Life, Money and Illusion;

Living on Earth as if we want to stay


"Life, Money & Illusion" explains the odd situation whereby our biggest problems result from our size (depletion of natural resources; conflict over remaining supplies; and pollution from expanding consumption) yet, governments and industry strive for
ever more expansion. The 464 page book explains how this situation came about, identifies the direction in which a stable relationship with our finite planet can be found, and identifies numerous ways for moving in that direction.

In the title, "Life" refers to the biological processes by which living things maintain themselves over time; "Money" refers to the present economic ideology that says that as long as the volume of money changing hands increases, all will be well. "Illusion" refers to the fact that these two perspectives are directly opposed in terms of how they would solve current problems.

While humans have great potential for leading secure, fulfilling lives for millions of years to come; at present, we are misdirected. The Question of Direction program for which "Life, Money & Illusion," is the foundation, calls for a public review of our society's goals. [See "The Challenge and the Goal" at ]

Mike and his wife, Donna Dillman, are traveling throughout Canada and through the US this summer and fall. Their unfolding
schedule of events is posted at

If you, or anyone you know, lives along their tour route, they invite you to become involved in the discussions highlighting the shift in goals necessary to secure the future.

The Sustainability Projec is a non-profit organization that aims to clarify the goal of sustainability. Mike designs and builds custom furniture. Contact Mike at sustain5(at)


"Life, Money & Illusion; Living on Earth as if we want to stay"
(464 pages)

Table of Contents

1. Without Vision, the People Perish; Collecting the Vision:
2. Vision for the 21st Century
3. Life; How it thrives
4. Problems with Life; Human Impacts on a Full Planet
5. Mutual Provision; Money, Markets and an Orderly World
6. Magnitude and Abstraction; When We Grow Very Large

Problems with our Market Economy
7. Where Value is Neglected
8. Where Value is Overstated
9. Money; Its Creation, Management and Growth
10. The Monopoly End Game

Economic Solutions; Living on Earth as if we want to stay
11. First Steps
12. Practical Changes
13. Monetary Reform

14. Cultural Foundations; Working Together as Societies
15. How to Get There from Here: Legitimacy, A Question of Direction
16. A Crack in the Road: Motor Culture
17. What Will Become of Us?

Appendix; Tapping our Collective Potential
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