Grant me a few moments to ruminate
over the philosophy of money–
Rich men try to bring it to the grave,
while the rest occupy Wall Street;
When someone says they don’t have faith,
it merely means they don’t have faith in the notion of faith.
We have faith in money like we have faith in gravity.
What would happen if every single person in modern civilization
started bartering with spoils of the land?
And said, “Away with pieces of copper and paper notes!”
Would it be our own Operation Bernhard?
Would it cause complete chaos that leads to mass suicide
or would it free all of humanity from
counterfeit and engineered debt?
What then, would we use to bail the banks out this time?
I turn on the television and watch
NASDAQ, Standard and Poor, NYSE Composite
(Forbes Fifty Richest Men in the World!)
roll by on the screen;
yet money isn’t inherently evil,
it can be a tool for the greatest cause–
but I fear we might have forgotten how powerful
human beings can be, when we sit together and imagine
instruments into existence.
And now we have virtual currency,
speculative transactions only possible
because of a collective faith (ah there that word is again! you exclaim)
All things are possible, all are welcome,
Currency does not discriminate.
We shall sing and be merry at the marketplaces,
waiting for the bell, awakened to the truth.
Just wait till the Silk Road goes out of business,
we shall take all those bitcoins we stuffed in paper wallets
and go to the nearest casino and stuff our faces silly
at the international buffet.
© Alicia Khoo
NaPoWriMo Day 30