I give away my age with this, but I can sing that 1980’s song by the Bangles *Manic Monday* verbatim, not least because it sums up the essence of my early teenage Sunday nights and Monday mornings. The talk of it being “just another Manic Monday….I wish it were Sunday” pretty much mirrors precisely how I, and I’m sure many other kids my age (and adults off to work I would imagine), felt at the prospect of heading off to do something that didn’t engage them heart and soul. Now, I’m sure this isn’t the case for EVERYONE but for me that song hit the nail on the head.
Even now, I can tap into that sense of impending inevitability, which I’d start to feel from around Sunday evening…a sense of being on a conveyor belt I couldn’t step off towards something I wasn’t necessarily that interested in but had to get through. It’s not that I hated school all that much, I had some really great friends and it wasn’t THAT awful, albeit dry in terms of what we were told we HAD to learn. But I think it tapped into a “surely I wasn’t put on the earth for THIS” feeling…a nagging sense which I could never quite put my finger on.
This morning, I was watching a short video for a book called Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein and I had the “ah YES this is why” moment (around 4:54 mins into the video below). Highly recommend watching the entire video though if you’ve got 12 minutes!
As kids we are born with an innate sense of wonder, as yet unfettered by any learnt rules or imposed barriers. In short, I believe as kids we can sense the truth of things, that life shouldn’t really be this way…life should and can be wondrous. By “this way” I mean having to do things for a large part of one’s life which doesn’t feed one’s soul because of mortgages and bills to pay and kids to keep in school and all the other things which leave us needing an endless supply of dosh.
It’s desperately hard to know how to break out of a system you’ve been born into because that is your norm, but I guess the first step in stepping out of it would be to acknowledge and recognise the system in the first place. It’s so easy to view these things just as part of the mundane aspects of one’s day-to-day life…”Oh bugger another utility bill.. gotta get the kids off to school” and be so entrenched in it that one can’t see the wood for the trees.
Writers/thinkers, like Charles Eisenstein, lay bare the mechanisms and limits of our current system and how they keep many of us in a cycle of doing things which aren’t really our calling, he also offers a glimpse at another way of life…one which, for me, really resonates because that is the sort of society I would like to bring my future children up in.
Part of my families long-term game plan is to head in this direction by getting out of debt by down-sizing, growing as much of our own food as possible, investing in sustainable energy (solar, wind, geothermal), using rainwater and septic tanks instead of mains water. Essentially, trying to get *off gird* because, as human beings, knowing one isn’t reliant on others for the essentials: shelter, food, water and heat can free one, to a certain extent, from being totally beholden to the current system.
I guess this might sound unfathomable and utter *pie in the sky* territory to some, but I think our collective belief that such a different system is possible will play an essential role in bringing it about, because quite frankly, as Charles Eisenstein honestly states, with the current state of affairs it will require a miracle….but I believe that it’s possible and if I do there must be others like me.
“In the introduction, in dedicating my work to “the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible,” I spoke of the resistance of the mind to the possibility of a world much different from what we have always known. Many centuries and millennia have indeed accustomed us to a world of great and growing inequality, violence, ugliness, and struggle. So used to it are we that we forget that anything else ever existed. Sometimes, an excursion to unspoiled nature, to a traditional culture, or to the sensory richness veiled behind the impoverished modern world reminds us of what has been lost, and that reminder hurts, rubbing salt into the wound of Separation. Such experiences at least show us what is possible, what has existed and can exist, but they do not show us how to create such a world. Facing the enormous powers arrayed to maintain the status quo, our minds quail in anguish. The temporary glimpses of a more beautiful world that we might catch in nature, in special gatherings, at music festivals, in ceremony, in love, and in play are all the more disheartening when we believe that they can never be more than temporary respites from the soul-crushing, money-driven world we are used to.
A primary goal of this book has been to align the logic of the mind with the knowing of the heart: to illuminate not only what is possible but also how to get there. When I use the word possible, I don’t mean it in the sense of “maybe,” as in, “It could possibly happen if only we are very lucky.” I mean possible in the sense of self-determination: a more beautiful world as something we can create. I have given great evidence of its possibility: the inevitable demise of a money system dependent on exponential growth, a shift in consciousness toward a connected self in cocreative partnership with earth, and the many ways in which the necessary pieces of a sacred economy are already emerging. This is something we can create. We can, and we are. And given how much of the evil and ugliness of the present world can be traced to money, can you imagine what the world will be like when money has been transformed?”
I am reading Sacred Economics which Charles Eisenstein has made available to read online for FREE here in keeping with his beliefs!