Charles Eisenstein: It's Time for A Better Narrative


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Our actions are determined by our beliefs. And our beliefs are shaped by the stories we tell ourselves. So what happens when the stories we tell ourselves are inaccurate? The short answer is: we find ourselves engaging in actions that aren't aligned with our best interests. Charles Eisenstein has made a profession out of studying the intersection of economics and philosophy. And he thinks that over the past several generations, enabled by an unprecedented subsidy of abundant cheap energy, our society has become so far decoupled from natural laws that it has adopted a paradigm of thinking (or "stories") dangerously irrelevant to the future we face. As resource scarcity increasingly expresses the natural forces that applied to our grandparents' generation and those prior, we are still living under a mindset that assumes predictable, endless growth. Think about it: most people reading this and nearly all of our national leaders have come of age in one of the most, if not the most, extraordinary economic periods in history. The exploitation of petroleum fields ushered in a global prosperity not dreamed of before. Decoupling gold from the dollar has allowed those living in the US to increase debt much, much faster than GDP for the past forty years. This behavior is empirically unsustainable - but to almost all of us, it feels "normal", because it's all we've known. And it's coming to an end.

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Subido: 11/02/12 a las 3:44 am
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Mark Carter (el 14/02/12 a las 10:05 am)
If you find yourself a little lost, listen to The Crash Course first! The Crash Course can be found on this same channel (on the first page of all the videos)
Alex Tahti (el 11/02/12 a las 1:48 pm)
Humans are a social animal. Dogs get lonely too.
ChezKritta (el 11/02/12 a las 6:57 am)
Best I've heard yet Chris! Check out "wepollock" for trajectories of the global system.
Alex Tahti (el 11/02/12 a las 1:35 pm)
Ain't public education great??? Straight off the cliff.
sadol11 (el 11/02/12 a las 3:21 pm)
pick oil is BS, here in brazil we found the biggest oilfield in our history, enough for brazilian consunption for at least half a century, peak oil is bs from oil industry to make it more expansive simple as that
OsamaBinForgotten2 (el 11/02/12 a las 7:20 am)
Hemp could be a titanic boon.
sadol11 (el 12/02/12 a las 2:06 pm)
@mlturboguy its renuable, its not a bunchof dead dinossaurs and trees, its a renuable mantle process, got it?
Fightforfreedom99 (el 11/02/12 a las 11:52 am)
@ChezKritta "wepollock" has fantastic information! Very concise and thorough! Great to see another viewer. Cheers!
pukulu (el 03/07/12 a las 8:30 am)
A manifestation of the change in consciousness needed to shift away from Eisenstein's ascent-style narrative (growth, exploitation, pollution) will involve a new political movement, called something like the "contract, relocalize, earth-centered, simplify and conserve" party, which could include disenfranchised members of either of the 2 major political parties in the USA, both of which are captivated by the archaic narrative.
Kel-chan (el 13/02/12 a las 1:24 am)
@sadol11 how long does it take to renew?

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