Updated: Feb 29
What is School Good For
There are few good things about the traditional school system as we know it. Thanks to school, we can read, write, and count. With the exception of a few disciplines, beyond these three basic functions, school becomes increasingly dangerous for spiritual growth since it systematically conditions individuals to have a universal way of thinking and believing which is the opposite what we need for spiritual maturity. The notion of Freedom is inseparable with the spiritual beings that we truly are. Without freedom, there is no responsibility. Without responsibility there no growth and no maturity.
The School Paradox
When you get a job and are getting paid for it, collaboration is an important skill, but in school collaboration is called cheating; When you think outside of the box, you are labeled as failure but in real life it is called learning, discovering, or innovation; School teaches you and then tests if you memorized (not necessarily learned) but life tests you until you learn; School glorifies individual achievements but real life only rewards collaborative achievements because no one succeeds alone in real life; We are different from one another, yet schools acts as a mold that restricts your ability to think for yourself. The list can go on and on, but you get the point.
The most ironic thing to notice about school is that, they teach you finance, a discipline to manage money, but they don't teach you money and the true value of money. Since you are conditioned to think and believe in things without ever questioning, you have been mislead to thinking and believing that you know money and it's true value.
Same Amount but Different Values
Imagine that you have one ounce of gold and someone else has one ounce of silver. The person tells you, since we both have one ounce of precious metal, we can exchange. The only reason why you would reject such offer is because you know that in equal amount, the value of gold is higher than that of silver. This illustrates the importance of understanding the value of anything personal that you want to exchange with others.
Stop Wasting Value
On a daily basis, you engage is exchanging your (Talent + Time + Freedom) for money, but have you ever questioned whether whether your offer is of an equal value or - better yet - more valuable than money? Yet, school teaches finance so that you know how to manage money. It is not your fault, the system is intentionally designed to operate like that.
There are simple ways to test the True Value of Money. I am sure anyone can identify other ways but here are some simple ones.
1. The Banknote and The Bank On any of your Banknote denominations you can read "This note is legal tender for all debts public and private." In other words, the peace of paper that you hold in your hand is not money, but represents money. It is a note that the bank issued so that you can get in debt. Now take that note back to the bank and tell them. "I've had enough of carrying your notes, take it back and give me money". The fact is that, the bank will not give you anything in exchange for their own note. What does that tell you? Money doesn't exist.
2. Room Full of Money There is a general saying that you know your true friends in times of need. Imagine yourself being trapped in room half-full of money and in the middle of there is telephone. You are at the opposite side of the room, stuck, unable to move towards the phone because you are disabled. One single phone call and you will get the help you need. The money is there looking at both you and the telephone. That money will never be able to call for help for you. Unless you get some external assistance, you will likely die and the money will remain.
3. Your Ideal City Think of your ideal city in the world. Imagine someone telling you that since you love the city so much, you can have it all for yourself under one condition: The city must be emptied from all lives so that you can enjoy everything in it by yourself. How much do you really think you will enjoy alone in such city? How long do you think your enjoyment will last. This scenario shows that true values is in other people and not things. In addition, the presence of others is what make things - including money - enjoyable and not the other way around.
4. Payment in Silver, Gold, or Diamond Everyone knows that precious metals such as Gold, Silver, or Diamonds have value. Employers are willing to give you money in exchange for your Talent + Time +Freedom. One day, after performing your duties, ask your boss to pay you in Silver, Gold, or Diamond because you don't believe in the value of banknotes. No single employer will pay you with precious metals even though most of them actually buy the precious metals for themselves. If money had value like Silver, Gold, and Diamonds, they would probably keep it for themselves. Companies don't engage in transactions where more of their value going out is greater than that coming in. This tells you what truly has value between the money you get and your Talent + Time + Freedom spent.
What is Money and the US Dollar?
In reality, money is simply a notion without any intrinsic value but we've been misled to believing that money has value. Since the banknotes are being printed uncontrollably, it devalues or dilutes the value of each unit of currency already in circulation. Since inception, the dollar has lost more than 95% of its value and it is only getting worst.
The aforementioned scenario of your ideal city shows that real value only exists with other living creatures. Before you keep wasting your most valuable assets (Talent + Time + Freedom) in exchange for something, please investigate in learning the value of what is being offered to you. If you don't, one day it will be too late and you will find yourself with a bunch of paper without any value.