E.G. (elainegrey) wrote,

I've told folks at Meeting, work, some local friends, and Facebook about the move. There are some other folks, too, who i need to tell.

[ ] folks who are part of meeting but are not there frequently

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On my list of things to do, i have my forgiveness practice to exercise. The biggest target for forgiveness, i suppose, is the Governor of NC and the legislature. Christine checked and our representative to be protested the law. These aren't helpful targets, though: i don't feel any particular need for "revenge," just voting the fellow out. The Democratic candidate for governor is the current attorney general, about whom today's headlines read, "Attorney General Roy Cooper Says His Office Won't Defend Discriminatory HB 2."

I suppose i could work on forgiving the "new director" of years ago. Again, though, i'm not sure i see anything to forgive at this point. I don't know that i need to respect him, and again, this isn't about reconciliation.

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This reminds me that i am listening to Debt: the first 5,000 years by David Graeber. It's been fascinating as he rebuts the economist "myth" that money evolved out of barter. His argument is that debt was the first "invention" in human relationships and that money was invented to simplify debt accounting. His arguments are based on ethnography and history and not on theory. One revelation, he argues, is that debt evolved hand in hand with a threat of violence and governments. His observations (so far) are that much of the exchange within communities were gift and "favor" exchanges where individuals kept track informally: sharing, essentially, was how communities met the needs.

I guess right now i'm curious to find reviews of this book by experts. I've found a Marxist review that points out that Graeber doesn't critique capitalism. No critique though of any of his historical interpretations other than not examining class. The beginning of a comparative legal review behind a paywall said Graeber avoids legal language and dismissed some sort of negligence.

Tags: be happy, greycatnext, reading notes

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