On the other hand, if I leave out what is real and possibly embarrassing then what remains is a sanitized biography, factual perhaps in what it says, but phony for what it omits. That said, I will do my best to present what I think will be most useful in contexting the ideas I work with in my writing and speaking.
About About Charles How much should I share in a public bio? I could just give you the sanitized version, like one would put on a resume, and you would feel its insincerity.
On the other hand, I am hesitant to expose myself too much to total strangers no offense. I was born in and was a very sensitive, intellectual, and dreamy child.
I graduated from Yale University with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, but my development of reason and intellect brought me no closer to any truth I really cared about. My quest had an emotional dimension as well. From an early age I sensed a wrongness in the world.
Sitting in a classroom doing worksheets, part of me rebelled. This perception, abetted by a growing awareness of ecological devastation and social injustice, prevented me from whole-heartedly embracing a normal career. I went to Taiwan, learned Chinese, and soon found myself working as a translator.
I spent most of my 20s there, educating myself broadly though not at all rigorously — it was more through osmosis in Eastern spiritual traditions. I also read voraciously: Translation led to other business opportunities, and I became familiar with this dimension of the human experience.
In Taiwan, I met my dear friend and ex-wife Patsy, with whom I have three children, all boys. I am since remarried and have a fourth son. No one ever told me the procedure for making girls. In my late 20s I entered what was to be a long period of intensifying crisis.
It started when all my professional work became intolerable. Even though a million reasons told me why it was irresponsible, impractical, and foolish to quit, I eventually could not make myself do it anymore.
So I entered a long period of searching. And I stayed at home a lot taking care of our little boys. What did I want to do? Nor had I answered my lifelong question: What is the origin of the wrongness in the world?
Then one day both questions were answered at once, when the answer to my question crystallized inside me. As often happens with such questions, the answer was bigger than the question. It dissolved its premises and began reordering my world. The next five years were much like a birthing process.
The old world dissolved, and the contractions birthing me into the new took the form of a collapse of all that I once held onto. I went through divorce, bankruptcy, and exhaustion. I received the things I had given up on; for example, I met Stella and we had a baby, and there is so much love between all of us including my ex-wife Patsy.
I have become rich, if not in money, certainly in connections to other people. Friends and strangers from all over the world write to tell me how my books have affected them; they sustain my faith and nourish my passion for the work I do. This is the part of a bio where one implies that one has arrived at some exalted state of success, all mistakes safely in the past.
I know that my books and other work comes from a deep, inspired source, but that source is not me! Everything on this site is freely available. I welcome you to make the most of it, use it in the way that best serves what we all serve, and evolve it to the next level.
About My Books Sometimes people ask me which of my four books they should read first. Sacred Economics explores the transition as it applies to the world of money, economy, and gift.
It has a lot of actual economics along with material on the psychospiritual dimensions of money. It starts with the question, "Why does money seem to be a force for injustice and destruction? After all, it is just a system of agreements, a story.Social Education, our peer-reviewed, flagship journal, contains a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas.
The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media.
Essay Scholarships. The Megan Meier Foundation is seeking St. Charles high school seniors that have made a positive impact regarding issues of bullying and cyberbullying in their own school and community.
The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades Scholarship essays are similar to the personal essays you write for college applications. They need to give schools (or sponsors) a sense of who you are, what makes you tick and what you value.
Scholarship essays, however, usually need to go one step further. Social Education, our peer-reviewed, flagship journal, contains a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas.
The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media. Articles. A collection of Charles’ other economic writings. Smart Money: From our cashless past, author Charles Eisenstein finds future solutions.
To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts: For a multitude of reasons, we need to need each More Essays. Read more of Charles essays on the following sites: The Ascent of Humanity Charles.
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