The Lose-Lose Gamble Approach You are focused on making a living by constantly looking for where and how to get the most money out of every situation. Money is the driving force behind in this scenario. You always try to get a piece of the cake as long as there is cake on the table. If there is no cake on the table, you move on to another table to see if there is some cake left for you.
It’s a lousy way to get food on the table and to feed your family. It’s a way that leads sooner or later to the bottom of the system, ending up with less and in the end, with nothing. Over time, you need to become smarter to grab the cake, as there is more and more competition from others for that choice piece of cake. At one point, you may even try to steal the cake. It’s a desperate situation, but one you can justify, because after all, you need to eat, right?.
It’s a straight lose-lose system. You lose and the whole society loses. Do you really think the bank just prints more money? Have you ever thought about where the money comes from? Why is it that the dollar is worth less and less? Everyone works harder and longer and more efficiently than ever before in the history of the human race. Yet, it cost more and more to simply have that piece of cake. Do you get the idea that all this is somehow connected?
Individual (micro) loss and market or social (macro) loss is just the tip of the iceberg. Our system of monetized consumerism goes far beyond of our paltry ability to understand how it fully affects our planet. All resources - natural or otherwise - that are taken out and not somehow replenished are lost forever. This helps to create a downward spiral that ultimately affects our own chances of survival.
Where does the cake come from when everyone is focused solely on the cake itself and not on what goes into the cake?
How can anyone make a cake when all the ingredients have been depleted?
This approach is the simple result of thinking and acting as if you’re the only one on this planet. It’s the attitude that says, “It is all about me, me, me.” This attitude is severely unhealthy. It ultimately leads to loss of power, loss of self-esteem, avoidance, and to feelings of hopelessness and depression. It is beyond the power of even Prozac to sugarcoat.
The Win-Win Contributer Approach You are focused on contributing to society. You are aware that you are a unique person and you have developed your unique strengths, abilities and gifts - of course for your benefit, but also for the benefit of others. You are using these attributes along with a positive attitude to contribute your share to society.
You are in the service business. You enrich and enlighten society, and from the mixing bowl of your life, you make wonderful cakes
Imagine if everyone could do it this way. Imagine the results of this scenario. There would be so much cake on the table that no one would ever have to fight about the getting enough. Indeed, there would be countless tables with an abundance of cakes on each one. It would be a society that would be so rich, so deliciously abundant, that it would have plenty of resources, and also one in which everything that is created is sustainable.
There would be so much value in the system in the form of money and in many other intangibles, that society could cooperatively build a global energy production system that is cheap - maybe even free - and based on free resources from advanced solar, wind and other technologies.
As a member of this society, and because you are creatively and fully utilizing your strengths and talents, no robot can ever replace you.
You holistically use your intuition as well as your intelligence to to make life decisions. As a consequence, your capacity to visualize reality and to create it flawlessly borders on the fantastic.
This approach is the result of thinking and acting with the certain understanding that we are all connected.
We have one earth and each of us is part of the whole system. We understand that our local actions have global effects. We understand that contributing to the whole makes the whole stronger and richer, and gives back synergistically to each individual and to society as well. Each individual benefits in untold ways when he or she contributes back into the system.
It all starts out with a single belief or concept about how we want to see the world and ourselves.
choose this kind of abundance over deprivation if they are only willing to take their eyes off the cake and instead think about how to put it - and many more just as delicious - onto the world’s table to benefit the whole.