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WHAT IS MONEY, AND HOW DOES IT RELATE TO OUR MISSION?
JOB FOUR: GATHER AND STEWARD THE MONEYWe think we know what money is, we take for granted that we understand it.
But usually with things that are so basic, they deserve a closer look.
Especially when they cause so, so much human injustice.
Money is a representation of something else. We can't eat money, it doesnt keep us warm and we can't cruise around town on it either.
Money is a representation of time and energy, and thus of power, and power is so very easy to misuse and misunderstand.
It is difficult to safeguard property in a culture of addiction, around people who are mentally not well.
In their misery and desperation, they will do anything to get their hands on the money and material assets that others need to eat and keep warm.
As noted in The Professional, not even small children are safe in the face of this malady, and the government is often afflicted by the malady themselves.
Investment bankers have also proved to be unstable stewards of money.
MONEY IN THE PROFESSIONALAs before, we turn to The Professional to illustrate the concept of money and how it can be safely guarded, or squandered and wasted as the case may be.
In The Professional, Stansfield was the civil authority as we have said.
His treatment of money was abominable, and compromised the most vulnerable people in the neighborhood.
By contrast, Leon rarely spent more than the absolute minimum necessary.
Old Tony was the de facto bank, just as Leon was the de facto police.
Tony was a hard man, and he had hitmen on his payroll, but he, like Leon, helped to save Matilda from Stansfield's crazy rage.
MONEY IN THE VALANGA DI VITA--THE SCARS OF MEMORYClearly every company, like every human being, needs the means to accomplish its mission.
Even if the mission is not to increase financial profits, money must be made in order to operate the company and feed its members.
Furthermore, money must be spent with judgment, as Leon spent it, and not used as an instrument of unjust power, as Stansfield used it.
It should be held by a person as trustworthy as Old Tony, who would never spend the money except as directed by the Company
and from whom no one would steal, not even a mobster.
The Valanga di Vita has a collective memory that burned this lesson into its soul.
Its origins lie in a history of lives, families, businesses, bank accounts and careers laid waste by the mentally ill
More costly and scary than even cancer treatments, the mental illness that dogs our society decimates everything we hope for, dream of and work for.
For this reason, The Valanga di Vita has a very strong incentive to make sure that no one ever again steals our means and our dreams!
To make sure we're all in it together, The Valanga aims to run itself like a cooperative,
a clean version of the Mafia, which demands a high degree of maturity and respect.
The banking agent is a refugee from a country ravaged by poverty and war,
where the "drug lords" according to the New York Times, are by and large just hungry for some food.
ARTICLE ON THE MAFIA OF THE POOR
At home, this individual worked to keep young chidren from joining gangs until forced to leave.
There may be no better person to administer the funds of a cooperative than the one who has been evicted from his home due to the consequences of mental disease.
LESS THAN A CUP OF JOE
We are not experts in economy or grants or anything of the kind, and we are learning as we go.
However, we have calculated that we would be able to cover operating expenses if the following two conditions were met:
ONE: if anyone who understands our mission, has struggled with addiction, homelessness or other related issues,
each gave one dollar per year, far less than a hit of horse
TWO: if we continue to keep our expenses under the poverty line
(which in the United States is equivalent to living like a king in many places, because you can still take a bath and eat every day.).
In that case we could devote all our extra money to the mission.
So if you have an extra ten cents a month, and not everyone does, toss a coin to see if you want to toss it in our donorbox!
You will be opening the door and giving milk to people like Matilda
and you can be sure that the money will be protected from harm.
If you have no money but still want to join, that's ok too.