There is a massive incursion in our age that is so insidious, it slithers around us and shapes our thinking and changes our language completely undetected. It’s so subtle that most of you will struggle to realize what it is in entirety, but once pointed out you will see its ubiquitous hand reaching into everything. What am I describing? The incursion of a corporate value system.
Here lately there has been a whole lot of stuff being written on the metaphysical side about charging for services and how “magick”, or “meditation” or “vast yogic awesome powers” factor into having money, or not. Over at this blog, the case is made that “Magick” isn’t necessarily about rolling in the dough and is often an arduous responsibility particularly on shamanic paths. On this blog, another view is promoted suggesting that magick is “mainly about getting one’s physical needs met”. Whereas on THIS blog, the writer suggests one can do both at once—a sort of middle path. Stepping away from the realm of Magick and into the realm of the Law of Attraction, we find on Melody Fletcher’s blog the view that one should charge for their services, and not fall into poverty for doing spiritual work. That’s a whole lotta views, with a whole lot of seemingly irreconcilable differences.
A fundamental divide in thinking about economics exists. To make this divide crystal clear, I’m going to make use of a simple example. Suppose for instance, that you need antibiotics. The price of these antibiotics is $200 a bottle. The manufacturing and research cost of these antibiotics is roughly $50. Are the antibiotics worth $200?