What is it that keeps us trapped in a world of greed and scarcity?

Any of us worrying about climate change will, at some point, find ourselves thinking, “Why can’t people take it all more seriously? Why can’t they (or more honestly, we,) simply adopt a different perspective that means we don’t need to grab more and more of the world’s resources? Why is it so difficult to accept the Earth and its riches as a gift to be shared?”

I believe we are caught in frameworks that are reinforced daily by our experience of economics. At its simplest level, economics is the relationship between human beings and the stuff that keeps them alive. But it has become infinitely complex and hard to understand and hard to see how the way we handle “stuff” and particularly that magic stuff, money, is giving us perverse messages, instructions and incentives. A single kind of debt-based, interest-bearing money has come to dominate the world — a money that tells its users that wealth is scarce, a money that creates obscure relationships between debtors and creditors, a money that drives us blindly and helplessly because we do not understand it.

If the planet is to be saved by new perspectives and new motivations, then better understanding of our pernicious, enslaving economics is the place to begin. There are other ways of doing it and other kinds of money.

Try looking up Charles Eisenstein, (especially Sacred Economics), David Graeber (Debt: the first 5000 years) or the Ubuntu movement for inspiration.

Lucy Faulkner-Gawlinski

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