By American Kabuki
Perhaps its my religious upbringing but I really cringe when the mundane is sacralized. Things, rituals, words, dates on a calendar, places, even foods, are often called sacred (or their prohibited inverses profane) to evoke awe and separation and unquestioning acceptance of ideas. This video brings out some very good points, but I am of the feeling this new kind of economics is not fully fleshed out yet.
Gift economy is a great term, but it kind of assumes creativity involves no effort or work or labor. And any creative person can tell you they love what they do, but they often work very hard doing it. So the question in my mind, is how do you incorporate what is said in this video, with reward for effort and creative expression?
Its one thing to say "you should give me that!" but quite another to say "what will I give to the world?" There are two different mindsets. Communism was based on the former, but actually used to extract energy from those oppressed by it. Lenin copied the altruistic organizations of Lutheran brotherhood and then took the morality of why they were doing what they did out of it, putting the Politburo in the place of the Creator. Every religious group out there makes full use of free volunteer labor they engender by calling their missions and domains of control sacred. But then my experience in religion was an asymmetric cycle of altruism that ran only in one direction. Some may have different experiences.
Calling a new idea of economics sacred, is a mistake. Perhaps better to call it a conversation that badly needs to happen... nothing is sacred but humanity and the other souls that inhabit this universe as in-bodyments of I AM (which includes the planet and life on it). My point being you cannot separate "sacred" from "profane" when its all ONE!
The video does not address the fundamental nature of the exchange of energy that occurs in commerce, private life, and in the banking system and how that has been an energy extraction system. Its a system that rigged from the start. Boom and bust cycles are built into the system that runs on greed and fear. Each boom generates new debt, and each bust generates a harvest of assets for bankers who loaned no real money at risk for the assets the claim as security.
In recent years that system has turned into a rigged casino to the point that even violent world events are used to create volatility in things like the energy market so that can benefit low risk but highly profitable high frequency trading. But this ignorance of what IS, is perhaps not their fault, the entire earth doesn't understand how energy has been extracted.
The video does bring up some very valid points about the abundance that Source had provided humankind. But there is also something fundamentally flawed in the world view of limits on growth, population, scarcity or resources and eco-management ideas like carbon credits that equate a tree to an equivalent number of carbon atoms in a lump of coal. Value is generated by creativity and informational complexity. A tree is a very rich informational structure consisting mostly of carbon and water, a lump of coal is just dead carbon.
So that should tell us all something about the way out of limits, and that's through higher energy availability (through non-polluting means) and deeper and more refined ways of creativity through richer and more refined informational tools, human or technology. We also need to get a handle on technology as to what it does with our data and who really owns our data.
The more we are able to use our human tech, the more we are able to use are creativity we support life on this planet into enormous numbers of humans. There are vast stretches on this planet that are completely empty, and some areas that don't even have plant life yet.
I have a friend in Australia who has a Tropical Fruit Paradise of over 500 plants, he told me that he is continually astounded by how bountiful this earth is and how so much more comes back to him compared to the effort he put into growing those trees.
I think an economy needs to be looked like a garden. We don't create the rain, we don't create the sun, but we do plant seeds and we do pull weeds and add the humus to the soil and show loving care to the plants in a garden. There is an input of labor, creativity and love, that bears a result that far outstretches the sum of its parts. We we can see the total of it all and the dynamics of the whole, we see that there is no scarcity in Oneness, no poverty in the wholeness of love.
Video from: http://sacred-economics.com/