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Alternative money system: universal basic income UBI / Alternatives Geldsystem: Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen

An unconditional income means a universal basic income UBI for all.  This alternative money system has been discussed for years.  The basic idea behind it is that every single person receives from the government a basic monthly income.  The award is independent of age or working situation.  The motivation behind UBI is to fight poverty and to create social justice.

Of course a system like this comes with consequences:  When everybody receives a basic monthly income everybody should be able to have access to education and work.  With “income for babies” families won’t suffer poverty because of the financial burden of raising children.  And last but not least:  social services such as retirement, social welfare and unemployment benefits aren’t needed anymore.

At first glance this system may provide some appealing details.  but on second look we realize that the circumstances of society are still the same.  We still live with the hierarchy of values.  The hierarchy of values tempts us to take a monthly guaranteed income in order to purchase prestige objects – all in order to get esteem.  We eventually realize that the problem of society is not lack of money.  Even when money is given freely to everybody we still have social injustice.

As long as only the strongest, richest and most successful person gets esteem, even a system like UBI can’t solve poverty and social injustice.

A society of esteem doesn’t know greed or the eternal chase for money for receiving esteem.  For a society of esteem  UBI wouldn’t work.  Citizens of a society of esteem understand that money doesn’t remove their endless search for esteem.

When esteem is given to everybody for their personality and talent, the appetite for more disappears and social justice appears.


Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen bedeutet Grundeinkommen für alle. Dieses alternative Geldsystem wird seit Jahren diskutiert. Die Idee dahinter ist, dass jede Person von der Regierung eine gesetzlich festgelegte Zuwendung pro Monat erhält. Die Auszahlung erfolgt unabhängig von Alter oder Arbeitssituation. Die Motivation hinter der Idee ist, Armut zu bekämpfen und gesellschaftliche Gerechtigkeit zu erschaffen.

Natürlich kommt ein derartiges System mit Konsequenzen: wenn alle ein Grundeinkommen bekommen, sollten auch alle Zugang zu Ausbildung und Arbeit erhalten. Dank dem Grundeinkommen für Kinder fallen Familien nicht mehr in die Armutsfalle, denn die finanzielle Bürde für eine Familie fällt dahin. Schliesslich würden soziale Dienste, wie Rentenzahlungen, Sozialleistungen und Arbeitslosengelder nicht mehr benötigt.

Auf den ersten Blick enthält dieses System einige interessante Details. Auf den zweiten Blick erkennen wir, dass die Umstände der Gesellschaft die gleichen sind. Wir leben weiterhin mit der Hierarchie der Werte, mit welcher wir versucht sind, das Grundeinkommen dazu zu verwenden, Prestigeobjekte zu erstehen, mit denen wir Wertschätzung erhalten wollen. Wir würden schliesslich erkennen, dass das Problem der Gesellschaft nicht in Geldmangel besteht, denn selbst wenn Geld frei gegeben wird, herrscht weiterhin soziale Ungerechtigkeit.

Solange weiterhin nur die Stärksten, Reichsten und Erfolgreichsten Wertschätzung erhalten, kann selbst das Bedingungslose Grundeinkommen Armut und soziale Ungerechtigkeit nicht lösen.

Eine Wertschätzungsgesellschaft kennt keine Gier oder die ewige Jagd nach Geld, um Wertschätzung zu erhalten. Die Bürger einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft verstehen, dass Geldhaben ihre ewige Suche nach Wertschätzung nicht erfüllt.

Wenn jedem und jeder Wertschätzung gegeben wird für ihre Persönlichkeit und Talente, verschwindet der Hunger nach Mehr und soziale Gerechtigkeit erscheint.

Talents in the society of esteem

It is easy to believe that people who do the same work have the same skills.  But every person has his or her personal talents and it’s quite easy to discover them.  Just speak with somebody who has the same occupation as you do, whether it be gardener, computer scientist, interior decorator, composer, lawyer…. or whatever your profession.

We can see this distinctively at a conference or trade show.  Everybody shares the same profession, but nobody is like the other.

Why is this?  Shouldn’t one lawyer, doctor or decorator be the same as any other?

You already know the answer, it’s because we are all different.

Our life experiences are different. Our thoughts, motives, weaknesses and strengths are different. Nobody in the world has exactly the same personality as anybody else.

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Esteeming education for children

The foundation of our educational system is the system itself.  The school is an institution.  Institutions offer security and quality – these are the advantages. Institutions are slow and only laborious to modernize – these are the disadvantages.  School as an institution wants to guarantee education for everybody.  But school as an institution causes a leveling of the knowledge and the students.

If we look at the world from the point of view of the society of esteem institutions are not longer necessary as guarantor for security and quality.  Most important for education is esteem.  What does this mean?

Every child is an individual.  Every child has his own character, his strengths and weaknesses.  Every child owns his unique talents.

Our educational system summarizes a group of children of the same age in one school class.  Let’s look at these children.  One of these children has no trouble learning mathematics.  Another child has a great athletic talent.  A third child would rather play than learn.  How do we want to summarize all these children?

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Esteem replies to hierarchy of values, part 1

We live in a world of hierarchical values .  A hierarchy of values can also be called a gradations of values. One thing is worth more than something else.  One person is worth more than the other. We’ve known this since our childhood.

The hierarchy of values is based on two important points: comparison and competition. Today I’ll address comparisons. Comparing people with each other is the basis for a hierarchy of values. I don’t need to mention what kind of feelings comparisons impose on us. We internalize comparing so much that we often make no step in our life without comparing. We compare ourselves with others and we are also compared unceasingly.

Who among us doesn’t recognize our society in this picture?  Who recognizes himself in this picture?

The society of esteem knows no hierarchy of values, it knows esteem. There is no comparison among people. On which basis do we compare ourselves?  Each of us is unique and incomparable in the truest sense of the word. Being compared at an unequal level creates injustice of which we try to compensate incessantly. Continue reading Esteem replies to hierarchy of values, part 1