I’ve spoken of the Economy of Love as if it were something to be done in the future. But when you look around, you can see hints of it already present. Friends, I encourage you to take these hints as inspiration and build on them.
From the menu of Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, here in Seattle:
“The Community Bowl: We created this bowl to allow those in financial need to have access to nutritive, organic food. Brown rice, black beans, mixed vegetables, tahini sauce and spiced sunflower seeds. Choice of orange or banana. Payment is by donation. No one is turned away. Suggested value is $7. Feed yourself and someone in need for $14 or more. Overage will be donated to a local food bank.”
The Weekly Query is a series of tough questions that I’ve run into or thought up. There are no right answers, and while you can give your thoughts or responses in the comments below, the queries are largely intended to provoke hard thinking, not answers. This practice is borrowed from the Quaker tradition, as I explained here. Be forewarned that as these are on difficult subjects, you and others may encounter painful topics. Be aware of this for your own sake and the sake of others. The terms “you,” “we,” “yours,” and “our” may be used indiscriminately throughout. Interpret them as you choose.
(I’m resisting the urge to the “what are we thankful” question. I figure you’ve done enough of that lately. I will, however, ask something else somewhat relevant:)
Where did the food you’ve eaten today come from?
Where was it grown or raised?
What did it cost you monetarily?
What other costs might you have paid for eating it?
What benefits might you gain from eating it?
(Hold onto your hats, folks; some big stuff coming up!)