Culture is a game system upon a framework that enables interaction, relationships and most importantly a home away from home that both nurture’s participants and also enables them to express their creativity and be guided by their ideas.
Culture Trading is a fair and sustainable way to exchange value that promotes sustainable and progressive living standards for a multi-cultural, diverse and dynamic world.
Culture is the real value in life, the true value that our existence on earth depends on. It is not money, money is fake value, virtual value that only serves to give the illusion of real value.
Culture is the learnings of a civilization of people teaching them how to deal with life’s issues. Culture which serves to enrich and promote healthy and harmonious living amongst a social community is handed over by God through the living soul as it’s connecting channel. This culture adds value of life to those who practice it.
First impressions of an external cultural element may be culturally shocking because of incomplete information of the entire spectrum, the background, history, environment, purpose, derived value, satisfactions and so on of that cultural element. This is the reason for so much friction in the merging and integration of valuable external cultural elements into our own cultural reality. Though this need not be, it is not within the capacity of our limited human senses to grasp this phenomenon that went on long before we were born and happened amongst an infinite number of collaborations of all the peoples that have existed from the beginning of the world and those that exist on the earth at present, talk less of the incomprehensible wisdom behind the cultural gifts handed down from God which were used to form the cultural element. It is not even possible for an individual or groups of individuals to fully comprehend the entire spectrum and scope of their own cultural reality let alone those of other cultures.
We are in this world to make the most of our existence and have a rich experience of the value of life. When we require value that is not in our lives we can gain it by borrowing the value from our culture or from external cultures wherever it exists. This gives us true satisfaction that cannot be satisfied by money so why do we exchange value for money. Money in itself is a cultural element of value that has its purposes, yet it also provides a loophole for derailing the transaction of value enabling people to make unfair cultural transactions. This loophole gives rise to a further desire and habit to exploit the loophole again and again giving rise to a wide gap in the transaction of cultural values from one cultural entity to another.
The chain should be God (life value) – Cultural Entity – (Cultural exchange of life value from GOD) – Cultural entity – life value – GOD
With the introduction of money which in itself is a cultural value meant to serve to provide a standard for value evaluation thus enhancing the speed, quality, quantity and distribution of cultural entities, the chain should look like this:
GOD life value – Cultural entity – Cultural Value | Money – Cultural exchange using money – Cultural Value – Cultural entity – GOD
The loophole with money is the increased sophistication in the cultural exchange process now involving a complex network of distinct stages, abstractions and layers which have produced a system so complex it cannot be fully comprehended by any living man or machine. It requires setting of focus on subsets of the process with clearly defined objectives for an individual or group of individuals to participate in the exchange of life values. The setting of individual focus gives a loophole that allows for the exploitation of another focus group through various equally sophisticated methods which include slavery, war, colonization, intimidation, fraud, deception, propaganda, psychological programming, …
The unfairness and its effects are so subtle as to go on unnoticed for a long period of time as cultural exchange is such a loose exchange system which can even be offered or taken free. However it’s okay as long as exploitation of loopholes and sophistication of tactics are not taken to an extreme. However, it is in the nature of sections of humanity to derive pleasure and actually believe in the practice of gaining much more value than what you put in and so this becomes a way of life, a habit, a norm.
The entrenchment of money as a symbol for cultural richness, the characteristics of money to enable it’s possessor instantly gain possession of desired life values to position it’s possessor in a position of power regardless of what life’s value the possessor has, to give an opportunity to give out little value and gain much more, to give an opportunity to use the mind, its ideas and strategy as a cultural value that can be exchanged thus giving the opportunity to put in or sell non-material input for money which can be used to purchase both material and non-material value. These and many more attractive benefits of money have led to the exploitation of life values to the detriment of all those incapable of resisting or understanding the schemes. Thus sections of society have made it a way of life to exploit the section of society who are weak, ignorant, mind-programmed or simply wish to be exploited [thus goes the phrase, money is the root of all evil]. This has created in effect sections of society gaining more than they put in thus causing an unbalanced flow in the direction of those sections that are able to exploit [thus goes the phrase “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer].
If we reduce the relevance of money and understand that the original objective is life’s values, if we also understand that life’s values are from GOD therefore they are infinite and thus sufficient to satisfy all of our finite human existence, then we realize we don’t have to scheme to exploit rather we can use the same effort to scheme to integrate and merge cultures in a way that we continue to gain value from our own inherited personal and collective cultural entities whilst integrating others we need and don’t have and also giving away those we have to others that need it in a fair way, we can attain all our desires, have satisfaction and experience a rich harmonious living existence.
Exploitation has its drawbacks for exploiters (1) It usually involves giving up one or more of an exploiters cultural values in order to gain moire money e.g. lying, bullying, killing, etc. These all have negative effects on the exploiters’ life, health, experiences, in so many varied infinite ways. The exploiter may be successful and gain a lot of money while putting in little but a lot of the times, the things an exploiter purchases with the money do not satisfy his/her desires [thus goes the phrase “you may be able to satisfy your needs but you can never satisfy your wants] or the condition referred to as addiction. It’s an extreme of the pursuit for an objective that lasts a short time but is never satisfied and usually has negative side effects. This is because the pursuer has misaligned his cultural value system by shifting focus on the real value in life to the addiction of exploiting others for money thus he gets little life’s values and lots of money. Now life’s values are free from GOD and when exchanged fairly cost almost nothing this is the original value and money was just an assistant to aid this process. Thus the person doesn’t need to exploit others he just needs to take it for virtually free but his addiction prevents him from seeing what’s under his nose [thus goes the saying “He goes to Sokoto (farthest-most state in the North-West of Nigeria) to get what’s in his Shokoto (Nigerian Yoruba word for trousers)]. He also loses God given cultural values to gain money [that’s when some people may say “He sold his soul to the devil”] So at the end of the day he may get a lot of money, he may cause evil/harm to others but he causes harm to himself, loses life’s true value, has a lot of money for buying what is virtually free, so it was a waste of time and effort and doesn’t get cultural value in exchange all he got was money. He is incapable of integrating or merging any cultural value gained properly and in a way that helps him to grow and actually satisfy his needs as well as his wants.