According to Hesiod’s Theogony, the original nuclear family was created when Uranus mated with Gaia, the Greek earth goddess, and produced numerous children. Unfortunately, he hated his children, and they hated him. One of them, Cronus, went so far as to castrate Uranus and throw the severed genitals into the sea. This left a white foam in the ocean, which grew into Aphrodite, the goddess of love. So the story ends well, anyway. The mythographer Apollodorus described Uranus simply as ‘the first who ruled the whole world’. Now, of course, that role has been taken by money. So in order to protect Gaia, the planet Earth, from its ravagings, do we now need to metaphorically castrate money, throw the parts into the sea, and begin a new era of love? Or will it suffice to insert a few control rods?
David Orrell – 2022 – MONEY, MAGIC & how to DISMANTLE a FINANCIAL BOMB – p289 – seas.harvard.edu/wiki-pdf – GAIA-HYPOTHESIS
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After six years of studying psychology, philosophy and sociology at university I dropped out of academia to become a builder, designer and artist. (visit gallery)
Still I kept reading social science books and when in the late 90’s I found myself “in the money” I got interested in it as a topic. I read George Simmel but gave up on money again till the 2008 crash re-awakened my interest.
When friends and family could no longer stand me talk about money I started this blog to find some other people to engage with. But there was no reaction apart from the Queen who kindly responded to a letter I sent her. I had forgotten that you need to work very hard to attract attention and hard work is something I prefer to do as a builder rather than as a publicist.
Nonetheless I periodically feel the urge to share and debate my readings and insights with others. Hence this blog.
Chris A. Weitz 2019