The LETS, "Usury-Free" Currency

lets you buy and sell without "usury-bearing" money.....

I have been researching and seeking new knowledge and "truth" about economic concepts since 1980. Much of what I am learning I no longer attempt to share with family, friends, neighbours, colleagues at work, business asssociates etc. because over the years they have demonstrated that they have a closed mind to anything that is unfamiliar to them

When I read the "Ape Story" I understood why so many people in our "circles of influence" resist any kind of new idea or concept and why they accept so much "lies", "deceit" and "deception" from authority without even asking a single question or questioning a single answer.

The "Ape Story" demonstrates clearly why family, friends, neighbours, colleagues at work, business asssociates etc. often don't support us when offered a new idea, yet when offered to a stranger, if that person is open and ready to learn and listen, s/he immediately recognize the "truth" and identifies with the new concept of idea. History has proven that about 99% of people will resort to ridicule of a new idea or concept while about 1% will be supportive.

A cyberspace friend emailed me this "Ape Story". I do not know its source, but the author was pretty smart. (If any readers knows the source please advise me so I can give credit to the person who crafted this amusing story with a deeper message.)

Here is an edited version of the "Ape Story."

The "Ape Story"

Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go towards the stairs and contemplate climbing towards the banana.

As soon as he touches he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water.

After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result - all apes are sprayed with cold water.

Then, turn off the cold water.

Later, if another ape tries to climb the stairs the others will try to prevent it though no cold water sprays on them.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new ape.

The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him.

After another attempt and a subsequest attack he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new ape. The new ape goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous new ape takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes an attempt to climb the stairs and is also attacked.

Two of the four apes who attack him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the attack of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the original apes that were sprayed with cold water have been replaced.

Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs, Why not?

"Because, that's the way its always been around here."


Sound familiar? This is the type of thinking that I want exposed and replaced with an enthusiasm for seeking "truth" in matters relating to economics. For too long we have been accepting the "lies", "deceit" and "deception" foisted on the masses by the economic authorities whose agenda selfishly suits their own interests.

By joining a local LETSystem and trading with other LETS' members and being open to learning about the local "interest-free" community currency you will "learn what you didn't know you didn't know" and gain new perspectives different than those common to othodox "interest-bearing" economics.

By creating your own LETS timebank at your homepage on the internet you will be able to trade globally with others who are likewise graduating to using the optimal, "usury-free," time currency for trading both locally and globally. Simply copy the model at this URL:

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