This is an incredibly important book (we badly need solutions and we need them NOW) by one of my favourite authors who has his heart in the right place. It clearly describes the current woes of humanity, caused in part (or even mainly) by our modern incarnation of economy. More importantly, it also gives many solutions to these problems. His ideas simply make sense.
Not only beautifully written but also very important for the future of humanity. Charles Eisenstein explains how we can install a low entropy socioeconomic framework based on cooperation and the well-being of our entire ecosystem instead of competition and personal short-term profit by implementing a different monetary system. He provides a solution which could be more easily implemented than what other movements/groups/projects like "The Venus Project" or "The Free World Charter" are suggesting.
Wenn wir in unser Innerstes hineinhören finden wir alle diese Lösungen bereits in uns selbst. Weil wir mehr auf Wissenschaftler, Wirtschaftsführer und Politiker hören, haben wir verlernt unserem gesunden Menschenverstand zu vertrauen. Charles Eisenstein erinnert uns wieder daran.
Eisenstein studied mathematics and philosophy and lived in China for several years as a translator which seems visible in his writings: He is a practical visionary convincing with blunt logic as well as a compassionate heart. He has the unique talent to put difficult issues into context and to offer new perspectives to deal with current “crises of civilization”. Sacred Economics exposes the drawbacks of our current monetary system and provides a compelling vision of a future society that restores the balance between growth and the preservation of the environment. Key measures proposed are: negative-interest currency, internalization of social and environmental costs, economic and monetary localisation, elimination of economic rents and compensation for the depletion of the commons, a social dividend, economic degrowth, gift culture and P2P economics.
...that just might have the potential to evoke the profound change necessary in our economic and financial system. I recommend each and every human being to thrive from the vivid ideas that this book offers whilst enjoying Charles' finely crafted art of writing. I have seldomly been touched so deeply by a book, seldomly felt such a sincere connection the words of an author. I have never written a review before in my life but somehow felt the urge to let people know what a gift this book has been to me. If you feel strongly about making the world a better place, read it! You won't regret it, I promise. If you don't have the money to pay for the book right now, read it online on Charle's web page for free and give as much as you feel is appropriate later on. But please, read it!