Charles Eisenstein has become a favourite of mine in recent years, his writings stimulating belief and giving food for thought. This post titled Money and the Divine Masculine is another exercise in thought.
Outside the extreme case of Wall Street, the same money chase prevails, subjecting men and women alike to the pursuit of numbers. The integration of women into the workforce was considered a great victory of the feminist movement, but today some who call themselves feminist still, or post-feminist, would say that it was the last and greatest insult to the feminine. What kind of victory for women is it, to be permitted to join the mad chase for money at the cost of nature, culture, community, family, leisure, beauty, and health? What victory is it to have won the right to be equal partners in the pillage of the planet, which itself is the consequence of a kind of distorted hypermasculinity run amok?
It makes one wonder about the price modernisation has wrought on our world. About reducing the value of every object to a tangible value of dollars and cents. About the rat race and that chase for material possessions, and the wonderful concept of planned obsolescence. Is everything truly about money?
There is a Chinese phrase that goes – 钱不是万能，但是没钱却是万万不能。 It says, money might not be the answer to everything, but we are helpless and cannot afford to do without it.
To return to the subject of the divine masculine – Charles talks about the masculine duty to create, to follow the ideal, and not be shackled to the pursuit for money while blinding ourselves to what we truly value – love, relationships, ideals and passions.
The same statement has been echoing for quite a while after all; how many times have we read about “doing something you love”, but ended up taking the opposite tack in a bid to earn more and improve our standard of material living? It could be either viewed as being realistic, or on the other extreme, a betrayal of the self.
What then, is right? Like Charles says, learning to use money as a tool rather than allowing it to overwhelm the self. Is this obsession rooted in the monetary system we live in? Should the concepts of credit and inflation be reworked altogether?
“Money had never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”
“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”
– Benjamin Franklin