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

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Another View of Poverty: Spiritual, Material and Institutional

It is important to distinguish "living in poverty" from "being poor". The people of Cuba have a percapita income that is 1/20th of the USA. Yet there is little malnourishment or homelessness in Cuba, and everyone has basic health care. Infant mortality and life expectancy in Cuba are near identical to what they are in the USA. Cuba's community response to severe fuel famine and food shortage in 1990's is inspiring and exemplary.

The Institutions of New Imperialism are located within a square mile of Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Instead of poverty reduction World Bank and IMF policies have fueled social-political turmoil and economic collapse in many developing countries around the World. Ford's empire is bigger than the economy of South Africa. Tiger Woods is paid more for a Nike Commercial than the laborers in Indonesia making Nike products. United States gave money to IMF to fix Russian elections. See the Truth. about WTO

Former World Bank Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz describes how our common economic accounting procedures and statistics hide and distort the real picture and advocates alternative measures like Green GDP, Median Income, GNP instead of GDP and other measures that reflect the health and well being of people not captured by GDP. Countries like Costa Rica may be quite high in Green GDP. It remains to be seen how the Happiness Index holds up in a traditional monarchy like Bhutan undergoing a voluntary(?) political transition now.

The greatest inability of the human race is to understand the cumulative enslavement effect of usury, exponential growth in debt (exceeding money put in circulation) via compound interest. Take a peek at our credit card industry.

Listen to "All I see is Spiritual Poverty", a song by Bijean

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PBS Commanding Heights: Battle of Ideas for the World economy, Part 1 & 2