To Make Use of Our Potential as Citizens Towards a Fairer Economy

The three kinds of time – exit from the hamster wheel – Ivo Muri’s insights after seven years of time research

Published on Current Concerns no. 12, by Madeleine Dommen, Switzerland, August 2011.

… What is our economy like? Why are there a lot of unemployed, even though there is enough work and also a lot of money? Why is time money? What really is time or money? Why is long-term unemployment increasing, but also the rate of burnout? Shouldn’t democracy imply the small scale where we can vouch for the community?

He is starting a research of years, being able to build contacts with many people who have already thought deeply about these ideas. He is developing a fundamental analysis providing surprising insights. He is using excursions into history, examples from the present and everyday experiences to explain his results in a vivid and factual way.

It is Muri’s main concern to provide this analysis for everybody comprehensibly so that we all can make use of our potential as citizens, driving the change towards a fairer economic system. 

A central role is played by the importance of democracy and citizenship. Citizens vouching for the community ensure that laws are made in such a way that they lead to wellbeing, security and tranquility for everybody. In a democracy this would imply that there could be no unemployment wasting the talents of so many people. Humans would organize economy so that nobody would be suffering from fear for one’s existence. But which are the reasons making people run faster and faster in the hamster wheel? Stealing time needed for family and community? Making fears for existence a mass phenomenon? … //

… … Our current financial crisis is not accidental; renowned persons have been warning for years. Take for example Professor Heinrich Bortis, economy historian from the University of Fribourg. In his book “EWR und EU – Irrwege in der Gestaltung Europas” (EEA and EU – going the wrong track in Europe) which appeared as early as early as 1992, he has been warning of the consequences of an overstretched currency area in the EU. Muri held a short interview with the author who elaborates on his previous predictions. His main criticism had been: Industries will not have long-term locations in the EU.

Humans will be affected by lasting unemployment, they will become sick. Due to the high fixed costs, free trade is causing the outsourcing of production into countries with cheap labor. A self-regulating market is a utopia. It is destroying human and social substance. The gap between rich and poor will widen further.

But humans, as deeply social beings would be capable of maximum cultural performance. In face of the developments in Yugoslavia or in the North African states, he also warns of presenting evolved borders as an unimportant or questionable matter.

Naturally, the obviously fruitful cooperation between the researchers led to the question how we could stop the hamster wheel.

Ivo Muri says: If we succeed in discerning the three forms of time and understanding their interactions, we would put the time of life above the economic time. In this way we could find solutions in the social and economic context, on all continents, enabling a fair and peaceful coexistence.

Ivo Muri has concrete proposals. We need to decouple time and money. We could change our constitutions and our democratic laws by becoming active citizens. Through a factual analysis without enemy stereotypes about left or right, men and women can find answers. Money needs to be controlled by the state. National bank and canton banks may not be privatized. Currency areas need to be national.

Because small and manageable states are able to solve their tasks and problems better, it makes more sense to live in small organizational units and currency areas.

And, finally, in order to allow for a coupling of money and real economy, we should calibrate our money again in measures of food. Of all units, it is the most important unit which has not yet been standardized like the meter or the kilogram.

After these introductory thoughts, the movie “Momo” was shown which was shot after the “Momo” story by Michael Ende. For the audience it was impressive to see the parallels between the “grey men” in the movie and today’s globalized economy, but also the rich life in a small town and the thoughts of the time of life as Ivo Muri has tried to explain us. Because: “A society that has no time does not live. It’s about time to change this!” (Cited from the article “Thoughts about the movie ‘Momo’”).

It was an inspiring evening between lack of time and time prosperity which stimulated among the large audience many thoughts and impulses towards further discussion, but also courage and confidence that the current problems can be attacked together.

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“We human beings believe that we are subject to the ‘mechanics of time is money’ in that way that it threatens us in our existence in the sense of:  We have to perform still more, we need an unlimited economic growth, a product should come into the world before it has been thought through to the end thoroughly, before it is produced to the end etc […]

A cat is in quite a hurry whenever it catches a mouse. But after the hunt, there is calmness the order of the day.  And men are forced to permanent hunting by the way we are working today. And that is of no good to life energy, to the psyche, to the Chi, to the Prana, or to the breath in the long term. […]

And for us it is quite astonishing that all of us are complaining of money problems, although there has never been as much money on the computers of this world as today. […]

Money and money economy mustn’t be the master of all economy. Money must be a servant to national economy. Money must be the result of work which makes sense, which is oriented towards an end, that’s to say to the creation of value” … (full text).

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