It was back in the school days, primary school, friends and I would borrow and lend computer games. There was a standard, one game for another- no matter how good your game was. Mom and dad never really knew the titles, but they knew how many we had. And so we had some freedom, we did not even realize the trade. No money involved, we traded with what we had.
It’s been a while, I’m an adult now and I work for money. I provide goods and/ or services and you provide me with a receipt- an official document, widely accepted by society to carry value- and we’re both happy. Because I do not have an apple tree, or the knowledge of tending to one, I can fulfill my need/want of an apple by using the receipt. This way of trade has its benefits.
But, this receipt (money) is not evenly distributed, and the communities who have the short side of the stick are faced with a problem. Businesses come to a standstill due to the lack of cash flow. Mothers and fathers forget that they can add and gain value without money. Let us not forget what cash is for.
Most teens won’t do anything without the motivation of capital gain, but soon forget what money is used for. I do extra chores so that I can obtain an extra two hundred, so that I can join friends at the cinema. But I wouldn’t ask mom for a movie ticket and some popcorn. Mom might have known someone who could have organized complimentary tickets for the entire group – fantasy, but there’s a chance.
If we cease to trade because we don’t have money, or the circulation thereof, we have a problem.
For instance, Guy has the equipment and enough skills to have earned the ‘Barber’ title. It is possible for him to cut hair without receiving cash. Tim sits at home, he has just completed a painting, it will contribute to the stash he has in the room. Tim gets an allowance, but he wants to use his cash to join his friends at the cinema. Tim believes that his paintings are of value, with positive thought he approaches Guy with a deal. One painting, for a haircut (you have to start off somewhere). Tim has basically sold his first painting.
But Tim is not positive – or brave enough to put his work out there – and decides to let his hair be for another month. Eventually, he stops painting.
Whether money comes from this or not, I hope this will inspire Tim to continue painting, to find value in doing what he loves – for himself and others – and to live passionately.