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CREATIVE HUMAN INTENTION

PART TWO: CREATIVE COMMUNITY

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

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.

RESOURCES:

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) – Art Assignment

Art is Pretentious

Art + Taxes = The Dirty Truth

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) – School of Life

ART – History of Ideas

Art is Advertising for What We Need

Why Arts Grads Are Under-Employed

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

DOCUMENTARY – Trailer

Minimalism (Matt D’Avella)

The Millennial Dream (Tim Davidson)

One Week Job (Ian Mackenzie)

RIPPLE EFFECT

PASSION PROJECTS FROM THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY

 

BEING THE

BUSINESS

FILM / VIDEO: (YouTube) – Trailer

The Founder (John Lee Hancock)

Big Eyes (Tim Burton)

Woman in Gold (Simon Curtis)

DOCUMENTARY – Trailer

The Art of the Steal (Don Argott)

VIDEO:  Adam Ruins Everything

Real Reason the Mona Lisa is Famous

Fine Art Market is a Scam

VIDEO (YouTube): Muppet Songs

‘Business Business’ - Ed Sullivan Show

VIDEO: (YouTube) - Insider

'Shredded Girl With Balloon'

ARTIST / WEBSITE: Banksy

VIDEO (YouTube):

Fierce Women of Art (The Art Assignment)

Artworks Ruined (by idiots) (Sabrina Cruz)

Make an Art (Hennessy Youngman)

VIDEO (Vimeo): Gwenn Seemel

All Art is Political

VIDEO: (YouTube) - Gladstone Hotel

Come Up To My Room

HEALTHY M.O.

PSYCHO-EMOTIONAL BALANCE

MONEY ON THE BRAIN

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Mere Exposure Effect (Professor Ross)

How Stores Use Psychology (Sabrina Cruz)

 

VIDEO: PBS Digital Studios – Two Cents

Ways People are Dumb with Money

Fastest Way to Pay Off Debt

Love & Money

 

INTERVIEW / VIDEO: The Shift Network

Understanding Your Emotional Currency

BOOK: Emotional Currency. By Kate Levinson

VIDEO: (YouTube) - Matt D’Avella

Minimalist Approach to Personal Finance

VIDEO: (YouTube) - TED Talk

A Rich Life With Less Stuff  - The Minimalists

WEBSITE: The Minimalists

 

VIDEO: (YouTube) – Brian Johnson

Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

 

VIDEO: (YouTube)

How to Discover What You Want (Teal Swan)

Attract More Abundance (Amanda Flaker)

PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR DAY-TO-DAY LIVING

THE WEALTHY CREATOR

SHIFT GEARS

CHANGING THE TEMPLATE

COMMON-WEALTH

VIDEO: (YouTube)

Paradox of Value - A. Agarwal (TED-Ed)

Credit Unions Better? (Two Cents)

Money & Debt (Crash Course)

SHORT FILM: The Story of Stuff Project

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Broke

The Story of Change

The Story of Solutions

 

WEBSITE: The Story of Stuff Project