Is It Really Only Money That Makes Us Work Harder?

Since I hit my mid 60s, “AHA Thoughts” have dawned on me, out of nowhere.  This one popped up when I was making out my goals re adding to my assets as I age.  In a former post, I mentioned that we made up “money” – so we wouldn’t have to bring something we made to someone and hope they’d want it, in exchange for something they made. First we had pebbles, then coins and now there are stocks and bonds and we even consider credit as something we can use in bargaining.

I’ll risk sounding like Pollyanna and say that, I betcha  in several hundred years, machines will be doing all the work. The only “work”  humans will have will be running and building the machines and, maybe, the machines will even be able to build themselves.   I don’t think this will stop humans from contributing their talent. I usually hear that if there were no pay – people wouldn’t work. They work for the money.   I think that’s because we’re taught that now. I have a feeling everyone would want to get in there and contribute his/her talent and I dare say everyone would put in all the effort they could for the joy of making their contribution, if they knew that their food, etc. didn’t depend on the “work.” Wouldn’t you want to contribute?

There’s enough on Earth. Everyone would have food, clothing, etc. People who love agricultural science could handle the food. People who love clothing would handle clothes, etc.  I think knowing that their existence didn’t depend on their “work” would inspire humans to work harder and contribute at their highest level – doing what it is they love to do.  Certain people who are on welfare now might well contribute their talents, if they didn’t attach “having to work” to the possibility of eating and having shelter. They’d have those things.  I’m not a psychiatrist, but I dare say that I think there would be fewer psychological holdbacks.

Right now we do live with the concept of earning money to live. But I like to think like the future. What do you love to do? What would you love to do if you didn’t have to earn money?  It’s very possible that what you love to do might be just the thing that helps you bring money into your coffers! Older people can make great teachers.  Older people can contribute in many areas due to their experience. I’m out to prove this can happen for me and, thereby make it more possible for you.


(note: I’ve changed FASHION/ STYLE)

We’re in mid-summer 2011 and people are still worried about our economy and we’re hoping it recovers.  What a great time to buy that terrific suit you’ve wanted for a long while or those shoes or the classic leather bag.  Many expensive staples are on sale now. I mean ON SALE! It’s a great time to get the “good stuff.”  Look also at you free monthly fashion tip on my site


There are many beautiful water displays during the summer. They’re often not thought of as “art” or “theater” per se, but they can affect you like theater does and many have musical accompaniments.   Check out aquatic shows in your area.  They can be dancing fountains or swimming mermaids, etc. etc. They’re great for children and older people as well. They can relax your body and soothe your mind.

Published in: on July 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. When theatre and music programs are CUT from school budgets due to ‘lack of funds’ it becomes even more important to find ways to provide these essentials to our youth. Perhaps this could be the goal of educated people: help teach these skills where they have been eliminated from the public reach!

    • Dear Paul – I think you know how I feel about this. I actually founded a not for profit, The Times Square Group, that taught theater programs in NYC High Schools and Middle Schools. The kids wrote, produced and performed in their own shows and Off Broadway theaters donated their space. Donna Trinkoff got us The Players Theater (where AMAS REP had it’s offices and Dana Matthow donated the Soho Playhouse, which he them owned. Some of the schools were arts schools, but some were for for kids who had tough lives. This work can change the lives of students and lift their feelings of self worth.

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