»In all beginnings dwells a magic force
for guarding us and helping us to live.«
– Hermann Hesse
Knowledge is not worth anything unless it is applied. Anybody who knows how a piano works but does not practise will never be able to play the piano. Everything acquires its value from what we make of it. »By their fruits ye shall know them«, the Bible says (Matthew 7: 20). As simple as this realisation is, the more difficult it is to put into practice when it is a question of new monetary and economic systems. We cannot simply try out the Natural Economy of Life either in a laboratory situation or in real life. Is the undertaking therefore doomed to failure? By no means!
As always when we do not know how to go on, we have an excellent counsellor we can ask – nature. Nature did not first of all try out life on earth in a laboratory situation, or at least we do not know that she did. As far as we can observe, nature uses two tools – the creative plan and evolution. We find the creative plan in all manifestations of life, in every seed, in the genetic code, in the natural laws, in the paths of stars and galaxies and in the paths of electrons. Evolution can be historically researched, for example with the help of excavations, stone specimens and fossils. In general, nature starts realising her creative plan on a small scale as far as is possible and then lets the whole thing grow. Sometimes it grows continuously and sometimes there are leaps in its development, the so-called leaps in evolution.
We have copied nature’s creative plan and from it developed the Natural Economy of Life. It is the fruit of our joint work in the research project. With the copies of this book you can sow the seed in the entire world. When the time is ripe and the soil fertile, the seed will germinate.
You, dear reader, are warmly invited to contribute your personal share and scatter the seed. To do so, you do not have to be in agreement with every detail as everything will go on developing and anyone can contribute to the future development. Knowledge of possible solutions is actually the most important thing we need at the present time.
If you want to do more, you can help to make the soil fertile by talking to others about the concept on the internet, in social networks or in person, of course. This is bound to result in most interesting conversations.
A further possibility is to join a gradido network, for example http://gradido.net. There you will get your own gradido account, your own website and access to the gradido marketplace. Such gradido networks will soon be created all over the world. They are, so to speak, virtual research islands with a real background. The members can offer each other goods and services and grant each other gradido discounts of any amount agreed on. The more gradido networks are created, the wider the entire network will be. This is plan C from section 78.
If you want to cooperate more intensively or support the project and our work financially, we warmly invite you to become a member of the Gradido Academy: http://gradido.net/academy.
The next few sections are concerned with how the Natural Economy of Life can be introduced in phases parallel to the existing system.