Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Winds of Change

For anyone who is still in the dark about Occupy Wall Street, or the Arab Spring, here is a great article. This man took many of my thoughts and organized them into a thoughtful and substantive essay. We are in a time of correction. The world is wildly out of balance. We're literally killing ourselves and our planet, and now we need to try and fix it.

We're never going back to an economy driven by insatiable appetites for stuff bought with debt. We're over that. It's time for our economists to start thinking of a new paradigm. We're the 99%'ers, and even if we're doing okay in this economy, all we have to do is look around to confirm the inequity. We're at the end of a monetary system that excludes 99% of its population. One that indebts its children for years, just for an education. Or takes the elderly person's home to pay for healthcare. Our systems are failing us.

Time for our politicians to hop on board, or move aside. After all, they're supposed to be working for us - not the next big corporate donor.

A new wind is blowing. It is the wind of change, and it will not be stopped. It's time to start designing a new world based on unity and fairness, one that supersedes borders and boundaries, having nothing to do with religion, race, culture, or color. Where all people, everywhere, are important and matter. A world that is grateful,appreciative, and respectful of its home planet. Nothing less will do.

So, put on your thinking cap. I think we're going to need it.


Brian Miller said...

i can only hope...i hope that they head the winds of change as i hate to think of what might come other wise...

Grandmother said...

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold
Based on that criteria, there's a lot that's wrong going on. It also offers the parameters for what's right. We have a lot of work to do.

Bruce Coltin said...

Yes Nancy, I feel the wind.

DJan said...

I am reading "Boomerang" about the economic situation in what Michael Lewis calls "the new Third World" (that's us) and believe me, I REALLY feel the winds of change!

Malone said...

thank you, Nancy. I have been reading your blog for some time now, and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your thoughts.

ds said...

I am impressed with the way the Occupy Wall Street group has organized and is behaving itself--so much more civilized than the politicians!
No, nothing less than gratitude, appreciation and respect will do. We are, indeed, gaining a new world order.

JeannetteLS said...

I hope that this IS the headwind of a new design, a new way of living that looks to the next NINE generations perhaps. Following a Native American goal in protecting our earth. I hope against hope. At least they are getting more coverage from several fronts, FINALLY.

Butternut Squash said...

Hi Nancy,
This is from
In the 1950′s the pay separation between the average worker and CEO’s in what we now call the Fortune 500 companies used to be about 20 to 1 (for every dollar a mid level manager made, a CEO made 20 dollars. ) 20 to 1 was here in America and extreme compared to the rest of the world where even now it is more commonly about half of that. During the 1980s the pay gap between CEO’s and average workers grew from 42:1 to almost 85:1. By 2004 it had jumped to 301 : 1. And now???… well now, right here in the good old US of A, the ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay is running 475 to 1 while in Japan, a very profitable nation with a very good standard of living, the ratio is 11 to 1.


...the answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind - the answer is blowin' in the wind..." and so it is!

claudia said...

WOW to what Butternut Squash said. Damn unfair!

Nancy said...

Brian - Yeah, I know what you mean.

Grandmother - Wonderful quote. We have A LOT of work to do.

Bruce - It may only be a breeze now, but gusts are on the way.

DJan - I love Michael Lewis. My husband has this book and I look forward to reading it. Did you read Liar's Poker?

Malone - Thank you so much! I'm so happy you stopped by.

ds - I am very impressed as well. I hope the police can keep from messing it up.

Jeanette - Exactly! We need to look nine generations down the road. Native Americans had it right all along.

Butternut - Unbelievable. What has happened to our country? Where did all this greed come from?

Gypsy - Perfect song.

Claudia - It's insane.

T said...

In the sixties it was the war and equality for all. Now it's economic equality. Love these occupiers!