Nature is best. There can be no denying this. Whatever perceived benefit found in the novelty of technologies will, in time, reveal itself as merely a clever parlor trick. No true benefit can come from that system which pays no homage to the natural order of things. That, because certain developments create new wealth, new credit, and new debt, we should say they are the mark of good progress, is lunacy. The “economy” we so often refer to does not require clean water nor nutritious food; it does not inherently need such things. We say that the economy grows, but where is the growth? We stand by and watch numbers go up and down on screens and think we are getting somewhere, that humanity is benefiting. Where is the benefit? 

And all the while, we can look around and never see the economy, because it isn’t really there. And so, where is the sense? Actually then, we can see that the economy can only exist inside our minds; it’s an object of convention, an engineered set of ideas and values meant to support the addictions of greed and wanting. We say that the economy is good for people, but where is the good?

Endless debts mounting high upon the backs of those who must work 10-hour days, commute long distances, and have little time for family and friends. They work hard to look after the economy and hope to make a life with its permission, but they are always tired. The people have precious little time to themselves and must spend those few hours tending to their basic needs. When the people have no time to feed themselves, they run to the economy to feed them fast meals of high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, and aspartame. When the economy’s food makes the people sick with disease, it sells them healthcare in the interests of pharmaceutical companies, at costs which deplete years of earnings so they can get back to work again.

In this kind of life there is barely room for loved ones, and almost none for the love of strangers. The economy doesn’t think about the people, it doesn’t care about human happiness because, actually, it’s not anything at all. Yet, we have built our entire society around the economy—the markets have created market societies which exist to serve themselves, not human happiness.

Humanity requires clean water, nutritious food, friends and family, and unity in love. We need these things to be happy. And so, the economy cannot save us; we can’t manipulate reality into producing something that doesn’t naturally occur already. The people keep working just to survive, but survive for what I wonder? There was once an understanding that our Earth was the only thing on which we needed to rely. Now, we rely on the economy. When it’s good, we forget about the Earth; when it’s sick, we look back to the Earth and wonder how we ever forgot. But, the moment is short lived. We break eyes with our natural home and mother, because there are numbers to watch and work to do—the whistles that signal the end of our break-time blow, and off in the distance somewhere, the economy calls us back.