Charles Eisenstein Quotes

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The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance and isolation to community. -Charles Eisenstein
You can't have community as an add-on to a monetized life. You have to actually need each other. -Charles Eisenstein
No one's ever completely broken. It's just a matter of how much has to fall apart before the ember of life is exposed to air. -Charles Eisenstein
How beautiful can life be? We hardly dare imagine it. -Charles Eisenstein
We are all here to contribute our gifts toward something greater than ourselves, and will never be content unless we are. -Charles Eisenstein
When both sides of a controversy revel in the defeat and humiliation of the other side, in fact they are on the same side: the side of war. -Charles Eisenstein
We are not just a skin-encapsulated ego, a soul encased in flesh. We are each other and we are the world. -Charles Eisenstein
Each experience of love nudges us toward the Story of Interbeing, because it only fits into that story and defies the logic of Separation. -Charles Eisenstein
Because money is convertible into all other things, it infects them with the same feature, turning them into commodities-objects that, as long as they meet certain criteria, are seen as identical. All that matters is how many or how much. Money, says Seaford, 'promotes a sense of homogeneity among things in general.' All things are equal, because they can be sold for money, which can in turn be used to buy any other thing. In the commodity world, things are equal to the money that can replace them. Their primary attribute is their 'value'-an abstraction. I feel a distancing, a letdown, in the phrase, 'You can always buy another one.' Can you see how this promotes an antimaterialism, a detachment from the physical world in which each person, place, and thing is special, unique? No wonder Greek philosophers of this era [when modern money originated] began elevating the abstract over the real, culminating in Plato's invention of a world of perfect forms more real than the world of the senses. No wonder to this day we treat the physical world so cavalierly. No wonder, after two thousand years' immersion in the mentality of money, we have become so used to the replaceability of all things that we behave as if we could, if we wrecked the planet, simply buy a new one. [... ] The development of monetary abstraction fits into a vast meta-historical context. Money could not have developed without a foundation of abstraction in the form of words and numbers. Already, number and label distance us from the real world and prime our minds to think abstractly. To use a noun already implies an identity among the many things so named; to say there are five of a thing makes each a unit. We begin to think of objects as representatives of a category, and not unique beings in themselves. So, while standard, generic categories didn't begin with money, money vastly accelerated their conceptual dominance. Moreover, the homogeneity of money accompanied the rapid development of standardized commodity goods for trade. Such standardization was crude in preindustrial times, but today manufactured objects are so nearly identical as to make the lie of money into the truth.

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When do you manipulate others for your own advantage? When I notice myself doing it, usually it is when I am feeling insecure. -Charles Eisenstein
True discipline is really just self-remembering; no forcing or fighting is necessary. -Charles Eisenstein
The force of love, the force of reunion is unstoppable. -Charles Eisenstein
Even the most thorough change happens once choice at a time -Charles Eisenstein
In a gift economy, the more you give, the richer you are. -Charles Eisenstein
An economist says that essentially more for you is less for me, but the lover knows that more for you is more for me, too. -Charles Eisenstein
We have to believe in a more beautiful world in order to serve it. -Charles Eisenstein
More than a mere alternative strategy, regenerative agriculture represents a fundamental shift in our culture's relationship to nature. -Charles Eisenstein
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