Americans who, under the rubric of conservatism, oppose nutrition assistance to children also tend to deny the looming devastation of global climate change, the human costs of an inept healthcare system, the negative consequences of a constricted view of consciousness, and the dangerous costs of denying biological evolution. This is very troubling.
The metamorphosis of human economy that is underway in our time will go
more deeply than the Marxist revolution because the Story of the People
that it weaves won’t be just a new fiction of ownership, but a
recognition of its fictive, conventional nature.
The imperative of
perpetual growth implicit in interest-based money drives the relentless
conversion of life, world, and spirit into money. The more of life we convert into money, the more we need money to live.
Usury, not money, is the proverbial root of all evil.
It is exceedingly strange that we have empowered faceless
bureaucratic authorities to send armed agents to break into our homes, throw us
into prison and deprive us of our income and reputation simply because we wish
to explore our own consciousness. Yet without sovereignty over our own consciousness,
we cannot in any meaningful sense be sovereign over anything else either.
Living fully during a time of historic crisis for our planet is possible only if we grasp how our individual choices address its very roots. To connect our passions with the world's needs, we must probe deeply enough to see the underlying patterns trapping us in this horrific mess.
In the face of the impending crisis, people ask what they can do to protect themselves. "Buy gold?" "Stockpile canned goods?" I would like to suggest a different kind of question: "What is the most beautiful thing I can do?" This is an updated version of the popular article we first published on October 3, 2008.