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co-operation, networks and sharing principles in the age of "know-how"

“Materialistic science has no idea what is healthy food for humanity. That is precisely the characteristic of materialism, that it thinks and thinks and thinks — and knows nothing. The truth is finally this: that if one really wants to participate in life, above all one has to know something!” Steiner


Philosophy: In an ancient African context uBuntu says "people are dependent on other people to exist as people.” We can not exist without one another. And as we awaken to this simple truth all our activities such as the economy become absolutely 100% people centred and people driven.

Such a slogan exists too in the bushmen language where their words XE XARRA XE are expressed on the Southern African coat of arms. XE XARRA XE means, "Goods in themselves were not an end in themselves, but a means to a wider, social end - to create and solidify bonds of friendship, which may also become bonds of mutual help."

uBuntu in an ancient context was lived without saying as the people were living at one with nature. For example, the Bushmen lived a nomadic lifestyle and within the boundaries of nature. The Bushmen were expert at animal identification and animal behaviour and could read tracks. Women were superb field botanists. They could identify plants individually. Knowledge was shared. And there was abundance to sustain it. Abndance in the current context has shifted. We are to replace idealism with know-how.

In a modern context uBuntu requires that all our activities such as the economy become absolutely 100% people centred and people driven. So as we serve others we serve ourselves. This is the notion of togetherness, made concrete by the ideas of holism, one-ness and that individuality is an aspect of humanity and an aspect of the great whole.

To train our individuality into the whole there are two important symbols to begin working with.

The six sided pyramid or star of david: The three sided pyramid pointing upwards symbolises 3 dimensions and the material world in which we live. It is masculine. When we take the mirror triangle, pointing downwards. This adds three dimensions to the existing three of the material world. It makes it a six dimensional diagram and symbolises the greater connectivity to the world of the spirit, soul and God. It is pointing downwards and it is feminine. When these triangles come together it is a key for mankind. Together these two triangles create a central point.

The Kaballah: Still working with this currently and will provide points in good time.

Accompanying Earth into the Golden Age:

1. Walk; 2. Shop at market; 3. Have something to share; 4. Live with Joy and Discover your inner purpose; 5. Cut out packaging; 6. Recycle; 7. Grow vegetables, herbs; 8. Keep earthworms for composting; 9. Catch rainwater; 10. buy only local products; 11. Give give give and all is solved. 12. Consume as little media as possible 13. Use the Internet; 14. Create living networks; 15. Uplift the situation through Love; 16. Share resources and abilities; 17. Focus; 18. Determination

Struan Douglas is an honours graduate in philsophy and religious studies from UCT '99

The Sharing economy : In a world where equality is largely not knowen, perhaps ideals are easier said than done. But this resource is about monitoring change.

We have noticed the trend of the world away from ownership and to sharing in terms of practicality. Can this be achieved in the economy?

The system has made us believe our power is in money, and in defeating someone else. And so the system took our power and separated us. Together we are strong! Mother Earth is giving birth to a new humanity. We are awakening to absolute values of love and compassion and the sharing economy is a reflection of sustaining our lifestyles through love.

Mark Boyle in his book the Moneyless Manifesto says: “We have the power to select and design whatever economic model we feel would serve us best, so why not choose one that builds resilience, which connects us to place and roots us in the moment, and which allows us to live meaningful lives full of the things that we passionately love to do, over one that results in the polar opposite? To give without any consideration of what you may one day receive in return must be the aspiration of any person who feels they want to live in tune with the rest of nature.”

Benjamin Fulford said, “What would money have to look like to make wealth be a matter of how much you give, not how much you keep? What would money have to look like to obey the law of ecology – that there's no waste, that everything you create needs to be food for something else. How can we create an economic system that embodies those truths?”

Charles Eisenstein writes, “Gratitude is the recognition that you've received, and the desire to give in turn. And that's why we are driven to give. Because everything we've received is a gift. Our life is a gift. Having air to breathe – we didn't earn that. We didn't earn being born. We didn't earn having food. We didn't earn seeds being able to grow. Everything that we have is a gift. Every breath that we have – we didn't earn having algae that can make air. Therefore our natural state, our default state is gratitude. And therefore, our default state is a desire to give, a desire to be generous. ”

“Sufficiency is a new way of thinking that will inevitably create its own energy, and from energy comes resources and from resources come money.” “People say so where does the money come from? There is no money moving. It is currency. It is a credit that is facilitated through your security in an accounting system.” Johan Joubert content portal : quote the source © 2013 Struan Douglas of AFRIBEAT.COM
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