19 Jan 2013

January 19th

a life ring on the side of a boat, symbolic of safety and securityHow can we manage this planet so that we all enjoy life? Is our existence simply to amass wealth for ourselves and protect our own family? In the latest report, Oxfam highlights that the World Economic Forum's own Global Risk Report identifies inequality as one of the top global risks of 2013.
The 100 richest people in the world earned enough last year to end extreme poverty suffered by the poorest on the planet four times over, Oxfam, a U.K. charity, said. According to them, extreme wealth is economically inefficient, politically corrosive, and socially divisive. The global economic system required reform so that it worked in the interests of the whole of humanity. Wealth in the hands of the top 1% depresses economic activity and makes life harder for everyone else - particularly those at the bottom of the economic ladder.
Will the accumulation of wealth send Earth spinning in another direction?
Will greed cause the apocalypse?
a calm soothing ocean scene, reflecton of the sky
From Wikipedia: An apocalypse, translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, hidden from humanity in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden. In the bible, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age, and that is the primary meaning of the term, one that dates to 1175. Today, it is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called End Time scenario, or to the end of the world in general.
Rather than blame others, who lack awareness, we should look at our own life and ensure we share what we have with those around us.
Consider the last lines of the Desiderata:
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
© Max Ehrmann 1927

1 comment:

  1. Don't let too many Americans in red states read this post. They will brand you as a "socialist" or worse yet, break out the "f-bomb" and call you a "fascist" without even knowing what that word means.


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