I’ve been struggling with my initial excitement about the possibility of a non-violent revolt against the rich. My struggle is essentially with the negative connotations of the words: “revolt,” and “against.”
Negativity gets us nowhere fast. I believe that we have been living in a negativity fueled culture that has bred a society of untrusting individuals. We’re a society of fools that are spinning our wheels in the mud of inequality. The only thing that holds our culture together is money. This is, of course, the root of the problem.
Our economic crisis is a symptom of our failure to use our voices to confront inequality.
How can we meaningfully solve this crisis? It will ultimately spiral out of control if we cannot reach common ground. This common ground should be forward thinking rather than resolving to do things the same way, but with a different name.
I suggest that a cure for our economic crisis is a designated time set aside to globally re-examine our values.
During this time of profound self-examination, (individually and globally) we will hopefully reach conclusions that determine that the majority of humanity values life in all forms, and our environment over money, or property and material things.
When these values begin to be implemented in our culture, we will actualize a change that was only possible in our dreams. We will be able to consciously morally evolve ourselves into a state of world peace.
My congresswoman, Barbera Lee has a saying that she repeats over and over again on the house floor: “Budgets are moral documents.”
This is a profound statement because it acknowledges that our economy is based on the work of human beings – not some mystical law of the market.
The problems, then, are the misplaced values of the corporate sponsored politicians. It is clear that too many of them have prioritized money before people. What does this tell us about their morality? From my perspective it tells us that there is a corrupt corporate culture running amok and a majority of politicians are complicit at best and enablers at worst.
So, our morals are a practical cure for our economic crisis. We must look beyond the money and see the people and understand that our division of labor inextricably connects us – so when one of us suffers, all of us suffer.
I can only imagine the mental gymnastics that the uber-wealthy of our culture are forced to perform concerning their own morals. Their denial of equality, and their embrace of exploitation must surely keep them awake at night.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We all need a crisis of conscience before we can fix our economy.
Here are the 7 big-picture steps that I think need to happen before our economic crisis is resolved – it is essentially an outline for a revolution of thought, or more appropriately A Moral Evolution.
1. A Jubilee Year is declared. All debt will be canceled. During the Jubilee Year we should have a time of values re-examination to determine exactly where the majority of individuals priorities are. An emphasis on community is stressed.
2. The systematic dissolution of leadership, ideologies, borders, and economies. Concepts of ownership and privatization will be forgotten. A World Union is established with a Global Democracy (one voice equals one vote).
3. Move onto an Economy of Trust; Based on a Currency of Language. This allows for the concept of “freedom” and “individual liberty” to become a reality as there will no longer be any economic prohibitions. What is free for one, is free for all. That includes the equal access to resources for all of humanity. Gandhi should be the guiding light here with his standard of resource distribution: There is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for anyone’s greed.
4. Begin rebuilding our global infrastructure (with a communal focus on education) using solely renewable energy so that it is in harmony with nature. We currently have the technology to make the whole of our population sustainable. There is no logistical reason or rationale for anybody to go hungry or be homeless.
5. Begin to harness the power of technology by using the internet to create a truly global democracy. Equal access to a computer becomes a human right. We can then use the internet as a completely virtual global congress. Issues can be raised, discussed and voted on to determine majority opinion on directions we can take in the future. Humanity as we know it does not deserve the privilege of technology. It is simply too powerful of a tool for exploitation and manipulation. We must honestly explore our true desires for technology. And we must also consider the true desires of the intelligence we are artificially creating. It should also be noted that moral evolution would eliminate the need for “internet security” – in its place should be the value of transparency.
6. Implement an agreement to follow “Natural Law.” This law can be defined and voted on by all of humanity through our internet global congress. The only truly necessary laws are The Golden Rule (Do to others as you would like done to yourself), and live in harmony with nature (i.e. be individually sustainable).
7. Work only when inspired to but always support your local community!