Releasing Economy in Africa
Whatever is on earth that is not Nature is here because of Human consciousness. We see this in many ways.
- If we gather a pile of stones together to begin with, and then agree to play the game of ‘5’ with them, they find their way through us into some kind of relationship to 5 – sizes, numbers, 5 high, 5 long, and so on.
- If we are inwardly at peace, the cup of tea we make is made in this way.
An African village then is also the consequence of what lives in those people in the village.
Some of the ideas that arose were that the following key thoughts permeated an African village:
- A ‘Nature’ economy in that everyone relied heavily on nature for survival;
- Women are care givers;
- Women look after families;
- The concept of Ubuntu
- Men are the hunters;
- Men accumulate cattle as their sign of wealth;
- Own home care comes first and then they are available for hire.
These key value systems and concepts lead to what exists in an African village.
Concepts that are not present are:
- When I do something for another’s material needs, trade arises and from trade, money;
- The source of tradeable items starts with Nature and then added human labour;
- When labour is infused with human consciousness and so becomes used intelligently leading to the division of labour, more value is created.
We decided to include these concepts into the way that the village operated. We did this by making sure that people did not do the same jobs so that each could do something for someone else. We discovered that a lot of trade took place and this encouraged a lot more.
In the last session, we saw how the introduction of the above process freed up many people in the village who could then shift to the positions required in a Threefold Society. Some could educate, some could become caregivers and others could enforce the laws.