A movie has begun to play out in real life that I’ve seen over and over again. It’s a movie that is easy to love because it always starts out with scenes that fill you with positive emotions and good feelings. It’s called “Euphoria,” and unfortunately it is a movie that rarely ends well.
I understand why so many want to see this movie play out on the American landscape. For a decade or more, the forgotten men and women who have been trodden on and abused have someone in high places is paying attention to them. Someone who promises to protect them and make their life great again.
I’ve never quite seen anything like the period of time we are in now. It is the first time in history an independent populist businessman has been sworn in as President of the United States. This has created the most unpredictable economic and geopolitical environment in my lifetime, and in many respects it rivals those of any period in the history of this country.
That means the Great American Reset that we are all now moving through has multiple paths it could take with multiple potential outcomes. How it unfolds depends on a number of unanswered questions.
It’s been an interesting few weeks. A friend of mine, Uli Kortsch (you will hear more about him as time goes on), spent the first part of December in Europe. There, he met a gentlemen from Israel named Arie who just so happens to be very good friends with the author that has greatly influenced my thinking about what money can and should be – Bernard Lietaer. The next thing I know, I’m having a Skype call with Arie, and the direction it takes is interesting to say the least.
Arie and a group of developers in Israel have created a blockchain (Ethereum actually) based platform whereby you can create both a marketplace and currency to use within that marketplace. Now, those of you who have followed this blog through it’s on-and-off evolution over the last several years know that money and monetary system reform is at the very core of my passion. So to get involved with Arie and his group to help people understand that we can change the very nature of what our money is and the system it is used within… Well, let’s just say it helped make my Christmas more hopeful.
Tonight I sat down to write with a specific topic in mind. It is just by coincidence(?) that my family decided to watch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” About 20 minutes into the movie it hit me. That is a perfect title for this article. We are all about to go on an unexpected journey.
At some point in the next few years, every one of us is going to have a Bilbo Baggins experience. Drafted by circumstances into an adventure that we didn’t choose but cannot avoid. We will have a similar choice… to not sign the contract and let circumstances decide our future, or to engage with people we have not met and go on a seemingly impossible quest.
The dialogue in our heads is similar to what Bilbo asked Gandalf…