Do we really need money? If you think about it, we need land, shelter, food, and water to survive, but not money—not to survive. No other species use it except for human beings, but no other species is civilized either.
While money is unnatural to life, we are no ordinary form of life. We’ve figured out how to create automobiles, fly airplanes, transmit picture-perfect video and pictures, and communicate in a split second across the planet. Through well more than a million individual inventions, our collective humanity has evolved far beyond imagination. This wouldn’t have been possible without money. So it’s true; money is not essential to human life, but it is imperative for modern-day society to survive.
Individually we are one animal—collectively we are another. Our two selves are not synonymous, and sometimes they directly oppose each other. The more we want to enjoy things that society has to offer, the more we understand how money is vital to this process. But what is it really? A medium of exchange based on a collective perception of value. This means its value is relative to what people think about it based on what they want and need. If someone sees a painting and is willing to pay a hundred million dollars for it, then it’s worth just that. If someone wants a glass of water and is willing to pay a hundred million dollars per gallon, then water just skyrocketed in value. And if someone won’t accept a million dollars for a loaf of bread then the currency has no value. It’s that simple.
I am a college graduate, returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former karate instructor, international educator, dedicated writer, published author, life-long learner, world traveler, and stay-at-home mom who is interested in financial analytics and investing. I’m not an economist or an expert stock trader. I didn’t go to business school, and I’ve never made a lot of money. I don’t know how most things work in my life (phone, television, faucet, computer, toilet, shower, refrigerator, stove, lawnmower, and so on), but I’d be helplessly lost without them. I majored in Communication and Culture, and I know how to read and write. What I’ve learned is the “real” financial system that we think we understand is very different from what it appears to be and very far from God (in any religion). What’s more, it can change at any minute.
This blog provides financial insights from a spiritual perspective on healthy money management, collective shifts in perception, and personal investing. It is my hope to learn through writing and enlighten others with what I’ve learned. My other adventurous writing includes Love Evil: To whom my heart falls prey (available in English and Italian), Study Abroad 101, and several articles published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Currently, I’m working on a memoir about a period of my life in Tuscany that changed me forever as a woman. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog. I don’t post often, so feel free to subscribe if you’d like to receive post notifications by email.