Abundance and Scarcity

I imagined that I was brought up to save money as a kid. It's quite a positive trait, but I have come to realise that it went beyond that. I have come to realise that the society I grew up in, as a whole, had a pretty negative attitude to poverty. I want to explain how I came to realise that I have a mindset of scarcity, and how this has absolutely nothing to do with my income, and why I think it is important for me to work hard on that way of thinking, to become free of that. To be able to embrace and be unafraid of poverty, so that I can act rationally. 

I think that there is not enough. There's not enough money. Not enough land. Not enough food. Not enough toilet roll! I worry, I am troubled! I am concerned about the future and I vote for political systems that also build into this idea of scarcity. There are other poverties too, not enough friends, not enough time, not enough energy... I could continue.

I went to see a few grassroot art projects in Mugabe's Zimbabwe – a book cafe, and a sculpture park, in the townships. The townships were, and still are today, impermanent settlements, where people didn't have the opportunity to save, to accumulate, to pile up. Fear of the police was real and, I believe, justified. But there, in those communities, I discovered a kind of abundance I didn't expect. An abundance of community. Because "Whatever happens, we have each other". 

And then I return to the west, and my ingrained habits of accumulation, and fear, and scarcity. Being sure I have enough for me; rather than my neighbour has enough for them. And I am ashamed. I am deeply deeply ashamed of myself, and how closed off I have become from my neighbour in so many ways. 

What I have learnt, is that poverty is nowhere near as frightening or as dangerous to me as my greed is. For it is in giving that we receive. And it is a form of receiving that is unobtainable in any other form. It is a permission to be a dignified part of society. To be able to truly be at peace. I know I have a really long path to walk until I become a child of abundance. I have lived with a mindset of scarcity so long. But as I set out, one step into the unknown, I hope that my Jedi friends might join me on that walk too. 

 

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This is one of those lovely examples of, how you can find a lesson in a day, when you open yourself up to receiving what the world is doing. Thank you for this awesome reminder on this lesson.

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You're very welcome Thomas.

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The more you take the less you have. Definitely a lesson to keep in mind. Thanks, Twigga!

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It's a hard work to undo! All the best Rax.

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Thank you for this Twigga!!! I needed to hear this today!

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You're welcome JP. Wonderful to see you back again!

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Nice.

In the course of my life, I've heard more metaphysicians speak on abundance than I can tally. But I can only recall one who even hinted that we do experience abundance on our own; it is by necessity a shared experience. The acquisitive...

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In the course of my life, I've heard more metaphysicians speak on abundance than I can tally. But I can only recall one who even hinted that we do experience abundance on our own; it is by necessity a shared experience. The acquisitive one who succeeds at having much more than everyone else is placed at odds with the surrounding society; either a foolish envy or a justified sense of desperation gives rise to animosity, and insecurity even for the wealthy one.

Thanks Twigga for the the insight!

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