Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

12 minutes that can turn your economic outlook upside down

Now the question is, how can each of us enact something of a gift economy in our business? Is it possible? Or just a marketing gimmick?

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments box.

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  1. #1 • Gemz =Ö= said on April 13 2012:

    What is wrong with a system?

    Why is it that every decent marketer says beware of those who are selling “this system runs automatically”? What is it about systems that … don’t work in the real world?

    In some ways that is because systems don’t always reflect reality, and reality has a nasty way of being … real. If a system isn’t true, it is false. It won’t work.

    How is it that a system that is established won’t work? How is it that people who think systems will work are always wrong? In a forthcoming piece for my website I want to explore the nature of decision making.

    The essence of my argument is that any decision made is personal. You can be a Harvard professor who makes all his decisions on the basis of evidence. But this assumes that you are in agreement with him that he has chosen the evidence that is appropriate. All he has done is filtered out the evidence that pleases him. He has done it for so long that he can see nothing else.

    In short: any decision that is made, at whatever level at whatever time is based on emotion. That decision is part of you. It is you. If you can’t see the limitations of your arguments, that is your problem. You can pick up the pieces of your life afterwards.

    Howie: you are one of the few guys who understands their emotional life. That gives you something that few others have, and that is an ability to see into problems at a deeper level than just the material.

    You will understand that money is treated as material. It is a system for transferring commodities. The rub is that money to a human is rather more than just a number. Value in and of itself is an emotional judgement. That it is accepted on a culture-wide basis does not make this any less a fact. Yes, a fact. A … soft fact let us say? It is one of those nasty mean facts that slip away as soon as the nail is driven home that should have pinned it to the floor. How the h**ll do you deal with these things?

    Begin to understand your inner self. In the realm where emotions are master, the outside world becomes less important. In the quixotic nature of these things, in becoming less important, it becomes more beautiful and wonderful. You enjoy it more. You have experienced this. I see it in the photographs you take and the things you post on Facebook.

    You have leaped that boundary that separates you from the world. You can live in it and enjoy it for what it is.

  2. #2 • Miko said on May 1 2012:

    His impossible dream is impossible because it violates human nature. The chapter Adulthood assumes that society, a collection of selves, can rise above personal needs, and then self-sacrifice for the village. History is littered with collectivist mindsets and utopian experiments that ultimately gravitate to the Orwellian state of “Some animals are more equal than others.” Isn’t this what the Occupy Wall Street group is excited about?

    I’ve yet to find a sustainable karmic equal exchange. As selves we bring our individual perspective to the value of a gift. The gifter seeks at minimum an emotional and personal satisfaction from giving. The giftee may not appreciate or reciprocate and may in actuality resent the gift.

    Modern experiments in crowd source funding and open source projects have few success stories. Wikipedia’s appeal for contributions belies the fact the the start up funds were private capital. If NPR wasn’t subsidized would it be viable?

    Why enact a gift economy in our business? To provide more value to the potential recipient to attract their attention to our blog, website, and hopefully our products and services so that we can acquire more assets.

    If we assume the filmmaker’s scarcity mindset who should be sacrificed to the altar of sustainability? The producers or consumers? In what proportions and who makes the decisions? The more equal animals?

    Does the film clip meet basic needs or is the film an exercise in self-actualization?

    Do people embrace religion in an effort to cope with the writing on the wall just as they flee to Disney World to embrace fantasy land and escape reality for a day or two?

    Why, if most people don’t understand economics already, would we want to confuse and mislead them by turning their economic outlook upside down?

    Maybe we could find a patron to fund our next film?