We tend to take our way of life for granted. In our modern society, few of us have to worry about food production except to the extent that it affects the price of our favourite meals at the supermarket. Modern farming methods mean that only a small percentage of the UK's population is involved in supplying food to the population as a whole. In other words, for most of us, our main focus every day is not simply feeding ourselves and our families. Instead, many of us go to work at all kinds of different jobs, some important, some vital, some boring, some constantly changing and always interesting.
Why do we work? Some would probably say “Because I enjoy what I do.” Others would say “Because I have to.” Most people who have jobs have some expectation of being paid for what they do. In our society, money can make statements about who you are. Whether you have a lot of it or none at all can determine whether you live in luxury or on the streets. Most of us are somewhere in between.
Our society encourages us to be consumers, whether it's buying fashionable clothes, the latest mobile phone, a cool car, a nice house. Money enables us to get this stuff and we are encouraged to spend our money on stuff by the people who make it.
If you don't have money, it's a big problem. You can’t just go into a shop and help yourself to what you need. Even if you are starving and you take some food, just enough to feed you for one meal, it is still theft. Money is generally the thing that makes taking things ok. You can go into a supermarket and pile a trolley with £100 worth of food, and as long as you have £100 to pay for it, everything is fine. The money is what you have exchanged for your food.
But it's not like that for everyone in the world.Read More: Living differently