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a number that is consuming life

Money is just a number created by humans, with no meaning outside the human mind absorbing intelligent and highly defined living beings to grow its own featureless bulk — money consuming life to grow money “growing gap between the profligate and the desperate”

Politicians dependent on big money to fund their campaigns advance policies that favor the interests of money over the interests of life. Economists ease the conscience of those politicians with assurances that such policies accelerate growth in the gross domestic product, which in turn will end poverty and fund technologies to eliminate our human dependence on nature. Money prospers. Life withers. We cannot eat, drink, or breathe money. No matter how fat our bank accounts or advanced our technologies, we depend on Earth’s health for food, freshwater, clean air, and a stable climate.