“Y unity? …because sharing means community” - that is the phrase that @zedxloud and me come up this morning on a walk through Bad Dürrenberg. It’s for the first litte block on the new website that Chrisi @paulfree14 @zedxloud @Djahnie @arno_doepper among others were wupping in the last days. In the text below I would like to address a few thoughts that I shared essentially with @paulfree14 , @rosy @laurina @zedxloud @adrean @lara @selina about the topic of Wurzen, especially how we are using money to buy a building and why unity needs integrity.
I want to start with a picture. Imagine sharing everything, imagine we want to let this delight flower of sharing grow and blossom. Does it matter in which soil we plant our seeds? If yunity want to set the basis to build a bridge into a shared world, is using money and reciprocity a contradicting logic and therefore the basis will never hold the construction of sharing that is intended to be made. Or do we have to dig deeper, and have a look into the question if we share all our money?
The metaphor of the blossoming flower stands for integrity. Integrity is the harmony of what you say you do and what you actually do, between you imagination of values (like love, trust, greed) and the way you life live. You can fish out of a diverse set of values. Some you like, some you don’t. You can choose and try to actualize them in every moment. Each and every single moment. Well, who is capable of that? But we can try. And the more we get on the quest of trying to actualizing our deepest values, the more we can get aware of the reasons why we sometimes don’t. When we are shaking out of the harmony, when the conscience rings, it is a good time to listen carefully.
If you are in moments of integrity and you continue that talk and walk and each and every moment that follows is in that integrity, you get into a flow, something I would describe in German as “Der Gang des Gelingens”. Gelingen has a deeper meaning than accomplish or succeed, it describes a creative process, where the flow gently weaves into the landscape without being invasive. “Gelingen” is used for occasions where you need actual experience. Just a rigid plan, a recipe doesn’t do it all. A cake can gelingen (by whe way, the English, missing that word, have not so good cake), a relationship can gelingen, education can gelingen, sharing can gelingen.
I see us in the middle of the creative process as a group that is trying to find it’s integrity in sharing, whereas if the group would have an integrity in sharing, it would be a community.
Sharing isn’t a concept that has fallen into the garden of Isabella in Malo in September 2015 and hit a few people. It is a shared vision of many people who have stepped on our earth, braved human beings who were trying to invite for unity. But a community that had the potential to spread all over the world to change the way we treat each other, was never present. And I would argue, that this kind of community, that a movement of sharing wasn’t spreading all over the world because of hypocrisy that was sneaking in.
What do we actually want to actualize? I’d simply say: sharing. Sharing our time, skills and resources. And we have all noticed: The joy of sharing something for a common vision does create a momentum. This kind of atmosphere is trying to be achieved by a partial movement, that I see linked to the sharing movement, but still sets itself other values, especially the one of money-free. In this logic no money is allowed to be used for creating rooms of sharing. If money-free is the goal, then different paths can lead there: One could for instance steal, manipulated, trade or share.
Every moment gives us the opportunity to pursue our deepest values and throws us into the risky and appealing freedom. But what kind of freedom is money-free. It is the freedom from something, from money. It is a delimiting freedom, that gets in position against money. (Or against a certain currency, which is a big difference, because money doesn’t have to lead to power concentration and hierarchy itself).
The money-free movement actually wants to initiate rooms of sharing through money-freeness, and they are right, that if there is no reciprocity include, marvel things can happen, but you cannot exclude money, and people who are using money. But you can show them why we share and how they could also share. And the side-effect of all of that, if we all share our time skills and resources, the side-effect is becoming money-free.
Therefore money-free is a communal endeavor. It cannot be reached other than with the community, where we find in the supplement/complementarity the abundance that allows us to buy less and share more (have a look at why we share – initiating community – website content). And if we (or somebody who’s now inspired) really want to be money-free – we need tdo go into the wild and start from scratch, e.g. drinking no water somebody else is paying for.
Sharing for itself is the freedom for something, as a self purpose or for the community. The freedom for something embraces the duty of responsibility (response-abilty). It is the duty to explain, where you are going, because widening the freedom for everyone. A value you life for transcends the individual in a henceforth common good. So looking into the world though the glasses of our shared vision where are we going next seeing acknowledging the fact that a lot of people are longing for the utopian world of sharing, though they still depend on money or that others are using money? Imagine sharing everything – also our money, to open up our doors for the freedom with.
Ok, you might think, and how can we do that concretely? Well, at the WuppHaus we have a cup (magic jar), where we throw in our money and keep the receipts. That is of course not very much elaborated, but catches the basic idea: Everybody gives what they have, and everybody can take, what they need. In the WuppHaus, everybody means the people who came into our living room a couple of times and who resonate with the vision of sharing. We don’t have a big banner outside the house that has written on it “donate”. We don’t want to set the incentive that people just give money, without knowing for what it could be spend for (and thereby hindering actual responsibility to arise). Giving needs personal contact to initiate community. A person needs to see and comprehend yunity to give money or give stuff they have (maybe even bought) and feel responsible to tell others about that bigger thing, the community, that is possible if we begin the quest of sharing everything.
So far we encouraged a mindful use of money at the WuppHaus, but still left people self-determined in the question, if they want to use money. Especially we encouraged to reduce the consumption to necessities. Necessities are of course subjective. If we are transparent with the needs that we as a community and individual need to satisfy through the use of money, we can name and shame that in this world there is an access closed to a certain human necessity. And within the community we can look for alternative production forms, like growing our own food.
We can go a way of transformation, without excluding other parts of the society, especially those who want to use money. Communally we can reduce our use of money, the more we share our knowledge about alternative production and the more we make things accessible.
For the access to the magic jar there could be three rings around the seed (suggested by @curtis):
- The personal commitment to yunity: Did you say you want to be a part?
- Have you demonstrated that you know the basic things about yunity? (Onboarding process)
- Are you unconditional but committed to the whole? (Own desires subservient to the whole)
I’d like to leave a few questions to start a dialog:
• Does it matter in which soil we plant our seeds?
• Is yunity in integrity if we exclude sharing money?
• Is the process of buying (especially how to participate in tipping in) Wurzen transparent and accessible for everybody (“who was in the living room or knocks on the door?”)? Do you see hypocrisy in exclusively buying a house for the purpose of sharing?
• If sharing money is in integrity, what kind of guidelines would u propose?