…and in the spirit realm.
I was working with a shaman named Tim, a self-professed far-east, spaced-out cowboy, and on top of introducing me to the Hermetic Philosophy as revealed through The Kybalion, he also guided me through my first Amanita Muscaria trip.
Tim had a lot of wise things to say and he was fortunately open to letting me film his inspired stream-of-consciousness. There was a way in which Tim could deftly pull apart reality, making a profusion of connections, seeing parallels and finding correspondence everywhere. To say Tim has influenced the way I see the world would be an understatement; he is right up there with Tupac, Jordan Peterson, Peter Joseph, and Dr. Michael Egan.
One of the more memorable things Tim said was this:
“You have two spiritual commodities: Time and Attention; you spend time and you pay attention.“
Simple and profound. Time & Attention (TNA) are a currency. They are in fact, all we truly have to give. Even money itself is a derivative of these two commodities as it is (typically) generated by TNA and/or can be invested in lieu of TNA. Forget the gold standard*, the TNA standard is what truly gives money value. In fact, to the extent that fiat currencies can be said to based on faith (I would say 100%), they are based on TNA -at it’s most abstract, the global economy runs on time and attention.
As to whether or not abstraction, esotericism and entheogen-fuelled speculation from the fringes of civilization have any bearing upon economic discussions, we should remember two things:
Who knows, maybe Adam Smith had some space cowboy in him as well.
*Yes, I realize the gold standard has been mostly abolished.