There’s a topic I’ve been wanting to cover for a little while but I’ve been waiting for more time to research. Well you know that time may never come so here come some thoughts of mine on the topic of sacred economics, the notion of a gift society. There is a short film at the end of this post where Charles Eisenstein explains his theory, he has written a book called “Sacred Economics”. It’s essentially telling us why we need to change our ways and it hinges on a shift of perception, money only has value because we agree that it does, what happens if we choose to look at things another way.
In the current paradigm nature is seen as a resource that can be turned into ‘stuff’ in order to keep powering the growth of the economy, separation is a key idea that keeps us separate from the natural world, and ultimately takes away our power. If we are separate from each other than community begins to disintegrate without the need for interdependence, yet even those who are doing well in the economy are not really happy or satisfied.
Most of what keeps us alive is not something we have to earn, there is a need to align money with the gifts that people do bring, each and every one. Life itself is a huge gift and the natural response to that is to be grateful. In a Gift Society someone who has more than they need gives the extra to someone else and thereby gains status. It’s a very different way of looking at things and something that has to happen, because the way the world is being handled at the moment is quite unsustainable.
Time for humanity to grow up, we are just coming out of adolescence and boy have we been out of control as teenagers!
And there is another way.
Welcome Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics. Soak up some of his wisdom and fresh insights on the beauty and real possibilities of the Gift Economy. It’s time has now come.
You can’t ask for a more inspiring 12 minutes.