To state the obvious: people all over the world are dealing with endless debt, slaves to banks, slaves to their own promises. I get lots of emails from folks wondering what they can do. Debt puts us asleep to reality and blinds us to gratitude, compassion, and abundance.
Debt is attachment, sense of guilt, grudge, sense of vengeance: otherwise called thought of credit and debt, which physically manifests itself in the world as banking and commerce. Obviously, I'm saying nothing new here: We can never be forgiven of debt if we cannot forgive others. We cannot forgive others without simultaneously forgiving ourselves.
Thus, before reading on, do a mental inventory of everyone you hold a grudge against. When you can find forgiveness for each and every one of them, when you completely let go, you've cut this noose around your neck. Then you can come back and read the rest of this, about banking. Why? Because then you will see that banking is unreal, an illusion, and what I say will confirm what you already know.
We must be responsible.
We naturally have a sense of responsibility to pay our debts.
Banks take advantage of our natural sense of responsibility, and this is how we get under their control.
But if you understand the nature of banks, you understand to whom you are truly responsible.
If you asked me for a loan and I wrote you a bad check, would you be obligated to pay me "back"?
Yeah, let your mind go wild: imagine you asking moneyless me for a loan to buy a house! I then write you a bad check for $200,000 and tell you to not only “pay me back,” but with interest! Sounds unbelievably absurd, huh? But this is the very nature of fractional reserve banking and fiat money. But the absurdity doesn’t stop there. If you don’t “pay me back,” I get to “re-possess” the house you buy with the “loan.” Ha! “Pay me back,” as if I ever lent you anything! Ha! “Re-possess,” as if I ever possessed the house in the first place!
Funny how it sounds not only bad, but totally stupid, if I, as an individual, write you a bad check to buy a house, huh?
An individual who counterfeits a few dollars one time is guilty of felony, a federal offense, and will go to prison. An institution that counterfeits billions of dollars every day is called a bank, and its CEO and board members even get to be in the halls of government, as they are this very day! They get to be the government!
But this system has been the foundation of our civilization for centuries, so it must be okay, huh? It's tradition, after all!
Let's look at simple reality. You never had a debt to me in the first place, and I never gave or even lent you anything but a bad check! Ask yourself this: how can it be moral to even consider paying me “back”? But you must also consider it was foolish to ask me for a loan in the first place. You must now find out what responsibility and reality is and to whom you’re really supposed to pay back.
The ancient religions (Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam) and philosophers did not talk about reducing interest. They spoke of abolishing interest! They saw the obvious: making profit on nothing is criminal. It will invariably evolve into fractional reserve banking, counterfeiting, as is rampant right now.
I'm not talking any hidden conspiracy theories here. Every banker and economist knows, logically, mathematically, that your loan did not come from any bank. Your loan came from the backs of the working class, from the poor, and it came from your natural environment. If you erase the illusion of money and simply look at goods and services, this becomes crystal clear.
Let me state it more simply:
You did not borrow any goods from the bank. You borrowed goods when you purchased goods with the bad check given to you by the bank. You traded nothing for something.
Thus, this is your responsibility: you must pay back your loan to those who have less than they need.
Forget money and banks, which are literally nothing, and simply look at reality:
Anybody in the world who has more stuff than they need is in debt to those who have less than they need.
When you accept the reality that you own nothing, then your debt is gone.
This is the Reality: you are defaulting on the loan you took from real, living beings when you pay anything "back" to a bank. A bank is not a living being. It is a fiction and lent you fiction. How can you default on a "loan" from the bank when the bank lent you absolutely nothing?
Forgive me for stating common sense:
it is totally irresponsible to rob the poor to pay the rich.
It is totally irresponsible to rob reality to pay illusion.
This is sacrifice to idols (illusions).
All our ideas to heal the world, our social programs, and our activism are futile, in the bigger picture, if we continue to practice interest banking, either as lender or borrower! It makes no sense to fight the dragon while secretly feeding him at the same time, unless you enjoy perpetually fighting the dragon.
The proof has been all around us for centuries: interest banking causes goods to flow from the workers to the non-workers, from the poor to the rich, and is the cause of the bulk of world poverty, debt, environmental degradation, and mental anxiety that you are likely experiencing right now. Just your own mental anxiety is proof enough, if you don't have eyes to see the world system.
I’m a strong believer in keeping our word. This is why I don’t believe in making promises, because making promises is a guarantee that we will break our word and become liars. Making promises is boasting for tomorrow, the work of ego. When we make any kind of promise we put ourselves in debt.
However, if we do make promises, we must keep them if it’s in our power. But sometimes we simply cannot keep our promises.
Are there situations in which it is not only okay, but mandatory, to break our promises?
Let’s use an extreme example to drive home a point. Sometimes people make promises in an irrational fit of vengeance to do something horrendous, like a mafioso or gangster swearing vengeance upon somebody in a blood oath. If you promise to kill somebody, is it a “sin” to break your promise?
We in modern culture are making promises in an irrational fit of faithless anxiety and fear, faithlessness that everything we need is not in the present. We are making promises to a Mafia.
Both the "conservative" and "liberal" American public are finally waking up and seeing this, after years of being pitted against each other by this very Mafia that doesn't give a gnat's ass about liberal and conservative, religious or non-religious. The profiteer cares not where profit comes from.
The bank may turn you over to a collection agency. But if you have already returned your stolen goods, the bank has no more power over you. Perhaps in many countries the bank can jail you. This is where you must have faith in the Power of Truth, giving you joyful power to shine through Persecution, as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Jesus demonstrated.
We could talk about regulating crime, reforming crime, or we could talk about ending crime altogether, refusing to do any business whatsoever with crime.
Some people in the world are talking about reviving the ancient concept of Jubilee. Jubilee is a concept in the Torah, where Israelites would forgive each other's debts every seven years and every 49 years.
But let's go back to me "lending" you a bad check to buy a house. Now how can we talk about me forgiving your debt? It’s like asking a rapist to forgive the victim. It's like talk of getting banks to blow themselves up.
Jubilee was created for families, friends, and neighbors. People lend to family, friends, and neighbors with zero profit motivation. But the very nature of a lending institution is profit from nothing. A lending institution simply cannot be moral and simply cannot look out for the good of the borrower, despite appearances. It cannot forgive and cannot be forgiven, not in this life or any life to come. A bank runs on unforgiveable sin (debt). It's very nature and lifeblood is willful sin (debt). To end willful debt is to end banking.
I could easily say, “I told you so. You shouldn’t have gotten in debt in the first place!” But I’m not faultless.
Back in my money days I took out a loan to go to school. For years I was plagued by this debt, not making enough money to keep paying it. I had to keep applying for deferments. But the more I deferred it, the bigger it got, due to interest. When I slacked on my payments, the bank would send me notices, threatening my credit rating. I had forgotten that my parents had cosigned for my loan, and when I defaulted long enough, the bank started harassing my parents. I didn’t want my parents to bear my burden, so I decided to hunker down and pay off my loan. I gave up living in a house and camped out, so I wouldn’t have to pay rent, and I ate rice and beans and foraged produce. I became a total slave to the bank. I sent most all my paychecks to the bank until my debt was totally paid off.
At the time I thought paying off my loan was the responsible thing to do. Then I realized I did not do the responsible thing. I was not paying back my loan to those from whom it was taken.
If you still doubt anything on this page, see the video, Money As Debt, a simple and eye-opening explanation of money and banking.