world-currency

Dangerous Man (John Wick x Reader)

Originally posted by anothermoviepage

Working at The Continental isn’t at all what you thought it’d be. 

SPOILER FREE FIC.


You smoothed out your shirt and looked in the mirror. It was your first day on the job. You were decked out head to toe in brand new clothes. All from a designer you’d never heard of. All custom made to fit you perfectly.  All completely free. On top of that, you’d be making a salary that, at entry level, was six figures. And all you had to do was deliver room service.

But there was a saying you’d heard since you were young: If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

You should have suspected something was off when you had to give a blood sample, a urine sample, a DNA swab, and answer a thirteen page questionnaire that included things like “list the full names of your parents, siblings, and grandparents” or “do you have any experience with sutures, cauterization, or CPR?”

And then the interview, itself, felt more like an interrogation. The whole thing gave you this weird feeling in your gut, but this was also the most exclusive hotel in New York City. Getting a room here wasn’t about whether or not you had the money, but whether or not you knew the right people, and even then, it was typically booked solid. You’d even heard a rumor that The Queen of England was denied a room once. Of course they’d be picky about their staff.

But after the lengthy interview process and dozen or so signatures on papers you probably should have read, you found out the truth about The Continental.

The manager’s name was Winston. He was nice enough, though he had a very “no nonsense” attitude about him. The more you found out about the place, though, the more you understood why. It was a safe haven for a secret society of people. Assassins. Hit men. Gang Lords. The underground elite of not only New York, but the entire world. The only currency accepted from customers were gold coins. One gold coin was the equivalent to one favor. It was a simple system, Winston explained, but complex to newcomers. You’d pick it up over time. All you needed to know was that if you got a coin, you kept a close eye on it.

Additionally, the hotel followed a strict set of rules, but the two that most concerned you were that staff was never to ask questions, and no business could ever be conducted on hotel grounds. The latter of the two should have made you feel safer, but instead, it just made you more nervous.

Upon the conclusion of your meeting with Winston, he presented you with a single gold coin. You looked at him curiously. He smiled, and said simply:

“A welcome gift.”

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Some Worldbuilding Thoughts

Recently, I had a fun conversation with @sansjoshiki, who sent us a question on anon but then followed up with my request for more information. (Thanks for doing that!) It’s exciting to be able to answer questions to the best of our ability because we have all the information! 

Anyway, a lot of the stuff I said was not specific to their world, and I think that some of you may enjoy and benefit from it, so here’s some general advice on putting worlds together and incorporating details into your stories!


So, having a single concept (or a few unrelated concepts) and building a world and story from it is completely doable, and can be a lot of fun! But it can also be totally overwhelming and difficult to decide just how much to build, what to focus on, and how to incorporate all of it. 

This process is easier if you have a plot or a character in mind, because you can use that as a lens to decide what parts of the world are important to focus on. For instance, if your character is royalty, do they care how the peasants get water? Will that factoid ever show up? Probably not. With that in mind, it’s fine to have no detail or vaguery in regards to things that aren’t relevant, so don’t strain yourself trying to explain every little thing.

Using guides to help you come up with your world can be extremely helpful to cover all the relevant bases, but no guide will ever match exactly what you need for your story in particular. I think that possibly the best thing for you to do is to start thinking about your character and/or plot. If you don’t have a plot, think about elements in the world that are especially interesting to you and contemplate ways to get those involved in your plot. If you do have a plot, then start thinking about particular aspects of your world that will definitely be involved. If your plot/character(s) are involved with the government, you’ll need to have a pretty solid idea of how that government functions, but if not, that’s a detail you can probably gloss over with only basic details.

If your plot is detailed, start thinking of particular scenes that you want to write in it. For instance, if you want a scene to take place in a store or market, you’ll need to think about how that’s laid out. Is there just one store that sells almost everything? Do most shops specify? Is there an open-forum market with lots of small vendors, or large department stores? How does the currency work? (Actually, “how does the currency work” is a question you should probably answer regardless of whether economics will be a focus, unless the average person on your world doesn’t use currency).

With this in mind, build the parts of the world that pertain to a scene until you can get a sense of what it would be like to be there. Think about real-world situations that are similar; what does it feel like to be in a government building? In a bank? In a convenience store? In a high-priced and specialized boutique? On a farm? How would these things change based on the ways your world works? For instance, if your world no longer employs people to run cash registers and instead uses something like Walmart’s self-checkout, how does that change the experience of going to the store?

Once you have a basic sense for the scene, start writing! You don’t need to know every detail by this step; in fact, don’t try to know every detail. Just place yourself with your character in the scene, and think about what you’d notice and what’s important.

However, be careful about glossing over “unimportant” things, or at least keep in mind that you did. If a detail is irrelevant in an early scene, but then becomes important later, you don’t want to contradict what you’ve said before. I’m guilty of this; I write along willy-nilly, and sometimes when I’m rereading, I realized that a detail I develop well in chapter 5 is contradicted by something I handwaved in chapter 2. This is fixable, of course, but you might save yourself a little headache by thinking about it beforehand. Having to rewrite what used to be the perfect scene because one detail changes everything is annoying.

Also, don’t be tempted to start from the very beginning with this method of worldbuilding a single scene; think of scenes that are critical to your story and what they’ll entail, and work backwards to the ones that are less critical.

Ultimately, don’t forget that worldbuilding shouldn’t get wholly in the way of your writing. It can be lots of fun and create a great story, but if you find yourself never starting because you don’t have all the details in place, relax.

Sometimes, “Just start writing” can be the best thing when you’re stuck with worldbuilding. If a detail is needed to make the story work, or to make the world believable, you’ll realize that as you go, and then you can pause, figure it out, and then carry on.

As for putting an adequate amount of world detail in, we’ve done a few posts about that in past. I’ll say a few words about that:

Putting detail in can be tricky, because you know all these things about your world and many of them might be working together to create a scene. However, you don’t want to annoy or bore your reader, so you have to limit yourself. Having a beta reader can be great for that, because they can let you know when you have too much or too little detail. Personally, I think that erring on the side of too little and then having your beta reader tell you so is best. If you’re confusing your readers, you’ll need to put more detail in, but people are less likely to tell you when you have too much detail. Try to keep in mind what’s essential for the world, and also what’s abnormal. Your character isn’t likely to be thinking about how the space-age toilet works (unless they work in the sci-fi equivalent of plumbing), and even though knowing what happens to the waste can be important to the author, it is unlikely to come up in a story. Put yourself in that situation, remind yourself that everything you’ve built is the norm for that world, and then think about what you’d actually notice.

If you have abnormal things going on, those are easier to explain and make it make sense that you are explaining them. This can also be used to show what the norm is: “Instead of just going into the vaporizer like it always did, [character]’s urine was sitting in the receptacle, making the bathroom smell bad.” Bam, now we know that toilets have vaporizers and that this one is malfunctioning.


Thanks for reading, and happy building! -Werew

what i’ve come to understand as i’ve gotten older is that we waste so much of our lives on holding back, on playing it cool, on waiting to text back, on being “fashionably late”, on pretending not to like people in order to not come on too strong. as though being eager and passionate could ever be a bad thing. the whole world operates on this currency of not caring (either as self-defence or to win some social game) and, let me tell you, it’s such a waste of breath. imagine all the life you could be living in those minutes and hours and days spent not texting first, spent showing up late, spent acting uninterested. stop pretending. do what you feel. caring is not something to ashamed of. i promise you.

Anime for Your Brain

Despite obnoxious stereotypes that all anime are shonen or moe/harem, the fact remains that it is a medium and as one would hope, under it have appeared some rather brilliant anime that will dazzle your mind with their competence and knowledge. I’ll be avoiding talking about anime based more on mystery and outwitting opponents such as Death Note and Un-Go. Instead the three anime in this list are ones that teach you about subjects very applicable to our world or helpful in learning the principles that govern it.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf caught many viewers by surprise. Advertised for the fanservicey elements of its female lead Holo, the anime is actually primarily focused on interactions between our main characters and showing the workings of a medieval economic system. That’s right, Spice and Wolf is about merchants, trade, finances, and bartering. It’s not a small theme either. Most of the anime is focused on it, which makes sense since the male lead is a traveling merchant. It’s something very close and relevant to him. Given Holo, the wolf he travel with, is extremely intelligent herself, there are some complicated conversations between them and many scenarios that you’ll have to continuously keep up with. This series will be sure keep you glued to your seat with its sizzling romance and sobering take on economics.

Log Horizon

Like Spice and Wolf, Log Horizon may be misleading to some. It can easily be mistaken for a Sword Art Online clone, when in reality its focus couldn’t be more different. Really the only element they share in common is that players are trapped inside a virtual MMO. I’ll add that I personally find Log Horizon the superior of the two.

Log Horizon offers two forms of education. The first is in MMO gameplay and tactics, which it explains and utilizes quite often, especially early on. The second form is in its world building. By that I mean that it shows just what problems could occur if people were thrown into a new world set by gaming laws and just what it is people would need to devise to prosper inside it.

The anime focuses on Shiroe, who relies heavily on strategy when confronted by the problems in his world. He uses the gaming laws in order to deal with issues such as a bad economy, boredom of the masses, slavery, and relations with NPCs. Really, this series deserves props for making MMOs and real-world problems feel so closely knitted.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyu, much like the last two series on this list, continues the tradition of being misleading. At first, it can easily be confused with a shallow fanservice-prone harem anime when in reality it is more about the economics and complications associated with ending a war. In a planet where entire countries have come to rely on war to receive the necessary funds to survive, a world war ending without some alternative is presented as a foolish dream. Our likable leads and growing cast devise ways to affect the world through agriculture, currency, battle, and cultural means. Maoyu is excellent in helping the viewer realize the complicated systems that run everything around us and how changes in these systems must first occur in order for the changes we want to happen to ever come into fruition. It’s all displayed in a rather charming way though which jives nicely with the realist elements it teaches.

I’m hoping all three of these anime caught your interest and you’ll check them out one day. Your brain will surely thank you. I know I’m thankful you took the time to read this. Later.

Shance Fluff Week Day Four: First/Last

The first time Lance saw him, Shiro was golden. Descending from the heavens to save his people, like a warrior sent from the gods. At that moment for him, there was nobody else in in sight, and Lance was gone. That life did not end happily. Nobody’s did, as it was a vicious time and blood dripped off the fingers of the world. War was the currency, and men set out to make themselves rich. So they died young and they died well, and that was the end of it. But. Listen. The Universe is generous with second chances, and who says you don’t get a second chance at life as well?

The next time Lance saw Shiro, they were both different. He was a knight, kneeling at the base of a throne that held Shiro in robes and a jeweled crown. He was raised to his feet, a kiss placed on his brow and a secret smile was given for his eyes alone. They grew old together in that life. And in the next too, the one that created them as farmers in a place far removed from the rushing movement of the progressing world. The next, a life full of adventure in the surge to move west, that ended sooner but held happiness in its hands. A life where Lance smiled over a cafe counter at a well-dressed Shiro, and invited him into a back room for kisses and illegal alcohol. A life where they met as struggling students grasping for higher knowledge, who passed notes and cheap beer and kisses across their dorm room floor. Most prominently, a life where they were chosen to defend the universe, and only realized that the feeling beating in their hearts was love after they had won and returned home to their familiar blue planet.

The last time they saw each other, they were old. The people were old, the world was old, and even the sky needed to rest. They had lived a long, long while that time, as inventors and dreamers and lovers. Born after the cure for mortality, life dragged on, and they lived long enough to start to remember. And Lance remembered Shiro, remembered every laugh, every tear, every death, every rebirth. The last time Lance saw Shiro, he was ready. They both were. And when they finally fell into that last abyss together, they held hands and clutched tight, as they had done all these years.

@shancefluffweek here you go! my first fanfic i’m so nervous :’’’’’) it’s not exactly the fluffiest thing but i hope you enjoyed!

Venezuela’s hyperinflation, a visual representation.

So, as I’ve talked in the past, the Venezuelan currency, the Bolivar Fuerte - BsF (strong Bolivar, in reference to the father of the country, Simon Bolivar) is effectively useless as cash these days, how useless you ask? Well, let’s see:

On top we have the lovely national currency, 50 100 BsF bills, for a total of 5.000 BsF, 100 50 BsF bills, for a total of another 5.000 BsF, and finally, 100 20 BsF bills for a total of 2.000 BsF, giving us a grand total of 250 bills and 12.000 BsF.

Keep in mind, currently those three bills are the highest valued available on the market these days, and it took me two hours to get them all from a bank.

Now, that’s quite the big number, both in bills and total value it seems, but now let me direct you to the three bills at the bottom: That’s colombian currency, the Peso

These three are also the highest valued ones in Colombia, 10.000, 20.000 and 50.000 pesos, for a grand total of 80.000 pesos (part of my “shit finally hit the fan” emergency fund), and yes, that’s a lot of 0′s, but don’t let that fool you, as that currency is one of the most stable ones in latin America.

Anyway, here’s the kicker: all those venezuelan bills from earlier, those 250 bills? They are effectively worth the same as the two smaller colombian ones, the bigger 50.000 Pesos bill being worth almost twice as all that venezuelan cash.

(fat lazy cat for reference)

“But Enrique”, you say, “this is all fine and dandy, but that does that mean in actual world-class currency?” Well my friend, all those venezuelan bills? the 12.000 BsF that took me two hours to take out of the bank? They’re worth

12 US Dollars 

or 

11 Euros

(rounded up)

And this, my friends, is why Venezuelan currency is worth less that the paper it’s printed on, but hey socialism/communism works, right?

PS: They internet states they’re actually worth more, but that’s because the internet uses the official government currency exchange, AKA the one no one but government officials can use these days.

PS2: Actually, there’s an even bigger colombian bill, the 100.000 pesos one, but I have yet to meet someone that has even seen it, as it was recently introduced and it’s used mostly for big bank transactions. 

im glad that fr was so quick to respond to the coli thing, i keep my adblocker on but i do drop chunks of real-world currency onto the game with enough frequency that i think it makes up for it, so it wouldve been sad to have to have potentially be forced to whitelist and see ads i frankly am not wild about

Do you ever just get fucked up on the randomest shit sometimes? Like what color are mirrors? What if you lived in a world with no concept currency? What if instead of humans being the dominant race, some random animal species were? What kind of world would it be if dogs were the dominant race? Would there be world peace or dog wars?! I’m just so confused about everything

anonymous asked:

So I have a query, picard says that they are in a post currency world. But then what's a quatloo? was it Vulcan currecy? Please help :)

“A quatloo was a monetary unit on the planet Triskelion which was used by the planet’s Providers to bet on thrall competitions. ( TOS: “The Gamesters of Triskelion”).”


Since Triskellion isn’t a Federation planet, this makes sense, I guess.

-Short version-

1) Should I buy bitcoins?

No.

2) But if they drop down to a dollar, then I can snap some up and

No. You are one of thousands of people who want to do this. Telling the thread that you are going to do this doesn’t make you look smart.

3) How does this shit work? It doesn’t make any sense!

No, it really doesn’t. It’s impossible to explain bitcoin in anything less than tl;dr terms so you should probably just not worry about it. Go do something useful instead of reading this awful thread full of socially inept people laughing at another group of socially inept people.


-Long version-

1) I really want to understand how bitcoin works. Please.

Okay, you asked for it. With some severe simplifications and a painfully neutral pov:

Bitcoin is a decentralized “cryptocurrency”. It is a network of software that shares a common protocol designed to allow secure transfer of bitcoins between users. It uses distributed cryptography to verify transfers and balances.

Bitcoin is also the subculture that has sprung up around this software, which includes additional software that is not part of the core design. The most high-profile of these are trading services that allow users to buy and sell bitcoins using US dollars and other real-world currencies.

Bitcoins users have files called “wallets”. This is sort of a misnomer, because these wallets do not actually contain anything except a cryptographic private key. One’s bitcoin balance is actually recorded inside the distributed network, which is why you cannot edit your wallet file to give yourself more bitcoins. Bitcoins can be added to a particular balance using a public bitcoin address, which acts as a cryptographic public key. The private key is contained in the wallet, and bitcoins cannot be transferred out of a balance without that private key.

(If you don’t understand public-key cryptography, do some reading because you can’t understand bitcoin without it. While you’re at it, read up on cryptographic hash functions.)

Transfers between wallets are recorded in “blocks”, which are verified by the distributed cryptography system. The act of verifying transactions and then adding those transactions to the historical “blockchain” is called “mining”. Transactions are stored in the blockchain using cryptographic hashing methods which allow the entire blockchain to be independently verified for consistency and integrity. In order to make blockchain verification an attractive prospect, the design of bitcoin gives “bitcoin miners” two reasons to tie up their computing hardware to maintain the network, both based around competition.

The first reason is that bitcoin transfers can contain optional transaction fees which are paid to the miner that verifies the transaction. Paying a transaction fee makes it more likely that your transaction will be processed in a timely manner, because those transactions are more attractive to the miners.

The second reason is that mining gives the miner a chance of receiving a batch of newly created bitcoins. The more cryptographic power one brings to bear, the more likely it is that the next batch of new bitcoins will be yours. There are a fixed number of bitcoins which can ever be mined, and the difficulty of the cryptography will continue to increase over time.

An important aspect of mining is that the network is designed to handle one complete block (containing a specific number of transactions) every ten minutes. If more computing power is added to the distributed network, making the blocks take less time to process, the difficulty of the cryptography increases. The inverse is also true. This scaling difficulty is meant to help prevent a single user or group of users from gaining complete control over the network by using more computational power.

The distributed verification process determines the “truth” of a transaction block by whether or not the majority of the network (as measured by contributed cryptographic work) considers it valid. The original designer thought it unlikely that any one user or organization could acquire a majority of the network’s cryptographic power and therefore “cheat” the system in some way.

Bitcoin verification power is typically measured in the speed at which a system can perform cryptographic hashes, which are required to verify the blockchain and to add transactions to it. The difficulty of the mining process is determined by the amount of “hashing” required to add a new block to the chain.

These are the core aspects of the original bitcoin design. In short, bitcoins are assigned to “wallet” addresses, with balances stored in a distributed “blockchain”. The accuracy of the blockchain is verified by “miners”, who have a vested interest in doing so through a reward system. Attacks (such as double-spending) are prevented by the distributed nature of the network, where any invalid transactions will be caught by other mining systems.

2) That was painful to read.

It was painful to write.

3) So what went wrong?

A lot of things, some of which are due to problems with the original design, and others which are due to problems with the bitcoin community.

Bitcoin was originally a proof-of-concept project by an anonymous crypto specialist who used the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto”. It is unlikely that he was actually Japanese, but his identity still remains a mystery. Bitcoin was meant to be a testing ground for theories about how cryptocurrencies might work. Initially, bitcoin was a curiosity and there was little participation in the network, as bitcoins had no real-world worth.

This all changed as bitcoin was discovered by three types of people. First, there were the internet libertarian types who liked the idea of a currency that was not controlled by a government. For them, bitcoin represented an ideology. Second, there were people who wanted to use bitcoin as a semi-anonymous international currency for illegal transactions, such as drugs, weapons, or illicit pornography, as well as a possible method for laundering money. For them, bitcoin represented safety from the law. Third, there were people who viewed bitcoin as a method to get rich by getting in on the ground floor of a new kind of money. These people saw bitcoin as an investment.

The history of bitcoin is too complicated to go into detail here, but these three groups shaped the bitcoin network and community into what it is today, which is a gigantic goddamn mess of idiocy, greed, and bad decisions.

4) What happened to the neutral pov?

I’m tired.

5) Well, then where is bitcoin right now?

Right now, the bitcoin community has been overwhelmed by the use of bitcoin as, essentially, a commodity to be bought and sold. Individual bitcoiners may talk about the future of bitcoin as a currency, but the vast majority of bitcoin transactions today are the buying and selling of bitcoins themselves using real-world money, and not the buying of goods or services using bitcoins. There is an extremely limited number of things you can spend bitcoins on without first converting them to dollars (or whatever), and many of those are done through third-party bitcoin-to-dollars systems where the merchant never sees any bitcoins.

Bitcoins are purchased and sold much like other commodities such as gold, petroleum, and the like. Exchange services are set up, where people who wish to buy the commodity put forth “buy orders”, where they offer to buy a certain amount of the commodity at a given price, and these buy orders are matched with “sell orders” put in by people who wish to sell that commodity.

There are several bitcoin exchanges that let one buy and sell bitcoins using dollars and other currencies, but the most important one is “mtgox”. Amusingly, Mtgox started life as “Magic: The Gathering Online eXchange”, an exchange service for virtual Magic: The Gathering cards.

When someone says “bitcoin is at $50” or something similar, usually they mean that the most recent buy order on mtgox was for $50 a bitcoin.

The market prices for bitcoin have historically tended to rapidly inflate and then crash spectacularly. Bitcoin’s market value has dropped by 50% in less than a day on multiple occasions.

Regardless, true believers in bitcoin (typically the libertarians or the investors, who are sometimes one and the same) keep throwing more money at the speculative market, in the hopes that one day their currency will be treated with respect by the world, or at least they’ll eventually make up for their losses. Neither scenario is likely.

6) Why is this funny?

Because we’re children who like laughing at dumb people, and bitcoin people are a truly spectacular level of stupid.

7) So could bitcoin ever be a real currency?

No, for one simple reason. Bitcoin does not scale. The network is already creaking under the weight of relatively few transactions, and more importantly, the blockchain size is increasing rapidly. The blockchain file is currently several gigabytes in size, and the entire chain must be downloaded in order to mine or verify your own transactions. You can use a third-party service to store and transfer your bitcoins, but these services have historically tended to get hacked or just suddenly vanish, taking all your internet funny-money with it.

If bitcoin actually became popular as a currency and not just as a speculative commodity, the network would rapidly become even more unusably slow than it already is, and the blockchain would swell to an absurd and unmanageable size.

8) Some people seem legitimately angry about bitcoin.

Bitcoin would appear to be a mostly harmless way for idiots to throw money at each other, except for the fact that bitcoin mining has (not surprisingly) become an arms race to see who can get the most hashing power online.

The original design of bitcoin did not account for the possibility of specialized, expensive hardware which could make mining without that hardware almost useless. Certain kinds of ATI Radeon video cards proved so effective at performing bitcoin hashing that mining solely on a general-purpose PC CPU gives negligible results, due to the vastly increased hashing difficulty. Miners purchased huge amounts of these video cards to create custom (and often hilarous) “mining rigs”, essentially converting electricity into heat and bitcoins.

The stakes have been raised again with the advent of specialized bitcoin-only ASIC hardware which is even more effective than the video cards were. The future of bitcoin mining appears to be in the hands of a small minority of users who can afford this specialized equipment, making the “distributed” nature of bitcoin something of a joke.

The bitcoin network now must use vast amounts of power, far out of proportion to its actual usefulness and typically generated by fossil fuel plants, just to maintain itself. It is a tremendous waste of actual real-world resources that could be better used on something important (like, for example, watching cat videos) and this makes some people actually angry at the situation.

—  SomethingAwful’s Bitcoin FAQ
A Whaler’s Flotsam

The tide pulled strong the following morning, tugging and pushing on the hull of the ship. The sky was red that evening, as red as the cherry on my cigarette. The smoke danced as the water did, frivolously but with a wanton air about it. I was uncertain about making the voyage for our keep the next morning. Would the haze change? Would the maiden be just as reckless as the evening’s waltz? It was a 50/50 deal and I wasn’t as much of a professional as the others I’d be accompanying. We were a fishing group, but we were prepared to whale if the opportunity arose. It rarely did, though, and I worship the beasts myself. They’re gorgeous and respectable but they bring in a good price and I’m nothing more than a man with a desire to survive in a world of currency. I’ve never hunted Gods before, but I picture it just the same. My hands are bloodied and continue to draw fresh blood from those who provide for me. I pray to the leviathan that gives and gives and never asked to be harpooned. It’s sacrifice was my bounty and I knew my guilt, but I knew my reward better.  My soul was stained and I begged each behemoth for forgiveness. Their deep black pupils spoke to me in a way that no woman ever had before. A sense of security no man could’ve ensured. Albeit the value of the oil was man-given, I felt the real wealth lied within the whales themselves. They held stronger than our anchors and communicated better than we did. One way or another, however, we managed to sink a harpoon into their bodies and drain them of energy. Their drain became our gain, a tragic reposte; necessary.

Justin Trudeau is officially putting a Canadian woman back on their currency

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Just Trudeau announced that an “iconic Canadian woman” will be featured on the country’s currency in 2018. Trudeau’s pledge comes in the wake of a highly publicized call for female representation on United States currency. But unlike the U.S., this won’t be a first for Canada.

Clink

Based on a hilarious @justshepardthings tumbler post:

“Sooo, Jack?”

“What the fuck *clink* do you want, Garrus?”

“I know you think no one noticed but I saw where you’ve been saving up for a charity. I didn’t know you cared.”

“Charity? What charity? Oh you mean the fucking *clink* swear jar?”

“Swear jar? What’s that?”

“Goddamn *clink*, you aliens don’t know shit *clink*, do you?”

“What do you mean?”

“Ugh! It’s a human thing. You put a penny in the jar for every swear word you say. It’s fucking *clink* juvenile!”

“…”

“…”

“Soooooo…. why are you doing it?”

“Because Shepard bet me that I couldn’t keep my goddamn *clink* trap shut before I reached 10,000 credits worth of pennies between here and when we get back to the Citadel.”

“Ah.”

“But the joke’s on her. This shit *clink* is practically worthless in earth currency. I can swear all I goddamn *clink* want and I’ll never make it to ten grand.”

“Uh.”

“Fucking *clink* what, Garrus?”

“But, aren’t pennies really valuable to Asari?”

“The hell *clink* are you talking about?”

“Yeah, correct me if I’m wrong but, old world coin currency is really collectible to them, isn’t it?”

“…”

“Something about the curiosities of impermanent cultures or some crap like that?”

“Fuck!”

*Clink*

Money, the crutch of our society..

Money is quite the interesting little phenomena when you really begin to study it. The funniest part is that it seems entirely integral to the functioning of society, when in reality it continues to only be a hinderance. Allow me to open your mind to the possibility of an earth without money.

What is money? In essence it’s a fictional measurement of wealth, of power, versatility, & mobility. Without it we are incapable of sustaining our lifestyles, we cannot feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, or hold shelter. This is because we’ve been conditioned to use money instead of resources, which in turn has blinded us to the world of our resources altogether. We need money don’t we? How else would we motivate people to take up the occupations that push society along? In a world without money who would want to be a garbage man? Who would want to be a maid? A gardener? The illusion is that our incentives to do this seemingly unimportant work would disappear if money were to as well, but this isn’t the case.

Imagine with me a world where currency was non-existent. What would create the jobs? The professions? The answer is necessity & inspiration. The streets begin to pile up with garbage, this presents threats to people’s health, the aroma degrades our quality of life, and wildlife becomes a nuisance as it ravages through our discarded trash. Several people living in this area filled with discarded waste become inspired to not only take care of the issue but to better the life quality of all in their community, so out of necessity and inspiration these people collaborate together to create a positive change for the community and themselves. This is applicable to every need a society may come across. If there is pollution in our water sources, many would feel inspired to congregate and deal with the issue. If there are people starving in your community, you would feel inspired to contribute to an operation dedicated to feeding the famished.(so why dont we?) The beautiful thing is that most issues don’t require the participation of an entire community. This leaves everyone free to fill the voids where work is needed, while subsequently limiting the amount of people working in one field because it is “lucrative”.

To truly understand this concept you must look at the inverse, a society dependent on currency. In a world controlled by money we don’t choose our occupations based on their necessity to the evolution of society. We instead choose our occupation based on how much currency we can earn from it. This soon becomes quite dysfunctional because those who dictate the flow/ownership/control of money, are put in a position to manipulate & control the direction of society. They are allowed to then take our freedom to create the future and instead hand us a few disdainful options and paths we never truly desired in the first place. In this world ruled by currency, it doesn’t matter if our waters become grossly polluted, we wish we could do something about it, but ultimately we are powerless because it would consume our time, time we need to make money to survive. It doesn’t matter that millions of people around us are starving to death, we cannot devote ourselves to the issue because there is no money to be made in it, and without money we cannot support ourselves. But if you want you can become a lawyer and sentence people to a hellhole fenced off from society for profit because it’ll support your ability to survive. You can go into tech support and take calls from countless angry people who take everything out on you over the phone, not because you love troubleshooting or understand technology, but because it puts bread on the table. If no other job is available to you, you can always join the military and contribute to the killing of many, not because you enjoy killing(though you might) but you see no other alternative in life that will provide for you.

In this way money is the ultimate limitation of society. On the razors edge we feel unable to save ourselves from the world’s calamities because there is no profit to be had, and our immediate survival comes first.

How do we migrate to a moneyless system? In this world of mortgage payments, student loans, electricity bills, is there any way to break free?! What am I but one person in a society ravaged by fictional wealth? The answer is that the currency system is only sustained by participation. You don’t have to live off the grid, you don’t have to burn your life’s savings, you don’t have to give up your job and become a nomad hippie. The world needs people with open minds working in the cogs of the machine, the world needs people working from the inside to bring about change from within. But instead try to realize money is only a crude means to an end. Money doesn’t measure your wealth, it doesn’t measure your ability to survive, it doesn’t measure anything as currency only exists as points which can be used to purchase a variety of goods and services that without meaningful intent hold no purpose. Get creative, go out and experiment with just how much you can do and attain without money, with words, experiences, and relationships alone. We are all connected and on some level wish to help one another just in the same way we wish to be helped. Instead of seeking financial gain from your actions seek emotions, experiences, and witness the full effect your actions have on the world around you. In order to make this change the world needs to get on the same page of this confusing book we call earth, and with baby steps it is our job to get as many people there as we can. Nothing happens over night, with all good things patience is the key. A problem can’t be solved that is being unobserved, but a problem who’s facets you are well aware of seemingly resolves itself, for it’s existence provides an answer. So wake up, and as you become more mindful wake up as many others as you can! You aren’t a cog of society, you are society! Be the change you wish to see in the world!