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Money, Inflation, and the Tower of Babel
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Money, Inflation, and the Tower of Babel
We all exchange things in order to survive. It is how we get along together. When we communicate, we use a medium of exchange called language. Everyone uses language to communicate. Words stand alone and all must submit to them, and cooperate with them, and agree to them, in order to get along. The fixed rules that govern its structure and meaning must be upheld by all, and defended and protected. We use an alphabet, A through Z, and everyone learns them when they are young. We learn simple then complex words as we grow up. We all agree to use the form of the language we are raised with in order to co-exist and work together. With it, we communicate our thoughts, desires, requests, needs, hurts, hopes, feelings, etc. We instinctively correct our children when language is used improperly. We regard people highly who use it well and articulate clearly. Clear words and meanings ring like bells, and everyone enjoys receiving the words as the speaker intended. There is unity, pleasure, and harmony when people understand each other. There is no debate or discussion on what was meant. There is no need for interpretation, or clarification.
Unfortunately language as a medium of exchange can be altered, perverted, twisted, and deceptive. Slang creeps into the vocabulary. We use the words such as "cool" and "neat", "bad" and "rad", and "dis" and "bling". However, people slowly learn the latest slang, and if used enough it can even become a real word. A little slang, or a little change, can be digested and accepted by people without a revolt. Carried further, words can be used to deceive and hurt, and is a symptom of a corrupt heart and mind. Users of language may not want to be understood by other people at all, to keep information hidden. They may speak in codes, giving different meanings to common words. People may drift apart geographically, and may begin to uphold different standards, vocabularies, pronunciation. The effect is clear, people can not exchange information as effectively, as when a fixed standard is upheld.
Money is like language. We use it to exchange things and support a division of labor. Each item for sale has a separate value or number. When we go shopping, we communicate with sellers on products and services. The shopping cart has many differently priced items, made by people who value their product in dollars. We agree to the value expressed in dollars. Money is essential for us to cooperate with each other. It is a medium of exchange just like language. We rely upon that medium for the division of labor. Not everyone can make paper from trees, so we exchange our work and products with that of others via money. Money is how we communication economically, and the dollar is our specific language. It is so crucial to our way of life, that the United States historically used gold and silver as money, as required in the constitution. It was a fixed, secure medium of exchange - the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. When it was given in exchange for goods and services, no one had to wonder what they were getting, or whether it would hold its value. It was reliable, valuable in itself, reliable, identifiable, testable, and unchanging.
Money, like language, is morphing. The true value of paper money is hard to understand and trust. It's value in the future will be lower, but how much lower is hard to know. It is difficult to even know what money "is". Some have described it as an I.O.U., others as electronic digits, still others say it is only a concept. All agree it is intangible. Paper money is not solid, and it is only reliable in that it can be predicted to decay and is subject to politics, alliances, and supply and demand. Inflation, or decay, is like slang. Decay slowly creeps in to change the meaning, or value, of money. Slow decay appears to be acceptable to people, but fast decay or collapse would lead to social unrest.
Monetary decay leads to economic strife and separation of buyer and seller, just like language barriers cause separation and walls between people. Verbal sparring occurs between lawyers who war over the meaning of the words. People fight over why their money did not go as far as it did before. A very old man thinks a dollar ought to get his lawn mowed and he argues with the boy who says "$20." Husbands and wives argue over the monthly bills because they come up shorter each month. Few recognize that monetary decay is significantly to blame for their arguments. Money is a basic need for retirement, yet it is a frustrating unknown since its future value is uncertain.
When our money's (slow-motion) collapse is complete, as is the fate of all paper currency (e.g. Weimar Germany, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil etc), its destruction would be the equivalent of a monetary Tower of Babel. That tower may have collapsed all at once, or it may have decayed away slowly, but we do know that nothing survived. And we know the language of Babel was rotten and confounded so that people could not work together any longer and they were scattered. A new tower could be built, which would be the equivalent of moving the decimal places over 10 or 10000 places as the case may be. Monetary policy and management should be a fearful thing to oversee. The earnings, hopes and dreams, and lives, of hardworking people hang in the balance.
It is the arrogance of the people of Babylon that led to its confounded language and downfall, and this should be a warning to all that the monetary collapse currently in progress could accelerate. The God of the bible hates deception and trickery (Leviticus 19:35-36), and loves honesty. The bible says that those who sow trickery and deception will eventually reap a full harvest as payback. Stewardship of dollar has degraded into a form of trickery (Amos 8:4-8) as people lose their hard-earned purchasing power. Husbands and wives should consider that monetary decay may be a significant reason for their money woes, and this is not their fault. So do not fight, but work together and look respond appropriately to the changes upon us. We can stop placing our faith in money, pray for wisdom, and work to diversify (Ecclesiastes 11:2) and convert our dollars into something more tangible to invest in (Matthew 6:19-20).
About Rich Kimura:
Rich Kimura is a project engineering manager, freelance writer, married father of 4, chemical engineer, and entrepreneur. He has authored numerous technical papers, has 1 patent and 2 patents-pending, and 24 years experience in the nuclear and chemical industries. Rich started 6 micro-businesses, received training by Crown Financial, and teaches on both subjects. To see more free tips work, money, finances, relationships, spirituality visit Cirrovista at http://www.cirrovista.com
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