Small Economies

[… A bit of a rant and a tangent.]

Carly-Art_-_Wild_bee_hive_(by-sa)I’m a little on edge about the mess in Washington, are you? If you don’t read the news, maybe you’re fine. But I think things are so extreme that even the normally news-free types can’t avoid learning about it these days. Probably at least 8 out of 10 people you know are aware of the government shutdown.

It’s extraordinary and scary, the way those people in our government are treating each other. Which is the same as the way we people are treating each other, right?

Sure, the politicians are screwing up big time, bickering – as so many describe it – like children. But they also reflect growing polarity among the populace. I can’t fathom why, but even the bad guys have their devotees. We’re split, fundamentally, passionately, maybe irrevocably.

It won’t surprise the regular reader here that my suggested solution is small economy.

What do I mean by small economy?

Well, of course E. F. Schumacher explained it for the 20th century.

What’s our understanding of the idea now, in 2013?

If economies are systems that organize available resources, then the following list may be helpful. These are examples of small economies that most everyone has known.

  • If you had a healthy and happy childhood, your home environment manifested a small economy in action.
  • Whenever you’ve participated as a member of a team, you’ve lived out a small economy.
  • Your circle of friends or colleagues or fellow enthusiasts maintains a small economy.
  • Your personal solutions to the practical challenges of living define your individual economy.
  • Your reconciliation with higher powers defines your personal spiritual economy.

Thinking about how such small economies work, one immediate thought is that they depend on interpersonal relationships along with loyalty and/or consistency.

If our nation is so fundamentally divided, perhaps it’s time to re-organize our economy. This is hardly an original thought. The economy is the culprit most often named as responsible for the current problems in our U.S. of A. – the income gap and the social inequity that results. There is a glaring need to re-organize.

I’m no economist, nor even a thought leader on any level. But after six decades on this earth plane, I do love the idea and teachings of small economies. If we can return to our most human roots in personal trust, we’ll find the solutions that seem impossibly hidden in the antagonism that prevails right now.

What do you think?

Oh, and by the way, inbound marketing also exemplifies the tenets of small economies, with its emphasis on relationships and the fulfillment of actual needs. Just sayin’.

About Mary Ruth

Mary H. Ruth is a virtual assistant, online marketing manager, copywriter and editor, and certified inbound marketing specialist. She has over 30 years' experience in administration and marketing in both non-profit and business sectors, having earned a degree in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975. Now living in Gainesville, Florida, she's been working online since late 2007.
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