Vandaag een terugblik op een ouder artikel wat deels gaat over vleermuizen en deels gaat over wellicht een mogelijkheid om geld zoals we dat vandaag de dag kennen te veranderen of zelfs uit de formule te halen.
Retirement starts here;
During my travels, I have been to some places in which methods of exchange aren’t based around money or ‘frozen exchange’, but mainly based around reciprocal altruism in the way bats can live. This philosophy is especially valuable in times where greed and suspicion is common around the globe and where the money system is inflated and holds no intrinsic value anymore. Money merely lends its value on our emotional attachment to it, just like any other token can do. Money, in and of itself, is simply a ‘token’, an agreed upon item we give value too. An inflated economy can perish real quickly in the span of time, like we have seen in the Roman Empire back in the day. The paper money we are using has on its own no intrinsic value except for its quality as tinder, while gold and other kinds of precious metals are intrinsically valuable in that they can be shaped, melted and re-used for other purposes. The golden-standard has, therefore, been pretty much stable during our history because there is a limit to the gold supply, whereas paper money seems to have no ceiling at all. Currencies, are, therefore, just like rivers, hard to predict, fluid and always changing, while gold, as an example, is more solid, slow and idle. Where currencies easily slip between the fingers, gold remains solid and reliable.
That being said, in times of economic despair, we need to find solutions to make faulty systems of exchange obsolete instead of trying to feed into a broken system even more. One cannot fix a problem with the same thinking that has created it (Albert Einsteinish) and inflating an already inflated economy will only prolong the ‘burst of the bubble’.
*Side note here, is that I got to know a very interesting person, called Michael (A real individual think tank if you would ask me) I hope he is still alive somewhere… He said he would probably life at an island somewhere XD he damn well knew how the world could become a catastrophe. Very knowledgeable and special person if you would ask me. I met him during my first internship in China – AWBChina – Holistic healing company. Probably the company does not exist anymore, unfortunately, since I thought it could hold great potential considering the enormous amount of stress that exist in the city life of China or in my case; Shanghai.
so back on topic;
Reciprocal altruism is a term I have just recently dis-covered, but used in many years, like many of us do. You might not even be fully aware of it, because reciprocal altruism is, like breathing, a natural thing to do. In game theory it could be related to ‘tit for tat’ in which you first cooperate, as in for example, the prisoners dilemma and then use the moves of your opponent against them later. The simple secret of this phenomena is something very common in nature. Like many so called ‘secrets’, is nature always showing us simple truths laying just in front of our eyes, if we are willing to see, feel or realize them.
L’altruisme réciproque chez les chauve-souris vampires
As nature does, so can we, as shown above in the imagery. We can conclude that both organisms are experiencing benefits from helping one another out, and, are, therefore, surviving and maybe thriving together in harmony. “You do me a favor, and hopefully you will do me a favor in return”. Just do not mind the word hopefully too much, since doing favors don’t necessarily have to be returned in unconditional life/love. If it is not returned in equal proportions, then the act of altruism will probably perish, since one cannot give without having anything to give practicably speaking. Especially service orientated people can become enslaved to this form of altruism when they are trying to alleviate any suffering from a being other then themselves. When you are giving yourself too much for another, without getting anything in return, you cannot sustain your service, and probably won’t be motivated to continue such an exchange. In this case reciprocal altruism will fail since only one organism is advancing upon the other. If both parties are advancing, evolving and growing, then reciprocal altruism is a success without having to use any money.
“Money is a formal token of delayed reciprocal altruism” – Richard Dawkins
Reciprocal altruism is very alike with what we see happening in the acts of hospitality. Let me first break down this interesting word for you guys! Interestingly enough, the word host holds the following etymological truth to it, according to http://www.etymonline.com (my favorite etymology dictionary) ;
host (n.1) “person who receives guests,” especially for pay, late 13c., from Old French oste, hoste “guest, host, hostess, landlord” (12c., Modern French hôte), from Latin hospitem (nominative hospes) “guest, stranger, sojourner, visitor (hence also ‘foreigner’),” also “host; one bound by ties of hospitality.”
This appears to be from PIE *ghos-pot-, a compound meaning “guest-master” (compare Old Church Slavonic gospodi “lord, master,” literally “lord of strangers “), from the roots *ghosti- “stranger, guest, host” (cognates: Old Church Slavonic gosti “guest, friend;” see guest (n.)) and *poti- “powerful; lord” (see potent). The etymological notion is of someone “with whom one has reciprocal duties of hospitality” [Watkins]:
The word ghos-ti- was thus the central expression of the guest-host relationship, a mutual exchange relationship highly important to ancient Indo-European society. A guest-friendship was a bond of trust between two people that was accompanied by ritualized gift-giving and created an obligation of mutual hospitality and friendship that, once established, could continue in perpetuity and be renewed years later by the same parties or their descendants. [Watkins, “American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots”]
So in the acts of hospitality, do we find the same acts of reciprocal altruism as we see in biology and communal living along humans.
The ‘only necessary’ ingredients for this to occur are the following;
- 1. Trust instead of suspicion, niks mis met healthy supicion though. What I learned from the Druids is that children go by trust, for example, just like they do. And then just observe and watch what happens. If it turns out unfavorable, trust levels decline and can be build up by means of ‘reparation’ acts.
- 2. Mutual sharing instead of greed
Without trust, we can become Xenophobic, or afraid for the xenos or guest. Without mutual sharing, we become greedy, parasitic and competitive.
Trust is the magic elixir for a person to blossom, a village to grow, a city to flourish, a nation to thrive and a world to evolve.
All the best,
Sure was an interesting retirement for me. And definitely keen on continue working on this particular article.