term future.  Such groups as minorities, immigrants, and other nations are likely to be blamed and accused of creating problems directly or indirectly to maintain the illusion of convenience that the population so craves. 

As such, the most rational possibilities are the continued expansion of the list of threats that people will be asked to identify as being hostile and imminently dangerous.  This mechanism of delay and distraction will allow the large industrial corporate powers to continue to exploit the existing planetary resources without fear of being held accountable as the people will be busy attacking themselves, and thus continue to follow the orders of the authorities which is their natural programming.

This long term strategy of subversion will ultimately lead to the downfall of the corporate system if it continues to be pursued.  This strategy is expensive to implement, difficult to contain, and highly unstable to manipulate.  The more violent the people are encouraged to be, the more likely they are to themselves to become uncontrollable.  In addition, intelligent people will not be fooled by this approach, and if they are they are likely not to be fooled long.  As such in order to maintain control the institutions of corporate power will have to introduce police state measure on a scale unseen in the Western World since World War II.  This will increase the costs of control, and create a permanent class of rebellion unless the corporate powers choose to use a policy of very large scale mass arrests and permanent incarceration.  Such a policy would fail almost at once due to the backlash it would generate.  People will not go quietly into the night, especially in the United States whose population is highly armed and already psychologically unstable.

As such, attachment to money will ultimately lead to the downfall of corporate capitalism if the leaders are unable to clean up their actions.  Global warming is likely to be halted under most conditions of long term analysis.  Large scale climate change impacts will force reconsideration of primary economic goals and energy dependency on climate destabilizing fossil fuels.  Fossil fuel companies cannot totally dominate all elements of the media.  Existing mass media institutions are already being diminished by web based media which is less beholden to corporate authority.  It is completely and utterly illogical and irrational to continue policies that will ultimately lead to the destruction of the very institution that the corporate leaders must ultimately protect to maintain their own position.  As such cooperation and clear action would be much more prudent, even from a purely selfish standpoint.

What can be said is that attachment to money may be such an overwhelming psychological addiction, that like any addiction such as drugs, sex, gambling, etc., it prevents the corporate leaders from being rational or intelligent about their long term best interests.  Do corporate leaders not even care about what kind of world their children grow up in?  Is infatuation with money and the addiction to short term power so overpowering that all thought and reason are thrown out the door?  It certainly seems so.  In addition most corporate leaders must answer to shareholders who are likely less directly involved in the business and are much more attached to short term financial gains as an expression of their egos.  This addictive cycle caused by attachment to money is likely to destroy the long term financial gains of these individuals as well, as catastrophic climate change will destroy the consumer economy upon which the entire system is based.

All of these processes favor more government power as irresponsible corporate leaders do not have the long term interests of themselves, the people, or the planet at heart.  Because of their lack of forethought and consideration, the ultimate result must end up being the diametric opposite of what they want, which is less government control.  And yet the government is the only institutions capable of managing the system once all faith in corporate responsibility is lost.  Corporate leaders should have long ago realized that they were destroying the foundations of their own power by choosing poorly in terms of long term development.  Even now, the consumer capitalist model is teetering on the verge of collapse from one of the other largest issues: income inequality and poverty.  The problem continues to be denied and the solution delayed by the media, once again under the hands of the very same corporate culture and leadership.

We see that the attachment to money creates a short term distortion of value that preserves the feeling that money gives the ego at the long term expense of planning for future development and sharing wealth and responsibility.  Each mistake made by the leaders based on this attachment weakens their long term power base.  Each distortion generated to prevent the loss of power costs more and more psychological and political resources.  Eventually, even with huge advantages of money and financial power, the ultimate negative perception generated by this manipulation of the public will divest the corporate leadership of the necessary good will that they need to maintain their domination over the process.  The end result must be the rise of a powerful political anti corporate movement which will seek to redistribute power to other institutions in order to safeguard the well being of the population, the planet, and the future.  Once this opposition has created a core party and ideology, all other elements of the equation will continually work against the economic leadership currently in place throughout the world.

The only possible means of preventing this is to address the framework for change within the current system and create the necessary solutions and begin implementing them now.  Further delay only increases the likelihood of the end of corporate capitalism as an effective economic institution.  Reform would help allow people to see that the system itself can work, but this would require a great deal of care and sacrifice on the part of the old guard economic leadership.  Henry Ford during the heyday of early capitalism in the early 1900s warned his compatriots that they had to pay their workers enough to afford their production.  Today, many responsible individuals who have benefited from the corporate system are trying to encourage the system to reform and deal with global warming and income inequality up front.  It is now in the hands of the conservative forces of the day to decide the fate of corporate capitalism.  The longer they wait to address the injustices of the system, the less likely it is that the system we have come to know as business itself risks perishing in the face of a crisis that it's leaders where unwilling and unable to acknowledge, address, and fix.