Life is filled with scarcity and abundance at the same time. Whichever view we take will impact our own course through life. Are you a scarcity thinker, or full of abundance everywhere?
I’d like to drill down into this, because lately they’ve been impacting WinSol’s Learning Center future: whether we’ll live a world of plenty & free energy, or in an apocalypse of scarcity where we’re scourging for every last BTU.
Back to the future
First, let’s take a trip back to the 70’s… That’s when the first big modern public standoff took place between abundance and scarcity mindsets: Paul Erlich made a bet in 1980 on the impending scarcity of materials (partially based on his books ‘population bomb & limits to growth’ ). Simon challenged Ehrlich to choose any raw material he wanted and a date more than a year away, and he would wager on the inflation-adjusted prices decreasing as opposed to increasing.
Ehrlich chose copper, chromium, nickel, tin, and tungsten. The bet was formalized on September 29, 1980, with September 29, 1990 as the payoff date. Ehrlich lost the bet, as all five commodities that were bet on declined in price from 1980 through 1990, the wager period.
I’d like to believe that I am an abundant thinker (without the rose colored glasses) without the utopia of a ‘full-speed ahead’ mentality. But deep down, maybe I’m really a scarcity kinda guy. I still scrounge around for the best deal, hardly leave anything on my plate, and am prone to negative thinking. Try as I may, having been born into a poor immigrant post WWII family. Perhaps I am wired to think life is filled and will be filled with scarcity. The laws of entropy and finite global resources tend to back that view up.
I like this definition: The Scarcity Mentality is limiting. It may seem like a good plan at first, but over time too much energy is wasted on conflict, negative thinking, and stifled creativity. On the other hand, the Abundance Mentality is beyond one’s ego.It’s fearless, it’s free, and it’s immune to criticism. It is beneath no one and superior to no one. It is full of magic.
And once I look at this chart of the two mindset’s characteristics, well it becomes way clearer which way I lean. How about you?
My favorite example of everything that’s right with society is when one person lights another’s candle with their own, and the next one, and next… until thousands are lit. There is nothing lost from each person or their candle, and yet one flame lights thousands of others. Togetherness, sharing, abundance, beauty, MAGIC.
Gratitude is a powerful enhancer of an abundant mindset.
From Steve Covey to Wayne Dyer to Anthony Robbins and so many more – getting an abundant mindset is a life changer.
On a personal note, I’ve been re-examening my whole life-style choices (something I do every few years – some people call it a vision quest or long retreat) : Why shouldn’t I just get back on the treadmill and live it up? …enjoy the modern luxuries of endless energy, food, water, materials and join the rest of society in its feast of endless luxuries…
It’s really all about scale. On the long horizon we live in a finite world. There’s only so much of anything and everything. We may have enough oil in the ground to last another hundred years…
And then there’s the famous quip that ‘… we didn’t stop using whale oil to light our street lamps because we ran out of whales…’ the answer being that we discovered natural gas and kerosene.
….under development… stay tuned:….And so today, we can see that electric and hydrogen cars will replace fossil fuel cars, and that instead of an oil peak in supply, the industry today is faced with an oil peak in demand: something Hubbert ………….. did not forsee.
But getting back to the dilemna: whether to live with a scarcity or abudnant world view.
I like to live with the thought that our energy/water/material world is one of increasing scarcity while within my spiritual heart I live with the thought that abundance is everywhere – the universe is one of abundance.
We gotta live within our means. Wasting a resource is crazy, no matter if it’s plentiful or not.