Charles Eisenstein – Interview for Money & Life Film

Posted: July 26, 2010 in Finance, Economics, Money, Philosophy, Solutions & Responses
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  1. […] Eisenstein on the Future of Money Check this video from Charles Eisentein, in which he talks about a lot of great topics, such as: 1. How numerous […]

  2. Tenma13 says:

    Really nice sentiment.

    Unfortunately I think the shock of change is going to be too hard for alot of people to deal with. This is going to be particularly difficult for the West, as are world is so deeply monetised. The mental change for people that from such a early age are are brought up to see wealth accumulation and the notion of the rugged individual as things to aspire to is going to be tough. Examples of this are how working class people in the US can argue so strongly against legislation that would be of direct benefit to them, such as Universal healthcare. Changes in how we think about everything from money, the environment, oil consumption, and war is going to require a huge switch in mental attitude, one that in my opinion we are currently not ready for(getting close) and will require a period of painful transition

    What is also going to be interesting is how power elites react. The numerous ideas of change that sites like this and others talk about, is going to require a fundamental shift in the way in which the world operates, and a massive dilution, if not outright removal of their power. This will require a joint effort on all countries parts (US, Europe, Chia, India, etc etc), and when one looks are how international politics is conducted and the lack of a unified consensus on the majority of issues, is a large cause for concern.

    My gut feeling is that a hard and fast crash to the bottom would change the focus to domestic concerns and allow the sorts of ideas that are provided in the video to come about. My feeling is that it will be A turbulent up/down jittery downward trend that will be accompanied by sporadic chaos- resources wars, shortage of food supplies depending on your geographic location, and political turmoil. Too many people have too much invested in the status quo imo.

    BUT that is no excuse for not trying to be the change we’d like to see in the world, and am encouraged by Charles Eisenstein’s examples of how he is enacting change.

    i would love to be wrong. 😉

  3. Tenma13 says:

    ps check out Zero Hedge.com for interesting insights into financial institutions, if you haven’t already.

    cheers

    • a.j.m. says:

      Tenma13 – thanks for the thoughtful reply & the ZeroHedge recommendation (which I do check out btw)

      As for your comments regarding the magnitude of change upon vs. our willingness to accept it – I can’t say that I disagree. This is part of what I’m interested in here at this blog – as the proverbial poop gets ever close to the proverbial fan, how will our attitudes towards fundamental change themselves change? Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t harbour some “fast crash fantasies”, my thinking is that there will be negative feedback mechanisms which operate to stabilize the positive feedback mechanisms driving us towards “the bottom.” As it stands, I still have a hard time seeing how this is possible when I look at Google Trends and continue to see the trivial things that people seem to be interested in. But at the same time, the conditions for the possibility for radical change have never been as good as they are today. Just as agriculture laid the foundations for an industrial layer to be added on top of it, and as an industrial society laid the foundations for an information layer to added on top of it, I wonder what the next paradigm beyond the information layer that now exists (the net) might be.

      Perhaps a spontaneous, conscious awakening of what we’re doing to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet, facilitated by the net, which causes us to begin acting in fundamentally new ways? Is this just wishful thinking? Not unlikely. But the fact that we now have a technology that allows more people as a percentage of the total population to get access to “real-deal” info – not that which is fed to them through official channels – is a positive sign in my books. I wonder what might be the spark that shifts millions of people to ask fundamentally different questions and perhaps moving in a very different direction. I wonder how individuals might channel the forces of breakdown into the genesis of new worldviews, technologies, & institutions.

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