A Mini Series: 8. Being Young Today
Darius Matthie, age 20
What are some of the new stories around economics and money?
We are living in a very interesting time. Two stories which could not be more different are meeting each other and are co-existing next together. On one hand competition and greed have seemed to reach its highest point and on the other hand a huge desire of connection has started to awaken in us. A desire to be in service of the community, to be in service of the earth.
I think that one of our most elemental and ancient desires is to be truly connected with the people and land around us. Gratitude is, as I see it, one of our most initial states as a species on this earth. We know deep inside that life is a gift. Gratitude is arising in us by seeing the beauty of nature of the ecosystem. Nature gives us its fruits. This feeling of gratefulness is so elemental so natural so existential. I have personally experienced how good it feels to give something just for the sake of broadening myself to the others among the community. When I give something unique from me, I give a part of myself. I expand myself. The gift economy which is really growing in different parts of the world is embodying this desire to give, to give something personal and to make every exchange a little bit more sacred.
Looking into the future I am full of confidence that this awakening to our elemental desires of giving and connecting will manifest itself in the systems that we have build up. Its already happening in so many places and step for step this new story will hopefully replace the understanding of separation and isolation. Lets rock it!
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