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Monday, October 24, 2011

What Now?

I just discovered the Belgium economic genius Bernard Lietaer who said, “GREED AND COMPETITION ARE NOT THE RESULT OF IMMUTABLE HUMAN TEMPERMENT…GREED AND FEAR OF SCARCITY ARE IN FACT BEING CREATED AND AMPLIFIED …THE DIRECT CONSEQUENCE IS THAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT WITH EACH OTHER IN ORDER TO SURVIVE”
-Bernard Lietaer, Founder of the EU Currency System

I have listened to several of his talks on youtube and have just ordered his book, The Future of Money. It is not available in the US, of course, so it has to be shipped from the UK. Used, it was almost $90.00 and new it is $189.00. WOW! It better be filled with great info. Having been involved in the World Monetary System he knows that their agenda is to keep the system operating as it always has. It is not interested in changing with the times. It is not interested in making the monetary system operate for the good of all, just for the good of the current Monetary System.

When I talk to people about what is going on in their lives, I most generally hear something like this, "I am not happy in my job and if I had the money to do something else I would." It seems that not having money or any way to get money other than to work for it is the challenge for most people. They have to work to pay the bills and there isn't any time left over to be creative. Work to pay bills and that is it. This trap that we have been participating in continuing obviously isn't working for anyone. We need to find a way out of that trap. I am pretty sure relying on the "powers that be" to find the way for us is not going to happen. Bailing out the banks and auto industry giants was an attempt to keep the monetary system status quo in tact.

When 70-80% of jobs are generated by small business - not giant corporations - the "old story" of feeding the rich so they can create jobs for the masses is a myth. As Leitear says, when corporations lay off 9000 people it is a big media deal, but when 100,000 small businesses go under, no one notices. When a WalMart Store goes in in a small town, how many small businesses go out? What happens to the diversity of products, services, and personal relationships with the businesses?

I will have more to say on this subject as I soak up more information. But, I am clear that Unity Consciousness is supporting a new kind of monetary system that benefits all - not just The System. Please be clear, I am not speaking against wealth, I am speaking for a monetary system that makes it possible for everyone on the planet to have all they need. Slavery generated by the monetary system is choking the life out of us all - the rich, the middle class, the poor and everyone in between.

I close with this quote from David Korten in The Post Corporate World, "In a debt-based money system bankruptcies and bank failures can be avoided only by continuous economic expansion. This is an important source of the money world's growth imperative. The system is designed to create winners and losers, with a bias in favor of the banks that make the money and against the working people and entrepreneurs who produce the real wealth. It is also a system designed to be unstable, because it must either grow or collapse."

"For most people, the resulting life-and-death struggle for a means of living creates a pervasive fear of scarcity that triggers a mass impulse, even among the very rich, to acquire and hoard beyond real need. The hoarding of money in turn increases the scarcity of money in circulation and further escalates the fear. It becomes a vicious cycle of escalating fear and scarcity." (p.35)

A final quote: "As a species, we face a fateful choice between the song of life and the song of money. Both promise life, but only one can deliver."

Living In Choice is a Choice - which will we (humanity) choose?

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