No. 2, June 23 - July 6, 1967
Ed Fox: The Aquarian Age
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ello again. Let's take a vacation from philosophy, if you want to save your soul this week read the unexpurgated Mel Lyman. (If, by the way, you want more, try his book: "Autobiography of a World Savior." It's available at the Moon in Leo — a store inside the Boston Tea Party, ... Yes, I get 10%.)

I want to talk about money. Money is a hang-up that we all have to think about. If we can live without it, then sooner or later we need something — like an axe — that costs money. To get money in this country, you have to earn it. You can earn it legally or illegally, honestly or dishonestly, by doing something you can't stand; but I have found that, however you get it, you earn it. (You are even likely to earn any money you inherit.) Since you are going to earn your living, you would be better off doing so by doing something you like to do. And it is very important to be honest. You will be the one most likely to pay for your dishonesty.

So much for today: anyone who lives in this country earns his living (whether he can see it or not. ) And anyone who thinks that he does not use money had better think harder.

In the Aquarian age, which is the astrological age just beginning (the next 2000 or so years) as well as the title of this column, we are going to see a great economic change.

Like the changes that the world has already seen this change will seem inconceivable to many until it has happened. Think, however, of the importance of the changes that have changed the world from a nonsociety where even barter was inconceivable — if I had two rocks, and you had two sticks the idea that I could acquire a stick or you a rock without going out to find one would not occur to either of us — to a society where I can sign a card and get almost anything.

If you doubt my example, think about it. You can read about the struggles to introduce money, and the problems of getting people to accept paper in return for goods. Now, in France, it is possible to get a bank account (they do not impose service charges on their clients) and to have your salary deposited directly to your account. Your gas and light bills as well as your telephone bills can be addressed in care of your bank which will pay them subject to your approval (they send you notice of the bill if you agree with the statement you throw it away — you'll get another with your monthly statement and the bank stores your canceled checks, at your disposal, for -thirty years. (It's the law that they have to keep them that long, in a bomb-proof vault, and they also have to keep two copies in two other widely` separated vaults.)

There are other amazing services, all free, and these are private banks which are making a lot of money. The only other one, however, that is pertinent to my point is that, in more and more branches, each account is serviced by one bank employee, who does the bookkeeping — with a computer — and handles all complaints, and he can pay any overdrafts which he thinks will be made good by the depositor.

So (whew, what a long introduction!) there already exists a country where all you have to do is make sure that your account is going to balance and the only money you handle is the coins you use to buy cigarettes. Notice I say "is going to balance": you do not have to worry if your pay check is already deposited, the bank knows it is coming, and will wait. I foresee that soon it will be cheaper to do away with the bookkeeping. If you could be sure that, in the end, all the accounts would balance, you would not need to keep track. This is where the law of karma is the necessary ingredient. The ingredient that some people will refuse to see. The law of karma talks about many lifetimes, but I can see it at work here and now, on many of the people who deny its validity. This is the step in my prediction which is hard to accept. The rest is material fact backed by logic (both very tricky commodities, but if anyone has any questions, please write me, I'd like to hear them.) Next issue, I'll write about some of the side effects that I foresee as a result of this change. In the meantime, skeptics, think: is it harder for you to accept the law of karma than it was for someone who believed in the value of silver, to accept paper?

Mel Lyman