Connection and Community
To say, all writers come to Medium to make money, is one heck of a sweeping generalisation ! Yes, in the capitalist, Western-imperialism’s resource-chomping world order, in which each person’s worth is calculated by how much we earn and what we possess, it can misalign us from our true purpose and deep needs.
We were taken away from self-sufficiency within communal forms of living, and pushed into industrialisation and concomitantly, the atomissation of life, and individualisation that enforces competition from school grades to jobs and promotions, the badges of wage slavery, where we exchange parcels of our life’s time, for money. Yes indeed, we cannot exist without food, warmth, shelter, paying the bills to buy these ‘commodities’. But truly, these compose the ‘bare necessities of life’. To make life really worth living as human fully being, we need a sense of belongingness, of community, of feeling that our life’s breath is part of the circle of Life, that we in receiving, also are giving.
So, no my purpose here on Medium is not to make money, (though if some were to come my way, I won’t complain!). I must suppose there will be others too, who see their writing more as a means of giving voice to the less-heard stories, or because they enjoy writing and sharing their observations, and engaging with others... connecting with others and building a sense of belonging within a community matters hugely, especially for those of us, like myself, isolated in enclaves of relationships which we did not necessarily choose, but which ties of blood have forged....
So no, money is not the ONLY motivation, for EVERYONE in this capitalist controlled world! We are so enmeshed in this thinking that we have forgotten that, in the long arc of human experience, the mantras of White-dominant society such as, ‘time is money’ or bare-faced questions like, ‘what’s your worth’, are of relatively new perveyance.
As Marley K. describes in her brilliantly insightful essay, https://marleyk.medium.com/all-white-people-in-america-are-on-trial-with-derek-chauvin-2adad02dea22 white people in general, have a blind spot in terms of an individualism that denies the benefits accruing to each white person, belonging to a community. On a conscious level, white people too often, only bow to the altor of individualism (which so easily and so often, transmogrifies into a nasty narcissism) and the worshipping of money that goes hand in hand with it. People of colour however, are much more likely to define themselves and be defined, as part of a collective. But a collective, while giving comfort and sustenance on an existential level, material and emotional level, can also, be limiting to the point of suffocation.
I think what I am really trying to express is that, thanks to the internet and websites such as Medium, we can share experiences and build community beyond the limitations of our specific location in time and space. And that is hugely liberating. As case in point, I have never met Marley K. nor Kristy Lynn, but through engaging with their words and ideas, I have gained much clarity about my life situation here in the U.K and also, a sense of connection. This is truly priceless !