Compassion is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of economics or the stock market. Modern economics is more often a negative force than a positive one. Debt, bribery, greed and corruption are always associated with money – values like love and empathy… not so much.
Does this make money automatically a bad thing? Maybe money is just a necessary evil, maybe economics is the crumbling foundation on which we must build our extravagant society.
But maybe it doesn’t have to be that way. What if we could create a form of economics that didn’t create debt, but negated it? What if we lived in a world with a compassionate currency that rewarded good deeds rather than greed?
Charles Eisenstein, author of ‘Sacred Economics’, argues that this world is possible. We could create a system of negative-interest, where keeping money you don’t need just devalues it; so you’d be better off giving it to someone who needs it more. This means that debt doesn’t just keep on growing forever, which is what’s happening in our current system.
Eisenstein states that his idea of a Sacred Economy can actually be achieved – even if it does sound a little far-fetched. In his book, he lays out plans for getting closer to a negative-interest system, practical steps we need to take to live in a better, more compassionate world.
But how can we hope to change things if the people in charge continue to value greed and wealth above everything else? Surely, to achieve a Sacred Economy, we need to change the way we think about money and business.
And – you guessed it – psychedelics could be the key. And we’re not talking hippies-putting-flowers-in-gun-barrels stuff… we’re talking about psychedelics working from the core of the business world to change things for the better.
More and more high-powered, ambitious businesspeople are using psychedelics to get ahead in their jobs. They take microdoses, tiny amounts of psychedelics, twice a week with their morning coffee. Scores of people are reporting that microdosing improves creativity, productivity, energy… it’s looking like psychedelics are taking the place of typical nootropics like amphetamines and caffeine, taking Silicon Valley and the Bay Area by storm. We might soon see businesses overrun with successful, ambitious, always-very-slightly-high entrepreneurs.
And although these go-getters will be using psychedelics mainly to get ahead in their jobs, they might experience some unwanted side-effects… increases in compassion, openness and empathy.
That’s right – studies suggest that psychedelics can increase the personality trait of “openness”; that is, being less prejudiced, more accepting, and more willing to see things from other people’s perspectives. This is pretty astounding – usually our main personality traits are set in stone once we reach adulthood. Psychedelics could be creating more compassionate people without them even knowing it.
Maybe over the next few decades, as the use of psychedelics becomes more commonplace in the business world, we’ll see more compassionate business ventures. Maybe we’ll see more public benefit corporations, or PBCs; companies designed to benefit humanity rather than their shareholders. Maybe we’ll see more high-earners giving more to charity or incubating more humanitarian ventures.
We might not see any stock brokers leaving their jobs to join communes in the Amazon… but maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised if Wall Street starts looking a little emptier one day.