Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Community in an Age of Transition

Excellent video introduction of the book.

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.” –text from the amazon.com listing. But you don’t need a credit card to read the book Sacred Economics because it’s free.

Walking the talk, Charles Eisenstein, the author, makes his book available to read for free as a gift on his website. If you like it, you can simply pay-what-you-want based on how feel about reading it, a demonstration of Sacred Economics in action.

This is so radical, and nothing new. My mother-in-law makes everyday an incredible example of a giving economy, volunteering, calling neighbors to find out what they need, anticipating demand with a free supply; it puts a smile on her face and makes her heart strong. All the baby blankets she makes and fresh banana bread she bakes, all for thanks, some for friends she doesn’t yet know, given simply because she can, make her the wealthiest woman I know.

She went to sleepaway camp this week near Mount Rainier, a woman over 80 who never went to summer camp as a child herself, having a ball, volunteering with Stanley Stamm to make summer camp possible for special children.

Why can’t we apply that same sense of love and joy and connection to everything we do? What if work simply meant what you do for people? Let’s learn to live life enriching our connections and giving. Let’s make all our connections sacred.

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