Too bad I missed this thread when it was fresh.
My hero without a doubt is Catherine Austin Fitts
. I have never been so impressed with anyone as a human being, as a professional, as a creator or as a survivor. I have had the distinct honor of speaking and emailing with her on occasion, and I got to introduce her at a conference we were both at last year.
[~warning: hokey girly content ahead~
From Catherine I learned one of the most important spiritual lessons of my whole life: money is a creative medium like my oil pencils or code or writings, but has the additional property of self-propagation that other media do not have. Whatever you create with it will have a tendency to replicate itself into the future: if you use it to create war and devastation, that`s what you`ll get more of; if you use it to create liberty and justice, that`s what you`ll get more of.
That is probably old news for everyone else but it`s extremely powerful for me to learn. It means there`s nothing in the world that can`t get accomplished so long as you make sure the self-propagation part is nurtured correctly in the beginning. I used to want a lot of money because I was scared of being poor and because I wanted other people to think i was impressive.... now I want a lot of money so I can create things with it and solve problems with it. I want to plan and build new kinds of money to create and problem-solve things national currencies are too poorly designed for. I want to figure out new ways of transacting that can carry the self-propagation forward more quickly. There`s really just no limit to the creative and joyfulness potential there.
[~end hokey girly content~
So, I am deeply grateful to Catherine for sharing her incredible wisdom and being so accessible, and for just being a really down-to-earth, likable person in spite of her awe-inspiring achievements. You go girlfriend!