Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???

Changing the System Mindfully. Are we imprisoned by our unexamined concepts???
Humanity is imprisoned by a heartless monetary system, co-dependently arising from dichotomy of man and nature, self and society, ecology and economy, and public and private. How is the system fabricated? How do we awaken from our collective delusion and suffering? Please share this blog for Contemplative Social Action to Cultivate a Culture of Awakening! "Do everything with a mind that lets go" - Ajahn Chah

Friday, June 15, 2007

60 million Americans on $7 a day : NY Times

The Times article notes that the bottom fifth of all taxpayers average reported income was only $5,743 each. Because the IRS includes a single individual or a married couple in its definition of a “taxpayer” the poorest 26 million taxpayers account for the equivalent nearly 48 million adults and about 12 million dependent children. According to the Times analysis, this means the poorest 60 million Americans have reported incomes of less than $7 a day! It is often noted that 3 billion of the world’s poorest people live on less than $2 a day. In the US, where the cost of living is far higher, $7 a day is only enough to guarantee a life of destitution. The fact that 60 million people live in such dire poverty—and tens of millions more could face the same fate if they lost their jobs or confronted some other financial catastrophe—is a damning indictment of American capitalism and the free market model it touts around the world.

Sources: NY Times Report (McClatchy Report)

The Human Rights Record in the U.S. in 2006

China's report on Human Rights Violations in America

Financial and Job Stress

The leading cause of stress poll by LifeCare cites 1) finance, and 2) job and careers as primary causes of employee stress. The poll was open to employees of LifeCare's 1,500 client companies nationwide via its web site,, during the month of April, 2005.

The human costs of outsourcing, offshoring and downsizing manufacturing, high-tech and high skill jobs from developed to developing countries are being increasingly felt everywhere. Having one or two dominant world currency for international trade and Third-world debt may not be a good idea after all!

And what all the above economic, social, mental health dysfunctions got to do with enlightened capitalism or changing the macro system from inside out??? Hmm…may be a whole lot and more.


davidfrayne said...

The USA is clearly not providing a high standard of living to all its citizens. However, the only countries that are doing that are smaller, much more homogenous countries, like Switzerland and Denmark.

I don't think any country of similar population and diversity is doing better than the USA, in terms of average or even lowest 10th percentile quality of life.

What is your proposal to improve things?

Anonymous said...

If change needs to happen globally, it must happen here. The discussion link on the right side is a good way to start unravelling the sytemic source of the problem with capitalism.


USA is a powerful country with so many problems both outside and inside.Rich and less spiritual and over materialistic.

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