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Reply To: Exchanging thoughts on Patrick Solomon’s upcoming film: What is Money?””


    Thank you Robert; your reply was so much more helpful than the previous one.

    (You said):
    “Thank you for your thought provoking posts. I have read Freud , Jung , Hillman , Joyce , Campbell , et al , for personal edification. My first love is science and Sci-fi. My “Yes !!!” Post was pregnant with associations. My post after it expanded on my internal streams of consciousness associated with “Yes”.

    “As far as the meaning of money is concerned from a mythic metaphoric perspective I think a study of the use of the word treasure would be fruitful. ““The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”” . “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.”

    “ In Jung’s view, the alchemical attempt to transmute base metals into gold (the philosopher’s stone) was actually a psychological process”.

    “So they brought it, and He asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they answered. Then Jesus told them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” And they marveled at Him.”


    Jung would call how we give or assign meaning to something: (projection); we project our interpretation of something onto it. So you bring up an interesting aspect of how we as human beings often see money as a manifestation of treasure that can have several meanings as you just pointed out. To me Joseph’s example of: “money used as a facilitator like gasoline that fuels a car when you need to go”; would be one instead of a symbol of personal importance and power. He suggests this can be seen as a resource or mechanism that helps one to survive.

    We are talking about metaphors of money’s use; but often human beings concretize what money symbolizes by assigning it’s value as a thing unto itself to achieve. In other words as an example of what one has instead of who they are; or put another way as a symbol of self-importance instead of what it can accomplish. But my point has to do with assigning value and purpose to money as a vehicle; not an end in itself; as been seen throughout history as a “corrupting” influence. As history informs us we have to have something that helps to negotiate commerce; in other words money seen as a “tool”.  But it is the way society does this as a means to an end that your last part clarifies.


    (You asked): “where will cryptocurrency and Bitcoin fit into our dialog ? Human resource development? Humans quantified labeled and valued as assets ?”


    It would be hard to say I think because given the rate of change human society is experiencing. As both you and Stephen point out money had various ways it presents itself as a mythological facilitator and as Joseph mentions myths are the glue that hold a society together. He states in the :Power of Myth”: “We are not going to have a myth for a long time; things are changing too fast for a myth to constellate itself: “We are in a free fall into the future.”


    (Robert as you notice I have modified this post considerably so this should help to clarify my point because I was wandering way too far off topic. But more importantly I was being totally unfair with my assessment of what you were saying and I was projecting my frustration with your style of posting and that was wrong.) This was preventing me from seeing clearly what you were trying to communicate and I am very sorry for doing so. You always bring a thoughtful and kind spirit to these discussions; so after stepping back with several attempts to understand your post it became clearer to me what my problem was and since then tried to fix it. Again my apologies!