Sunday, September 16, 2018

Money, Religion, & Law: An Inseparable Trinity.

"When I make enough money, I'll be able to do a lot of good," I always hear.

I like exploring the root of everything.  Root of all evil.  Root of all good.

Money, Religion, and Law are an inseparable trinity.

Have you noticed how each creates debt,
then each creates punishment or atonement for that debt?

Money is debt and credit. Religion is debt and credit.  Law is debt and credit.

In Biblical Greek, these three words are of the same root:
nomos (νόμος) is the word for law,
nomisma (νόμισμα) is the word for money, and
nomodidaskalos (νομοδιδάσκαλος) is the word for religious teacher.

And check out the Indo-European root of our English words:

Debt is obligation is Religion is Law is legality.

LIG or LEG is an Indo-European root meaning "to tie, bind."

Photo by Peter Shanks from Lithgow, Australia
Binding chain links and ropes, fences and cages, are necessary to domesticate (own) wild creatures, human or otherwise.
Once your creatures are domesticated, you can then be merciful and unbind them for a bit! Your mercy, your generosity, feels good, doesn't it?  You take credit for it.  For every debt there must be an equal credit.

Credit is your reward!  Credit is what it's all about!
Credit means belief (creed).  None of it works without belief! 
Money, Religion, Law are one creed, one Trinity.

Lest you lose the loyalty of your domestic creatures, go ahead and be merciful (within "reason")!  Keep them believing!  Be generous (within "reason")!  "Give" them every weekend off and even a two-week vacation per year!  And "letthem camp on public (unowned) land for two weeks, but no more! Tell them they live in a free country and to be grateful for their freedom!  However, for domestication to work best in your favor, make sure you don't let your pets off their chains too long!

You have thus achieved your system of debt and credit (Money, Religion, Law).

Meanwhile, keep up the propaganda. Tell them how advanced civilization is, how it has has surpassed the cruelty of nature!  Make sure your domestic subjects aren't aware that chains, punishment, mercy, and atonement are foreign and unnecessary to non-domestic creatures, are foreign to wild nature outside the walls of civilization. Make sure they don't become aware that the balance of nature happens automatically, without obligation, religion, or legality.  This is why you usually don't allow more than a couple weeks free in wild nature.

Even so, natural law seeps through the cracks of religion.    Religion calls this lack of chains, lack of punishment, lack of need for atonement and lack of need for mercy the state of Grace (Gratis).

There can be no Grace (Gratis) where there is money, religion, law.

Apart from money, religion, and law,
there is no need or desire to do good,
there is no need or desire for philanthropy,
there is no need or desire for charity,
because there is no debt to pay,
no debt to counter,
no debt to be forgiven.
And there is no desire for credit.

Free means no money.


  1. Thank you for another enlightening and provocative article

  2. I looked up the meaning of some words with the root, lig or leg:

    Oblige... to force somebody to do something.

    Allegiance... the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action.

    Obligatory... morally or legally constraining or binding.

    Obligation... the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force.

    You opened my eyes, Thanks.

    1. Thanks rebounded. Interesting stuff.
      "I pledge allegiance..."

  3. Religion implies force, dogma. It instills guilt. Nothing spiritual about that.

    Dollars are fiat paper currency with no intrinsic value. It's actually legal counterfeit. I said that while at the bank once and several employees just stared blankly.

    Most of what we're taught are lies, and few even question or discern beyond the mainstream beliefs. it's just how society is.

    Folks really believe they're doing well when they "own" things and enslaved to the system working, making payments/interest. I don't understand. That's why...

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  4. The quote you cited at the top of the post, how come you never mentioned it again or refuted it? What are your thoughts on it? Why is it right or wrong?

    1. I intended to comment further on it, but decided the whole post actually addresses it. I decided to not make a judgment, but simply state what we all observe: Money creates bad (the necessity to do good). It does "good" to combat the "bad" it created, then takes credit for it. What makes a philanthropist wealthy is much more destructive than any good the philanthropist can do to counter it. But the debt is out of sight, out of mind (eg, sweatshop labor, exploitation of living things), and the do-good credit parades itself, a horn tooting. An earthworm or a chickadee has no need to do good, and therefore does more good for the whole world than all the philanthropists combined. A lung that does not hoard air but simply breaths out what it breathes in does not ask credit for every breath gifted to the world.

    2. Excellent point! So resonated with me! Like the story of a CEO of a bank helps a homeless person a free meal in a restaurant because the CEO herself was homeless and hungry before, and she promised herself that she will make a lot of money some day and she would invite a hungry homeless person for a meal in a restaurant. Little the CEO knows that her job helps create homelessness by a system of credit and debt! Thank you for expressing this point, such clarity! Your article makes my day.

  5. Replies
    1. If you want land or resources just get it you don't owe anyone anything. Either work with people or by yourself. No one is forced to work for anyone without money.

  6. Hi Suelo. It was fun to notice how you credited the photo of the dog and sheep - so it was not gratis? Thank you for sharing your insights!

  7. Daniel, I know you're living moneyless but what's your take on the implementation of u.b.i. once automation kicks in full gear and many jobs (blue collar and white collar alike) are eliminated?

  8. Hi Daniel I can remember you saying maybe centuries ago now that you believe in life after death as we are (best of my recollection) continously reincarnating.

    Could you ever tell me the origin of the belief? Sort of an unrelated topic but I am very intrigued - inspired.

    I don't know scripture and I really don't identify with a particular religion but I definitely believe in God maybe as something one can find within as like a presence - pure potential in silence absence from any egoistic mind. My childhood I was forced to do the whole catholic thing but it felt very mechanical, and absent from faith or belief. I felt like I recieved enough of it for one life time at the age of 12. Maybe I have read way too much of "the power now" but I would love to hear your incite:)

    1. Yes, I don't identify with a particular religion, either, though I often speak Christian language because this is the language of the culture I grew up in and speak to the most.

      We, and every particle in the universe, are dying moment by moment and being born again moment by moment. This is actually simple observation of reality, of physics. But religious texts state this observation, which we see within ourselves:

      The Zen sage Eihei Dogen said,
      "Ultimately speaking, we die moment by moment, not residing for even a little while."

      The Bible says,
      "I die daily" (1 Corinthians 15:31) and
      "You must be born again" (Jesus, John 3:3-7) and

      "He awakens Me morning by morning" (Isaiah 50:4).

      "Buddha" means "The Awakened". The Born Again.

      Jesus calls it sleep rather than death (Matthew 9:24, Mark 5:39, John 11:11). The mind in the Present Moment is Born Anew, This Day. Being Born Again is simply observing reality, realizing you are a New Person, freshly born this very moment, and realize all is One, Only Begotten, always:

      "You are my Son, This Day I have begotten you" (Psalm 2:7).

      To awaken is to be Born Again is to Resurrect from the Dead This Moment:

      "The hour is coming and now is when the dead shall hear... and shall live." (John 5:25)

      We're often so worried about past lives or life after death, or trying to prove reincarnation from the distant past or a future heaven we go to, but everything we need to know spiritually is right here, right now, within, if we just but turn off the chatter and the mind and be present. "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" and "The Kingdom of God within you".

      Scriptures only verify what we already know written within, and can help us not doubt ourselves.

      Yeah, it's The Power of Now.

  9. Suelo,

    Chip here as in Chip of the old block.
    Sunday I am hitchhiking in your direction. No coin. No phone. No identification. One with and in the All. Not sure how long it will take to make it to Fruita or Moab but I will look you up when I arrive. Shalom brother. See you when I see you.

  10. agreed that free means no money, no cash, no coins, no nada! just nothing but freedom thats all!