The term affordable is defined as (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/affordable):
1 To have the financial means for; bear the cost of: able to afford a new car.
2. To manage to spare or give up: can't afford an hour for lunch.
3. To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself: can afford to be tolerant.
4. To make available or have as a necessary feature; provide: a tree that affords ample shade; a sport affording good exercise.
Charles Eisenstein wrote a book titled The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.
Is such a beautiful world born of our hearts affordable? Is the continuation of the old world of corporate and governmental dominance affordable?
What is the affordability of our continuation in the present worldview that we have? To understand the costs of our worldview, we need to outline the assumptions of our current worldview. Some of those assumptions are as follows:
1. Man is meant to control and dominate the Woman. This notion goes way back in history, at least 5,000 years or the period of time that Genesis 1 was written in the Bible. By controlling and dominating Woman, we are not just speaking of the biological human woman. It is the control of Nature, which in its ultimate meaning is the Self as reflected in such sentences as: “it is not in our Nature to….”
2. Man is meant to control and dominate the Soul. The Soul is our Psyche. Standardized education, commercial television, and newscasts that reflect divisional mentalities such as Fox News and CNN are ways to control and dominate the Psyche.
A. Interestingly, the Psyche in Greek myth is destined to marry Eros, the Son of Aphrodite, or Beauty.
B. In the story of the Wizard of Oz, the freedom of the Soul to return to the non-dual bliss of Kansas is contingent on the revelation of the Wizard’s (the Man, the corporation, politicians and thundering preachers standing upon a pedestal) being a farce.
C. Freedom is also contingent on the destruction of the Wicked Witch of the West, which is simply the fear of death (sunset). (Note: This does NOT discount the trail of gold (the yellow brick road) and its linkage to the banking system that no longer uses the gold standard. Mythologies often combine its metaphors into one story. Why? Because they are one story. As Goethe defined metaphor, it is a language that connects. The disclosure of the banking system in Baum’s story is one with the spiritual interpretation).
So, is the more beautiful world that Eisenstein speaks to possible? Absolutely. What are the costs to bringing forth that world? What’s more important, what are the costs if we don’t bring forth that world?
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Dare we move beyond our conflicted world and instead see one that is united? My upcoming book Sophia’s Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature speaks to that united world. My wife and I are working with Amazon in getting this book published. We also have Barb Russell helping us with the marketing of the book.