“The kitchen table was also what economists might call an information system, where needs and resources were matched. To this day, the kitchen table survives as a symbol of social cohesion. The neighborhood was an extension of that table.

“The things the kitchen table represented-companionship, entertainment, security, intimacy, even gossip-turned into things people buy for money. Families and neighborhoods were taken apart function by function and sold back to the people who missed the things these once provided. Massive social problems ensued, as the glue that held people together no longer seemed to be there. Then government was forced to try to patch up the damage with programs and services bought for money. It happened in two main stages. First, enterprises became disengaged from the core of community life. Production moved out of the home and small workshop and into the large factory, owned by a corporate entity with no local roots. This disrupted the world in which commercial dealings were entwined in a web of larger community concerns. And then, the economy redefined people as consumers, so that things bought seemed more desirable and modern than the things to be had for free. The common denominator is that people came to relate increasingly through the medium of money.

“This process was especially marked in the United States, a new society established during the transition to a monetary age (commemorated in the Latin inscription on the dollar bill, novus ordo seclorum– a new order in the world.)

“While community ties were turning into monetary transaction, the work of caring for others was doing so as well. The factory took work out of the home and community , swept it into the vortex of the national and international marketplace. Soon, traditional functions of care were drifting out of the domestic sphere and into institutions supported by taxes.¨ – from the book Time Dollars

In the push toward globalization and the outlandish fiduciary system that uses more resources than necessary in order to produce a lot of stuff that we don´t need resulting in half of the world being unfulfilled and the other half being ungrateful. Let´s start being grateful with what we have, starting with the people around us. We have the power to ensure they have every opportunity possible to reach their greatest fulfillment. That is the power of localization.

Stephen Covey talked about our ¨circle of concern¨ and our ¨circle of influence.¨ Successful people focus on their circle of influence so that their circle of concern will grow smaller. By supporting those within our sphere of influence, the people we see every day, our local economy, by utilizing a currency system that helps ensure that needs are being met around us, encouraging others to invest in that currency, our collective spheres of influence will grow. If we continue on the path of globalization, where most of the decisions that most greatly affect us are made outside our sphere of influence by people who may not even hold us in their circle of concern, we´re not going to have as much success developing the world we truly want. As much as I appreciate the new world order of the Federal Reserve Bank, I much prefer the old world order of Family Without Reserve.

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