Is that apple being given for free? Or is it being sold for money?
Based only on what we see in the picture, there is no way to know for sure.
What difference does it make, anyway?
We would say: it makes all the difference in the world.
Our website, as a whole, could be said to directly reflect the central observations and analysis of this book. A golden thread, made up of quotes from it, runs through all the pages of our site. So it is only logical that we here, in our site-launch post, offer you yet another quote from Sacred Economics. This one is from the introduction, which opens with the sentence: “The purpose of this book is to make money and human economy as sacred as everything else in the universe.”
Now, that’s quite a purpose!
And a bit further into the introduction, Charles Eisenstein, notes that:
Obviously, if we are to make money into something sacred, nothing less than a wholesale revolution in money will suffice, a transformation of its essential nature. It is not merely our attitudes about money that must change, as some self-help gurus would have us believe; rather, we will create new kinds of money that embody and reinforce changed attitudes. Sacred Economics describes this new money and the new economy that will coalesce around it. It also explores the metamorphosis in human identity that is both a cause and a result of the transformation of money. The changed attitudes of which I speak go all the way to the core of what it is to be human: they include our understanding of the purpose of life, humanity’s role on the planet, the relationship of the individual to the human and natural community; even what it is to be an individual, a self.
This quote serves to convey a feeling of how deeply revolutionary, or rather r-LOVE-utionary, Charles Eisenstein’s views on money are. In addition, perhaps it helps you see why we have called our website by such a weird name: “I Believe in GOD – An Acronym for Giving is Our Destiny”
Or, maybe the name is not so weird?
Our website is here to let you find out for yourself. It is here to invite you onboard, to come along on our human journey out of the Age of Separation into the Age of Reunion. This journey has already commenced here on Earth. In practice, the only choice we now have, each and every one of us, is to undertake it with our eyes closed, being dragged along by others, or to open our eyes and start enjoying the giving of our true gifts.
This website is for those who prefer journeying by free will, with open eyes.
And for those who are willing to let it open their eyes.
When I pondered what I would write in this inaugural post, I reckoned it should be something to mirror the core message of the site. And… I felt, as so often, that by referring to, and quoting, Charles Eisenstein’s work, I would indeed offer a direct reflection of that core message – rooted, as it is, in the very soul of our website; it’s driving force.
And then, I found that picture. Of one human hand giving an apple to another human hand.
This picture, I feel, serves very well the purpose of saying: welcome to “I Believe in GOD – An Acronym for Giving is Our Destiny”!
As you will come to see by browsing its pages, our site is all yours to make use of…
We’re looking forward to hearing from you! What is, to you, the difference between (a) an apple being given to you for free (or one that you pick straight from the tree), and (b) an apple that you buy in the modern-day marketplace? Is there a difference? If so, what is it?
Write down your response to this question, and e-mail it to shanto(at)shanto(dot)org, and we promise to post it here in the GOD blog*. We make this promise for the reason that we have all grown up in a world where such reflections don’t really matter, and we are all journeying into a world where they do. You opening up (y)our consciousness to such reflections, is one of the keys to what Charles Eisenstein calls The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.
Maya and Shanto
*) As is the case with all contributions to our blog, the posting of your reflections on “the apple question” will also earn you a place on our gratitude page.