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The Moneyless Society – Love As The New Currency


How can it be? The moneyless society. It is very difficult to imagine, but I have been trying to do just that for the last couple of years. Basically, since I heard of The Venus Project and a resource based economy.

No money would really simplify a lot of things. My whole life, basically. Well, not only mine, but everyone’s. No need to set a price on anything. No need to pay for anything.

If there were no money. I could

  • Give my full concentration to what I love doing.
  • Go out and help anyone who needs help without thinking about making any money.
  • Travel anywhere.
  • Live anywhere.
  • Share whatever I want to share, with no regards to if I can ‘afford’ it or not.
  • Cooperate with people wanting to make this world a better place.
  • Working together with anyone who have the same interests as me.
  • Creating music.
  • Making films.

In a moneyless society another currency is demanded, though. And I think we can call this currency ‘Love’. It sounds like a cliche, but that depends on how you define ‘Love’. I define it as ‘the sum of all positive feelings’.

In other words, instead of money, one would get ‘Love’ in return for what one does. This love can be the joy one feels from doing it, the feelings of gratitude one gets from others, the feeling of completion when one finishes a task well done, or the feeling of happiness from being among the plants one has tended and now grows abundantly.

People need something in return from doing anything. And this something can be nothing less than Love in a moneyless society. Of course, one could give each other gifts and such, but what we are all after is that ultimate feeling of fulfillment, joy, happiness, bliss, excitement, or in one word: Love.

The ultimate feeling of Love (fulfillment, joy, happiness, bliss, excitement, etc) is actually what we all seek in money. We think that when we get unlimited access to money, we will feel the bliss we are missing in our lives. So, with a moneyless society it is important to be aware that what we are seeking is Love, and this love is found in all the tasks we are doing and things we are producing and sharing.

For a resource based economy to work we need to have a new currency, and this currency might just as well be Love, since this is the ultimate currency. With Love as the currency we can actually start today already. We don’t need to wait for technology to develop, or leaders to decide.

Of course, for Love to work as a currency we have to snap out of the value system we have in place today. We have to snap out of our egos, that never gives anything for free, but only asks ‘what’s in it for me?’. Well, actually, the ego can still ask ‘what’s in it for me?’ in a Love Based Society, because when one gives and shares with Love, Love will be given in return in abundance. THAT’S what’s in it for you.

Update:

When I talk about getting Love in the article, I do not mean that one gets Love back directly from the person one is giving to. One will get Love (meaning fulfillment, joy, etc…) from the act of doing itself  (giving is also an act of doing), as long as it is something one has a desire to do. And then, where does that Love come from? It can only come from the Creator. And, beware, the Creator in this case, is you, or your ‘higher self’. In other words, you are giving to yourself.

So, doing something one loves doing, something that gives fulfillment and joy, is the same as ‘receiving for the sake of bestowing’. Because when one does something only for the Love of it, what else can be the reason for doing it? One is receiving fulfillment, joy, Love…for what? Of course, for the desire to be fulfilled, for the desire to fulfill the Creator, which is you. And everyone has a conscious or unconscious drive towards this, because this is the basic meaning of Life.

So, everyone is doing this all the time, because this is what brings the most fulfillment to people. But it might also be done unconsciously most of the time. And one thing that stops people from truly being conscious about this is the mindset that the monetary system has created. The mindset that say’s that ‘I have to get something back to give something to you’. It is not only the monetary system that has created this, but also the ‘survival instinct’ we all seem to have. This instinct is produced by forgetting that we are not really our human bodies, but rather eternal consciousness(es) experiencing human life.

When everyone becomes conscious about this, it will be the end of money, because no money would have to change hands anymore. Nothing would be demanded in return for anything, since the Love would be an intrinsic reward in everything. And being conscious about this and ending the monetary system goes hand in hand.

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  2. Immanuel says:

    While I agree that it would be great to live in a moneyless society, I reckon there would be significant challenges in implementing it. Lets take restaurants for example. Now that they’re all free, why would anyone want to go to the crummy restaurant around the corner instead of the world renown restaurant in the heart of town? All the good places will be perpetually full while the places that are worse would just be empty.

    Okay, so then maybe the crummy restaurants can now upgrade themselves since there’s no longer any cost attached to it. They start ordering the premium beef instead of the cheap beef. In fact, all restaurants do that. But there’s only so much premium beef and it can’t be supplied to all the restaurants. Production either has to increase or some restaurants can go without. In a money based society, that’s automatically regulated since only the rich can afford it, thus there isn’t a massive amount of demand for premium beef and the poorer places can make do with the regular variety. If we remove money, someone has to step in to control these kind of situations to prevent it becoming chaotic.

    The same goes for production of raw materials from the earth. If we extract iron ore from a mine, and many countries want it, how do we determine which country gets it first? Along the same lines, how do we determine if we need to alter the production capacity of the mine to become greater or even slow it down? In today’s economy, it’s easy to see because your customers are buying less of it. Without money, everyone is just going to go “Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!”

    There are also some good things about money. For one, it can foster innovation if you have a competitive marketplace. Car manufacturers are pushed hard to outdo their competition in order to make sales, so they’re constantly coming up with new technologies to make their cars safer, more fuel efficient and sometimes even cheaper (so that they can have a higher profit margin of course). There must be something to constantly motivate people to constantly innovate in the absence of money. My fear is that people might think: “Well, what we have is good enough, there’s no reason for me to make anything better!” We should always be trying to constantly improve what we have.

    I’m not saying that going moneyless is bad, I think it’d be great, it’s just that there are a lot of issues associated with it that need to be resolved in order for it to be successful. It would be great if it was possible to start a new moneyless country in the world as a test bed for this kind of new society. Start small, iron out the problems as it happens, develop and improve on the model, then expand to the rest of the world!

    • The whole thing must change. In a moneyless society there wouldnt be restaurants. Its a whole new thing. In order to make it work the world must be destroyed first. Otherwise, you have to live like a hippy (of course if you are under 40, when everything’s so cool), checking garbage cans and recycling food.

      • Harald Sandø says:

        FYI there are already several free restaurants in the world with good food. It is all about supply chains and mindset. If a farmer want to supply someone with free produce then that is up to him/her based on what the farmer think of the actual project/restaurant. There are many people today already working for free supporting projects they believe in, lots of open source projects, volunteering, etc. The world does not have to be destroyed first and is not going to be. We are on our way there already, but it is happening in the background. Another thing that is getting stronger is monetary reform and what this will mean for basic income and governmental monetary needs for hospitals, schools, roads, etc. Google Positive Money. The world is changing already. Why doesn’t it seem like it? Because the old structure of money and competition is toughening, like all structures does when they are pressured and threatened, until they break down and the new structure emerges for everyone to see.

  3. Erik says:

    I am studying the notion of a moneyless society because — as I see the problems facing society today, such as poverty, debts, deficits, austerity, wealth disparity, etc. — I realize that the root of all these problems is money. But money is a man-made entity. Money is not like a natural disaster which cannot be avoided. All of the money-based problems facing society today were created by humans, and therefore, should be able to be solved by humans. I appreciate your thoughts on this subject and will keep this in mind as I continue my studies. –Erik

  4. emi says:

    The problem with any economic system lies in the hearts and minds of society.
    If love were in place in society, the present economic system wouldn’t need to change.
    If we switch to a different economic system, the tendency of some persons to abuse it to further their own agenda will still exist.

  5. tomiastikainen says:

    You’re half right. Check this to see what I mean:
    www.kabbalah.info/engkab/kabbalah-video-clips/giving-and-receiving

    (and don’t get me wrong; I’m not pushing you kabbalah, I’ve been in TZM a couple of years already and drawing wisdom from whatever source I see fit).

    And one more thing… looking at that bulleted list: you can do all of those things today!

    LOVE,

    -Tomi

    PS. Just stumbled upon this: loveisthenewcurrency.com/

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your comment.

      I have studied Kabbalah for a while, and am also the ‘proud’ owner of The Zohar, even though I’ve stopped reading it. It’s still, though, a ton of Kabbalistic information that I am not aware of.

      Kabbalah was intriguing to me for a while, until I realized that they are truly complicating stuff beyond reason. It seems they have a desire to understand, but use their intellect and minds more than their hearts and souls to do this. And this extreme complication, an intellectual rather than felt understanding, works in counter towards what is the real goal of enlightenment.

      I agree with the 4 modes of giving and receiving, even though it, again, is a bit complicated. I should have elaborated on this in the article. I agree totally that one have to NOT expect anything in return to get the TRUE Love. The article was a bit shallow that way.

      When I talk about getting Love in the article, I do not mean that one gets Love back directly from the person one is giving to. One will get Love (meaning fulfillment, joy, etc…) from the act of doing itself (giving is also an act of doing), as long as it is something one has a desire to do. And then, where does that Love come from? It can only come from the Creator. And, beware, the Creator in this case, is you, or your ‘higher self’. In other words, you are giving to yourself.

      So, doing something one loves doing, something that gives fulfillment and joy, is the same as ‘receiving for the sake of bestowing’. Because when one does something only for the Love of it, what else can be the reason for doing it? One is receiving fulfillment, joy, Love…for what? Of course, for the desire to be fulfilled, for the desire to fulfill the Creator, which is you. And everyone has a conscious or unconscious drive towards this, because this is the basic meaning of Life.

      So, everyone is doing this all the time, because this is what brings the most fulfillment to people. But it might also be done unconsciously most of the time. And one thing that stops people from truly being conscious about this is the mindset that the monetary system has created. The mindset that say’s that ‘I have to get something back to give something to you’. It is not only the monetary system that has created this, but also the ‘survival instinct’ we all seem to have. This instinct is produced by forgetting that we are not really our human bodies, but rather eternal consciousness(es) experiencing human life.

      When everyone becomes conscious about this, it will be the end of money, because no money would have to change hands anymore. Nothing would be demanded in return for anything, since the Love would be an intrinsic reward in everything. And being conscious about this and ending the monetary system goes hand in hand.

  6. oeffoeff says:

    Very beautiful, this thread about “Moneyless Society – Love As The New Currency”…
    To my mind, some things could be described a bit different:
    If we regard as a “currency” something, that is used as a means of exchange, then “love” is not so much a currency:
    Would I need to “give love” in order to get something, as a condition? And someone, who would not give love, gets less or nothing?
    So love – to my mind – can be better described as a motivation to give GIFTS without the necessity of any currency…
    And if we regard it very exactly, then – in my opinion – love is not only “the sum of all good feelings”, but means also sharing bad feelings etc… So it could better be described as an “(holistic) identification”, which by integrating everything into the whole makes everything free and happy as much as possible…
    And the means for a good organization of society would not be any mechanism of currencies or something else, but it would be a reasonable common-good-consensus (and planning) among the human beings…

    So this are some ideas, I like to add…

    Öff Öff

    And I add another text about my motivation, why I am living without money:

    Why I live without money…

    I am living without money, because we need a (global) responsability-orientation, which is looking for the good of the whole, instead of being dominated by isolated partial-interests and -calculations… (Every adult person should habe this responsability…)
    The flow of giving and taking should try to fit for the whole, independent of, whether there is an (immediate/individual) revenge or not…
    It is an attitude of IDENTIFICATION with the world, as cells are identified in an organism… —
    where a cell can give in quite another direction as it gets its needed things from…, and where for example a “white blood-cell” is ready to “eat” illness-bacteria and dy with them – what could not be the result of an individual revenge- or advantage-calculation… — The only decisive motivation is the happiness of IDENTIFCATION WITH THE WHOLE…)

    LOVE THE WORLD AS YOUR SELF…

    And among human beings the basic-capacity of us all, that everybody can think and decide, makes the free participation in a peaceful and just society such a valuable possible contribution of the individual, that we should lovingly invite every human being to become such a “global consensus-brother or -sister”… Beginning with myself…, doing to others, what I expect of them to do to me…, non-violently making gifts…
    Regarding us as becoming a big emancipated humanity-family, deciding in consensus, making gifts in love und sharing according to abilities and needs, so that everybody feels as happy as the others…
    LOVE EVERY HUMAN BEING AS YOUR SELF…
    Money or any form of isolated revenge-calculation (as decisive criterium) is not fitting for such a ‘GLOBAL RESPONSABILITY AND LOVE(-PLANNING)’…
    It is not “organic” and it is not according to the “logics of love”… As you can directly feel in deep friendships, love-affairs (with the woman as my “heart” for example…) and loving families…

    I came to this (theoretical) decision for my life, when I was 13 years old… (1977)

    It was my inner awakening to an adult person or for the maturity to take control of my own “steering-wheel for life”…:
    I found out, that I could make my own decisions with my “free will”, on the basis of my own thinking…
    I saw, that the basic-principle for (my) orientation should be: “Always look for the most important question and then for the most reasonable answer to it…”
    So I came to find my essential self-understanding as a “REASON-SOUL” (“animal rationale”): Where my REASON is the longing for sense, at best a sense of the whole… – and SOUL means my connection to the bio-cosmos around me, integrating me in the big life-context and making me try to serve this unity of life as good as possible…
    So it was clear to me, that I would dedicate my life for a globally responsable development in the world…
    As the most important for this I recognized, that the human beings needed a “minimum-consensus for global responsability”…
    As the best-possible content for this “minimum-consensus” I found: “There must be enough REASON and LOVE, so that the humans become able for a ‘common-good-consensus’…”
    All other questions can best then be given into these consensus-decisions of the woken up “GLOBAL CONSENSUS-BROTHERS AND -SISTERS”…

    1991 I founded “Schenkers-Movement” (“Givers-Movement”) and began to live these ideas in praxis, without state (identity card), money and luxury, as a ‘homeless pilgrim on the street’, in “Houses of Hospitality” (where we offer social work for the poorest as a gift) and in “nature projects”, where in part I am living like a free animal (eating wild herbs, insects and so on)…
    FREE MOTHER EARTH FOR FREE SHARING PEOPLE!

    Let us begin to build “COMMUNITIES OF GLOBAL CONSENSUS-SHARING”, whereever we can, as much as possible…

    Our “Schenkers-Movement” has two associations and 6 community-projects in Germany, and everybody is invited to join… Or to build further “Schenker-Projects”, whereever he or she is…
    In “Schenkers-Movement” it is possible to begin with smallest steps, and to make the steps bigger freely, as one wants…

    LIGHT AND LOVE FOR ALL!

    Öff Öff / Oeffie (Jürgen Wagner)

    schenker_oeff@yahoo.de

    017627110248
    schenkeraspiegelforum.plusboard.de (with an english thread)

    dieschenker.wordpress.com

    die-schenker.yooco.de (with Schenker-Chat from 20 o’clock)

    wiki.gifteconomy.org/wiki/Lifestyle_Gift_Economists

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your comment!

      What you are implying is my understatement in the article. Of course, one does not get LESS love if one gives love or something else to another, one gets MORE! 🙂 And that’s the beauty of it…

  7. holdup says:

    I’m fascinated by the concept of a moneyless society. I’m not sure that it will every be feasible because of one resource that will always be short in supply. I think this resource will be time.

    I’m also interested to hear what people think will work as incentives for people to do things for others?

    who will build a house for me? Or a vehicle? Why would they do this work when in fact all their material needs are already provided by the resource based economy.

    I would see a world that could quickly fall into anarchy. Crime should be very limited as everyone should have all their material needs met by the abundance of resources. However their are other needs, who would deal with the rapists and murders? Would the society as a whole police this, or would a communist like government system be adopted. How would we then stop the government from abusing the resource distribution?

    RBE will not work unless all the menial tasks or filthy disgusting work is done by robots or automation.
    If everyone was allowed to do the things that interested them the most then I’d imagine that there would be very few sewer cleaners etc

    I’m not suggesting that I think humans are necessarily selfish from birth, but that perhaps a notion of trading resources is very deep in the human psyche. I have X you have Y, you need X I need Y.

    • admin says:

      Yes, let’s trade the X and Y. It’s a typical notion to think that people have to trade to share what they have. But try to think about your family for one second. You don’t trade with your family, do you? At least, trade within the family is much more seldom than outside the family. More often than not, stuff is given inside the family. Stuff is given from the ones who have it to the ones who don’t.

      In a resource based economy Humanity has to be considered one family, including your neighbors. This is not so far fetched. The world is getting smaller and smaller and we see that we are all human with similar needs and likes all over the planet. Thus, sharing with a part of your family, regardless of nationality or proximity shouldn’t be a problem.

      House building will be done by machines. The same with vehicles, like they are today. All car production is 100% automatized in most factories today if you didn’t know it. In effect, only a few thousand people would be needed to run RBE worldwide, with the help of technology. Machines will both build and fix themselves.

      Rapists and murderers would be treated rather than punished. Integration in a loving society is key. Read up on The Venus Project website and see the latest Zeitgeist movie on YouTube. See the last post about the movie…

      People are born as curious explorers. This is in our nature. Just look at any kid. Exploration is key. An urge to have a just society free of pollution and stress is something every child seems to possess. Exploring, creating, making things, performing, playing. All treats that children naturally have. When children are allowed to be children also when adults, tons of new creations emerge. Helpful hands are everywhere. Garden flourishes. Games are played. Tools and skills are shared in abundance. People WANT to help each other. When one do and feel the gratitude and joy from the others, there are no greater reward.

      The ‘let’s trade the X and Y’ thing is no deeper in the human psyche than the untrue belief that we need money. Yes, it is a deep belief in many humans, but I got rid of it in a flash the day I heard about RBE. And I’m not alone. People wake up all over the planet now. It is not a thing that is in ‘the human psyche’ per se, but rather a part of a brainwashing that’s been going on for millennia. The TRUE human psyche is much more like I described above.

  8. craigers61 says:

    I used to blog on the Venus project web site. As envisioned the good professors economy will not work. There is a basic misunderstanding of what money is and how it works. In order to have an economy at all, especially a highly developed one you have to be able to count something. You have to be able to readily trade resources (commodities) against something, or one another. Money acts as this mechanism, also the price of anything acts as an information source (a bundle of info). It tells a potential buyer of that resource what its relative abundance or scarcity is.

    The other problem you have is that you devolve into a barter economic system in an RBE. So that you make it extremely hard for a free flowing and smoothly running world wide economic system. Each geographic area would have to trade with another their resources. If you don’t think this is an issue see all the sitcoms where you have to run around trading in third party goods and trading them to others so that you can obtain your wanted goods in the end. The most recent one I can think of is MASH.

    Professor is very vague and general in how his economy would work, but he has no specifics at all. Like Karl Marx, he gave a very vague and general ideas of what the future would be like as he himself didn’t know or want to sketch it all in, it would just magically work.

    A good foundation in Austrian school of economics would help here as right now this is a form of Proudhondianism.

    • admin says:

      Hi craigers61. Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, it is difficult to imagine a society without money, and I agree that Fresco is not specifying how this can be very much. I assume your ‘professor’ is Jacque Fresco. This is why I started this website, so that we can envision together what a resource based economy can be like. For RBE to ever take place on this planet, WE have to be able to imagine it. If we can’t, we’ll forever be in the power of the moneylenders.

      But I must say you have misunderstood vital things about RBE when you say we devolve into a barter system with RBE. In RBE there will be NO money, trade or barter of any kind. This is the whole point. If it is barter, it is not RBE.

      And yes, it is a resource based ECONOMY. An economy does not mean one have to have money to count, far from it. One definition of ‘economy’ in the dictionary is ‘careful management of available resources’. This definition does not mention money at all. Quite the contrary, ‘careful management of available resources’ sounds more like a definition of a resource based economy than the economy we have today, which is ANYTHING BUT ‘careful management of available resources’. Today’s economy is wasting the planet’s resources like there’s no tomorrow. Thus today’s ‘economy’ is really not an economy at all.

      Yes, money MAY give an indication of the scarcity or abundance of a certain resource. But in most cases, it doesn’t. Why? Because in the monetary system we have today, scarcity makes the prices go up, thus a false sense of scarcity is often created in the marketplace. Throwing away tons of food every day is a part of this practice. Do you think this is right?

      In RBE, we will NOT use barter or trade anything with anyone. There will be no need, since in RBE all the planet’s resources would belong to all of humanity, to everyone. We would share what we need freely. This is the whole point. Thus, no one would have to carry around any tradable objects. Different geographical areas would not have to ‘trade’ anything. If something is needed somewhere, it would be shared by the area that has it.

      Of course, RBE would require a total different kind of mindset than what we have today. It would require a sharing mindset that realizes that when we share, EVERYONE get’s richer. We could not have the mindset we have today where we believe that if we happen to live somewhere we are the rightful ‘owners’ of the natural resources of that particular region. No, we would realize that when we SHARE FREELY what we have we will get much more back than if we hoard and keep stuff for ourselves.

      Just imagine if the whole world was open to everyone. Can you? Can you imagine that? That you, and everybody else, without any money, and without any need to trade anything, you could travel anywhere you wanted. You could live anywhere you wanted. You could study anything you wanted for as long as you wanted. And you could work with what you REALLY wanted. Without any consideration of money, because everything would be supplied to you. You could experience so extremely many more things than you could ever imagine today.

      RBE is an extreme concept. Something never thought of in the recorded history of humanity. A world of abundance for everyone. Not just the rich 5% of the population. Greed would have been gone. Sharing would be the credo. It is a totally new world, unimagined ever before.

      I must also say that your last remark reveals that you obviously have misunderstood the concept of RBE completely. An Austrian school of economics is not needed here. And this is far from Proudhonism (as I suppose you mean).

      RBE is not involved with money or ‘price mechanism’ AT ALL. Both the Austrian school of economics and Proudhonism talks about trading. Either with money or with commodities. In RBE there will be NO TRADING. How can this work?

      First of all, this new idea will have to TAKE ROOT in the mind of humanity. The majority of people would have to see the benefits of RBE, and a moneyless society, as outweighing today’s monetary system.

      Then, RBE will work as a combination of a gift economy and and a highly developed technological society. When the population realizes that ‘work’ can be performing the tasks we find most interesting, challenging and fulfilling, while at the same time contributing to society, money will not be an issue anymore. When everyone does their ‘work’ for ‘free’, we will all be free. We would have the choice to live in a pollution free garden city with lot’s of smart solutions helping people in their daily tasks. Or, we could live in the countryside, close to nature, growing our own vegetables. In any case, whatever we would do, it would be much more fulfilling than what most of today’s people are doing in their boring jobs, only serving the money monster.

      Just think about money for a moment. Besides the bills and coins you might have in your wallet, can you see any money? Can you eat them? Can you build houses with them? Can they comfort you at night? And think about some of the things you enjoy doing the most. Do you do that to make money? Or do you do it for the joy of doing it? Are you charging your family for helping them? Are you charging your friends for going out with them? Hopefully, you don’t.

      This ‘moneyless thought’ is what will be extended to the whole planet in RBE, when we see the whole planet as family and friends. There’s no need to charge friends and family, because what goes around there, comes around. What you give, you will get back.

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