Human reduction of values to a single value

A child is born. Most of us who birth a child are aware of the miracle of life. Beyond the capacity for language to convey the feeling of awe, beauty, love…. this astounding thing called life.

If you are not a parent, then perhaps you might have experienced a moment of intense and profound intimacy with a loved one. Perhaps a shared sunrise?

Nature, life, beauty, love…brings us to our knees in reverence to something so magnificent that we are incapable of speaking it, to reduce it to words.

Yet we live in a system of capital that is by design intent on reducing all of these experiences into a single value. Can we commodify it and place it in the marketplace? 

To consider the commodification of our experience of a birth we might know somewhere deep in our bones that we would debase our humanity if we did this.

To reduce values of love, beauty, awe…to chew up beauty and spit out money…defiles us in some way.

More often than not it is not ‘bad’ people doing this, but people who have never questioned the monetary, financial, trade and economic system that currently defines us. Our economic and monetary system depends on endless growth and therefore endless commodification of everything to survive. 

If we want to live in a world that honours and recognises value in many more domains than money, we must create it with deliberation.

The application of Integral Accounting is one way to proceed. It is foundational to the creation of a Syntropic Enterprise.

December 13th 2019

Photo taken December 13th, 2019