Because of my research work on collective intelligence, I quickly understood that we can’t advocate synergy, sharing and unity on the one hand, and on the other hand we keep using a monetary system based on scarcity that stimulates competition and predation. This opened my eyes: the economy, and more particularly the monetary system on which it relies, constitutes a big portion of social DNA. My research work quickly placed me in front of this forgone conclusion that we have the capacity to create fair economic systems, controlled by civil society, transparent, plural, that represent the real economy. Only ignorance and obscurantism prevent us from doing it yet.
Ideas had to move into action. On the external side, more and more people feel called to build the technical infrastructure of this new economy. Check olo.host, holochain.org, metacurrency.org. On the inner journey, I don’t see how I can explore and open new paths if I don’t extract myself from the present system, at least to a certain degree, so I can see it from the outside. I don’t know any other way to understand the psychological potency that money has on human psyche. Leaving money puts me in a threat in a society where we need to buy everything, including the most basic needs such as food and shelter. We need to pay to stay alive. All the time. Doesn’t the common expression “to earn a living” show this absolute violence? Doesn’t it implicitly say that we don’t acquire the right to live at birth but we have to conquer it within a warmongering vision of the world? We don’t realize how much common language carries archaic ideologies that perpetuate violence and falseness.