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What if Money Did Grow on Trees

We all know the saying “money doesn’t grow on trees”. The point of the old saying is to impress upon us that money is not easy come, but it sure is easy go. Because money isn’t just easily available without having to exchange something else for it: time, work, or some sort of product, we should always use it wisely.

But what if money did grow on trees? Would we all be equally well-off? Would we be able to end world problems, like hunger and poverty? Or would money become useless and cause more problems instead of solving them? Obviously we all love to imagine what life would be like with money growing on trees as several blogs exist based around that thought. Here are a few of my thoughts on what could possibly happen if money were to grow on trees.

The Best Scenario

If things turned out 100% for the best, money growing on trees would be able to help solve several world-wide problems. We would no longer have people living in poverty without access to clean water, enough food to eat, adequate shelter, good medical care, and lots of life’s pleasures and comfort items.

An unlimited supply of money growing on trees could put everyone in the world on an equal footing, thus eliminating the need for money in the first place. If money were to grow on trees in this scenario, it would essentially out-do itself and be rendered useless. When everyone in the world has an unlimited supply of money no one needs money anymore.

The Worst Scenario

If money growing on trees turned 100% to the worst possible outcome, people would become so greedy that they destroyed the world. The rich would be ticked off that everyone else is now on a level playing field with them and they would take their anger out on everyone and everything around them. The rest of the general public might go mad trying to do and buy everything they’ve always wanted but never had. People would become inherently evil and eventually the world would probably be destroyed as people with mega-mansions and 38 cars would kill off the plant life, which kills off the animals, and no one could survive without these food sources. The world would be a dark and dangerous place to live in up until it’s point of destruction.

The Middle-ing Scenario

With money being able to be grown on trees now, the scenario in between utopia and world destruction is that people would be able to choose to cultivate their money tree and benefit from it or not. This means that people who work hard and deserve to have success would mostly likely have it. They would be willing to learn about how to grow and care for their money tree and then they would do it. People with no work ethic would not cultivate their money trees, resulting in the death of their trees or at the very least decreased money production. All would be right with the world.

It’s kind of fun to think about what could happen if money grew on trees, but until it happens I’ll just have to keep on hustlin’!

What do you think could happen if money were to grow on trees?

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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