Posted by Tim Stobbs on March 12, 2008
In yesterday’s comments a few people touch on the fact that life long people who are poor have often lost hope that things will get better. Their motivation dies and they are now stuck in that life. I know that happens, I’ve seen it with people I know. It’s hard to watch and do nothing (or try and having nothing change), but in the end until people want to change there isn’t much you can do.
So do we turn and blind eye and let them sink or do we address some of the root causes of it all? Perhaps what is missing from most discussions around the poor is what caused it all. What happened to create this mess and what can we do about it? I won’t pretend to know it all, but I’ll put out an idea and you let me know if you think it makes sense.
The issues is capitalism at its core values money more than life. Companies seek ever expanding growth at any cost including our water, air, land and most of all ourselves. Companies can pay lip service to the environment and caring for people, yet day after day the signs are there. We are slowly killing ourselves for money. Yet in the end capitalism must fail. Otherwise we will consume products that are literally consuming our ability to live on this planet and creating vast gap between the poor of our society and the wealthy which reduces the poor to nothing more than slaves.
So your thinking “great, how do you stop that”! Well perhaps we should start with ourselves. Stop buying crap you don’t need, a company can’t make a profit if you don’t buy it. Start buying what you need at more local small business where possible. Start with your local farmer’s market if nothing else. Capitalism excels at sucking money out of a local economy and shifting elsewhere.
Then it’s perhaps time we looked at our investments beyond their profit numbers. Do you really agree with ripping up an area the size of Florida just to get some oil or their sub contractor makes a product overseas with working conditions that you wouldn’t subject any animal to? I know I’m guilty of this. I try to be somewhat environmentally friendly in my life, but so far I’ve turned a blind eye to my investments in any ethical sense. Why? I think on some level I know it will be hard to find something that makes some money and that has some sense about having some ethics.
I don’t pretend to know the answers. I’ve just recently come to think that problem with everything may be our economic system itself. So I’m still digesting the implications of it all to my life, my community, my nation and my world. Your thoughts as always are welcome, please share.