Sunday, 22 September 2013
Forget a Resource Based Economy, we need a Resource Based Culture
What is the actual definition of a Resource Based Economy?
What I believe it means, is that we run our economy in accordance with resources. Not money or even gold, but tangible, useful items such as materials, skills and time. It is implied that there is no "currency", no exchange, just the management of assets.
However, the word "economy" does imply that we are most concerned about our assets - society's collective possessions. Would it not be a more enlightened measure of success to refer to our society as a "Resource Based Culture" - where our civilization is judged on its richness of character, rather than its material accumulations? Where our collective health is not determined by how much energy we can generate, but by the levels of positive social interaction and the overall fulfillment of our lives?
Our resources are a valuable part of helping us attain this compassionate and enlightened culture, however - they are the means - not the ends. Of course, reaching a fulfilled society depends on our allocation of resources, but if we continue to look at this as a resource allocation problem we could lose sight of our actual goal.
I believe that refocusing our efforts on a better social experience - a culture of sharing, helping, and caring can help us divert our attentions away from how much we have, and concentrate on what is really important - how we treat each other, where we focus our efforts, and our happiness.
As soon as we shift to focusing on our culture, rather than our economics, we will find it easier to let go of money.