When we are hungry, we have a need for nourishing food. Seeking an extra pair of pants or a new car will not satiate that hunger, only temporarily distract us from it. If our consumption does not match our real need, the emptiness we seek to fill will remain, and no matter how much we gorge ourselves on false substitutes, we will continue to starve inside. If greed is a symptom of emptiness, what is it that we are really hungry for?

 

Why do we seek to acquire money, certain products, resources, or positions, experiences and lifestyles? Perhaps it’s to full-fill a need for power and control, or safety and security. In a materialistic culture, we are sold a mindset that tends to put greater emphasis on the accumulation of money and tangible resources as an expression of status.

 

But when financial worth becomes mixed up with personal value, and our social identity is judged on the merits of being a producer or a consumer, who does this mindset really serve?

Who decides what is valuable and worth pursuing ~ what (or who) is worthy of our time, energy and attention? What influences and shapes our core values and interprets our experiences of worth? And who decides what aspects of reality get to be seen and heard?   

12. VALUE ~

Money, Marketplace & Mixed Messages

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah.  July 1, 2019

A mindset that promotes the value of tangible assets as an expression of worth might perpetuate the need for utilitarian or decorative symbols of status. But in order to sell their message and/or product, such promotional campaigns often tap into (or exploit) our deeper and less tangible needs ~ our needs for freedom, love, meaning and belonging.

 

In this way, a materialistic mindset may perpetuate the acquisition of financial wealth, goods and services by inverting the human need to be safe, connected and valued. If an individual lives in a group or society that does not value them as a person, nor their talents, skills and gifts, that person may feel isolated, devalued and purposeless.

 

Wanting to feel worthy, and exposed to a daily onslaught of messages that reinforce a materialistic mindset, this person may come to believe that in order to be respected, admired and wanted, they need to achieve a certain level of financial success.

When it comes to projecting our self-worth into our wallets, many of us have been conditioned by the mixed messages of family, religion, media, and society, buying into a mindset that starves us with one hand with the promise of fulfilling us with the other.

We may consume (or produce) until it makes us sick, all in an attempt to prove our worth, while the original need still goes unmet. Such a cycle continues until we reverse the flow of our cultural values and question the mindset that negatively filters our perceptions, beliefs and engagement with reality. The void will remain until we purge the false substitutes we’ve been fed.

VIDEO (YouTube): School of Life

William Morris

Art is Advertising

Arts Grads Under-Employed

VIDEO (YouTube): Art Assignment

Art is Pretentious

Art + Taxes = The Dirty Truth

What Makes a Masterpiece?

VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk

Art Paradoxes – Jennifer Dalton

Origins of Pleasure – Paul Bloom

The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

You a Giver or a Taker? – Adam Grant

VIDEO (YouTube): B Corporation

B Corp Anthem - B the Change
The B Corp Movement

DOCUMENTARY: Trailer

Rerouting (Roadtrip Nation)

Minimalism (Matt D’Avella)

The Millennial Dream (Tim Davidson)

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Justin Pemberton)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Graffiti of Woman with Glasses

 

BEING THE

BUSINESS

FILM / VIDEO (YouTube): Trailer

Big Eyes (Tim Burton)

Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis)

The Founder (John Lee Hancock)
Mainstream (Gia Coppola)

VIDEO:  Adam Ruins Everything

Reason the Mona Lisa is Famous

Fine Art Market is a Scam

MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):

‘Business Business’ (Muppet Songs)

Santé - Stromae (Stromae)

VIDEO (YouTube): Insider

'Shredded Girl With Balloon'

ARTIST / WEBSITE: Banksy

VIDEO (YouTube):

Fierce Women of Art (Art Assignment)

Artworks Ruined (Sabrina & Friends)

Make an Art (Hennessy Youngman)

Guy Who Invented Money...(Frank James)

VIDEO:

All Art is Political (Gwenn Seemel)

Come Up To My Room (Gladstone Hotel)

 

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
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PSYCHO-

EMOTIONAL

EFFECTS

OF MONEY

VIDEO (YouTube): Matt D’Avella

Minimalist Approach to Personal Finance

VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk

A Rich Life, Less Stuff  - The Minimalists

WEBSITE: The Minimalists

 

VIDEO (YouTube): OPTIMIZE Brian Johnson

'Science of Getting Rich' by Wallace Wattles

 

VIDEO (YouTube):

Is Money the Root of All Evil? (Teal Swan)

Break Free of Money Blocks (Christina Lopes)

Attract More Abundance (Amanda Flaker)

 

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
Holding a Paintbrush

THE WEALTHY CREATOR

VIDEO (YouTube):

Afraid to Fail (Mel Robbins)

PNTV: Art & Fear (Optimize)

Seth Godin's Speech (Tom Bilyeu)

Be Rare & Valuable (Productivity Game)

Business Freedom Blueprint (Mindvalley)
Turn Your Passion into Profit (Wondrium)

VIDEO (YouTube): TED Talk

Want to Be a YouTuber? – Sabrina Cruz

What They Don't Tell You – Mark Leruste

BOOK: Carol Eikleberry & Carrie Pinsky

The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People

VIDEO (YouTube):

Business Model You – Tim Clark (Wiley)

Business Model Canvas (Strategyzer)

Wealthy Artist: 6 Myths & Tips (Canvas Pop)

Your Job is to Make Art (ConvertKit)

Responsibility to Create (Jennifer Louden)

Make Your Art No Matter What (Schulmanart)
New Money Mindset (Christine Kane)
 

BOOK:

Art & Fear. Bayles & Orland
Business Model You. Tim Clark

Make Your Art No Matter What. Beth Pickens

Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur. Christine Kane

 

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS

VIDEO (YouTube):

What Every Leader Gets Wrong (Inc)

The 99% Is a Myth (The Atlantic)

Income & Wealth Inequality  (Crash Course)

Stories Control Economic Reality (NerdWriter)

Societal Collapse to Independence (Teal Swan)

VIDEO (YouTube): TED

What is a Gift Economy? – Alex Gendler

The Gift of Happiness – Charles Eisenstein

VIDEO (YouTube):

Sacred Economics (Re/Culture Films)

Changing World Order (Principles by Ray Dalio)
BOOK: Sacred Economics. Charles Eisenstein