by Nick Andrea
In my last post, A Gift Economy, p. 1, I discussed a Gift Economy, or aligning ourselves with the principle in nature that everything, ourselves included, is a gift. Giving of our unique gifts replacing competition with others as the lifeblood of business, is not only possible, it is imperative.
Now, I want to present my view on why. Simply put, it is that you and I are the world. We are the streams, the mountains, the oceans, the fish, the deer, the tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc., and each other. We are not separate. We may live in separate bodies but quantum physics is starting to show that on a subatomic level this is not true, they only appear to be to our lower five senses.
But, lest we become the Borg and lose our individuality to the collective, we are having the experience of separateness. This is an ingenious trick of nature. It blasts into infinite variations of itself, that through them it may provide for all its needs. Each variation is an experience of individuality. It’s why the ant supports the tree and vice versa. It’s why the tiger eats the water buffalo. And, it’s why “my” gifts are drumming, writing poetry, and working with children, and “yours” are cooking, making ornate clothing, and a knack for fixing cars (or whatever). It’s Nature, providing for itself, as the myriad of forms we call the universe.
If we are crafted in the image and likeness of our creator, Mother Nature, and her propensity is to give, and then when we are being true to ourselves, so is ours.
So, how does nature give as you?
(inspiration for this series: Business in a More Beautiful World)