Charles Eisenstein gives a great talk on ‘Gift Culture’ and the antithetical reality wecurrently experience – that of separation from community and nature – via monetary economics. He also talks of our inherent gifts that are not necessarily valued by current social expectations.
A level of connection comes through our reliance on others to supply the things we can not create ourselves. Disconnection comes when money exchanged for goods removes all obligation to those who supply the things we need – including Mother Earth.
Gifting or Barter enables us to ‘value’ that which we need and have.