Working For A Few
I remember I was in high school (around fifteen years ago or so), when one of my history teachers came to class one day with an article he cut-out of a newspaper. The title said something along the lines: 465 people as wealthy as the rest of the world. That was a bit of a shock but ultimately, I did not care that much because I was chasing skirts and thinking about upgrading my sound-system in my car.
The story continues and here I am, long after that time, sitting watching the news and I hear that Oxfam just ended a study (“Working For The Few”), which basically ends on the note that: “Wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world’s population …” (quote taken from Oxfam website). Well, I must say that I was not expecting for things to get better. Not with the level of apathy and disinterest towards such issues from the general masses. Millions of people will sit to watch the Super-ball but how many people will read this Oxfam study, or do valuable research on political/social issues?
We are heading for Chaos and not many people seem to want to get involved in the tough discussions we need to have. As in why there are billions of dollars spent on armament and kids have no schools to go to in their communities, or breakfast for that matter? Why politicians are paid so much and have so many bonuses (as in health care plan choices and so on) when they are “servants” of the public? They should be no better off than the average Joe. Why there are subsidies for oil corporations and bail-outs for banksters, meanwhile the common man/woman cannot afford his/her mortgage and is kicked out on the street?
I can go on with the questions because I have not even touched on veteran’s issues, on women’s rights or even human rights … yet, there is no point in overwhelming the reader with issues that need attention. My point in writing this article is just to raise awareness on issues which concern us all and with the intent that each one of us can at least try to work on one of these many issues. Nobody is Superman so, it is understandable that one person cannot do much but when one person does a little and another does a little and another joins in … it’s like a colony of ants, soon enough the power grows and things get done. It’s a matter of unity.
Whatever issue is closer to You, whether it is environmental issues or matters related to politics, or perhaps education, please try to get involved a little. We create the world and so, if we become apathetic, the world will be apathetic. Mix that with the greed of the banksters and the hatred of extremists and we get a greedy and violent apathetic world. Is this what You wish for the future? I bet not and I bet we can do much better if we focus our Intent and Energy.
Good luck to everyone!
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