The Nature/Essence and Self Actualization of Words and Concepts

Perceiving at the level of pattern/paradigm is a mental skill aka as wisdom which is above the scientific processes of data gathering, theorizing and philosophy. Paradigm perception and self actualizing ideas and concepts, i.e. wisdom are broader, deeper and consequently greater/more whole understandings of temporal and individual realities than science which wisdom/paradigm perception includes.

Paradigm perception, genuine religious experiences and consciousness raising are all of the same integrative nature and process of mental discipline.

Love is the superior spiritual value and grace, which is nothing more and certainly nothing less than love in action toward oneself and others in the temporal universe we all inhabit, and is again, its active expression. Science being a less inclusive, merely empirical mental discipline is yet an excellent and very useful tool that is and can be included within wisdom, its process and its pinnacle concept of grace.


MMT and The New Monetary Paradigm

The problem is not the monetary system alone or as a whole, it is the paradigm of the monetary system. Specifically the rigidly exclusionary and monopolistic nature of the present paradigm of Debt Only.

MMT deals somewhat with the monetary scarcity that characterizes the current monetary system and paradigm, but it does not effectively/terminatedly deal with it mostly because it fails to see the exact nature/concept of the new paradigm and the specific point in the economic/productive process that an equally specific monetary policy can effect, that is, a new monetary, financial and economic paradigm.

The Problem and The Solution

If you’re involved in long and frothy debates regarding capitalism and socialism….you’re being manipulated BIG TIME. Even if you’re in long and frothy debates regarding the money system you’re still being manipulated. People have critisized the money system for a long time and nothing has ever happened to significantly change it. The problem is the monetary PARADIGM. The CONCEPT of the monetary paradigm. A paradigm is a single concept that changes and creates an ENTIRELY NEW PATTERN. That’s the difference. A paradigm, a genuine paradigm changes the entire pattern in the area of human endeavor it applies to. And if that pattern is as ever present and as powerfully significant and beneficial in its effects on every individual and every enterprise as the economy and the money system….then it will rank with if not surpass the greatest paradigm change in human history which was when we went from hunting and gathering to agriculture and homesteading.

The present monetary paradigm of Debt Only is THE problem, and the concept of the new monetary paradigm which is Abundantly Direct and Reciprocal Monetary Gifting IS THE SOLUTION.

Thread on WEA Pedogogy

KZ:  Every culture organizes life around a few simple principles, activities, and beliefs. The other institutions and activities of the society hang from that core like branches from a tree trunk. These central acts, institutions, and values form what Ruth Benedict—arguably the most perceptive American anthropologist of the 20th century—called a “cultural configuration.” What’s called paradigms here are some of the branches of the western cultural configuration. One such branch, money must meet the needs of the configuration. So, above all else for current western society money is the source of status, prestige, power (political and physical), security, and individual identity. The Beatles were wrong. Money can buy love. H.L. Hunt and Ted Turner both said it, money is just a way to keep score. Money tells you how attractive, important, well adjusted, influential, feared, and loved you are. In short, money identifies who you are. Over the millennia money has served many purposes beyond these, consistent with the cultural configuration of the time, and an almost endless list of objects have served as the physical face of money (e.g. salt, corn, gold, silver, diamonds, cloth, almonds, tea, dried fish, tobacco, rice, etc.). And tied to all this, money is also the means used to purchase and sell everything from humans to every sort of commodity. But identifying money as the thing that makes members of society rich or poor is too simplistic. Naming money the most flexible cultural invention of humans is justified. Plus, money has a normative dimension. It places some people and items above others and elevates some actions above others. Money today can have two sources, banks and other private money creators, and governments (sovereign money). Which serves best the needs of the cultural configuration is an empirical question. Historically, the answer most common is sovereign money. To paraphrase A.H. Quiggin from “A Survey of Primitive Money: the Beginnings of Currency,” Everyone, except an economist, knows what “money” means, and even an economist can describe it in the course of a chapter or so. To say economists are clueless about money goes too far. But to say economists seem mostly unacquainted with money is not. Economists’ understanding of money is historically and culturally shallow.

PL: I disagree somewhat with your emphasis. Yes money has all those attributes, but its real role with respect to the survival of a society is as a medium of exchange. It is the vita and only link between what we create and what we need.

Mainstream economists recognize that money needs to be addressed of course, but traditionally consider it to be a passive player. In reality, a dysfunctional money system will destroy an economy. People sometimes use the very apt analogy that money is the life-blood of an economy.

KZ:  Paul, you say money “…is the vita and only link between what we create and what we need.” That’s absurd. What about the basic emotions, love and hate? What about life and death? What about community and the common good? What about war and peace? They’ve all at one time and another, one place and another linked what humans create and what humans need?

Money is created by humans and then used by humans. It is never passive. Life-blood of the economy, yes. But the economy is created by humans via culture. Which means money is important as a tool for art, religion, family life, crime, marriage, etc. As I noted, money is one of the most flexible inventions of humans.

I’m sure you’re correct that mainstream economists take money as mostly a “medium of exchange.” The other 99.99% of people on earth disagree. Which should tell you how disconnected economists are from their supposed object of study.

PL:  Money allows the “love” to flow between members of society, I don’t see how what I said excludes any of the interactions you described. Money represents a voluntary claim that we have on each other as members of society. When I have money, I have access to what you create. Our current money system has led to a gross imbalance and distortion, giving certain members of society an unjust and undeserved claim on the rest of us while starving the majority of access to the money they need to live happy comfortable lives.

Me:  This is precisely the point. Money is looked at from a reductionistic economic standpoint when it needs to be viewed from a fully integrative sociological, anthropological, economic AND spiritual-psychological one. Keeping the mass of the populace in a state of individual income scarcity via a monetarily austere system acculturates insecurity and strongly tends to trap people below the upper levels of Maslow’s self actualization pyrimidal model. If we’d instead create individual and systemic monetary grace as in abundance and security with the new insight that you can create exactly that plus beneficial price deflation with a 50% discount/rebate policy at the point of retail sale, that barrier would be removed and with the additional acculturation of even a modicum of wisdom in the form of counseling regarding the plethora of positive and constructive purposes other than and in addition to employment who knows what kind of a “Golden Age” might result?



Personal Quote

The only thing that ever does work is love and love in action aka grace.

Steve Hummel 07/09/2019

Levels of Mental Integration

Nearly everyone I interact with on the internet is operating on at least one or two lower levels of mental integration than I am. I operate on the paradigmatic level and sometimes on the zeitgeist ethic level. Here are the mental integration levels from the bottom up:

zeitgeist/ethic of the age: the idea that appears to be true from all of the levels below it

wisdom-integration-paradigm perception: the integration of only true data and ideas from opposing perspectives

philosophy: the attempt to formulate ideas that are true

theoretics: the attempt to rationally formulate truth

science-data gathering: the accumulation of information that is hopefully true


Excellent Insight

There is a story I have always liked about a teacher who asked her students, “If you want to escape from prison, what is the first thing you need to know?”

One person said you need to know where the key is, another that you need to know a good lawyer. 

The teacher shook her head each time.

She then responded, “The first you need to know if you want to escape from prison … is that you are in prison.”

For most of us, there are many things we would like to change, but it helps to first ask, “Are we in harmonious relationship with this moment or in opposition to it?”

We can argue about many topics, but what we can likely all agree with is: there is a moment right now that we are living. It is hard to argue with that!

Then we can ask, “what is our relationship to this moment right now?”

There is a world of difference between acting with acceptance of the present moment and acting in resistance to it.

How do you know which one is present? You can feel it in your body. One there is an ease, a type of deep listening then responding. The other there is a tension, an agitation, as if something is in opposition to us.

Eckhart Tolle writes, “What you accept is the form of this moment. No more. Then, see what’s needed.”

Today, can we befriend the present moment  – that is enough. When we can, we can get out of our prisons for free, as we are no longer in opposition to “what is.”

Then we can better see what actions, if any, want to come forth that can help the world do the same.