Humanity is in the midst of an Existential Crisis.
While there are many things we can point to to place the blame, the reality is that the change needs to start with each of us.
As Mahatma Gandhi was quoted, we need to "be the change you wish to see in the world".
Some feel the 10 commandments are a guide to follow, while I feel they were written by lawyers. What is more relevant, and a part of every religion that ever existed, is the concept of the Golden Rule. Think of your actions' impact on others -- is this something you would like done or said to you?
When all of your activities are collected and sold under (predatory) capitalism, you can preserve some sense of self (and community) by:
1) Supporting your local newspaper,
2) Using the postal service, and
3) Using cash.
Think about what society would be without any one of these.
And we certainly cannot preserve our sense of self, nor our part in society if we do not vote!
And while you are at it, think about buying and engaging locally.
The most effective place where we can bring about change is within our own community.
Volunteering with a local organization is far more satisfying than being 'liked' on some corporate-run social platform with people you've never met judging who you are.
At the City and State leel, support municipal and state banks. Such banks are setup to support the communities they are in, not corporate shareholders Currently, wqhen you pay your taxes, the monies are held (and profitted on) by large corporate banks. Wouldn't it be better if the interest earned actually helped the taxpayers? A good example of this is North Dakota. At the very least, consider moving your money from a conventional bank to a credit union. Credit unions reinvest locally.
On a national level (worldwide), we have become very divided in terms of race and culture. Some suggestions include:
1) Mandatory 2 years of community or military service, and
2) The first 2 years of college free (whether it be technical or academic) and attendence strongly promoted.
When we are exposed to other cultures and ideas, we tend to be a little more empathetic when issues are discussed.
It seems these days that everyone running for office is doing so to pass 'pet' laws. Often these do not reflect a concern over improving our society,
conflicting with the oath of office to 'serve the people'. I suggest these considerations:
1) Every law (legislation) should have itemized in the preamble the reason this law needed to be created. and
2) Each law should include a sunset date in which the law is examined for its effectiveness and removed (or rewritten) if it has not achieved the desired result.
And remember, these people we elect, or who are employed with taxpayer funds, are Public Servants and must be held accountable to their office and their oath.
And three words for our vocabulary:
1) Integrity (your words/actions),
2) Impecability (the job you do), and
3) Compassion (for others)
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Last modified: June 15, 2019