Scottish Pounds and Common Cents
I received the following response on last week's email
about Alternative Currency (I forgot to say then that I call it Unity
Scrip) from my good friend Nicolas Ortiz Cue who lives in Scotland. Nick
is my most faithful reader and gives me regular and useful feedback on
practically all the postings I send out. He also read/reviewed/edited
People Medicine for me.
was pleased to get this particular feedback regarding the local
currency scene in Scotland as well as information about Scottish pounds.
Nick suggests below, there is a lot more to money than we generally
think. Since thinking comes up, you might want to visit and sign up for
his thinking person's blog called One Magic Dragon. Nick is The Dragon
Hi Doctor Bob!
e-mail. It is an idea we had talked about in the past and it seems to
reappear every so often. As you know, here in the village and
surroundings such a system was used a few years ago (12?), and also the
“time credit” system was used.
worked well for a while, until the “directing board” grew and grew and
began to regulate and regulate and regulate making it more complicated
than what it needed to be and thus people lost confidence and trust and
the idea died away. Shame. Yet, I know of other places in the UK where
this idea has come up every once in a while in view of the present
best thing about your e-mail is that it is doing something! It is
constructive, and hopeful. “So, all that seems like Big Stuff and
beyond any of us doing
about it. Let’s see about that.” I agree with you that one of the major
losses we are experiencing in all roams of life is confidence and
trust. Whether governments are concern, the economy, the political
system and leaders, our neighbours and even ourselves! We are living in
a world that because of lack of confidence and trust is becoming more
and more apart (as nations, communities and even interpersonal and
personal relationships). No wonder creativity and energy for
change is at times so scarce. Yet, there is hope and things do change
and evolve and becoming an active part of that process is what is
needed and you are doing. It is what the e-mail is doing, so good on
you. We need for trust and confidence to increase and that is also a
task on itself.
don’t know what will happen with the Euro. A return to “local”
(national) currencies? Sounds like a big leap backwards and a lot is at
stake. To begin with most of the Chinese wealth is invested in
Euros and there is a lot of it and they won’t let it change into a lot
of local currencies that will make them have a loss due to the exchange
rate. That to just point out a simple example.
believe the Euro will carry on and that is good in the sense that it
unites and interconnects peoples and countries destiny. But I also see
that it has to evolve.
problem is not so much the legal note, even who issues the notes, but
our attitude towards money and wealth as a whole. The change has to
come from a different state of consciousness and awareness of what
money, wealth is and how it should be used in a complex 21st Century
world. Something much more complicated than issuing local money
notes. Where is all the money going to? Is it efficiently used
and for what is really needed? Is it bringing a better life quality to
the people? Much to do on that side of things and very complicated too.
Nevertheless, the crisis is so deep that it is forcing things to change
and evolve regardless of leaders and country policies. The old appears
to be dying with a big bang but we can not see the new working yet. It
is a time for creativity and action. It is not in the hands of any
individual, it has to be a collective solution and change. World
leaders (in every walk of life) are learning this regardless if they
like it or not. They will have to be “forced” into a different way,
starting with the financial sector and then on to others (the
political, etc. etc.).
you are doing is exactly on those lines; making people aware of the
possibility of change and it is done by renewing what made and makes
sense: original values and ideals that made things work and happen.
They can not be expressed as they were 200 years ago, but not the less,
they are as valuable as then, the expression will follow the awareness
of these real values, as for example; the foundation of the USA. That
same thought can be applied the world over and to many different
institutions: banks, government, justice and legalities, health, etc.
new notes are a good impulse for thought change, they are visual and
represent, as much as a dollar bill, value and wealth and power, and
energy. It is just a matter of choice and convenience. If seen from
this point of view the task of changing from one system to another
appear to be quite easy. And making people aware that there are
different ways to do things, that change is possible, that there is
choice and we have that choice (even at individual level regardless of
who we are, what we do and what we have), is a mind opener! The next
question should be: “and why not?” The mere fact of presenting the
possibility of things done in a different way is a huge step.
currency? What are you nuts?” Well as nutty as believing my wealth is
safe in the current currencies and banking system. As nutty as
believing there is nothing that we as individuals can do (we still have
the power of the purse). Maybe what is really nutty is not to think
(and maybe then do) other alternatives. In prison cigarettes work well
as a local currency and I assume, for I have no knowledge, that they
have fluctuated less than the “strong currencies”, they have done a
better job at holding their value and possibilities for exchange. And
we are talking about prison and something that is attractive to turn
into smoke! And it seems to be working regardless. So is the black
market, the “in hand payments” and the bartering that has increased in
every country. So, the signs and alternatives are there and some of
them are working fine. Why shouldn’t others if well directed?
I visit the vicinity of The Rocky Mountains, the True West, I
would be very happy to exchange some of my Scottish pounds (see there
still are Scottish pounds and issued by three different banks)!!! for
some real local currency that represents better what America is about.
Don’t know the name of the currency. How about “Trust notes” or
A LATER NOTE: Scottish pounds (issued by three different banks, each
its own version of the notes) are legal tender and are used in Scotland
just as the “English” pound is use. No difference. A lot has to do with
the good work of Sir Walter Scott.
Well, sorry for the rambling. Harlee says I prattle. So please don’t tell her about this e-mail cause it will prove her right!
Big hug and all the best to the man from the True West,
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