Gudeman identified three ways in which vis vita might be a helpful concept for us to pick up on in our present economic difficulties:
- It emphasises thrift instead of profit.
- It emphasises connections between people (making it a biosocial theory, as opposed to money which is supposed to be purely material).
- It emphasises necessities rather than desires/wants.
- Basing a currency on vital energy.
- Having a dual currency system, using both money and vital energy.
- Developing a vital Energy Added Tax (EAT), in which money is charged for adding energy to a product.
Anyway it's not a subject that I'm an expert on by any means, but it is an extremely important subject and it was good to hear such original ideas. I really like the way that he was using native concepts to critique our own culture, too: more anthropologists should do that!