Sometimes we can become so overwhelmed by man made systems that we forget our own humanity.
It struck me when I read that the central bank in Japan has pumped in 40 trillion yen (S$624 billion) to boost short term liquidity in face of the earthquake. And then there are the analysts who highly doubt the Japanese government’s ability to repay their debts and thus downplaying the strength of Japanese investments.
I mean seriously, when matters of life and death are at hand, do we really still want to talk about economics? And for that matter, even if Japan goes bankrupt, do you think the World Bank will demand they pay their debts? Same goes for the United States. These countries’ economies are so intertwined with the rest of the world, I don’t think they will ever be allowed to go bankrupt!
I cannot predict what the world will be like in the future but some things will never change. That is our need for clean air, water and food because that is the basis of our survival. Not stock exchanges, government debt or even jobs. But that’s where we get our money and money buys us these essentials.
Money is a man made concept for the measure of value. We have become blinded to the pursuit of money rather than the things we need to survive.
Because of hoarding assets, governments can turn a blind eye to those who are dying from lack of food. Because of increasing profits, companies can destroy the environment and pollute air and water, the very things we need for our own survival. Because of earning more money, we can sacrifice the very things that nourish our lives – proper meals, adequate rest, exercise, time with loved ones and care for the community.
It is ironical isn’t it when you think about it. Hence we need to be constantly reminded of reality and what matters. While the financial sector may offer me the best pay, it is ultimately a man made system. I will be better off pursuing something a bit more real.