I like to imagine a country where the entire economy wasn’t dependent on wanton materialism.
Where your value to society is based on your work to lift up those in need within that society.
Where teachers, nurses, plumbers, care givers and other tradespeople who actually do something for someone else is considered precious and valuable to the growth of our society.
Where doctors are paid more when they keep us all healthy so their focus is in nudging us all toward healthy living.
Where patents on life-saving medication or treatment are non-existent – all benefit immediately without regard to insurance or ability to pay.
Where artists within every medium are considered national treasures.
Where schools have the resources to focus solely on the needs of the individual student and thus create a holistic learning environment that actually encourages students to find their unique gifts.
Only when we can move out of our current paradigm of wanton materialism and greed can we truly evolve as a species.
This is the most powerful illustration of what it means to truly connect with each other. Please take a few moments to watch it on You Tube via the link below, and then think about how you are connecting with those you love.
The Power of Empathy
Blessings and warm thoughts to all! My list for this Thanksgiving:
I’m thankful Ryan has been seizure free for over 20 months now. He’s had his two shoulder surgeries and is making wonderful progress with the help of DVR.
Matt is working hard at his chosen profession, he has a wonderful, loving girlfriend and is doing well. He’s also coming home for Christmas – I can’t even talk about that without crying – I miss him so much!
I’ve had my ankle surgery and both eyes fixed. My health is on the mend and I’m doing incredibly well, all things considered.
My beloved and faithful friend Claudia has been so supportive every step of the way through my most recent challenges, even though she’s being severely challenged herself.
I’m deeply grateful for all of these blessings, and so much more.
Happy Thanksgiving! Namaste!
Greed is only one of many inherent human characteristics. To the extent we are aware of it, it can be managed. Where there is corporate greed (lots of humans acting together) combined with government ignorance (at best) and corruption (at worse) we end up with our current society. Read this article for a perfect illustration of how we came to this as a nation. Then ask yourself, why has no Wall Street CEO been led off in hand cuffs and locked away for good?
We have the government and society we deserve at this moment.
Until we wake up and realize that only WE can change things, nothing will change.
All who simply allow their 401K money to go to a mutual fund without looking at what is actually being invested in via that mutual fund are complicit.
All who shop at Walmart and other companies that don’t pay a living wage are complicit.
All who bank with CHASE, Wells Fargo, Citi, Bank of America, et al are complicit.
All who ignore the reality that WE have created this mess and refuse to admit complicity are central to our problems as a society.
We allowed this to happen by our wanton materialism and WIFM (‘what’s in it for me?) attitude.
A nation is judged by where it puts its resources. When a nation values its military might more than a teacher, you know something is very wrong. When a nation allows 45,000 a year to die because they can’t get medical care without insurance, you know something is very wrong.
When one of us suffers, we all suffer. Until we can evolve as a species and embrace this concept in critical mass, we’ll continue to struggle in this hell we’ve created.
I was nine years old and yet, I remember it like it happened yesterday.
My devastated Irish Catholic father’s loss was palpable, even to this young nine-year old child.
This is why I’ve always loved John F. Kennedy, and why I’ve always been a ‘liberal’.
…..if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties.. if that is what they mean by a “liberal” then I am proud to be a liberal. “: John F. Kennedy
From his 1960 acceptance speech.
I find myself crying quite often lately – I’ve learned it’s all part of tearing down the granite walls I’ve built around my wounded heart.
I know I’ve said this before but I can never say it enough:
I am truly blessed to have such loving sons. Matt posted this on his fb page for me today.
This 2013 report is very telling. It gives me great hope.
Most Americans Want Fundamental Change in Health System
Day 4 post ankle surgery and I’m doing well.
Ankle feels very, very good actually. Only pain occurs when I accidentally end up putting weight on it.
Emotionally I feel very hopeful……. I know all of this is in Her hands.
Ryan’s been terrific – he makes a GREAT turkey breast sandwich.
UPDATE Nov 23, 2013
My cast came off November 19. What a wonderful relief to bathe normally again!
I have a walking air boot I’m to wear for four weeks and then a brace for another three weeks.
I’ve also lost 14 pounds. Lots more to go but I’ll get there.
Since I’ve been laid off, I can’t afford the COBRA coverage now so I’ll be uninsured until I can get through the error code I received on the wahealthplanfinder.org application I submitted for Obamacare coverage.
Hopefully I’ll find a new job soon and will have health coverage there. Prayers for that please.
All of this is in God – I see it in so many ways. I’m just going with the flow and taking it day-by-day.