The sharing economy is not a Utopian fantasy

Sometimes, when it is suggested that we transition from a competitive to a co-operative political economy, the notion is dismissed as Utopian fantasy. Such rejection trips off the tongue because there is so little understanding of how we got to the current state of affairs and of the real possibility of an alternative way of living.

First, why is our current political economy based on competition? Fear. Primarily fear of death which renders us easily controlled and manipulated. And fear of the future. That we will not have enough. That either through illness or ill-fortune we will be left with insufficient to survive or to live "well". And then there is fear of what others may think of us, fear of loss of status. Fear accumulates within our being which leads to competition, to hoarding, to selfishness and all the evils that we perpetrate upon each other.

Critical Thinking's analysis has revealed all this but more importantly it's exposed how and why we can evolve to a collaborative paradigm. How, is by reaching a shared understanding of where we are and how we got here. Why, is because how we live today is not our natural proclivity or inclination. We're hard wired to collaborate. We just need to let go of fear.

But how? We need to understand that sharing knowledge and resources is the key to our evolution, to a sharing economy. Cooperation and collaboration will endow us with unimaginable power to solve the world's problems

Where's the evidence? Frederic Laloux's Reinventing Organisations shows how self-organisation can solve the most complex problems - the political economy cannot be planned or managed but it can self-organise. Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer have shown how, by combining accumulated farming technology and wisdom, we can feed the world many times over. There is much more supporting evidence besides, collected within Daily Pickings and distributed throughout the internet.

We have the tools, ie. the means, to make the sharing economy a reality; we just need to let go of our fears and commit to learning how to co-create a shared understanding.

The parable of the five loaves and two fishes isn't about a miracle in the literal sense. It was a miraculous shift in shared understanding among the multitude, that by sharing what they had everyone was fed. If we look after everyone else to ensure their well-being, we are all assured a miraculous future. So don't fear the future, embrace it. And don't fear death because understanding reveals this life is but a temporary manifestation of our being in the evolution of universal consciousness.

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