Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???

Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???
Humanity is imprisoned by a heartless monetary system, co-dependently arising from dichotomy of man and nature, self and society, ecology and economy, and public and private. How is the system fabricated? How do we awaken from our collective delusion and suffering? Please share this blog for Contemplative Social Action to Cultivate a Culture of Awakening! "Do everything with a mind that lets go" - Ajahn Chah

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Tantra of Money and Mindfulness

"I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources and, through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment." - Dalai Lama

Like to weave a few threads from discussions at different palces (mostly Zaadz) for my readers here. The word 'currency' captures the alive quality and function of flow, circulation and exchange better than the word money. (see word origin of some common economic terms).
Ho did we come to this moment of great crisis/opportunity in the history of humankind now?

Links: Mindfulness and Tantra

2 comments:

Adriaan Koreman said...

Basically everybody knows that wealth can only be produced from work. In times of unemployment work is lost and poverty is the result.
Our present monetary systems cannot lower government debt without creating high unemployment. This is because the means of exchange (money) is not similar to what it has to exchange (work and produce). Work or produce is lost when it is not used. Money is not. Therefore a new type of money with the possibility of bearing both positive and negative interest cannot be avoided if the problems of high unemployment and high government debt are to be solved. This new money is the Aurum. It's value is to be kept at a twenty years simple moving average (SMA) of the price of 0.1 gram (100 mg) of gold. But linking a new type of money to a broad commodity index or even to the SDR is also a possibility.
Every country can introduce the Aurum without any international agreements, but it would help if all countries would use the same basis. Please check how it works on www.digigeld.webklik.nl

Dennis Crane said...

Adriaan: Your observation is keen. I like you conclusion also. The world bank and the IMF, will both fight you on this and they have a lot of power and wealth. However, people in great numbers are also powerful. I feel your ideas could work. It's possible that a non-dollar currency based on gold or gold and silver could sustain growth and provide stability. You will have to get the word out to a lot of people in order to gain momentum for this policy. The Austrian School of Economics has done a lot of work on this subject. You might check out Ludwig von Mises for more information and a helping hand.
I will promote the Aurum in my comments and conversations.

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