“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” ~Buckminster Fuller
The Pope calls for an end to the cult of money
Pope Francis called for global financial reform that respects human dignity, helps the poor, promotes the common good and allows states to regulate markets.
He said free-market capitalism had created a “tyranny” and that human beings were being judged purely by their ability to consume goods.
Money should be made to “serve” people, not to “rule” them, he said, calling for a more ethical financial system and curbs on financial speculation.
Countries should impose more control over their economies and not allow “absolute autonomy”, in order to provide “for the common good”.
In his 10-minute scripted speech to new ambassadors, the pope highlighted the root causes of today’s economic and social troubles, pointing to policies and actions that stem from a “gravely deficient human perspective, which reduces man to one of his needs alone, namely, consumption.”
“We have begun this culture of disposal,” he said, where “human beings themselves are nowadays considered as consumer goods which can be used and thrown away.”
A major reason behind the increase in social and economic woes worldwide “is in our relationship with money and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society.” He also said, “We have created new idols” where the “golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”
Here is one message board reply:
I read the speech…and I agree to a point.
Here is my point:
Centralized financial systems already denied the right of control to national states (look what the troika did to greece for example) and deposed the people as the highest political body of our nations via lobbyism/banking corruption. This idea that countries should impose more control over their economies and not allow “absolute autonomy” is flawed.
Giving more control to national states won’t help, since they are already corrupted by the debt-based money system that they depend on for power, and indeed, are themselves products of.
The only way out is to give the political power back to the people by limiting the power of said centralized political and economic systems. The Vatican council proposes a global financial authority, when what is really needed is exactly the opposite.
And my reply:
Correct. Decentralize everything, and start with money.
Is this possible? Yes! Technology has made it possible.
The centralized financial systems may not like it but thanks
to Satoshi Nakamoto we now have a peer-to-peer system
for digital wealth/property conveyance that works.
Satoshi Nakamoto as the Cipher/Cyber Christ
Max Keiser has called Satoshi Nakamoto the “Cyber-Christ,” but I doubt the Pope has even heard of Bitcoin or given much thought to such emerging technologies, much less their potential to liberate the oppressed. But the Pope did call for the end to the “cult of money” and the tyranny it produces.
Alex Jones: Did you just say that Bitcoin is the “Cyber Christ?”
Max Keiser: Satoshi Nakamoto is the name of the developer who released Bitcoin in 2009. I call them the “Cyber Christ” because he, potentially, is so much of a game change at this point. It’s such a quantum leap away from the Federal Reserve system that is killing economies around the world, the we are going to have a massive, global, coming-to, an understanding, a revelation, that finally we’re going to escape the nightmare that is the central bank system.
What? You’ve never heard of Satoshi Nakamoto or Bitcoin? Well read this short quote from The New Yorker, it should bring you up to speed:
There are lots of ways to make money: You can earn it, find it, counterfeit it, steal it. Or, if you’re Satoshi Nakamoto, you can invent it. That’s what he did on the evening of January 3, 2009, when he pressed a button on his keyboard and created a new currency called Bitcoin. It was all bit, and no coin. There was no paper, copper, or silver—just thirty-one thousand lines of code and an announcement on the Internet.
Nakamoto wanted to create a currency immune to the predations of bankers and politicians. The currency was controlled entirely by software. Every ten minutes or so, coins would be distributed through a process that resembled a lottery. This way, the bitcoin software would release a total of twenty-one million bitcoins, most all of them over the next twenty years. Interest in Nakamoto’s invention built steadily. More and more people dedicated their computers to the lottery, and forty-four exchanges popped up, allowing anyone with bitcoins to trade them for dollars, euros, or other currencies. At first, a single bitcoin was valued at less than a penny. But merchants gradually began to accept bitcoin, and at the end of 2010 the value began to appreciate rapidly. By June of 2011, a bitcoin was worth more than twenty-nine dollars.
Market gyrations followed, and by September the exchange rate had fallen to five dollars. Still, with more than seven million bitcoins in circulation, Nakamoto had created thirty-five million dollars of value. And yet Nakamoto was a cipher. There was no trace of any coder with that name before the début of bitcoin. He used an e-mail address and Web site that were untraceable. In 2009 and 2010, he wrote hundreds of posts in flawless English, invited other software developers to help him improve the code. Then, in April, 2011, he sent a note to a developer saying that he had “moved on to other things.” He has not been heard from since.
Unlike traditional currency, bitcoins are not issued by a government or even a private company. Instead, the currency is run by computer code that distributes new bitcoins at a set rate to people who devote web servers to keep the code running. Before bitcoin it was precious metal that provided the “anchoring” for fiat currencies and held inflation in check. Now the same principle of sound money that used gold and silver to chain down the mischief of governments is the fundamental operating principle employed in the bitcoin code.
Simply stated, bitcoin is electronic cash that is not subject to the false authority of government and therefore, like pure gold or silver, it will NEVER lose it’s value due to inflation. In short, Bitcoin is the 21st century alternative to the Internationale Banking Oligarch which dominated the 20th century, and it will change the world in ways we are only now beginning to understand.
To many people, this sounds like an implausibly rosy future, and for early adopters that is true — it feels like winning the lottery every day. However, for most other people, the ascendancy of distributed currency systems will feel like a disaster. … the rise of distributed currencies such as bitcoin could create massive social upheaval due to governments’ rapidly degrading capability to fulfill their core functions of taxation and regulation of commerce. – lifeboat.com…
As the article quoted above points out, Bitcoin is a very disruptive technology. In the past, the big pools of capital could influence governments of the world with debt, thus controlling people from the top down. However, what we are seeing emerge now is a bottom-up revolution where the individuals are reclaiming their sovereignty, and rejecting all false authority.
The Pope may speak against the “cult of money” but his Office is as much a symbol of this Money Cult as the golden calf was a symbol of the fertility cults that flourished 4000 years ago. The golden calf is the symbol of the Age of Taurus and points back to very matriarchal and feminine age in which humanity began to master agriculture and survival needs. In contrast, the image of the Pope on his thrown is a symbol of the money cult and their hierarchical false authority over mankind.
The New Age of Man
For those of us who find solace in New Ageism, I feel it’s a good idea to look at what this new age is and what is isn’t by addressing the term ‘new age’ itself. This idea of entering into a new age is actually a by-product of Theosophy, which was a spiritualist movement founded by Helena Blavatsky in 1875. Theosophy was an attempt to bring together the mystical/esoteric traditions of Europe and Asia, based on the premise that there is a common truth in all religions. Theosophy formed around the belief that we were embarking on a ‘new age’ of spiritual consciousness and evolution, an age even more spiritual than the Age of Pisces, which would see the birth of a great world teacher.
If we look deeper we begin to see that this sounds a lot like other ideologies and religions that we’ve seen come and go in the past 2,000 years, such as: Christianity, Islam, Fascism, and Marxism. What they all have in common is a belief in a ‘golden age’ to come, but first we must be ‘cleansed’ or saved before we are ready to enter that new age – which is to be founded by a great leader/teacher/messiah. I find it fascinating that many people begin vegetarian diets and embark upon ‘new age’ lifestyles with the same dogma and fervor that Hitler inspired in the German people through Fascism. We see this today with the cult-of-personality in the White House.
We must always be mindful of how evolution occurs within a cultural context – and how impactful culture is on us, and how much undue influence it has on our thinking. This pattern of ‘new ageism’ is itself product of the Age of Pisces, it represents our interpretation of a “new Aquarian energy” as viewed from our Piscean Age consciousness That is to say, from a limited and distorted perspective. I often wonder if maybe we’d do better to do away with this ‘new age’ label altogether and start over!
There is also an established school of thought that believes each age’s influences are also complemented by the opposite sign to the sign ruling the astrological age. For instance, the Age of Pisces is complemented by its opposite astrological sign of Virgo (the Virgin); for this reason, a few researchers refer to the Piscean age as the ‘Age of Pisces-Virgo’. Adopting this approach, the Age of Aquarius would become the Age of Aquarius-Leo. Ray Grasse also claims that each sign of the zodiac is part of a polarity involving the opposite sign (~wikipedia/Astrological_Age)
Let’s be clear, the Age of Aquarius will not be a utopia or golden age on earth. It is an age of globalization that will forever shift the way we view nationalism and tribalism – you can already see this happening. We are struggling to become ‘citizens of the world’, not just Americans, French, or Chinese. But we are also struggling to break from from the undue influence of false authority, hierarchical power structures and what the Pope rightfully called the cult of money. Ironically, the Pope is a symbol of that old age as much as bitcoin is a symbol of the one to follow.
I am sure there will still be people struggling with Ego/Soul issues 400 years from now…and perhaps countries still at war, but we must remember that each of us as human beings are in a different stage of spiritual evolution on the same planet. Having said that, the Age of Aquarius does hold the promise of a dominant world view in which the individual is allowed his/her freedom to actualize as an independently liberated being (Leo), yet still participate in group life in the spirit of altruism and humanitarianism (Aquarius). This stands in stark contrast to the current age of Pisces-Virgo (which is submissive/left brain).
I do believe our intuitive abilities and multi-sensory evolution will increase such that we honor the world of energy and spirit far more than the dogma of religion and politics. And most importantly instead of a world leader, master teacher, or messiah; we’ll finally realize that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.