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.
My firm belief is that money and our monetary system is the central driving force behind why we are facing the Great American (and global) Reset. Everything that comes across my grid is filtered through that lens. So I was thrilled to make Arie’s acquaintance and begin to explore where that relationship may lead. Then, as icing on the cake, last week I came across a documentary called Money and Life. (see below)
The documentary isn’t short (approximately an hour and a half), but for anyone who is willing to have their world rocked in terms of their understanding of money, this film will do it. Look past the left-of-center political undertones. It doesn’t change the fundamental message or the possibilities that the film presents. Because it is two years old, it is already a little dated. 24 months is a lifetime when technology is involved and the FinTech revolution has covered a great deal of ground in that time.
Still, I found myself very encouraged by the educational message it brings at a time when I am establishing new relationships in the very area of major monetary reform. What struck me most about Money and Life is its clear message that money has become intertwined in our lives in a way that God never meant it to be.
The 2008 financial crisis exposed the reality that our present system is unsustainable. It set in motion a series of events that are unstoppable. And this documentary outlines the principles that we need to set our eyes upon in order to begin to course correct:
- Trust in the system
- Sustainability through decentralization
- Local decision making
- Incentives to cooperate vs. compete
- Incentives to be charitable
- Abundance vs. scarcity
- and much more.
We don’t realize that all of these principles can be either thwarted or supported depending on the form of money we use. Currencies that complement (or live along side) national currencies have existed throughout history. They are even in use today here in the United States.
I cannot say with enough conviction that you and I are going to have to make a choice within the next several years – to allow our present money and monetary system to evolve into a similarly flawed, yet global system – or to force the acceptance of a new way of thinking about money – and who controls it.
The Principles of Real Money
Regarding that last point, I am working on an audio series on the principles of money. I plan to release it (at least the first part) in a few weeks. It is far more complete in its depth of understanding the role that money plays in our lives than my book Fool’s Gold was, which I wrote a decade ago in 2006. As followers of this blog, you will be among the first to have the opportunity to preview it. I’m confident that it will have information that you likely have never heard before and that will radically alter how you look at money.
In closing, I had an 87% favorable response on the survey asking if I should do a weekly podcast. I will likely begin doing that after the audio teaching is done. One thing at a time.
I trust you all had a great Christmas and New Year. With everything that is happening today, I look forward to what this year will bring. The challenges and opportunities will be numerous, however the future can be something great if we engage in the work we are called to do with the Kingdom of God in mind. That is my focus.
Oh yes, and here is that documentary. Prepare to begin to have your paradigm rocked! I would really like to hear your thoughts on the documentary. Comment below or email me.