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Paul Hawken - A Fulfillment Economy

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global oneness project A Fulfillment Economy Well, it happens by the use and abuse and the concentration of money, and that is probably the greatest cause of damage in the world today. Paul Hawken - Northern California - Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Author We have an economic system that concentrates capital, and that capital then seeks to grow. We had the divine right of kings who we didn't question, the so-called divinity of emperors and kings, that they descended from the heavens and the gods and what have you and were not to be questioned at fear of death. And now we have the divine right of money, which is money has a right to grow unabated, and as long as it's within the law, then we consider it to be not only a right but actually even a badge of honor if someone does that. And we worship it. We worship it just like we worshipped kings. And we look back now at the fawning sycophantic courtiers and people worshipping these corrupt royal figures and we laugh, but we'll look back at this time just as surely and wonder how did we ever get to the point where we worshipped currency and bankers and men, primarily, who amass great fortunes and then we're just riveted by everything they do, both foolish and otherwise. And this is where we are. So you look at the environmental and social damage that's occurring in the world, and it's always that there's a wave of money, like a tsunami, that precedes all damage that we see in the world. The exploitation of nature is never of nature; it's always of people exploiting other people, and nature is the instrument of that exploitation. And it's always in order to concentrate capital someplace else. One of the things I think that Donella Meadows said is that as long as we study what's being bought, as opposed to studying what's being fulfilled, then we're always going to come up with the wrong conclusions because, really, the proper study of economics is fulfillment, not consumption. And so it doesn't matter how you measure it, you're measuring the wrong thing. So it doesn't even matter of it's a quote, unquote green product or a green car or a green house or home, it's still consumption, and we're measuring the wrong thing. It doesn't matter how many organic cotton T-shirts were sold, What matters in this world is the fulfillment of people's needs and the fulfillment of their aspirations to grow, develop, and become everything that is laden in potential in each of us. And that measuring stick has never been fashioned, economically speaking. Well, you can't measure it using quantitative metrics, and that's why economists eschew it and don't even want to talk about it because it drives them nuts because it's not a replicable, unitized metric. But the fulfillment of human beings is witnessed by how they act to each other, how they relate to their children, how they relate not only to their community but to the greater community, which is the community of life itself. So as we separate ourselves from that community of life, from each other, from our children, then our enemy, our depression, our fear, our sorrow, all grow commensurately, and there's a great sadness. What do we do then? We harm, we buy, we consume, we build houses that are more like castles, and we create communities that are more like places where we isolate ourselves, not where we come together. We are afraid of each other. We're afraid to be human again because we lost our way. We've lost the path, we've lost the track, we've lost the traces of it. And yet, it's the deepest longing we have is to be reconnected to each other, to be in community. And that's the greatest security we can have. And so fulfillment, really, is going to be measured by our connection and our connectivity to those things that matter. And we know what those are because those are universal. - Footage courtesy of the Pachamama Alliance

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Duration: 6 minutes and 9 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Views: 87
Posted by: global on Sep 25, 2009

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