Without money and its context in currencies, most of what we call the economy would collapse. However, with money in its current form, the economy also seems to be collapsing! Money, as a medium of exchange, a unit of measure, and a store of value is the primary information system that coordinates the flows of goods and services through the economy. If it cannot also properly coordinate the participation of the social organism in the greater flows of nature in which it is embedded, then the organism will not survive. Currently humanity is failing to coordinate the basic flows of inputs (fresh water, food, etc) it needs and outputs it produces (CO2, waste, etc) in a way that will ensure its survival. But perhaps more importantly, seen from the perspective of coordinating flows, the social organism is failing miserably to allocate resources and human effort within itself in a way that yields a healthy harmonious entity. Money as an information carrying “life-blood” does not rise to the challenges posed by the social organism that humanity has become.
Yet, humanity if the fever from which the planet is dying, is there hope for Creation in our extinction? If human populations were graphed against, say, toxins per unit of water or air, along with a line representing GNP, when do the lines tip, and cross, with humanity slanting down, toxins still rising, GNP collapsing. "Co2 concentration was up today for the one thousandth straight quarter." What if that crawled beneath the evening news instead of stock tickers?