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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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I just finished an article about this topic...getting involved...changing the status quo....DOING SOMETHING!!!!! I'm wondering what it will take to wake up the majority. Keep sounding the alarm my friend; trouble is just off the horizon and heading our way.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

We have waited to long to do anything and too few really care. The only people protesting are the elderly...please. We have let it go too far....they are all so guilty they cannot stop each other and we gave them too much power, and now they own us. They would have us tear each other apart if we even tried to do anything. But at least we don't keep our mouths shut, Mr Happy, maybe it will buy time.


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Spirit Whisperer 2 years ago from Isle of Man

An excellent article created to raise awareness of people to issues that matter and incite them to act. A man dressed in a loincloth inspired his people to such an extent that they brought the British Empire to its knees in India through non-violent passive resistance. I see the White Wolf achieving similar results! Thank you.


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You, Mr. Billybuc. : )

Unlike many people, I think change can ultimately be reached but only if we have proper leaders and not these self-fulfilling liars which make-up most of the Congress/Parliament/Senate and the business community (at its highest levels).

I wish us Good Luck!

All the best.


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Lynnley, thank You for the visit and comment! : )

Not to sound feisty (lol) but I am not elderly - not even close. And You are fully right in that I am not going to keep my mouth shut. I already lived through one bloody revolution (Romania 1989) and I am not keen in going through another. Things will change.

Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Spirit Whisperer, thank You for the visit and comment as well.

So, I should get a loin cloth You are saying? lol jk

Many thanks, cheers! : )


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi My Happy. I have published quite a few articles on this sad old theme. I don't let it worry me any more. I'm too old to take up cudgels like cobble stones or machetes; I leave that to the young hot heads. It never gets any better anyway, revolutions just release other assholes to do the same thing.

My main concern is the horned animals in Africa being slaughtered by agents for the Chinese idiots...but there is so much wrong as you point out.

Good fortune

Bob


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Diogenes,

I do believe in that saying about mistakes being unlearned lessons. One way or another, we will learn the lessons of fairness, justice and compassion. Of this I am certain.

You are very right in saying that revolutions can release "other assholes" but that is because we permit "assholes" to take positions of power, isn't it?

Good luck with protecting our animal cousins in Africa - they do need our help and thank You for your work.

Cheers! : )


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

White Wolf - Thank you for a cogent and well reasoned call to action. We do all need to be involved on some level an in some manner. There are certainly those who are genuinely satisfied with their lives and apathetic about everything else.

But you struck an important chord with me when you said, we each need to decide what we care about, truly believe in, and then find out how we can help improve the situation. It is easy to get overwhelmed, there are so many needs that should be addresses and so many good causes that deserve support... thank you for recognizing that and emphasizing that we can all find an issue, a cause to invest out time and money in.

They will be different causes and that is OK. Taken as a whole, we can improve the world. Great essay. Sharing. Theresa


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Thank you for writing this Mr Happy, I have read a number of hubs recently on a similar theme so it does seem that the concern of this issue of inequality is spreading slowly. I too have written a hub on how one persons actions can help change the world. But we do have to act, not talk.

I also agree with you about the travesty of animals being killed and brought to extinction to pander to the greed of Chinese seeking alternative medicine. That is disturbing. Voted up and shared.


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for stopping by, Mrs. Theresa.

I wrote this article because I do indeed see a lot of apathy but I think this does happen because many people feel overwhelmed by the things which need our attention. My observation on this issue is that there are more people than there are major issue thus, I do think we can work things out - we just need focus.

Cheers! : )


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the visit and comment as well, Mr. Jodah.

I am happy to hear more people are writing on the issue of inequality. I do think it is a major issue which needs discussion because otherwise, we can just go back to king and peasants time. It's really all up to us.

All the best! : )


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WingofCyrus 2 years ago

There was an example on bbc where a group of people played a game of Monopoly, only two of the four got to roll twice verses one standard roll per turn. The documentary showed the difference in attitudes in the players with the advantage. They talked differently, more arrogantly. What the docu didn't show was how the game ended, considering the odds the two that had the advantage would end up head to head.

You raise a good point, and present it well. You speak of Unity and solidarity in the most subtle way. What do we do after we'v accomplished unity and solidarity?

People intoxicate themselves with work so they wont see how they really are.(Aldous Huxley)


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Yes Mr. WingofCyrus, I speak of Unity often. What are we, other than a bunch of different tribes inhabiting this planet. Yet, we all wish for safety, security and happiness. Thus, I say that we are all the same and it would do us much better to work with one another than to compete with one another.

A completely different world would be created if we achieved solidarity and treated one another with respect. We really have no choice, as the future will show us.

All the best to everyone! : )


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hello White Wolf - Sorry to have been out of touch for so long. It's funny... m family is thrilled to have the 3 acres of property to work on, share, and enjoy. Some of us go down for the weekend once a month, others twice a month (I am usually in that group). I love it and I feel so fortunate and blessed.

But I noticed after about four months that I wasn't writing very much on HP! There are only so many hours in a day and days in a week. Time down at the River House is time not spent doing other things , like HP. :) And then something in my spirit lifted, changed (after my father died) and most of the writing I do now is poetry as opposed to prose or history. I am not complaining, just pondering.

Anyway I though this was an excellent Hub and I still do. I just wanted to read it again. I hope tings are well with you and the forest and the wolves and all the other creatures. Blessings! Theresa


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Mr. Happy 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Theresa,

I was just thinking of You within the last week. Maybe telepathy is working. Haha!!

I am happy You are enjoying the time in nature, as supposed to a concrete jungle which many of us are familiar with. I am slowly coming out of hibernation. I have lots of photos from my last year's travels and posted none, or wrote about none ... Maybe I will soon, the trip to the U.K. was quite memorable.

The time is soon coming for me to go out and search for some Sweet-grass and make some braids. Perhaps one or two braids can come to You too. : )

All the best and thank You kindly for the visit!

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