Our problem is not too few jobs, it is an economic structure that creates too much dependence on paid employment and then pays people to do harmful things while neglecting so many activities that are essential to a healthy society. It is instructive to remember that until the last ten to twenty years, most people served society productively in unpaid work in the social economy. In many instances, these societies had a stronger social fabric and offered their members a greater sense of personal security and fulfillment than does our own.
Although initiatives toward creating sustainable livelihood economies may evolve in different ways in response to different circumstances and aspirations, we may infer some of their features from the above principles and examples. For example, (more…)
In the name of modernity we are creating dysfunctional societies that are breeding pathological behavior – violence, extreme competitiveness, suicide, drug abuse, greed, and environmental degradation – at every hand. Such behavior is an inevitable consequence when a society fails to meet the needs of its members for social bonding, trust, affection, and a shared sacred meaning. The threefold crisis of deepening poverty, environmental destruction, and social disintegration is a manifestation of this dysfunction. (From the book”When Corporations Rule the World” by David Korten, pages 261 – 2)
“Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite.”
– Paul Ferrini
Our ego focuses on how we are different from the rest of the world. Our soul lives when we experience how we are the same.
Any time you separate yourself from other people or from situations, you know your personality is in control. At such times, shift your perspective to build connection and you will move into soul.
As our picture of life becomes larger, more things make sense and we have a greater playing field for life to unfold – naturally.
“As a holistic being you shatter the illusion of your separateness and reveal your connection to everything. This empowers you in a way that the ego-driven self could never contemplate.”
(From “The Daily Guru,” – April 29, 2006)
Our personal struggles, as well as most of the world’s major conflicts, are a result of “I think… or I believe…. and you are different” mentality. Sometimes, our words about how we see the world cause pain to others who have a different point of view, even when we are so fundamentally similar.
People get tired of these conflicts, blaming the other for not understanding – it’s always THE OTHER’s fault, and the cycle of violence and hard feelings continue. Luckily, we have some beacons of light in recent history who have shown us ways to overcome this vicious cycle (more…)