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What does sustainable economics mean and might it have anything to do with 'sacred economics'? Read this recent article posted by Charles Eisenstein on Reality Sandwich and engage in the discussion. I would love to hear what 7th Generation members have to think!

As a brief, he talks about our association with money as profane and calls for ' A transformation from profanity to sacredness in money.' And yet what has it come to mean for something to be called sacred? He looks closer at what the terms scared, holy, and divine have come to mean and concludes, "It is hugely ironic and hugely significant that the one thing on the planet most closely resembling the forgoing conception of the divine is money! It is an invisible, immortal force that surrounds and steers all things, omnipotent and limitless, an 'invisible hand' that, it is said, makes the world go 'round'." He looks at money as an abstraction and draws from ecology to describe his idea of a sacred economy. He considers money's original purpose as to 'simply connect human gifts with human needs' and develops his ideas of a Gift economy.

Do give it a read, reflect, and then share your thoughts and feelings on the matter. Please note however that this is merely an introduction to a larger book that he is in the process of writing, so consider it an appetizer!

Economics is an important part of sustainability that we need look at, so lets dive in...


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Comment by Ada Ketchie on February 25, 2010 at 6:18
Why is money addictive? Because it is the medium by which we can acquire the things we are really addicted to? And what is an addiction besides a deeper symptom of an unmet need?

hmmmmm....You might find it boring but I do think it is paramount to look at when we are striving to live ASAP (As Sustainably As Possible).

The question is how do we value things, people, experiences? How do we express value, and how can we?
Comment by shirley lewis on February 25, 2010 at 5:44
Interesting piece of writing.

To me, money is an addictive substance - if it was just a form of general exchange, it would be fine, if we knew how to share it about. Most of us don’t.

It is also really boring as a topic of conversation.

I think it was when humans, about 8000 years ago, moved off the land into villages, towns, cities, and then suburbs, that we started to need money. We had to have something to exchange for the things we could no longer provide for ourselves. Basically, food, shelter, clothes, fresh air, fuel, water, sanitation. These are the things we all used to have, when we were probably ‘better off’ and there were much fewer of us.

So for me the solution is to look at our basic needs and meet them. Then we also need to add company/friends, health, and perhaps transport. [Humans seem to be hooked on that too]

All the rest is luxury, and comes at a price.

Love, Shirley/Baglady

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