by Nick Andrea
Everything in nature is a gift. To quote from Charles Eisenstein’s video, “We didn’t earn any of the things that keep us alive or that make life good…air, being born, our conception, being able to breathe, having a planet that can provide food, the Sun…Life is a gift.”
A gift economy is changing how we do business by seeing that we, too, are gifts; that since every person is unique, nobody can ever be better than you at being you, and you each have something vital to contribute to this planet, just as everything it provides to us is vital for our well-being.
Who would not be happiest when they have an opportunity to give of what they love? As Rumi says, “Let the beauty of what you love be what we do.” What would happen when all those forgotten souls – the ones living in the ghettos, the homeless, the immigrant poor, the well-paid middle class wage slaves, the rich who work 80 hours a week to prevent losing their fortune, everyone – had a chance to give their gifts to the world? It brings tears to my eyes just to think about it, just to believe that it’s possible.
Right now there are many of you whose reaction is, “Yeah, wouldn’t that be nice? But it’s a pipe dream. You, Nick Andrea, need to plant your feet on the ground and wake up to reality.” Indeed, reality is that nothing in life is earned from Mother Earth, it is received, and grounding is aligning how we live with that. I believe a gift economy will be our paradigm on planet Earth, and sooner than later.
Read on to part 2.