I can’t get this out of my mind, as it really brings into focus why so many people have become chronically ill, and are dying younger from devastating new health problems and increasingly early deaths (including suicides), because our true health and well-being is not profitable, and therefore what is needed is not available.
When access to safe, non-toxic, healthy air to breathe, water to drink, homes to live in, clothing to wear, health care, and other necessities of life are denied to so many people because everything that is manufactured now is made with so many toxic chemicals, including our food, because our current system allows corporations to pollute us for profit, without paying any of the costs (some of which are priceless), when the environment we depend on for life is destroyed and treated like a garbage dump, (as are our minds and bodies) then we are not going to survive as a species for much longer.
When 10% of the population is hoarding 87.7% of the global asset pie, and when 90% of us have just 12.3% of the pie, how many have no access to pie at all?
This has to change if we are to have future human generations on this planet, the only place which is uniquely suitable to provide what we need to live healthy, loving lives, if only we would respect and care for it and each other!
Think about this, over and over again, until it sinks in…
When 80 people own 50% of the world’s assets, then everyone else (the other 7.3 billion people who live on this planet) have to share the other 50%. (Oxfam, 2015)
That is, 7.3 BILLION people share 1/2 of the pie, while just 80 people share the other half… but it gets worse:
“Since the release of the Oxfam report in January, Credit Suisse released a new report validating the concern for the acceleration of global income disparity as the richest ten percent of people now hold 87.7 percent of all wealth.”
Meaning some portion of 90% of the population have 12.3% of the global pie…
This is a very graphic view of what is wrong in the world today, why so many people are seriously sick and dying at astonishingly younger ages (as several new reports this year show), and why so many of us don’t have access to even very basic needs.
I believe that we can work together to bring things back into harmony with each other and the planet that supports our lives and existence.
We have to act now to change this, and it starts with reconnecting with our hearts!
Here are a couple of resources for inspiration (there are others that deal with more specific solutions, but these two can help us connect with our hearts, with what we truly value and care about, and help stop the disconnects we’ve been manipulated into by those who are trying to control all the assets while destroying everything that supports life in the process).
Matthieu Ricard’s new book “Altruism“:
“The book paints a complete picture of the importance of altruism and the world’s need for it, and explores its impact in society, politics, the economy, the environment, and education. Major world entrepreneurs, economists, and thinkers have embraced Ricard’s message. It is universal in its approach and should appeal to anyone and everyone who seeks to create a more positive and sustainable future.”
Charles Eisenstein’s book (which is available to read online too)
“In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness—called interbeing—we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.
Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get our selves in order, any action we take—no matter how good our intentions—will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”
Let’s bring the power of love and kindness into everything we think and do.
Let’s start taking care of each other and the planet that supports us as if our lives depended on it, because we do!
Stats and more details on who those 80 people are and what they do… from US Uncut: