Recently I’ve been aware of what I do when presented with a new idea. I hear myself when approached with something new, and what I hear is NO. NO is my first thought. Then, I go to backing up my NO with all of my very good reasons.
I’ve decided that I want to change this about myself. I tried to move from NO directly to YES, but that strategy didn’t work. I’m not ready for YES, and maybe YES will never be my honest appraisal. Instead, I found that I have to work with what is actually happening for me. Here’s how it’s going…
I heard Charles Eisenstein speak last week. Charles is an author, speaker, philosopher who deeply considers the stories we live by regarding how the world works. We are outgrowing our old stories, those that involve unlimited resources, throwaway objects, throwaway people (cheap labor), planned obsolescence, cheap, unhealthy food, etc. A new world is forming, one that has been described for years by native peoples and is presently on the radar of deep ecologists, Shambhala Buddhists and others. As Charles said last night, what he knows, we all know. What he has done is apply his genius to knowing it fully and articulating it clearly, exposing our assumptions about the way the world works and also expressing our longing for lives worth living.
Central to our present story is money, our convenient and flexible medium of exchange. Our lives now revolve around money as though the currency itself had intrinsic value. Well, if it’s not going to be that way, how else might it be? We spent a couple of hours considering different economic stories. Here are a few.
Charles talked about negative interest where money held on to is taxed rather than accrue interest. In this scenario those with money have incentive to give it away or lend it at a low rate of return. So money in and of itself is not of any value. It is what you do with it, not making more if it, that it has meaning.read more
There is no end to how much you can know about! Have you noticed? How could we ever hope to keep up? And just how much life improvement do you figure that keeping up in this manner will afford you?
We are accustomed to engaging in a rather narrow range of mental abilities. We consider thinking to be the highest attribute of mind. By “thinking” I mean knowing about the who, what, where, when and how of the ways of the world, and being able toread more