What if money was no object?

Ask yourself. What would you do with your life if money was no object? An amazing lecture from the late Alan Watts.


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  1. ana  October 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    so true =)

  2. Morey  October 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    or, us wasting a lot more time than needed to achieve credentials to do what we want to do. Correspondence courses over a longer period of time so we can work retail on the side to pay for our homes, food, and every once in a while, flexing our social muscles.

    • HumanRejection  March 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      People would just find another commonity other than money to have their hands on. I stated this ‘no money’ however someone stated it would just become another greed, another want. It is like the song ‘Imagine’ where he says imagine if there were no countries, but someone else would have a nationalistic view of their house on their land say. So if there was no houses and personal possession (spelling?) this wouldn’t be possible as the natural human instinct is to keep, to collect, to destory, to say ‘mine’ too.

      My system, of which i wrote and started at the age of seven as a project in English, would sort this and it wouldn’t matter that money would be involved or not.

      Democracy has been failing ever since it started in ancient athens, it was never a freedom of peoples voting system, and it probably never be. But with this knowledge we should learn, to better our society not go to the opposite…Politicians shouldn’t be career it should be a love and a part time must in society. To combat this you lay your foundations of society.

      First you have a Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF) and a Representive Democractic Forum (RDF). These are elected annually by the public. It would be split into regions of that nation and split into capital state cities for each region. Each region would have a number of representives elected (that have to be in business/working (this would have a criterea)) and a number of the people elected. These would then (if no leader) would elect two High Representives (HR) from the PDF and RDF, this would be: One for advisor to the other. Therefore two ‘leaders’ of each Forum. These two ‘leaders’ would then be voted in if a leader dies. To become the new ruler (Priminister). The PM lasts his/her lifetime unless he is unloved, goes against the Judicary, or the Monarchy. The Monarch, is by law, can kick the PM aswell as the mass can rebel and over throw the leader. If so this creates another election of the PDF and RDF, creating two HRs again and another election for PM.

      Monarchy is the top but doesn’t have any power other than chucking out the leader of the country/nation. This is by usual bloodline.

      Judicary system would be split into three main courts, Supreme, Council and Regional. Each section has a Independent Panel of Judges, each section as an Independant Administrators Office, each section would have Tier Criminal Rulebook with sentences matching the offence. No more ‘Judges rules’, no more opinions. Only law.

      Healthcare, healthcare would be split into the regional sections as stated above. Each region would have a General Healthcare Centre (Hospital) run by local businessmen who know the area of expertise. Then they have sub sectors of General Practice Offices which deal with minor qualms.

      Education, would be under private educators who know the sector. No state schooling. Abolish that waste of money sector right now. Each school is separated by gender from Infants to the age of 16. When you are 16 you go into Colleges of which state where you want/best to do in life. The College of Practical and Manual Labour (says on the tin), The College of Academic Learning, College of Pyshical Activity and The College of Actual Career. Actual Career college would be if you wanted to do medicine to be a doctor, or structural engineering to be an architect etc etc. Academic Learning is for academic subjects like history, geography etc etc…Psyhical Activity, is for sports.

      Sub to this, Sports at school up to college are abolished and every Friday you go to a Regional Educational for Psyhical Health Academy. This does all your excerise and learning from 4 y/o to 16 y/o. This runs with normal school.

      Transportation, Trains are run by one private body Department of Rail Maintenance which keeps the prices of tickets lower than interest rates of the nation.

      The budget is done by the Financial Authority Unit and not the PM, he just signs it. The FAU, are actual economy people, they know stuff about monertary economics.

      So here is just a snapshot and where i am up too currently, may have missed a few stuff out but mostly its there. I adopted communism, socialism, dictatorship, democracy and Monarchy into my system of ‘Lackism’. Named after the language I spoke as a toddler before I could speak English.

      To me this would be Utopia.

  3. Mamastine  October 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I have said for too many years that our society (worldwide society) has failed since centuries ago when society agreed to lock up our abundant food sources and give all the power to few people to control our rights to basic survival. It is no ones fault today, it is centuries of culture and society teaching us to suffer as slaves to stay alive and this is simple not ok. Food, education, basic necessities for safe survival ( heat, a/c, safe shelter) should be free and avaliable to every human being. I could go on forever about the flaws i have seen in this world and how simply they could be fixed for the well-being of ALL members of this planet family. Unfortunatly i am only one person with not a lot of social credibility so no one ever asks me :) i am a mother of three, a college student, happily married to my best friend, we are very low income but i was not always broke. Growing up my family was well off enough and we were lucky enough to ignore American Christmas extravegance and chose to travel the world instead. I have traveled to 49 countries to date, not just big cities (which frankly all look and act the same from NY city, Paris, London, Sydney all basically the same) my favorite is the unique culture and stories and characters we met in all the small towns. Everyone i have ever met is basically good, simply stuggling for a bit of happiness and basic necessities for simple survival.
    If money greed and powerful curruption of the handful of people ‘in-charge’ was not an issue we as human beings all belonging to the same human race and this ONE planet we all call home could all live happy and free. I fear that because there is no proffit to be made in saving this planet and its people (free and abundant natural resources for food, electricity etc.) we are all doomed until we wake up and realize when we cut down the last tree to make the last dollar, that dollar cannot feed us, cannot keep us warm and safe at night. I have always hated money and the powerful control it has to dictate who lives and who dies.

    • Jo Mackenzie  November 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Well said Mamastine, but since when was a/c a basic necessity?

    • nat burk  January 7, 2013 at 5:08 am

      people can die these days without a/c Jo. Especially the elderly.

    • Selene Taxidis  April 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks for your wonderful comment mamastine! I really enjoyed reading it and I completely agree with you!

  4. Konstantin Nikolovski  October 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    The world will be better place without money :)

  5. M  October 8, 2012 at 2:15 am

    …except money is required in order to provide yourself with sustenance and safety necessities to live long enough to become proficient at what it is you’d like to do. Just going out and doing what you want to do won’t guarantee that you’ll live long enough to fully enjoy that which you would like to do.

    • asd  October 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

      braiinwashed idiot

    • sahil mohindroo  January 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      and earning the money “required in order to provide yourself with sustenance and safety necessities to live long enough to become proficient at what it is you’d like to do”, would only waste your time and when finally you are proficient enough and have the money and resources you would run out of time. Besides even all the money, resources “won’t guarantee that you’ll live long enough to fully enjoy that which you would like to do”.

  6. Max  November 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Money was meant to be a means of trade. But it is now a means of power. We can change that, but only if we all wake up and see who’s in charge.

  7. Jewels  November 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I always find it funny when people say but without money no one would want to work…well no one really wants to work now! Let’s put it like this: IF you have a family of 5 kids, you don’t charge your kids for food right? And if you have a large family of 10 kids or even in some cases 15 or 20, you still don’t charge them for food…you go to the end of the earth to try to feed them…well why can’t we do this with everyone??…If I knew my community was going to be fed as long as I worked and did ‘my bit’ as long as everyone did their bit then everyone could do whatever they wanted in their leisure time with no worry of money…we’d all be working, infact those who wouldn’t want to normally would definitely work for fear of not contributing. No one gives a shit now if they are on benefits because ‘tax’ money goes to the wealthy anyway…but this system there are actually rewards.

  8. Darwin Frick  December 29, 2012 at 12:52 am

    This all sounds Great in theory, But there must b a reason why no one has ever been able to implement it sometime throughout history. After all, the thoughts we think today are only an after thought of those before us; … Soooo…
    I submit that it is just an impossible dream, and that the greed and selfishness of man will always make it impossible !!!

    • jhonny notokes  January 7, 2013 at 6:22 am

      You’re right, a moneylesss system couldn’t be implemeted in the past, simply because we lacked the tecnological ablities to do so. The specialization blinded professionals nor the public in general, realize that it’s now highly feasible (technically) to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living that anyone has ever known.

  9. Darwin Frick  December 29, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I Really don’t think the film has anything to do with life being free, But just Finding the Greatest motivators, and fullfillment in ones life, rather than to just seek money …..

  10. jhonny notokes  January 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

    You’re right, a moneylesss system couldn’t be implemeted in the past, simply because we lacked the tecnological ablities to do so. The specialization blinded professionals nor the public in general, realize that it’s now highly feasible (technically) to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living that anyone has ever known.

  11. paul baker  January 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    moneytrism has got to go it is long overdue it causes problems of inequality boom and bust
    is wastfull and damaging to the enviroment not to mention the root cause of crime

  12. ice  January 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    just fcuking legalize it, seriously…….

  13. Sebastian  January 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Here’s a funny myth: you don’t make money being an artist. That’s not accurate. You just don’t make A LOT of money. And this story starts with educated students thinking what they’d like to do, if I’m not mistaken, so we are not talking about working-class people, who might definitely find it difficult to spend time studying (arts or any other career) and making no money to stay alive.
    So the other question is: why the EXTRA money. Why this need for absoulte safety. From where I am from, the richer people are, the more paranoid they become. They fear to lose things other people never had, never will have, never will need.
    The rule that “prohibits” certain careers because they are supposedly non profitable is the result of thinking that money is not only necessary in the world as it is, but you also have to earn big amounts of it.

  14. Eruditious  January 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    The problem with money, is that the state has a monoply on its production and supply. If the state would privatise money supply we could create our own, and us it to trade with our friends, neighbours, suppliers at a value agreed by both parties. This is what is now happening in Greece today due to the failure of the Euro. The problem with the State controlling the money supply, is that it keeps printing more of it, inflation results and the value of your money goes down, so you have to work more to get more. The hamster keeps running on the wheel.

  15. Dennis  January 31, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Follow your passion is wrong, or at least incomplete. see http://youtu.be/LUQjAAwsKR8

    “The path to a passionate life is often way more complex than the simple advice ‘follow your passion’ would suggest.”
    You’ve been told you should follow your passion, to do what you love and the money will follow. But how sound is this advice? Cal Newport argues that it’s astonishingly wrong.

  16. Joshua  January 31, 2013 at 7:18 am

    The monetary system is the ball and chain holding back the growth of the human spirit. To live just to acquire and aford piles of materials to sit upon is pure insanity. Humanity needs to start living for everyone and working together instead of working for the 1%ers. A simple army of societies youngsters giving a mandatory service to humanity for 3-4 years working in all key areas of societies infrastructure and food growth would make everything free giving people time to really live and grow together

  17. Bruno Martin  March 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I gave a lecture on a speech class outside of school roughly about this exact point he makes when I was 16.
    A classmate of mine, a 30ish year old dentist woman was crying when i finished. When we were preparing to leave, the teacher called me and they told me, because of what I had said had reached into her, that she was not doing a specialization in an area that gave her the most money (as she’d been told countlessly) rather than the area that she loved, that was not that profitable.

    Damn it is good to have a part in changing someone’s life for the better.

  18. Selene Taxidis  April 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    most of us can decifer the good and evil when it comes to money. but the fact of the matter is WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT??? WE ARE ALL GUILTY. AND WE HAVE FAILED OURSELVES AS A SOCIETY! CHANGE. It’s never too late!

  19. Dennis  April 4, 2013 at 12:05 am

    This is nonsense. Why not just change the work day from 8 hours to 6 or 5? Then people would have more time to do what they want. I think its more a problem of ‘time’ not ‘money’.


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