Friday, June 26, 2009

Prosperity, not Exploitation

It must be emphasized again and again regarding diatribes against Gullveig that we are not lambasting prosperity or the desire for abundance. That's not the issue. The issue is exploitation, which is why Gullveig can be glossed as Usura, as a greed that goes beyond satiety, beyond enoughness, and that fails to take care of its own prosperity and therefore lusts after others' goods, and is even willing to go to war to do so, not to mention other mechanisms for exploitation of others. So prosperity and abundance are Vanir values, and very much a part of the good of the world. It is the going beyond enoughness into exploitation that is the problem to be avoided. There is no ill-will against wanting to be comfortable and have enough enough, but that is the very issue at heart : being able to have enough. The problem with the Western spirit of expansion is that there has never been a point of enoughness, of satiety, and so we are always reaching to exploit other people's kingdoms in order to enrich our own sense of inadequacy and not-enoughness. Vanir values would situate us in abundance, but also situate us in being able to enjoy that abundance so that we are so full that we do not need any more.


Anonymous Kullervo said...

Just a half-formed thought here. If we buy a lot of shoddy, useless plastic, consumer goods; a lot of poisonous, tasteless industrial agricultural products and processd foods; a lot of time-saving technology that not only eats up as much time as it saves but also forces us into a demanding pace of life that is not good for our bodies, minds, or souls...

..can we really call that prosperity?

6:15 AM  
Blogger SiegfriedGoodfellow said...

You've hit on the difference between illth and wealth, which is at the heart of what I'm getting at here. See my next post, which delves into some of this. As heathens, we have to look at our practices and see whether they align with our spiritual values and principles, or whether they tend to produce illth.

8:09 AM  

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