The idea that the making and spending money alienates one from the source of their sustanance has been in my head for probably 20 years now. That’s about as long as I’ve been on this journey. I have several questions that I’d like to pose to y’all.
Here’s one or two…
There are many examples in history of Oldway cultures losing a degree of autonomy and balance, through adopting major trading and selling into their economic cycles commonly occuring soon after contact with civilized people. Should we, as civilized people transitioning from money economies to subsistence economies, avoid selling of anything from the land because of this history?
Does this logic hold true?
I personally have a need for money. Not much, but I need certain things to live, and I don’t yet have the skills to get all those things from the wild… Also there are certain things that only money can buy, such as health insurance, so that I can avoid putting my folks in a position where they might have to make the choice between selling there home or watching me suffer or die. So money is, at this point in time, a part of my life.
I put my various money making activities into two categories… Work which is highly subsidized by civilization (working for institutions, organizations, governments, bosses in general and/or work with a high level of technology) and work which is minimally subsidized by civilization (trapping, crafting, guiding, teaching, wild crafting, and uses a low level of technology if any at all).
The latter category experience of working with my hands and body, with natural materials, feels better to me than the alternative. But what of the history?
Is it possible to that what was and is a gateway to civilization, could also be a gateway back out of it?
Or is the act of commodifying Nature at any scale a civilizing force? Thoughts?