The Universe has taken the opportunity to share many F words with me the past few weeks – Fair popped up on the radar this morning. Actually, it’s been on my brain radar for quite awhile now – but mostly in the context of what’s not Fair .
Fresh from one of my favorites, Lynne McTaggart, comes The Fairness Campaign. She eloquently stated all the statistics, science and observed results of what happens in cultures built around Not Fair, allowing me to write about what I want too, without having to give you the background and proof. (Thanks, Lynne, for again allowing me to do what I love without getting bogged down in the details, which you are so awesome at putting together!)
I recently watched (yet again) PBS’s installment of The American Experience: The Crash of 1929. Each time I watch it, I become more aware of the cultural standards and mind-sets that allow these kinds of misfortunes to play out over and over throughout history.
I double-dog dare you to watch it and not see the correlations between the house of cards in 1929 and the collapse in the mortgage and financial market of 2008.
I also dare you to watch those interviewed who say, “Well, the stock market didn’t have all the regulations in place it does today” and not snigger – as anyone who has followed our current economic woes can easily see the same motivations and games that created Black Friday also led to the 2008 disaster.
View with interest the few lone voices who warned there was trouble ahead and who were ridiculed, labeled unpatriotic and even, at the extreme, accused of treason for daring to question the solidity of our Stock Market.
For examples of these lone hero-types leading up to the 2008 debacle, I will refer you to RSA Animate clip “Smile or Die” by Barbara Ehrenreich. She eloquently shares the stories of those who tried warning of the dangerous waters ahead with sub-prime lending – all who were informed to “Quit being Negative” – our modern label for “Unpatriotic”.
It’s rather disheartening to see how quickly those who try to steer us from torrents to smooth sailing are all but destroyed by those around them.
And, I wonder yet again, when will we learn?
Survival of the Fittest does not apply to the species of Man. It never has. Without fur, sharp teeth, claws or defensive armor, the only thing our ancestors had going for them was brains and the ability to work together for the good of the group.
Compassion, empathy and intellectual solutions that take care of the whole tribe, not just one or two, is why our species has flourished.
So when those who made millions, billions or trillions out of the crash of 1929 or 2008, (take your pick) shrug and say, “The opportunity was there for anyone – not my fault others didn’t have my vision”, I realize they are not really in tune with the mind-set and values that had to exist in order for them to even have been born.
I grew up in an era where the parenting phrase, “Life isn’t Fair” was at it’s zenith – indicating to me the residual effects of the crash and depression in our mind-set as a society. Our physical drive to survive often ends up with our brains coming up with false stories to keep us going through devastating trauma.
Good for us – our instincts are working.
Bad for us, because the 99% of the population who slaves to support the 1% start thinking of ways to either make it to the 1% level, or meekly submit to to the propaganda that states: “You just weren’t smart enough, positive enough or hard-working enough to have ‘made it’.”
If you’re in the 99% group of folks who are basically laboring within a feudalistic system, although it has been well disguised, thanks to prolific advertising campaigns, then I implore you to not meekly submit to a structure that is based on robbing the poor to feed the rich.
Being positive has it’s merits, but when you are part of a system that is designed to destroy you in one way or another, you can be the biggest Pollyanna on the block and all it will do is allow you to be peaceful while you’re sitting under the bridge waiting for someone to drop pennies in your hat. (Peace has it’s merits, but then we are a species that continually strives for better. Funny how often the “Better” does not bring Peace.)
Do you see the strength in that 99%? What if the 99% banded together to come with their own game – a game based on Fairness, Compassion and an Empathic Society? What if the 99% of cooperative baboons told the 1% of aggressive mean ones to take a hike?
What if American farmers, ranchers and producers decided to feed their neighbors and let those who send their maid to the store do without?
Radical, I know – but when I continually face an audience that sees only two options – a money culture or a fanatic survivalist existence – I sometimes wonder if we can wipe the clouds of propaganda from our brains long enough to come up with a happy medium.
But that medium CAN be found – and you can start any day of the week taking small steps towards reinventing the society in which you live. The voices of discontent are growing – those who promised that which they cannot or will not deliver are in the minority. There are plenty of us who are tired of playing a game we can’t win.
So why not come up with our own game? Human labor, cooperation, ingenuity and renewable, raw resources are the only things that have ever created abundance.
Money wealth can be created out of thin air – it means nothing unless the above abundance backs it up. And it will surely fall the moment the 1% who produce nothing but money get out of hand.
You, with all your talent and energy, can choose whether to shore up the Money Game or contribute to the abundance of your local community. There are those of like mind waiting to join forces with you.
Start the conversation – those who aren’t ready are immediately apparent. Move on until you find someone willing to trade their eggs for your home made bread.
And be willing to stand by them in court when you both get arrested for not paying the IRS portion of the abundance they did nothing to help create, but nevertheless, want their portion of.