The problem we face as a society is blind acceptance of the status quo. We must break free from the trance into which we have fallen and see the world anew. Here are just some examples of what we must overcome in order to escape our cage of greed and exploitation and build an ends-based society of service.
Why We Fight: Finding the Core of Our Humanity to Avoid Cultural Conflict and Embrace Our Call to Service
Our world is full of competing and conflicting ideas about what to believe and how to behave. We argue about what is right and what is wrong, about what is best for ourselves and for each other, and about how we are supposed to live our lives. Our wide range of religious beliefs—Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Taoist, Wiccan, Mormon, Atheist, Agnostic, Cherokee, and Crow—assures a steady debate over the moral imperatives we each hold as sacred, whether we believe them from God, from Nature, or from ourselves. As well, we tussle and fight about political and economic issues, taking polar opposite positions on nearly every social, economic, or political question that arises. We humans do seem to bicker, don’t we? It is no secret that we disagree more than we agree when it comes to religious faith or the lack thereof. Certainly, religious conflict has resulted in countless deaths historically; but the true driver of human warfare is not religion. Only about 7% of all historical wars have been caused by religious conflict. Wars over resources and political conflicts vastly outweigh those based on religious differences. But undoubtedly, these two sets of motivators—religion and politics—are the root causes […]
Watch this video describing how we think about wealth inequality, compared to the harsh realities of wealth redistribution in America. 23 Charts Of Rising Inequality That Will Make You Worried About The Future GUS LUBIN APR. 23, 2014, 10:29 AM Re-posted from Business Insider Unprecedented interest in income inequality has sent a complex book by economist Thomas Piketty to the top of the charts on Amazon.com. “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” presents centuries of data on the accumulation and distribution of capital and chilling insights about the present and the future. Income inequality has been getting much worse for decades, and this could just be the start. If Piketty is right, then global politics could get antagonistic, unstable, and potentially dangerous. Rising inequality could also hurt the economy, as Wall Street is starting to notice. As noted by Société Générale strategist Albert Edwards, “you don’t have to be a communist to conclude that high levels of inequality not only adversely affects long-term growth, but also increases the economy’s vulnerability to recession.” We’ve gathered charts from Piketty and others that show the scale of the problem. Actual wealth distribution in America is much more unbalanced than people realize—and much worse still than they would like. The top 0.1% of […]
Gallup Poll: Americans Continue to Say U.S. Wealth Distribution Is Unfair, Favor Redistribution through Taxing Rich
by Frank Newport (reposted from Gallup Polls) Story Highlights 63% of Americans say money and wealth distribution is unfair These attitudes are substantially unchanged over past 30 years Slight majority of 52% favor heavy taxes on rich as fix PRINCETON, N.J. — Despite the growing focus on inequality in recent years, the 63% of Americans who say that money and wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people is almost the same as the 60% who said this in 1984. Americans’ agreement that money and wealth need to be more evenly distributed reached a high point of 68% in April 2008, in the last year of the George W. Bush administration, and just before the full effects of the Great Recession began to take hold. Americans became slightly less likely to agree with the idea later that year and in surveys conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013. This year’s increase to 63% is close to the average of 62% agreement across the 13 times Gallup has asked the question since 1984. The latest data are from Gallup’s April 9-12 Economy and Personal Finance survey. Americans’ views on how money and wealth should be distributed in the […]
Moral Action in an Inequitable Economy: ios Founding Editor, Brian Scott Archibald, discusses how service can resolve our inequality crisis
“America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves…. It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five. Our self-delusional blind spot for massive wealth accumulation by the very few—ironically through our own labor, productivity, and industry—has diverted us from a golden path that could otherwise lead to a better life for us all, including those already enjoying the spoils of our toils. Not coincidentally, it is the same social and economic engine that drives this incredibly efficient and effective wealth production system that can provide each and everyone of us with a better, more stable, more satisfying, and more fulfilled life. We just need to use that engine to drive ourselves and our society in a different direction. The primary change required to harness this amazing socioeconomic force, and to redirect […]