The inglorious dollar bill, ironically bearing the symbol of one of the most honest men in history. Green-dyed rag paper, produced by The Crane Paper Company in Massachusetts produces all the rag paper used for the USD; the paper is worth more than anything else.
From the 1960s onward, the USD hasn’t been backed by gold or silver, making it technically unlawful money. Instead, we’re graciously protected and “backed by the full faith and credit of the United States,” which, as we all know, doesn’t mean anything anymore.
We’re working for whatever the government defines their rag paper leaflets as; any value. What I’m basically trying to convey is this: if the dollar crashed tomorrow, where would you be? You need to acquire some tangible assets. Gold, silver, gems even—something with a global appreciation.
If you want to give yourself a psychiatric trip, check out Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber, a novel released in 2011. While we’ve seen a million different books and documentaries released revolving around the somber subject of debt, Graeber’s unique train of thought will blow you out of the water.
Check out his book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years and let us know how you like it in the comments below.
It’s a whopping 544 pages, but if you’re going to have some long nights in your hotel travels, or if you and the wife are fighting, it’s definitely worthy of your time to give it a read. If you check the Amazon reviews, you’ll get some stern reviews, most of which are in a positive tone.
But enough about that: what the hell are we working for? You work to pay your rent, buy food, the whole shebang, but the true value behind the dollar isn’t the classic story of American greed. It’s far more than that. It’s going to sound cliché, even cheesy, but if you’re making enough while doing something you genuinely enjoy, you’re benefiting from the myth of money, not bowing like a slave to it.
“Time is money,” they say, and both are disposable. For the most part, whatever you spend in either category, you’re not going to get back, no matter how you spin it. If we could be genuinely happy without the necessity for a currency, well, that would be something, now wouldn’t it? Having lived on a system of finances for thousands of years, we’re all conditioned to earn, use, and think money, and there’s definitely no going back on that.
This is the farthest I’ll go down the philosophical road; I don’t want to throw anyone into a long-winded “Why does existence exist” sort of mental road, but take this with you when you go. We’re not simply meant to exist for the sole purpose of gaining wealth just to leave it to our children when we die. We’re not just walking around with dollar signs hanging over our head (depending on who you ask.) I’ll leave you with one final quote, one that I heard from a gentleman at a drive-thru window who was pursuing his passion on the side.
“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski