My name is Felipe Mardones, PhD Economist University of Chicago. The purpose of this website is to share reflections about an Economy of a new story where the distinctions of known and unknown crumble and we accompany the birth of a new narrative. This space is the English translation of the original site.
About Economia Sagrada
Economia Sagrada is a vision and I am in service to that vision. It does not belong to me. It has often happened that people request me to summarize the Economia Sagrada vision in terms of the current cultural context: quickly and efficiently, perhaps in a few sentences. This is simply not possible! It is sustained by a different underlying story, therefore we need to deconstruct the cultural context first.
I respectfully ask that you trust me, and I'll do my best to share a different story.
I invite you to take some time off to read the blog posts and browse through the different stuff in the website. Please visit with an open mind and allow me to hopefully lead you to unexpected reflections. I invite you to engage in these stories with your heart.
I write based on my experience, my whole being and the feelings of my deepest self. What I write is at the same time immensely influenced by the wonderful work of Charles Eisenstein , who gave life, and gave words, to a vision that is not easy to express.
You will find in these posts things exactly said as Charles Eisenstein has said them before, and new stories, distinctive points of view and different insights that are my personal contributions. All of them I feel true to my heart.
The original blog in Spanish www.economiasagrada.com was born also with the purpose of helping these ideas and this vision to reach Latin America and all Spanish speakers.
Testimony of an economist
I call it Testimony of An Economist to honor where the journey started. That’s the name of an essay I tried to write for many years. It was never ready. It was quite foolish, judgmental, desperate. I knew I had something important to say, a call of my soul, so I insisted with passion. I remember trying to publish it once in an online journal. Not only was it rejected, but also the editors tried to change what I was trying to say. I felt so misunderstood and alone. As if what I wanted to say was not allowed. As if there was something wrong in me. Here it goes...
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Chilean, born in Spain, raised in Chile. As a child and teenager I had trouble to fit in. I was frightened by the negative judgements around me. I took refuge in my intellect. I became an intellectual refugee. And by effort to fit in, rather than innate ability, I became very good at it. I graduated in Agricultural Economics and Forestry Engineering at the Catholic University of Chile, motivated mostly by a deep concern in my soul about the environmental situation in the planet. In the meantime, I traveled, did some sports and adventure but mostly i was super nerd, painfully alcoholized, and always single.
Could never fit in in the religious catholic life that was offered/pushed on me in highschool and college. While at first i felt wrong for not “having the faith” that I was supposed to have, I’m happy I was loyal to myself. All the more I was an intellectual refugee.
Worked in an NGO for a couple of years, then headed up to the University of Minnesota to follow a graduate program in applied economics. I was little interested in applying anything without first deeply understanding. So i dived into the depths of math, economic theory and statistical theory. Extremely passionate about understanding economics, the social science that deals with the wellbeing of society. The promise that reasoning could bring the truth about our conflicting wellbeing: poverty, inequality, destruction of nature. How could you fix all three of them together when they strongly go in different directions. Little did I know back then that in order to rigorously address these profound questions about society, reasoning alone was not enough. Later I would say proudly “the intelectual avenue is exhausted”, when I understood it with my soul. What a beautiful avenue it is anyways.
Then came the PhD at the University of Chicago: The most intense personal crisis led me to realize something I was completely blind to: I had always been unhappy. Extreme suffering led to spiritual awakening. Somehow, for some reason, I completed the PhD. I must say this was a traumatic experience, that has led me to investigate the arche-typical wound of science in humanity (invited recently to give it that name by Pat McCabe). I can advance now that it is very difficult to talk about it without the painful wounds showing up. It was a blessing too, it led me to understand the use of the human logical mind in a very deep way. It led me to understand selfishness was not the problem in economics but a natural symptom. It led me to understand the source of all crises in our society is not the lack of ethics in human behavior (just another symptom). It led me to the conclusion that I had something not yet known, and very valuable, to share.
The clarity to do so came after a 7 years journey of searching, trying and trying, and failing and failing. Unique encounter in the process: Charles Eissenstein, he was saying eloquently what I have been seeing.
Spiritual journey? Suffices to say i was so wrong about so many things until I finally realized there has never been anything wrong with me.
For the last several years I live with my wife and two children in Los Altos de Chiapas, Southern Mexico
Holistic Economics in TAOS, NM
June 20th, 2019
A talk about the ilussion of separateness in our economy.
Introduction to Holistic Economics 11/13/2018
I was invited by my friend Sergio García to talk about holistic economics in the context of a sustainability class with engineering students from Aguascalientes, Mexico. (I forgot to start recording from the beginning but I hope you will find it interesting nonetheless)
Economia Sagrada is really the economics of oneness. This vision becomes alive with your participation and support (see the history!). In fact the only vision of economia sagrada that is real is the one you discover inside yourself with your own heart. I do my best to accompany this process in a positive way.
Thanks for all the support to realize this dream, to be able to express the passion of my soul!!
Thanks for engaging and participating!! My work becomes alive when I meet your own search, your passion, your dream. Let us meet.