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Our exploration returns to the phenomenon of debt as it continues to remain front and center in the #Occupy narratives, as noted here in this thoughtful blog reflection on debt.   Our last call, entitled Occupy Freedom From Debt, elicited some potent conversation.

Some folks on the last call felt they were already free from debt because they had no outstanding loans or credit card balances.

Others felt angry and victimized by being thrown into overwhelming debt when their job disappeared through downsizing and then having a medical emergency entangle them to what seemed like a usurious web of unreasonable, and unmeetable, demand.

Others talked about being indebted to people because of what they received in terms of goodwill.  Some felt this debt was necessary, for people to feel an obligation to one another helped bind society together.

Because this is Occupy Heart, we're going to dive deeper still into the underpinnings of the existence of debt itself.  Where does debt live in us?  Where does debt reside in our expectations of ourselves, each other and the world?  Where does debt live in our language and ways of behaving outside of monetary transactions?

Where and how does debt live in our consciousness and in our bodies?  Our quantum world view concurs with our metaphysical one in saying that the world lives in us, as much, if not entirely, more than we live in the world.  The most ancient teachings speak of the world as a play of consciousness, and as such, our consciousness is the prime driver for all that we behold in and as the Universe.

Where and how does debt live?
  • What is at the core of you that feeds your impressions of imbalance or inequality? (e.g.- owing, deficit, obligation, expectation or incompleteness of the moment)
  • To what degree might these subtle, core inner experiences translate and manifest into our lives, societies and systems?
  • To what degree might we succumb to being beholden to external influences, in which we are not beholden within?  (leading back to our contemplation of, "What is true freedom?")
  • How might our core experience of debt vs freedom demonstrate itself in how we imagine/express/manage/create our economies? 
  • Extra thought experiment — To what degree might we deliberately create economies and to what degree might economies spontaneously emerge as an expression of societies' internal and external relationships, including its environment? 

[We'll continue with a different angle on this topic of debt for this Monday's Vital Conversation...post coming shortly].

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Debt, in the context of traditional capitalism, is the manipulation of imaginary numbers which disenfranchises real human beings. This is the core argument for a an economic paradigm which can be "measured and calibrated in human terms".


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