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Love, money or power?

What would you rather have? Let's look at the relationship between the three.

It is my conclusion that you cannot have anything without power. You need enough power to exist, to be. You need the power to have autonomy.

You can have money without love, but it is my conclusion that love is more valuable than money. It starts with love of self. It's easier to love yourself when you have power to do what you want with your life. Autonomy relates to self love in a lot of ways because it's easier to love yourself and your life if you're free to enjoy it and be happy. If you love yourself then you can love others in relation to your love of self. It's easier to love others when you love yourself.

So what is the purpose of money? To protect yourself and that which or whom you love. Money has the least value. If there were no power and no love then money would be worthless. Money is worth something because it gives buying power to whomever holds it. Love is intrinsic value.

The more power you have the more you can get from life and the more of your dreams can be made into reality whether you have money or not. If you don't have money but you have the power to take as much money as you want, then you don't need to worry about money. If you have love but no power then if you don't have enough power to exist then you can't have anything. The power to exist is the most essential power, the power to think. And of course if you like existing and thinking, or even love it, then it's easier to appreciate others who have the same ability to think whether human or animal.

The ability to think can be described as sentience. The human being has sentience, the animal also has it in varying degrees. The love of sentience is the love of life in a pure abstract conceptual sense. The respect for or of sentience is the respect for life.

But what about AI / robots?

At this point we don't have a clear definition of what sentience is. If intelligence is anything which can think then you could give a computer a sort of Turing test and if it passes that test then on some level it can think. A unique ability of human / animal sentient beings that AI/robot sentience will never have are individual instances of qualia. The human being can taste the wine and because each human being has slightly different taste buds the taste of the wine is a unique subjective experience for each human. Some humans will have different favourite wines based on taste. There are aesthetics that human beings just like because it makes them feel good, but there is no way to program that into a computer because there is no agreed upon definition of the experience. It may be impossible to capture the feeling of being alive that a subjective sentience has, and this feeling may never translate into a super intelligence or AI. In fact, there is very limited physical evidence to even determine whether or not subjective experiences are real.

Love & Solipsism

Solipsism is way of thinking in which the ultimate power resides as you, and there are no other minds except yours. This is comforting in some ways because there may be some truth to it, but it is also a very lonely existence. Solipsism can allow for a love of self, but it defines the other as being a part of the self at best. The entire universe would be the self for the solipsist. This is okay if it's not taken to the far extreme, the solipsist who is absolutely certain that there is nothing else out there is not recognizing the possibility that they might be wrong.

Money functions as a great protector of self and of love

But while money is the great protector of self and love, greed is not. Money is only a tool which can be useful for trade. Greed can lead to irrational behaviour which can actually not be in the interest of protecting the self or in the interest of love. Avarice can cause an individual to bite off more than they can swallow. In the cryptocurrency markets we see this very often, where an individual will invest in Bitcoin as a speculator at $80, and then the price goes to $100 so they double down, then to $125 so they sell their car and now it's $150 so they start selling their gold and silver. They watch the price go over $200 and start thinking about Bitcoins being worth $1000 by the end of the year, about Bitcoin being worth over $300,000 each, and they forget that they just made a hefty profit and could easily pull out here and secure that. The end result of this avarice is that when the market collapses they watch impatiently as within a matter of hours all of their profits are gone, the price is now going back down to $150, and then $125, and they hold out hope thinking about whatever they thought about earlier until the price is now $100, and then $80, and now they are desperately trying to sell for whatever price they can. So they sell all their Bitcoins for $60, at a loss and due to their own greed they didn't collect the reasonable profits they could have had.

If you're like me then you know money is something you can use as a force for good. It can buy you protection to protect you and others. It can allow you comfort, warm blankets in winter, air conditioning in the summer, or a swimming pool. It can buy you better health, medicine and treatment. It can improve quality of life in many ways.

But what it cannot do is buy love and respect. It also cannot give you power. The power is given to the money, the money does not give power to the host. If anything information brings more power to the host than money. The power of Bitcoin is in it's purchasing power, and this fluctuates  based around peoples feelings. Faith, confidence and emotions have more of a role, as it's all psychology and it's just operant conditioning that gives Bitcoin it's power.

Money in relation to D&D Alignment character types

Having money can allow you to protect yourself. If you look at Batman movies then you will see Bruce Wayne had money, but he did not just have money to have it, he used it to try and be a force for good. He may not have truly been a force for good, but he is what would be considered lawful good. The lawful good character typically will see good as being based around laws. Batman is not a real person and the scenario isn't necessarily realistic but it is used to illustrate that just having money to have it isn't as valuable as having it to actually put it to use protecting people and the point here is that Batman the character attempted to put his fortune to use protecting people. For Bruce Wayne it was about protecting Gotham city. It was not his money that allowed this, it was ultimately power which allows this and that power is facilitated and expressed using money as an instrument.

The actual power would be in the ethical system, ideals, and of course in the tactical and physical capabilities. The chaotic good character would not care if the action is legal or illegal, or whether or not the law defines the abuser as a criminal or not, but more what their subjective moral or ethical philosophy determines and of course their ability to determine the truth and the facts. This is limited by their situational awareness which I might add is not unlimited, it is limited in capacity.

The chaotic good and lawful good characters have a lot in common. They both generally want to stop the bad guys. The lawful good allows to law to determine who the bad guys are and seeks to bring the bad guys to justice using legal means. The chaotic good does not care about the law and takes the law into his or her own hands to seek justice.


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