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Friday, December 16, 2011

Contributionism - Paradigm Shift to a new Socio-Political System

Michael Tellinger is a South African author and the driving force behind what he terms Contributionism. A system, which will fundamentally change our world if we can implement it or de-implement the current system. I think he has a very good point.

Contributionism's greatest paradigm shift comes from the principle of doing away with money and -bartering. What Tellinger proposes is a system where people's natural talents and dreams are what drives the system. The whole motivation provided by money is taken away and from a system where most must work like slaves for a few who control or have money, the new system proposes everybody does a little for the benefit of everybody else. If all people do what they love and the process of hoarding is eliminated because there is no money the system will grow exponentially. The result would be an abundance of that which we really need: food, shelter, health and education, which also happen to be the four cornerstones of Contributionism. Money was never a natural part of our evolutionary process so it is expendable, therefore we do not need money.

If you propose a society cannot run without money, how then did people live without money thousands of years ago before money was "introduced"? If they all died why then are we still here? What rather seems to kill us is a system driven by a need for profit and that need for profit is because we all think little green pieces of paper makes us happy. Douglas Adams put it as follows: "This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy." 

The small pieces of green paper were introduced and can be removed. Money does not create abundance, it creates lack because Capitalism cannot grow unless there is a lack of those things we think we need. This is a consumer society and we all know what that means - let's create items, which are as expensive as possible for as much money as possible, while ensuring these items break down at some stage. In a Contributionist Society anything we need to create will be created with the motivation of it being free and lasting as long as possible because the person creating it will put love and effort into what he/she is doing. Suddenly there are no shortages.

Crime will just about vanish overnight as most crimes are created for our need to hoard as much money and stuff as possible. Some crimes will take longer to go as we have grown them in a dysfunctional society. Get rid of all money-related matters and people will be healthier, happier and much more connected with others. One of the other problems with the shortages that we need for capitalism to thrive is we need to feel separate from one another so that we can fill that emptiness with stuff, pleasure and drugs. It is interesting to note that making money stimulates the same part of the human brain as is stimulated by cocaine ... and all you needed was a hug.

The matter of money being removed from society may not even be up to us. With the way things are going now I seriously doubt we will have a choice in the matter. The world economy may suddenly collapse as there is not enough money to go around due to debt. Once money loses all value and we have to go without it or at the very least realise only our thinking gives it value we will also realise we do not need it. I suppose Contributionism will probably largely be the system we end up with anyway.


Ingrid said...

Dear Werner,

Thanks for your interesting blog posts. I thought of you when I read the following commentary:

Werner K said...

Thanks, Ingrid.