There isn’t much tenderness in public conversation. Human lives are reduced to economic units. Economic units are
Given value. Have value taken away.
Some people have larger economic value. They tend to be in charge. Society values economic value. It proves something about being successful. In collecting units.
Those units are described as money. Legal tender. But there’s not much tender about it in public conversation.
Being every job lost or gained, there are people with a story.
Behind every business growing or struggling, there are people with a story.
Behind every Foodbank client, there are people with a story.
Behind every Brexit promise of prosperity or poverty, there are people with a story.
Behind every cleaner struggling on a ‘living wage’ cleaning the offices of the wealthiest bankers, there are people with a story.
Behind every ‘workplace assessment’ there are people with a story.
Behind every commuter’s season ticket, there are people with a story.
When talking about what is legal tender we need to talk more tenderly. Because it is never just numbers, economics, figures. It’s part of someone’s story.
The economy is not an ‘it’, it is ‘us’.
It is not over there, it is in here.
It exists only as a collection of human relationships and decisions.
We are not subservient to it, we are inherent within it.
We are relational humans, not neutral units.
We do well to remember this, in a world that separates people from the economy we serve, and prizes the collecting of units above all else. It is legal tender, so let’s tender it, legally, with tenderness.
Because people are not units to be
We should give each other value, not take it away.