I recently finished reading the book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins. In it Perkins tells the story of his life as the lead economist for an international consulting firm in which he encouraged governments to accept huge loans from the World Bank, the IMF and other international “aid” agencies in order to modernize their economies. These loans were then used to pay western, (mostly American), firms to build the infrastructure that would lead to fantastic economic growth.
At least that was the promise.
What usually resulted however was a country so deep in debt that they were forced to default on their loans and allow their benefactors to come back and impose economic restructuring, the privatization of the very publicly funded projects they helped to finance, again by largely American firms and the further impoverishment (slavery?) of the already poor country.
Or as Perkins put it in the introduction to his book;
Economic hit men are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.
Perkin’s story is an eye opening tale for anyone interested in Globalization, economic growth, the motivations of terrorists and the continuing plight of the poorest of the poor during what has been the most affluent century in the history of mankind.
Toward the end of the book Perkins touches on the ancient Amazon prophesy of The Eagle and The Condor. Various indigenous people throughout North and South America tell versions of this story, the most eloquent being the version told by the Achuar Indians of Ecuador near the head waters of the Amazon. I don’t know all the details but the gist of it goes like this.
At the dawn of time human societies were split into two paths, that of the Eagle and the Condor. The Condor people chose the path of the heart, of intuition and more feminine attributes like nurturing and stewardship of the earth. The Eagle people chose the path of the mind, of industry and more masculine attributes like conquest and ruler ship. Beginning around 1490, coincidentally around the time Christopher Columbus arrived in America, the Achuar say, was the start of a 500 year period during which the Eagle people would dominate and all but drive the Condor people out of existence. At the end of the 500 year period however the potential would arise for the Condor people and the Eagle people to come together, form a new level of human consciousness and “fly the same sky together.”
The prophecy however only speaks of potential the actuality of this happening depends on us the people who are living at the time the prophecy spoke of. It’s up to you and me to bring the Eagle people and the Condor people together and help realize this new level of consciousness.
All this reminds me of the thesis of my book “Meekonomics; Kingdom Economics from a Love Based Mentality.” That new level of consciousness that the Achuar spoke of over 500 years ago is what I call the Love Based Mentality. Going back even further, it’s what Jesus meant when he referred to the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor is similar on one level to Jesus parable of the Sheep and the Goats from Matthew 25:31-46. I won’t quote that parable it at length here but follow the link it will be well worth the effort. It’s the story in which Jesus reminds his followers that at the end of the world he is going to come back and judge how we did. He says that many people will come to him and say that they were His faithful followers but he will cast them aside because they did not “do for one of the least of these.” That’s the level of consciousness that is required in order to live in His Kingdom. It’s what the Achuar Indians perceived would be necessary to save the world from the Eagle people and what I am trying to call people to through my book and this blog. In contrast to the prophecy I maintain that we all have ruler and caretaker tendencies within us, we are at the same time both Eagle people and Condor people and the way of love is not the way of one over the other, it is a melding of the two into a new, and greater whole.
This transformation won’t come without effort. And you can be sure both the Eagle people and the Condor people will resist but Jesus makes it clear that this is what is required in order to live in His Kingdom.
For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” [Matthew 25:42-46]
Are you a Condor or an Eagle? What are you doing to further the Kingdom of Heaven?
John Perkins speaking about the Eagle and the Condor