Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to Life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and condensation? Or is it to water life? Why do you seek […]
The legitimacy of a given social order rests on the legitimacy of its debts. Even in ancient times this was so. In traditional cultures, debt in a broad sense—gifts to be reciprocated, memories of help rendered, obligations not yet fulfilled—was a glue that held society together. But what if this is just a story?
What I am offering here is not a formula at all, it is an orientation: to understand that to give is a deep purpose of one’s life and work, to contribute to something beautiful to you.
It is time, past time, to adopt a new mythology and a different model of giving and receiving.
The purpose of experimenting is to learn. The next step is to integrate that learning into a new and bolder experiment.
Let’s replace our fixation on growth with a steady-state economy focusing on lower consumption, leisure and ecological health.