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What is an Impossible Question?

In every area of life we meet a mystery, a disjunction between the way things are now and how they should be. There is a conflict between our limited knowledge, our weak nature, our poorly formed social institutions, and our higher nature and our highest vision. This conflict is a good thing. It is an opportunity to step off the treadmill and reimagine our entire approach.

Solving the problem intellectually or through some kind of social plan will not help much. Instead, focus your attention on the intractable enigma.

Join us in entering into the mystery of this impossible, beautiful question. If you ask the question fully, with all your will, and with good will, an answer will appear – one that challenges our assumptions and reconceives our humanity.

“The question is the beginning of all thinking. In knowing how to ask the right question lies the only hope of arriving at an answer.” Abraham Heschel, Man Is Not Alone 

“We never put the impossible question – we are always putting the question of what is possible. If you put an impossible question, your mind then has to find the answer in terms of the impossible – not of what is possible. It was impossible to go to the moon… If you put it with tremendous earnestness, with seriousness, with passion, you’ll find out. But if you say, ‘Oh, it is possible,’ then you are stuck.” J. Krishnamurti, The Impossible Question
Can work be meaningful?
How much should you sacrifice for material success? Should you set a limit to prosperity? Can you surpass the utilitarian, egotistical self?
Should you spend the bulk of our life getting and spending money? If not money, what can galvanize people to work? Can money be a force for good? 
Quest Path
Set forth on a voyage to resolve the impossible question in money

→   Join the businesses you use, holding them and yourself accountable for being meaningful. 
→   Explore the meaning of money and business in Topics. 
→   Explore the Pledges for money and work.
→   Decide on what you are going to do for money and with money and what you need help with.
→   Attend a Visionary Society meeting to explore the meaning of money and business and how we can make local businesses and our own working lives more meaningful.
→   Accept the invitation to join others in making money Visionary!
Join the businesses you use in the money category to understand how they work and make them better.
Show your support for businesses with heart and soul, that you would like friends and members to participate with.
Serve the common good, especially in the product or service you offer
Work for your vision in these money categories
Insurance & Finances
Building supplies
Real estate
Books & Music
Thrift store
Pawn shop
Convenience store
Big box store
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What is a meaningful business?
How should we judge a produce or service?
What is the nature of our economic system?
Ethical (and unethical) business practices
Ask the places you use to become more visionary. Support Requests and invite staff and owners to participate.
Help, don’t penalize, those will little money or in trouble
Use capital as a tool to promote social and environmental wellbeing
Share the story of your business and the people who work there
Play music by local musicians, and display art by local artists
Pay staff a living wage. Distribute salaries & profits ethically.
Support local businesses and the community
Marketing should address real human needs (not provoke fear)
Prices should be fair, transparent, and in proportion to costs
The product or service should satisfy genuine needs
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Make money a force for good in your life. Reduce the time and energy you spend getting and using things. Support businesses that are striving for good. Do not steal, exploit, or cause suffering. Select a just vocation. Do not leave your personal values at the door.'Just doing my job' is never enough.
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Join others in your community in building Visionary money
Make money a force for good in your life. Reduce the time and energy you spend getting and using things.  Support businesses that are striving for good. Do not steal, exploit, or cause suffering.  Select a just vocation. Do not leave your personal values at the door. 'Just doing my job' is never enough.
As a Participant, you can:
– Receive notifications about actions, events and gatherings in money in your community.
– Help envision a solution to the perennial problems we face in this area.
– Join the businesses and organizations in money you use, reenvisioning the role they place.
– Be informed of and take part in special public projects for building a Visionary money.
– Announce your participation in this community of those working to reconceive and rebuild life in this area!


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The Present
“A standard objection to the whole program of selective that in the free market economy the consumers get precisely what they want, and hence there is no need for ‘selective’ production....The important fact that the argument plainly ignores is that the wishes of the consumer are manufactured by the producer.”
Erich Fromm,
Money is not wealth: it is only a measure of wealth. The real wealth is people, communities, cultures, land, forests and rivers. Accountants therefore need to take all these elements into account. The bottom line has to include social and natural as well as financial loss and gain.
Satish Kumar,