Confession of an ashamed marketer: I was wrong

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Marketing and Economics used to be everything I knew that was true about this world. I was, and still am, a well-trained and high-skilled marketer. During the first years of my career I marketed a wide range of things: massage sticks for athletes, chemical coating for sewer pipes, expensive fashion for kids, a new way of mobile payments and everything in between. Finding smart and new ways for people to buy more and faster at the highest possible price was what I loved to do. I was so focussed on doing this, that I had no idea what the implications were of my individual actions.

I remember vividly that one day my mother asked me: ‘Steven, if you are only focussed on selling more than the competition, when and where will this ever stop?’. It took me only a second to reply that I did not know what she was talking about. What could she possibly mean? The whole thing that keeps our economy growing and our level of wealth going up is that people keep buying, right? I basically ignored her remark and went on doing what I did best for another two years or so: selling great products. Even when I took the picture that I used for this blog post during the Occupy movement in Amsterdam I could not understand the things that were on all those signs right in front of me. I was still proud that I was making the world a better place by keeping the economy going and showing people that buying the things I knew they needed would result in happier lives for everybody.

And then…

…somewhere in 2012 I realised that I was participating actively and enthusiastically in a very strange story. A story that I believed in with everything I had. A story that could actually be resulting in the exact opposite of what I was striving for: the story that is our modern monetary economy. I discovered that it is a story where everybody is being persuaded by people like me to spent money they don’t have on things they don’t need to create impressions that don’t last on people they don’t care about with products that are destroying and trashing our planet. All in order to keep the economy going.

Once I was able to see the direction where this story was taking us I decided to change my life. I was able to acknowledge that my mother (and many other people) had been right all along and make the confession that I had been wrong. Because everything that I had believed in and that I thought I was, was so deeply rooted in my old belief system, it took (and is taking) a lot of effort to start seeing the world with new eyes. But confessing this has helped me to take a different perspective and suddenly I could see things very clearly and they profoundly changed the way I look at life, business, our world and my role in it. I realised four very important things:

1. The economy is not a thing
2. All money is created out of debt
3. We live on a finite planet
4. Happiness doesn’t come from stuff

1. The economy is not a thing
The economy is not real, we created it! This was one of the discoveries that shocked me the most. We talk about it, fear it and worship it like it is a real, living thing. But it is not! The economy is a human invention and we set the rules by which it operates. All the problems we are now facing economically are man made but they are not real. The planet is still filled with food, water and air. The system we designed makes us think otherwise but it is not true! It has taken a form and complexity over time that makes it almost impossible to manage but is still a human invention. And this invention served us for a very long time but it does not anymore! And because it is our invention, we can and (we should) change it. It is time start asking questions like: what is an economy actually for? Does it’s current for still serve us? When is it enough?

“Economies of scale demands that we don’t share, and that we all have one of everything.. Do we really need one of everything?” Mark Boyle

Check this short video on this topic:

2. All money is created out of debt
Every dollar, euro, yen or peso that circulates on this planet was created out of debt. Somebody had to borrow it from a bank and sign off on paying back this loan with a certain amount of interest. And because all money is created with a certain amount of required interest, this debt can never be repaid. The interest was simply never created. The amount of debt that has to be repaid will always be higher than the amount of money that is in circulation. This means that everybody (governments, companies, private people) is basically enslaved by banks to pay of a debt that can never by fully repaid. This is the reason why we go to jobs we don’t like, fight wars we don’t want and can never be satisfied with what we have right now.

“Money, in itself not feeding, sheltering, nor loving us – has become more meaningful, more valued and more sacred in our lives than trees” Mark Boyle

Pretty hard to believe right? This video explains more in depth about how money is created and what is doing to us because of this:

3. We live on a finite planet
We are going to be nine billion people soon, if we keep growing our ‘economies’ at the rate we currently do (and all the ministers of economic affairs, managers of banks and big corporates want us to), we will burn down our system completely. You simply cannot grow infinitely on a finite planet. If we want to continue and maintain our current living standards on this planet, we already need one and a half Earths to support all our needs (let alone another Earth to dump all our waste). We have reached a tipping point in our development as a species on this planet. After more or less 10.000 years on Earth we have failed to establish an equilibrium we need to survive and if we are not going to do so rapidly, our existence here on Earth might end sooner than we all want it to. Not in a couple hundreds of years but in our lifetimes. We are approaching the point where Thomas Salk is turning out to be right when he said:

“if all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish”.

Tim Jackson wrote a great book on this topic: Prosperity without Growth. This is a presentation by him:

4. Happiness does not come from stuff, it comes from within, it is here and now
How often do you find yourself present in the current moment? Engaged in actively enjoying what is NOW, not what was or what will be, but what IS right now? Because of people like me, we are always longing for something that lies in the future to bring us happiness: new shoes, a new job, a new car, whatever. We forget to be present and realise that this moment, right now, will never ever come back. It will quickly dissolve to be the past and nothing but a memory. But life is now. It is not in the future, not in the past. It is is now. The beautiful, problem-less and peaceful now. There is no stuff involved in happiness, all it requires is to be present.

“The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is” Eckhart Tole

Now what?
So where does all of this leave me? Well, I am still the well-trained and high-skilled marketer that I used to be. Only the angle that I am taking now is a different one. No longer am I involved in persuading people to buy stuff they don’t actually need and make them long for long term happiness. I have decided to start focussing on telling a different story. A story where people will understand that money and our economy are not real and that everyone of us is empowered from within and that our every day decisions determine what this world will look like. We are in control. I believe that as humanity we are awakening to to the simple concept that ‘more for me is less for you’ and that a ‘gift based economy’ is possible.

Although I am still far from reaching these goals I am trying through big and small endeavours to make my way towards this new reality. Working Wonderfully is helping people to start living and working on their own terms, see money for what it really is and create more meaningful lives for themselves and those around them. Digital Nomadz is giving me the perspective, consciousness and worldview to understand the size and complexity of all the problems we are facing as humanity and this blog gives me the chance to share my personal thoughts and challenges with the world and converse directly with you:)

Thank you for reading and I would love to hear your response to my confession.

 

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Why do my eyes hurt?

About a year ago a fellow traveller I met in Mexico gave me the book ‘Ismael, an adventure of the mind and spirit‘. A beautiful book that made a huge impact on me. It was the start of a new personal journey. At the age of thirty I was about to rediscover the world and look at it through a new pair of eyes and they started hurting. It was (and is) a journey where almost everything I believed was challenged, questioned and most of it swept away. It made me feel things I had never felt before in my life. There were times when I felt so sad, alone, powerless and disconnected from almost everybody that I love, I didn’t know what to do with it. The things I saw and discovered made my eyes hurt so much. Our disconnectedness with each other, with nature. Our definitions of success and security. Our separation and individualism. And above all our focus on money and material wealth. I could only see the rotting part of this ‘peak’ in our evolution and was unable to see any signals of hop whatsoever.

It turns out that the mantra I have been using over the last few years still stands: ‘we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are’. I was surrounding myself with too much negative literature and other external influences. Too many negative movies. Too many negative conversations.  And all of this negativity this took it’s toll on me. It took me a while to turn all this negativity around and see the beauty again in things.

Fortunately the outcome of this journey is a very beautiful one. I believe there is hope and a better world will come. People are waking up all around me and I no longer feel alone, powerless or disconnected. In fact, I feel more connected, hopeful and empowered than I have ever felt. The amount of initiatives to grow humankind out of childhood and into adulthood is so big I can’t keep up with it. Initiatives like GEEFeconomieFreeskool and Gelukskunde in the Netherlands, Streetbank in the UK, the Gift Economy and the Moneyless Manifesto worldwide are so simple, anyone can relate to them. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please take a moment to watch this movie because it profoundly changed me and the way I see the world and made my eyes stop hurting and start filling them with fire once again:

Sometimes I want..

I want people to see the world I see
But they don’t

I want them to wake up and open their eyes
But they are sound asleep

I want to scream
But that won’t get my message across

I want to cry
But lonely tears never solved anything

I want to fight
But I am not a violent man

I want to run
But I am not a coward

I want to make a stand
But I feel all alone

I want things to change right now
But change happens over time

I want..

Why more is actually less (or less is more)

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“We have bigger houses but smaller families;

more conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees but less sense;

more knowledge but less judgment;

more experts, but more problems

“more medicines but less healthiness.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,

but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor.

We built more computers to hold more copies than ever,

But have less real communication;

We have become long on quantity,

but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;

Tall men but short characters;

Steep profits but shallow relationships.

It’s a time when there is much in the window

But nothing in the room.”

- Author unknown

A new story of the people (video)

After watching this beautiful video I bought the book ‘Sacred Economics‘ by Charles Eisenstein. It is refreshing and inspiring view on our economy and monetary system. It actually provides some hands on solution an leaves room for hope! Enjoy the movie and the book and let me know what you think!

Why I don’t vote

About three months ago Russel Brand appeared in this great interview with Jeremy Paxman. Russell explains in a very clear way why he does not vote and I couldn’t agree more. I have had some vivid discussions after posting this movie on Facebook and I decided to repost it on my blog with some of the other arguments that evolved from it. Let’s first watch Russel on why he doesn’t vote:

So, this is exactly why I also don’t vote.. Our current political systems are solving the wrong problems, for the wrong people for the wrong reasons.. It looks like our only choice is left or right but there is a third: NEITHER!

Voting (also when voting neutral) in my opinion shows you still believe in the system and you disagree with the current parties. Not voting shows you have realized it is just one big show that has done almost nothing for you, the economy or the planet. For some more examples on this topic, see these two movies: Politics is big business and on TED We the People and the Republic we must reclaim

Coming from a big corporate I have seen that shareholders determine the faith and strategy of a company, not employees or governments. Our plans can be as beautiful, sustainable and progressive as we wanted them to be, at the end of the day, profit is all that matters to shareholders and nothing else. As long as this system is kept alive, we can vote all we want, but it is not going to change a thing. Curious to learn more about how this system works? Make sure to watch this TED talk Who controls the world? and ‘The Corporation‘? 

If the current system doesn’t work, now what? Unfortunately this problem is not one that can be tackled that easily. I do see however numerous initiatives where people are gathering for the right reasons (fair distribution of wealth and stop harming the planet). One of them is called New Earth Project, they are far from there yet, but at least they are trying. And instead of criticizing others I believe we should focus on creating this alternative together instead of someone trying to come up with the magic formula. A true source of inspiration for me is the movie I AM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYtfnONazTU

You too have the power to decide if those in power should remain, that’s how democracy works. And the current way is not working. Not for the people, the economy nor the planet. We have to start to live more consciously, to love and to contribute to this beautiful world in order to make it sane and whole again.

What do you think of all this?? Let me know!

Question for 2014: Where do your talents fit in to make a better world?

First of all: Happy New Year!! Since this is a time for looking ahead at the year to come, I would like to ask you one simple question: How are you going to use your talents to make this a better world?

As a source of inspiration for my own changes for 2014 I am using various movies and books . The movie ‘I Am‘ in particular inspired me so much that I am sharing parts of this movie in these blogposts. Please take a look at the short scene below and let me know where your talents fit in to make the world a little better!

2014: Make it count!

 

‘The Economy’ is not a thing, is it?

We are treating money, the stock market and the economy like they are living things. Living things we cannot control. But somewhere along this path we have forgotten that WE actually created this entire system. And it is not working.

Money is doing more bad than good and stock markets, share holders and economic growth are taking the focus of the real problem at hand: we have invented something that is not working as it was supposed to! And therefor I think we are asking the wrong questions trying to solve the current economic problems. These problems cannot and will not be solved while we are still thinking ‘the economy’ is something real like a tree or the ocean. The economy is a mathematical model that was once designed to help us distribute wealth and stimulate fair trade but it is not doing a very good job.

Once you realize that without the economy the earth will keep spinning, food will keep growing (probably even better) and water will keep flowing (probably even cleaner) then and only then can we can start working towards a real solution.

I borrowed a part of the beautiful movie I Am that shows where I am coming from and what I am aiming at, what do you think?

The song of the open road

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Our travel companion on the open road

I just found a great poem by Walt Whitman called ‘Song of the open road’. It spoke straight to my travellers heart so I am sharing some quotes from the poem with you here:

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently, but with undeniable will divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.

Here is the test of wisdom,
Wisdom is not finally tested in schools,
Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it,
Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof,
Applies to all stages and objects and qualities and is content,
Is the certainty of the reality and immortality of things, and the excellence of things;
Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes it out of the soul.

Allons! whoever you are come travel with me!
Traveling with me you find what never tires.

The earth never tires,
The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first, Nature is rude and incomprehensible at first,
Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop’d,
I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.

Allons! we must not stop here,
However sweet these laid-up stores, however convenient this dwelling we cannot remain here,
However shelter’d this port and however calm these waters we must not anchor here,
However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us we are permitted to receive it but a little while.

Whoever you are, come forth! or man or woman come forth!
You must not stay sleeping and dallying there in the house, though you built it, or though it has been built for you.

Allons! the road is before us!
It is safe—I have tried it—my own feet have tried it well—be not detain’d!

Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the book on the shelf unopen’d!
Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money remain unearn’d!
Let the school stand! mind not the cry of the teacher!
Let the preacher preach in his pulpit! let the lawyer plead in the court, and the judge expound the law.

Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?”

— WALT WHITMAN, “SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD”

Why I love running

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It can be six in the morning or it can be two at night. It can be only four hundred meters or forty-two kilometers and a little bit. It can be in combination with swimming and cycling or it can be trying to catch a train. For as long as I can remember I have been in love with running. This ultimate feeling of putting your shoes on and just going for it!

Ever since the soccer coach kicked me off the soccer team when I was six with the message: ‘that kid only kicks the ball really hard and than starts chasing it’ I have been running. Running with friends or without. Running towards the finish line or sometimes running away from it. Running for the national relay team or organizing a marathon of my own. I just have to run.

Running is my meditation. Many people tell me one cannot meditate while running but this is not true. When I am running all my problems go away. I can deal with anything. My breathing is controlled. My thoughts start to flow freely and after a few minutes my mind is in its most relaxed state. I feel connected to myself, the world around me and everything in it.

Running keeps both my mind and body in shape. It keeps my mind sharp and my body fit. To feel these two connecting by one single activity is just amazing. It is addictive. It is freeing a source of energy I have never experienced coming from something else. After a good morning run I love to start the day and I keep that energy throughout the day.

Running makes me feel like a child again. It reminds me that, no matter what you want to achieve in life, it all starts with that first step. Take that first step. Get your body moving and the rest comes naturally. This ensures me that When I am running I am moving towards my next goal in life, whatever that may be. It keeps me confident, focussed and energized.

When running I am whole.

‘We are all slaves’ or ‘The world is suffering from Global Stockholm Syndrome’

You are a slave. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. (Morpheus to Neo in ‘The Matrix’)

In this blog I want to investigate whether Morpheus is right. Can it be true that the we are living in world that we perceive as ‘free’, but in fact is a world where citizens are kept stupid, uninterested and submissive? Where elites are eager to keep them that way. Can it really be true that an entire world is suffering from something that can be described best as Global Stockholm Syndrome?

The definition of Stockholm Syndrome goes as follows: ‘a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them’. In simple words: at a certain point during a hostage situation, the hostages start to understand, like and even defend the people that are responsible for their captivity. A very strange phenomenon that seemingly also can be applied to different situations.

Psychologists have identified four conditions that need to be present for Stockholm Syndrome to occur:

1. Perceived or real threat to one’s physical or psychological survival and belief that the abuser will carry out the threat. Meaning that the abuser may:
- Assure the victim that only cooperation keeps loved ones safe.
- Offer subtle threats or stories of revenge to remind the victim that revenge is possible if they leave.
- Have a history of violence leading the victim to believe they could be a target.
2. Small acts of kindness from the abuser towards the victim
- In some cases, small gestures such as allowing a bathroom visit or providing food/water are enough to alter the victim’s perception of the abuser.
- Other times, a birthday card, a gift (usually provided after a period of abuse), or a special treat can be seen as proof that the abuser is not “all bad.”
3. Victim’s isolation from other perspectives
- Victims have the sense they are always being watched. For their survival they begin to take on the abuser’s perspective. This survival technique can become so intense that the victim develops anger toward those trying to help.
- In severe cases of Stockholm Syndrome the victim may feel the abusive situation is their fault.
4. Perceived or real inability to escape from the situation
- The victim may have financial obligations, debt, or instability to the point that they cannot survive on their own.
- The abuser may use threats including taking the children, public exposure, suicide, or a life of harassment for the victim.

My personal research during the last months has shown me how easily these aforementioned conditions can be applied to our own lives and how we are being held hostage by the thumb of a globally regulated corporate machine and by debt controlled financial system. When you apply the same analysis as one would do on a hostage on our society, a strange and disturbing familiarity can be found. Let’s take a closer look at each of the four points necesary to identify this form of ‘Global Stockholm Syndrome’:

  1. Perceived or real threat to the physical survival of an entire population: Those in power have made it so we have to pay simply to exist on this planet! We have to pay for a place to sleep and we have to pay for food. If we don’t, people with guns come and force us to pay. This might sound very simplistic but it is quite true. At some point in time we were forced by those in power to start paying for everything and since then we assume that it is the way it is supposed to be and we don’t even question it. We are already paying  for everything we used to get from mother earth for free (including water) and probably air is up next.
  2. Small kindness: With strange and small gifts governments and corporations try to keep us happy. Small gifts like rent support and free or cheap (but completely regulated) education.
  3. Isolation from other perspective: corporate media provides the only valid perspective. On a global scale, over 70% of all the media channels are controlled by only five major companies. In the United States it is even 90%
  4. Perceived or real inability to escape from the situation: Industrial civilisation has become the air we breathe, and the corporate machine has the power and demonstrated will to use overwhelming lethal force against any and all who would resist. There are more than enough examples of corporations demonstrating this power towards those who challenge for example Monsanto, American Fruit Company, SHELL, etc.

Human beings tend not only to accept life within oppressive social structures, but to love and cherish it. We invent fanciful reasons justifying our subordinate position and go to the extent of punishing those who refuse to accept their assigned position. Such a person is generally considered “well adjusted” in human society. Human society as we know it seams to be Stockholm Syndrome at a global scale. What do you think of this term and theory?

To be continued…
Inspired by the following book and movies:
- End game (book)
- Zeitgeist
- The Matrix
- The Coorperation
- Flow, for the love of water
- Food Inc.

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My personal Why, How and What

Why? How? and What? are the three questions Simon Sinek asks in his famous TED talk.
Especially the ‘Why’ question is a hard one to answer for many people. Why do you get out of bed in the morning? What do you belief? Why do you exist?

This is an exercise that I have used quite often for various projects in the past but never actually applied to myself and my own purpose. Why am I actually here? Why do I get out of bed in the morning? Yesterday we were doing this exercise as part of our ‘Traveling Entrepreneurs’ bootcamp and I answered these challenging questions about myself for the first time. Since the exercise was part of the workshop ‘Digital Storytelling’ we visualised our outcomes and below you can find my Why, How and What.

A liberating feeling to see all the things you love to do in your life jus fall into place and captured in only five simple photographs. I thought sharing this would be a nice idea, after all it is better to work with people who believe what you believe, right?

Have you ever made your Why? How? and What? If you want to do so, let me know and will help you! Part of my existence:)

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My dreams for the coming years

There is only one way to turn your dreams into reality: say them out loud, write them down and start chasing them. During last weeks exercise of our ‘Travelling Entrepreneurs Bootcamp‘ we had to create a bucket list of our dreams. Dreaming like you were a child again but with all the tools and skills to make them happen for you now:) And although sharing it publicly feels a little scary, below you will find mine:

1. To have a simple but beautiful wedding at the beach of Pie de la Cuesta surrounded by our dearest friends and family
2. Find a place where I can live in balance with myself, my surroundings and nature
3. Run a marathon on Isla Holbox
4. Become an Iron Man on Hawaï
5. Start an anonymous blog so I can write freely
6. Train for the Iron Man on the most beautiful places in the world
7. Keep calling my grandma every two weeks
8. Make less money and be more self supportive
9. Turn ‘Working Wonderfully‘ into something bigger than myself
10. Live on one place for maximum four months and then continue traveling
11. Interview more interesting people and learn from them
12. Write a book about my vision on money, work and our society
13. At least two months per year use my knowledge and skills for free for (local) projects (and if possible) in exchange for food and a place to stay
14. Ride more beautiful routes on my mountainbike
15. Keep close contact with my family but at the same time..
16. ..dare to let go of the Netherlands and my old life and..
17. ..live more in the moment
18. Swim from hotel Las Nubes to the peer (3 KM open sea)
19. Start meditating
20. Keep understanding my dad
21. Do completely nothing at least one day per week
22. Visit more places in the world where the nature is so beautiful it makes you quiet
23. Find more likeminded people who are resisting capitalism and infinite growth and start playing a more active role
24. Have a sixpack (again)
25. A son or a daughter to discover this beautiful world with
26. Live in a closed community for a while and grow my own food
26. Sail over the world together with Gerben
28. Spend at least two months per two years in Holland
29. Experience the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and turn them into a good thing for the local community
30. Improve my spanish
31. Learn Portugese
32. Create my own location for ‘Working Wonderfully’ where our principles are applied on the location, the guests and where we work on  things bigger than ourselves
33. Surprise Diana more often
34. Go Skydiving
35. Don’t use a shower for a week and use natural resources (lake, waterfall etc) to clean myself
36. Work in a bar or restaurant
37. Give a street performance and earn respect or money from the crowd
38. Shave my head completely
39. Visit at least one big festival per year and dance my ass of
40. Keep making people happy with my pictures for free
41. Participate in the HAKA in New Zealand
42. Bike from Amsterdam to Enschede (I don’t know why, just want to do it someday)
43. ‘Feel’ the himlaya
45. See real lava
46. Do more creative video and photography projects
47. Keep laughing really hard about the most stupid things with my two great brothers

So there you have it: my dreams for the coming years. I am curious to hear what you think of them and what your dreams are. All I can say is doing this exercise every one or two years helps you to keep track of things that matter most to me, and life is about doing what matters most to you isn’t it? After all: ‘the purpose of life is a life of purpose’.

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Lars, Guus: Sometimes the best things in life are really simple, I love you guys!

An ode to money

An ode to Money. Humanities greatest gift to the world.

I am the greatest gift to the world
You can buy anything with me
I am just a piece of paper
A fact nobody seems to see

I am the greatest gift to the world
I can take you anywhere
As long as you don’t realize
I was created out of thin air

I am the greatest gift to world
Everybody needs me to stay alive
And although you cannot eat me
I make you work from nine to five

I am the greatest gift to the world
I will make all your dreams come true
And although you might not notice it
I am enslaving you

I am the greatest gift to the world
Debt is where my journey starts
And thanks to smart tv commercials
I thrive on swiping credit cards

I am the greatest gift to world
Short term happiness is my thing
I am worth going to war for
To ensure the economy keeps growing

I am the greatest gift to the world
I will open any door for you
This means when you have a lot of me
You get to control other people too

I am the greatest gift to the world
Everything depends on my circulation
Although I exist mainly virtual
I control the entire nation

I am the greatest gift to the world
Very often I have been disguised
Because to acquire a lot of me
Many lives get sacrificed

I am the greatest gift to the world
I am actually no more than a toy
But when you have very little of me
This world is not yours to enjoy

I am the greatest gift to the world
You could save me for when you are old
But I will be worth nothing
Because it were lies that you have been told

I am the greatest gift to world
I am your only way towards salvation
You think you can’t live without me
Thanks to hundred years of indoctrination

I am the greatest gift to the world
No one questions my existence
The earth is being destroyed for me
Thanks to your belief and persistence

Am I the greatest gift to the world?
Or the worst thing we have ever created?
After reading this you decide:
Will you still be dominated?

An ode to money