Yesterday, we heard from Steph Curry. Today, I am passing along some advice from Charles Eisenstein.
Eisenstein, pictured above, publishes a blog on Substack. You can subscribe to Eisenstein's blog for free, though he would probably like you to pay, since a pay option is definitely available. If you do pay, he says, you will receive "zero additional benefits." And what benefits would Eisenstein get, if you do choose to pay? Eisenstein describes the payment option as follows: "It is just for those who want to give extra encouragement and support [to] me, my family, my work, my yacht club membership, my butler’s salary, and new racing flames on my 2005 Prius."
It appears that Eisenstein has a pretty limber sense of humor. You can learn more about Eisenstein by clicking this link, which will take you to a fairly comprehensive profile on Wikipedia. Among other things, Wikipedia says this about Eisenstein:
Charles Eisenstein is an American public speaker and author. His work covers a wide range of topics, including the history of human civilization, economics, spirituality, and the ecology movement. Key themes explored include anti-consumerism, interdependence, and how myth and narrative influence culture. According to Eisenstein, global culture is immersed in a destructive "story of separation", and one of the main goals of his work is to present an alternative "story of interbeing". Much of his work draws on ideas from Eastern philosophy and the spiritual teachings of various indigenous peoples. Eisenstein has been involved in the Occupy, New Economy, and permaculture movements. His work has also been popular with countercultural and New Age audiences. An advocate of the gift economy, he makes much of his work available for free on his website.
As anyone who subscribes to my blog knows, the idea that we are all "individuals," all separate entities, all self-reliant, self-motivated, and self-actualizing, is a fundamental misunderstanding of who we really are.
We are all "individuals," that is true, but we are not only individuals; we are part of a greater whole, a whole that includes us all. We are all "in this together." It is a great mistake not to realize this, and so both Eisenstein and I share the view that the "story of separation" that we so often tell ourselves is a misbegotten myth that provides us with flawed instructions on how to live properly as we pursue our trajectory through the years we have on Earth. The "story of separation" that Eisenstein talks about is a fundamentally misguided explanation of who we are and where we are.
On August 27, 2021, Eisenstein's blog posting was titled, "How It's Going To Be." As those who read my blog posting yesterday know, I think that this statement, if posed as question, which would be the normal way to do it, is not a question for the future to answer. The question "how is it going to be?" is a question for us to answer today, by doing something.
Eisenstein's August 27th blog posting has this epigraph:
Reality is not a given.
– Orland Bishop
That is my message for today, relayed from Charles Eisenstein. I encourage readers to click on this link and read the entirety of Eisenstein's discussion.
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