This is a good Monday poem, as millions return to jobs where their value as human beings takes a back seat to their value as moneymaking machines. In our capitalistic culture, when monetization meets humanity, monetization wins far too often. Apologists for capitalism, with scarce irony, claim that such monetization fuels civilization. Well, if valuing capital over workers, money over people, is the foundation of civilization, then I oppose civilization. I recognize that most capitalists don’t object to humanity, it definitely softens some of the harsh social consequences of profiteering. Of course, when profiteering collides with humanity, which it inevitably will, the moral and humane choice or priority is to preserve and advance humanity, not profit. The workings of money, often referred to with reverence as the “economy,” poses as that which all worthwhile seems to depend upon. This is a lie. This is inhumane at best, idolatry at worst. Money is a tool. People should not be tools.