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Charles Eisenstein - Sacred Economics | London Real

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Published on Jan 17, 2013

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Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, talks about his journey from Yale graduate to Chinese translater to Storyteller, his ideas about the recovery of Community and the spirit of Gift, and how the money system necessitates endless growth and contributes to alienation, competition and scarcity.

"The came about because I couldn't believe, accept or muster any enthusiam for the life course that was handed to me." - Charles (0:05:38)

"Are you kidding me? This isn't supposed to be what childhood is all about." - Charles (0:07:37)

"Why have we created social agreements that drive us towards doing things that we don't want to do?" - Charles (0:16:17)

"That works with a community, a small community, and after that it doesn't work." - Brian (0:20:20)

"You say: I'm here for a reason. I have something to give to the world." - Charles (0:27:44)

"We get into the habit of suppressing our gifts for the purpose of an external reward - grades, and eventually, money." - Charles (0:28:30)

"Here's a business idea: You find something that people have been doing for each other for thousands of years, you take it away, and you sell it back." - Charles (0:40:59)

"They have very skilled, very intelligent people figuring out what that unquantifiable thing is and how that can quantify it and package it and incorporate it into their sales pitch." - Nic (0:43:14)

"That's one of the reasons for the economic crisis....there's not a lot left to sell people." - Charles (0:46:53)

"All those things that seemed so real and predictable and safe are falling apart." - Charles (0:51:25)

"I think what all of these apocalyptic visions and doomsday predictions are tapping into is the understanding that your system is not sustainable." - Charles (0:58:05)

"That's one way of looking at it, but also, what if somebody doens't have security and they can't eat?" - Brian (1:05:26)

"If I've experienced myself as 'lazy' then that's rebellion against doing the wrong thing!"- Charles (1:07:35)

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