It won’t matter much if we have women’s rights to their own bodies or bans on abortions, gay rights or no gay rights, equal pay for women, if we finally rid our country of racial discrimination, looser or tighter immigration laws, prayer in schools or no prayer in schools, a lot of today’s social issues just won’t matter much if the legalized piracy, and that’s what it is, piracy, of inordinate amounts of the capital in the world by the ruling elite continues along the pattern it has been the past few decades. A pattern which has recently been escalating dramatically.
The economic/sociologic trend we’re seeing in America is that life expectancy is decreasing. Our communities are seeing ever increasing numbers of people experiencing homelessness, hunger, unaddressed physical and mental illnesses. Infrastructure is deteriorating. People seem to be worshipping greed, which is truly a psychological/spiritual pandemic destroying lives and communities. The idolization of the ways and means of those who are capturing the wealth of the world is on par with idolizing a deadly plague.
We don’t need people to be scheming and hoarding hundreds of millions and billions, even a trillion dollars’ worth of the capital which we, our parents and grandparents, and ancestors back centuries, have worked to develop and produce in the world. We need better governance than what we’ve been receiving which not only allows such inequity but encourages and subsidizes it. We need the resources of the Earth to be cared for and distributed in a way that all people have their basic needs met: housing, food, education, medical care.
And, yes, we need all people to be contributing to the care of our world and communities. We don’t need a welfare state. That’s not good for the psychological and spiritual well-being of people. With the rise of technology taking over so many labor jobs, we need shorter work weeks, job sharing: but all with a living wage. We need to be paying for services which do not produce a financial profit but are necessary to maintain healthy, viable communities. That is true profit: healthy people within healthy communities. A world which nurturers the wellbeing of and the development and progress of humanity. Progress in the arts, sciences, and greater understanding of our shared spiritual reality.
We need people to take reproductive responsibility within the reality of our world and finite resources. We don’t need men and women making babies which they cannot and have no genuinely viable plan of adequately caring for. Would-be parents should have a plan which demonstrates consideration of and responsibility for one’s family and the communities we all live within. We need social programs which provide a temporary “life-boat” for people hit with unexpected hardships. But living on welfare is not a socially, nor even a personally, responsible plan for supporting a family. However, in order to have a job, jobs need to exist, and when a parent can have more money coming in from welfare than the jobs which may available to them, something is wrong with the economic system.
We need to see the stock market abolished. We need to see giant corporate farms broken up and an increase in smaller, ecologically responsible, farms. We don’t need a corporate or national mentality of “saving” money, or of not funding needs in one area only to spend exorbitantly in others: we need a mentality of the wise use of money. The same way our bodies do not “save” blood and nutrients it carries, but keep it in circulation throughout the entirety of the body for the health of the whole.
And, to be healthy and to have healthy communities: we need truth as truly as we need healthful air, water and food.