Joe Biden goes to war…
Where’s the outrage about this? CODE PINK wrote a condemnation, but you are only the second one I’ve seen, and no responses. Oh poor, poor, poor us, who don’t get it yet that we need to care about each other as much as we care about ourselves, and might makes right isn’t on that agenda. My only cogent takeaway is that we haven’t fallen apart badly enough to put ourselves back together in a new way, as in the crisis/opportunity perspective, and that is pretty terrifying.
Maybe we should know each other, you and, and collect the rest of us rabble rousers to put our heads together about what we can do!!!
Could it be that the most fundamental thing to do to shift a worldview based on self-interest to where humanitarian concerns are paramount would be something like UBI, where everyone on earth gets enough sustenance — food, shelter, education, health care – to bring people up from poverty. Then, we have a playing field to change everything instead of being stuck in the ever-widening split between the haves and have nots.
The logic of impact ideas is one thing but they fight with the status quo, so what I focus on is how to change the underlying belief system that holds the status quo in place. Get involved with me: www.SUESpeaks.org.
I got a helpful insight years ago when I was with two people who had taken MDMA. It riveted the people in present time, with no past and no future, and all there was was love. It wasn’t getting to love; it was coming from love. Peel away the veils and walls we have erected in our minds agonizing over what came before and worrying about what is looming, and when you strip away everything and just exist open and receptive in the present moment, what’s there is love. It’s basic. I don’t hear people saying that and I think it’s really informative about our basic nature.
My main book, The Universe is a Green Dragon, talks about the universe giving rise to humanity so it could have away to appreciate itself. And it took a chance because it also could destroy itself that way. (“Evil from Cosmic Risk” is the name of that chapter.)
This is so infuriating — as is all information about government waste as a function of contracts issued to political donors. As we agonize over poverty issues, I bet if we cleaned up all the corruption we’d have all the money we need, but no one even talks about that. My mind keeps going to what to do about such things. Some council of non-government thought-shapers would be great. Why not? I am fishing for how that could be put together.
Oprah decides to take the world on. She goes on TV. Oprah tells everybody the time is now to create a cooperative world. We have to work together. And she just does it. Oprah’s got enough money to do it herself. Whatever it takes.
Oprah becomes the Greta of action. You can’t deny her. She’ll get Putin and Biden together and she’ll moderate. She’ll demand that everyone on earth has to get sustenance: food, shelter, education, health care, and she’ll get us working out how to do that. She is the next Time Magazine Person of the Year. Everyone will listen to Oprah. Beyoncé can be her opening act. Make it wonderful. Everyone will be so happy to be in a world that is dedicated to making things better.
No one has been bold enough to take this on. We don’t even have any Gandhis or Mandelas. There’s no one principled in the limelight — except Greta. It could turn out the time is ripe now for such a thing. It takes too long to take our time to fix things. Someone who jump starts what’s new maybe could do it.
I actually don’t get how the rich part of the world can ignore the poor part. Really. I don’t get it. We’re all in this leaky boat together. It isn’t even charitable thoughts that need to lead the way — practical ones will do. Like give money to the poor and they spend it. That’s what we need. Such a giant wake-up is in order, and hopes are dashed that Covid would produce it. Not so far. If nature can talk, and in fact is talking, she would be telling us she has to make it worse so we wake up to make it better. Arghhhhh..
For conversations that matter, and hopefully will charm you, about what to do with money to shift our worldview to where we care about each other as much as we care about ourselves: www.SUESpeaksPodcast.com. Listen to John Fullerton from Capital Management first.
Savages: I’m way late to the party but want to make a suggestion. The talk is of empire and I think you should add another causal factor, where awareness has not yet caught up to the idea that humans are all human. Classifying Indians as savages gave us the right to wipe out a well-populated nation that was just a different branch of the human family. Blacks came along as our next major savage population. Really, we have moved radically in our consciousness since then, and what’s currently going on is, predictably, the throes of a primitive understanding that hasn’t totally worked its way out yet.
We need a broader conversation that recognizes how relatively unconscious humanity was. Start for us here in the U.S. with the Indians. They were not human and so we had right to kill them. Then blacks. They too were savages. So, what has had to happen is our awakening to understand all humans are humans. And that is such a revolutionary thing that at least we can recognize that it is logical for it to take a very long time to work its way out to where we won’t have vestiges of it. But we are on the way.