An oikos (ancient Greek: οἶκος, plural: οἶκοι; English prefix: eco- for ecology and economics) is the ancient Greek equivalent of a ..
household, house, or family.
dec 2013 – 1 of 3 via Jerry Michalski:
Ecology vs. Economy?
the management of a household.
economy – me and mine.. then everything in the large should work out.
ecology – house is much larger.. earth ..
our house is really worth saving..
to be free to be.
radical econ ness
suggesting oikos to Michel on his fb post
I need etymological solutions,
I’ve been increasingly pointing out that there is a struggle between three underlying political visions
the first is that we are subjects of sovereigns, this is what both nation-state and corporate sovereigns are pushing in their agendas of surveillance, and control; which we could still clearly call Leviathan, after Hobbes (vision: the human is bad and needs to be controlled)
the second is the anarcho-capitalist hyper-market vision , which we confidently call Mammon, from you know who (vision: if we all do our thing, all will be well)
but how do we call the commons then, the vision of productive citizen-commoners who contribute to shared resources and the common good ? (vision: we need to explicitely care for each other and organize that way)
SO WHAT IS THE EQUIVALENT of Leviathan and Mammon, for us commoners ?
leviathan – human is bad needs controlled
mammon – all do good all will be well
oikos – economy – all do good all will be will .. ecology – includes all earth.. beyond.. how big is your house..
the word ‘economics’ was coined by the philosopher xenophon in ancient greece. combining oikos meaning household w nomos meaning rules or norms, he invented the art of household management, and it could not be more relevant today. this century we need some pretty insightful managers to guide our planetary household, and ones who are ready to pay attention to he needs of all of its inhabitants..
imagine if we only had 2 rules/norms.. for our global home.. ie: talk with self.. talk/be with others.. 2 convos .. as model.. a means to listen to all the voices.. everyday.. as it could be
“It shows that nature’s economy is far more complex than we can imagine. When you do something over here, it affects something over there; that’s nature’s balance sheet. But it’s so intricate we can scarcely imagine what affects what.”