Self Interest & Sustainability

The ‘invisible hand of the market’ suggests that by looking out for our own self interest, we will ultimately benefit society.

This underlying theory of capitalism, has reached its nadir. It is similar to a gigantic multi level marketing system that sucks the financial wealth to the top, those who know how best to ‘play’ the game or who hold most of the chips win.

The rules are meant to be strained or circumvented under the concept of profit maximization. Unless restrained anything goes, laissez faire. Child labour & deforestation, as examples, are fair game & good business.

Ongoing international financial regulations try to manipulate integrity. However, they never catch up with the ingenious ways to circumvent them.

Recently, there is a move towards looking out for our fellow beings & our planet:

SIO, Canada, http://www.socialinvestment.ca

SIF, USA, http://www.ussif.org

SIF, U.K., http://uksif.org

SIF, Europe, http://www.eurosif.org

These organizations are searching for & moving towards a more financially sustainable model.

It is time for us to turn the other cheek. Others versus self, as our focus, can contribute towards personal well being.

Measuring Gross International Happiness vs Gross International Product is the wave of the future. It’s day has come & we should not leave it up to King of Bhutan, http://www.greenangelsfoundation.org/resources/gnh/, to go it alone. Please take a few minutes to read the King’s thoughts!

David

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The Veil

‘The only boundary left is our imagination’ Jinha Lee

Take the next 5 minutes to witness Jinha explain how to pass through the veil:

Jinha finishes with the above quote, ‘The only boundary left is our imagination’.

If that is so, will we ultimately be able to break the veil between life & death, the here & the hereafter?

Will we be able to reach through the veil & communicate with those who have gone before?

Will we be able to pass back & forward at will?

Do we already?

Imagine!

David

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Agnostic

“A person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god.” Merriam-Webster Online

A young 1st Nations Woman, said to me recently, that her grandmother had told her that the Creator was here long before we came to introduce him to her.

Looking at the magnificence of nature, would seem to me, to reflect a Creator behind all things.

Might that Creator be part of all of us as well? See what David Kelley says about creativity & having the confidence to express it:

It would seem that it might be obvious to most of us that a Creator is a given but why should doubt or agnosticism enter the picture? Does doubt & faith go together.

Lesley Hazleton, presents a convincing picture that it does:

This raises a question: are God & the Creator the same entity?

“There are many names for God, and different names are attached to different cultural ideas about who God is and what attributes he possesses.” Wikipedia

If we have the creative faculties of the Creator are we God’s children?

If so, do we act like it!

David

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War

I’m dying…on a barren hillside far from home,

I’m lying…in the ruins of war, and so alone.

A young life…dreams of glory, now a shattered end

A young wife…wondering how her heart will ever mend.

 

I’m screaming…one more scream to add to history,

Redeeming…have I sinned? It’s all a mystery.

I’m falling…into darkness, where oh where the sky,

Who’s calling…whose words are those I hear with my last sigh?

 

So many….centuries of bloodshed, loss and pain,

If any…wars can be prevented, what the gain,

Could we see….through another’s eyes to understand,

And be free…stand united on this earth, our land.

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Endless Growth, Faith and Addiction

The concept of endless growth is behind our system of success. The engine of our economy is money.

We are trained to believe in that system & we place our faith in those who control the levers.

The idea is that operating out of self interest maximizes the returns for all of us. The reality is not validating that conclusion.

Those who are in a position to grease the economy with money, have as their goal, the maximization of profits for themselves. It is much like a giant multi-level marketing program. The top few funnel the wealth into their own net worth.

When the system crashes those few turn to the many to bail them out. If they don’t get it one way then they do another. Either way the majority pay the price.

So how about the risk addiction? Naomi Klein, at Ted Woman, probably says it best:

Does something need to change?

Should we question our faith?

Change is never easy.

But the grandkids!

David

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