Would Happen If All the World's Money
asked this question, international students were at
no loss for words.
Everyone Might Feel Confused
Li from China
the world's money disappeared, everybody might feel
confused. The whole financial system around the
world couldn't exist anymore. There would be no
banks. Many people would find they were unemployed.
love to play and have fun together. What
if they ruled the world?
wouldn't have to worry about whether or not you
took enough money or your credit card with you when
you went shopping.
wouldn't worry that someone would steal your wallet
on the street because there would be no money in
could not buy any merchandise in the supermarkets.
Most of the rich people would feel very sad because
they would no longer be rich, and poor people would
say, "That's great." I would no longer feel upset
about the little money in my pocket!"
of Unexpected and Terrible Things Would
Kim from Korea
beings have made and invented tons of convenient
things. Maybe money is one of them. Money makes
people very comfortable and is so useful, so if all
the world's money disappeared, plenty of unexpected
and terrible things would occur, and we could not
survive in that situation.
of all, we would experience a lot of things that
are horrible even to think of, especially in food,
clothes, or shelter. Money is a kind of standard
that people make for a better life, so if it were
not for money, people would lose the standard and
feel confused. Sometimes, people say that money is
the cause of all problems, all crime and
inequality. Some poor people think that if there
were no money, they could be happier than they are
now, but I think this in not true.
course, some problems result from money, but
everything that people make for a more convenient
life could make some problems. We have to admit
this point. If we discarded money because of these
problems, what would happen to us. No one would
dare say that we would live a more joyful and
Would Be an Unfortunate Situation
Song from Korea
children ruled the world, it would change and be
absolutely different than it is now. In some ways,
it would be better and, in other ways it would be
of all, it would be like a big trash pile because
children don't put anything away. The world would
be messier and full of lost things.
the rate of development would be slower because
children want something just for joy and are apt to
ignore something related to world development.
the world would experience more humorous trial and
error because children don't think as carefully as
children might ignore adults because adults don't
have any power. Adults could feel lonely, and some
of them might try to commit suicide due to their
on the other hand, the world would not be filled
with trickery, cheating, war, drugs, and crime.
Children's souls are much cleaner and purer than
adults', so we could live more safely than we do
now. This is a good point. If the adults would keep
children's souls in their mind when they ruled the
world, it would be a lot better than it is now and
I wish our rulers were like this.
World Would Be a Mess
Pauperio from Brazil
all the world's money disappeared, people would
have to find another way to value things. Maybe
they would have to exchange merchandise, like in
the old, old times when money didn't exist.
it happened, I think the world would be a mess.
Nobody would have to work hard if employers had no
way to pay the workers, and people would have to
work for food, clothes and shelter instead of
money. A lot of companieslike banks and
insurance companieswhich only work with money
would have to close their doors.
the world is not that safe; if all the money
disappeared, it would be really dangerous to live
here. Maybe we would have to move some place else
where there would be money for sure! At least, I
would be unhappy here
People Would Be Happier
Cafferena from Spain
know it's never going to happen, but if all the
world's money disappeared, we would start like in
the past when money didn't exist. People would
trade things for other things. If someone needed
food and another person needed a cow, they would
exchange these thing with each other.
money disappeared, crime would still continue
because those who hadn't anything would try to
obtain their necessities by robbing, and
people would be happier if they didn't have money
because the wouldn't have all the material things
that we have today. I wish money didn't
Would Be a Big Crisis
Ozawa from Japan
would be two possibilities if all the money in the
world disappeared. Everything would change or
nothing would happen. Money is very important in
the world; no country can exist without it. If it
disappeared, there would be big consequences, and
this would be a good opportunity to think about the
consistencies of each country. There would be no
exports and imports and no border between
would be a big crisis, but every country would have
to think about the best way to exist from zero.
There would be no poor countries or rich countries.
Every system would be changed.
consequence would be that once all the money
disappeared, big countries would never want big
changes. They would soon print bills and try to go
back to the ordinary world. If the world's money
disappeared, governments would not allow us to go
anywhere until money came back. Then the same life
as now would start again.
people behave themselves if the world's money
disappeared? That's a point to consider. But if we
were ready for this and were able to control
ourselves well, a new world would come to
Would Be the Best Solution for All
Joza from Ecuador
money is one of the most important things for most
people. That's happening because what we call money
interferes in many, different ways in our lives. It
seems that if you don't have money, you can hardly
do anything. That's why people do different things
as long as they get some money, so can you imagine
what would happen if all the world's money
think that would be the best solution for all the
problems that there are right now in this world.
Money wouldn't be powerful anymore, and that means
that everybody would be equal economically. One of
the principle reasons for wars is money, so if it
disappears, the number of wars in the world would
decrease. All countries would become
also would disappear with the money, so we would
live in a safer place where people wouldn't think
about getting money to be the most powerful. People
would work only for pleasure because there wouldn't
be money to pay them. Food and clothes would be
free for everybody. Nobody would die of
would be healthier and happier. Why? Because people
are worried most of the time about money and most
of their problems are about money, so life without
it would make their lives easier. People would live
thinking just about enjoying and spending time with
people they love.
think that if money really disappeared, it would be
like a great present from God because it would
bring peace to us. It would be like we were living
in heaven where there isn't anything
my opinion, all problems come from money; however,
that's how we get everything we need to live. I
don't like seeing how people fight each other just
for money, or how people have died just because
they didn't have enough money to buy food or to pay
a doctor. I would feel happier living in a place
without all of these problems.
know it sounds like something impossible, but
dreaming about a perfect life isn't bad either.
Nobody knows, but maybe one day that dream could
become reality, and then we would live happily
Shopping Would Be Funny
Ece from Turkey
all the world's money disappeared, the world would
be unorganized. Money is a very important thing for
interaction between people, between companies, and
also between countries. When people wanted to buy
some clothes, food, or other things, they would
have to use their belongings as money.
people didn't use money for shopping, sometimes
shopping would be very funny. If someone broke
traffic laws, the police would have to take some of
there are some alternatives to money. Today, we can
use credit cards or debit cards. If all the world's
money disappeared, we would use credit cards more
than before. If money were not used in our daily
life and in the banks, robbers would be unemployed
Would Be a Lot of Changes
Volante from Venezuela
think that if all the money in the world
disappeared, people wouldn't want to have so many
things. If money had no importance to everybody's
life, it would be easier not to be a greedy
all the world's money disappeared, crime would be
affected; there wouldn't be any more crime since
there would be no money to steal.
if there were no money in the whole wide world, I
would feel unhappy because I don't really know what
could happen to everybody. Maybe nobody would go to
Might Be a Problem
Ortiz from Venezuela
all the money disappeared, the world could fall
into a revolutionary situation because people could
think that they were working for nothing. But not
everything would be bad. People might think that
this was one of the best things that could happen
in the world because the situation could let us
share and trade to get what we wanted.
there would be a problem; the selfish and greedy
people always want to be the best and always want
to take control of everything, so they could begin
to cheat in the trading and sharing. I think money
is a bad necessity because people always have to be
controlled by something; and in this case, money is
Would Work Out Well in the End
Takahashi from Japan
if all the world's money disappeared? A long time
ago, people used to exchange things when they
wanted to have something. For example, they
exchanged food or an ax or salt for clothes. But
then people found another way to get things--using
money instead of trading.
all the world's money disappeared, people would
lose the way to get things, and they would start
exchanging things again as people used to, or they
would find another way instead of money.
meaning of crime would change. The crime of robbing
a shopping center market would increase, and the
crime of robbing a bank would decrease.
wouldn't be happy temporarily, but they would
become happy. I would feel better because I
basically don't have a lot of money.
Might Bring Peace and Charm to the
Ciftci from Turkey
all the money in the world disappeared, I think
that there would be another mechanism to
merchandise. Remember the days before money was
invented. There was no money, but there was a way
to get the necessary stuff. It was a kind of
exchange of things between one person and another.
an example of this kind of commerce, let's say you
were a farmer producing grain and wheat. I you
needed, for example, clothes, you would go to a
tailor who needed wheat and exchange your products
we look on the bright side, the disappearance of
all money might bring peace and charm to the world.
Maybe there would be less war and fighting over
money and power. Most people would have to be
producers of goods instead of just being consumers
as has happened in the past. Life wouldn't be as
complicated as it is today in terms of money.
believe that most people would be happier than they
are now because there would be less competition.
Today's most widespread idea is that the more money
we get the happier we are, and this has resulted in
a more stressful life style.
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