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Date Posted: 22:12
Author: Eponymous-25Jul02
Subject: Re: The value of a currency note
In reply to: Anon-25Jul02 's message, "Re: The value of a currency note" on 22:08

"He did not mean that the visible world was not real..."

Well, that is what he said, rather unequivocally.

"...he meant to say that the material objects are just temporary and subject to dissolution..."

Well, that material objects are temporary is trivially true. I took it that Krishnananda meant to say something nontrivial.

"...therefore [material objects] are unreal in that sense."

I wasn't aware that 'temporary' meant 'unreal' in any sense. But surely you yourself can see the deeper problem with this interpretation: If Krishnananda merely meant that “material objects are temporary,” then there isn’t any spiritual point to the remarks - everyone knows that material objects are temporary.

“Paper currency is useless if everybody decides to believe so.”

Well, that’s sort of true [n.1], but then to the extent that it is true, it follows exactly from what I said. [n.2]

The question then is: how is currency a relevant analogy to the “spiritual” doctrine that Krishnananda is purporting to articulate?

1. Just for fun, here’s a futuristic counterexample: A robot uses currency to buy replacement batteries from a vending machine. There are no “minds” at work imputing value to the currency; yet the currency still remains “useful” in the conventional way (i.e., in the purchase of a good).

: Although “value” had to be imputed to the currency in setting up this system, the same “value” persists whether or not minds stop having "believing" in it.

In any case, if you decide to stop believing in your currency, please send all of it to: Mike “Eponymous” Drake, 1111 E. S. Hampton Dr., Agora, TP. 92510. U.S.A. (I’d offer to pay you for postage, but I guess that would be pointless under the circumstances. ;-)

2. Which again was: The value of currency is grounded on the physical fact that people accept it as legal tender at its nominal value.

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