February 5th, 2013

Sacred Economics: A Radical Idea Who’s Time Has Come | John Renesch

Thanks t cathy_edgett or this link.

Another idea Eisenstein puts forth is the systematic commodification of the commons, turning things we used to get for free into products we must now pay for. God-given things like natural resources, ideas, creativity, community, mutual support and even DNA are being converted to private property. To quote the author, “Things we never dreamed of paying for, we must pay for today.” How does this happen? “For something to become an object of commerce, it must be made scarce first,” he writes. The system is converting things that were once free to private property, contributing to the gap between the haves and have nots – so those who have get more and the have nots get even less. Aha! So greed can feed off the assumption that some things are scarce, and this assumption is allowed to perpetuate because the whole system is founded on separation as opposed to interconnectedness.
Sacred Economics: A Radical Idea Who’s Time Has Come | John Renesch

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 34: The Plentitude Of The Tao


34.1 The Great Way is universal;
       it can apply to the left or the right.
34.2 All beings depend on it for life,
       and it does not refuse.
       Its accomplishments fulfilled,
       it does not dwell on them.
       It lovingly nurtures all beings,
       but does not act as their ruler.
34.3 As it has no desire,
       it can be called small.
34.4 All beings take to it,
       yet it does not act as their ruler,
       it can be called great.
34.5 Therefore sages never contrive greatness;
       that is why they can become so great.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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