The Marketplace in Context and Design – DP Mavia

The City always collaborates with the Market against the Temple. The City, the Market and the Temple are trading contexts of economic tension. The City and the Market are both non human. The Temple has become (human) flesh. We have become God’s space. If the City is the parent of the Market, it means the Marketplace thrives on the spirituality of the City.

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, and saying, we have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

 Starting with the City

Markets are generally the boldest city caricatures. They bear the visible multi – organ wiring of the city. Different mythologies have their own constructs of origins. I would like to subscribe to the Hebraic mythology and form a thesis that for me brings out a working understanding of the City – Market relationship.

Departure and Enclosure

The departure of man from the presence of his maker is one of the subtle ingredients of enclosure in the city.

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife and she conceived, and bare Enoch and he builded a city and called the name of the city, after the name of his son Enoch.

The going out of the presence preempts the thought of delinking from dependency of origins (God). It is the deliberate choice of man to venture outside of what was naturally his enclosure – the Presence of his God. Continuity beyond this delinking has its implications, that man must first create a new enclosure and must signify it with an identity, which in this case turns out to be his progeny – Enoch. The name of Cain’s city is Enoch – which means narrow, or to initiate or discipline. The City is an embodiment of initiations and disciplines that from this point will narrow out paths for its inhabitants. Man has to recalibrate himself apart from The Presence Culture to The City Culture. The City Culture disciplines man to exist outside of the presence culture. Whereas Presence needs personality to be authentically attributed to, the City will create new presence called space and place and man has to find a way of filling it with himself or more so with what he creates.

Trading Contexts

Trading Contexts are spaces of testing. The master leaves you talents and distributes them to you each according to your several abilities. The City is a place of Skillsets and abilities. When the master leaves he says ‘Occupy until I come’ some versions render it as ‘Trade until I come’. Every market place is a Trading Context. A master of a Trading Context knows various things.

  • Who sent Him/Her – who has sent you?
  • What he has been given – what has been given to you?
  • What he has been endowed with – what is your skillset?
  • His timelines – what are your timelines?
  • The Sender’s expectation – what are the expected results?
  • His reward – what are you going to get from it?

City Spirituality

Paul’s address to the Epicureans in Athens points out largely the ability of the City to wire its soul parallel to what we see in the Kingdom of God – SEARCHING (HUNGER). The City at its best has a subtle void but positions itself as the answer of everything. Every collaborator of the City soon bears the same void and is found also yearning to fill the void or the search. Practicing your trade in a city context without presence will make you turn your trade or enterprise into a void filler.

The Athenians have a slab or monument dedicated to many gods including ‘the unknown god’. Many in the city do not know what they are searching for. There is an unknown desire for transcendence that is absent and can seldom be located in the pursuits of concrete and metal or currencies and deals.

Passion is good but is not always God. The Athenian passion creates an aspiration for God and gods. It mingles pseudo – spiritualties. In its search for higher spirituality it despises the Paul kind of people who have a spirituality that surrenders all to the symbol of the cross. The Cross of Christ injures the World and Christ like people are crucified outside of the City. They are in the City but not of the City. The four lepers outside of the City are about to take a stump of Faith into a City delivering breakthrough. They are out of the City. Locked out, ostracized, they have no City Logic. They are non-City thinking dwellers. You can only survive and be the change in a City you do not think like.

Tent Economy

Abraham was looking for a City whose maker and builder is God. The trade off of his search was his continual manner to reside in tents. Marketplace practice places a demand on us to know the difference between the temporal and the fixed. City spirituality is fixed tent spirituality is mobile. It moves where God moves.

Tent spirituality is not reliant on the stability of City economics but by the navigational reality of the promise of God. The spikes in the graphs of the City stock exchange are factual but the strategy and framework of Covenantal Economics overrides the contradictions of market forces.

Tent Economy has a perception of another City whose maker and builder is Invisible. The Tent Economy City has the Faith blueprint it is built on revelation. Marketplace practitioners with Tent Economy Framework can thrive in the chaos of the world. They have no cerebral cobwebs of the normal City structure. They hope against hope, they have a wholesome scope of the intentions of God in the City, they can give up the things they value most to the one who called them – meaning they have no price tag in the Marketplace they cannot be bought. When they go to battle like Abraham they can bring down five Kings.

The Sum of all Things

So what is the sum of all things?

The Context of the Market is the City

The market cannot thrive outside of the Philosophical framework of its parent the City. All cities have some sort of personality that infuse its nature in the Market spaces they have nurtured. By extension the traders in these markets do take of its nature and thrive around the social software of the city.

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