OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT: GOOD OR BAD?
Hello Again Dear Friends,
As my new book “WE’RE TIPPING OVER” is about to be released in the next couple of weeks I’m bracing for comments from many with divergent opinions. I know from just your regular feedback on this newsletter that thoughts and opinions on the state of our government, big business, and our overall society are across the board. I actually take some pride in having such a diverse group of subscribers.
The overriding theme of the new book and my current speaking presentations is that although we are indeed at a tipping point with monumental problems, there are answers, if and only if, we embrace that we are ALL in this together. Being One, with each other, and being in this mess together, means we are all part of the problem and we all must be part of the solution. This means EVERYONE must be open to change and sacrifice, not just the other guy!
So, relative to ‘Occupy Wall Street’, and their message, I ask the question, Are highly successful entrepreneurs and big business good or bad? The answer is a little of BOTH.
It’s clear to me that most of our current financial crisis was created by the extreme greed and leverage of businesses relative to the recent mortgage meltdown. I see this same mentality carried forward today as a volatile but mostly strong and rising stock market is characterized by technological advances and corporate acquisitions which are causing jobs to disappear. This in turn increases unemployment and causes our middle class to slowly evaporate.
On the other side, is it the fault of big business that factory and service employees will work for $13 per hour and limited benefits overseas while these jobs are unattractive here? Are the protestors jealous of the success of others and unwilling to take the lower paying jobs that now seem to be the norm or do they just want higher taxes on those with the highest incomes? Will raising taxes on Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen, Albert Puljos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet solve all our problems?
What I am certain of is that unless we greatly reduce our reliance on debt, and until we have real job creation, our economic situation is not going to get better and in fact things will probably get much worse.
I speak regularly of the wonderful wakeup call of this financial crisis, and truthfully, many in my audiences think I’m a bit crazy. This wakeup call has to do with a great transformation now under way; a transformation where we truly begin to realize that we are all in this life experience together and everyone must give, contribute, and sacrifice. This does not mean that everyone automatically has the same things. Just like in nature where there are stronger plants and animals the same exists within humans. Some people are better at their chosen craft, some are stronger, some work harder and rewards may differ, but we all must cooperate and realize we are part of the whole, the Oneness.
Business must do a better job of creating and maintaining jobs while protecting the Earth and animals. Perhaps the highest earners need to pay some more in taxes and maybe a national consumption tax would even help. However, individually we cannot expect the government to take care of us and we must be willing to work at whatever jobs may be available. This will probably mean a slightly reduced standard of living than we have grown accustomed to and this is part of the new wakeup call.
I was with a successful businessman recently who was commenting on the increased disparity between haves and have-nots. He felt we were in line for an inevitable societal split and his main concern was how to stay in the top group. I’d much prefer if he and others would offer solutions whereby we keep a strong middle class alive and vibrant without the polar splits.
‘Occupy Wall Street’ has put the spotlight on big business and its responsibilities, and this may turn out to be a good thing. Our government and business must work in cooperation to create a system where jobs are created and we all live within our means. Our so called ‘good life’ is an ongoing hoax fueled by our addiction to debt and our unwillingness to sacrifice, and judgment day is approaching. Our current political system makes the truth unelectable, and political reform is a must!
You, me and the protestors must take whatever jobs are available, lessen our reliance on personal debt, expect less from government, learn to find our joy from within and then recognize the Universal Oneness we all share. It’s a tall order, I know, but it’s the great wakeup call for our civilization and it’s what 2012 is all about.
The ‘how to’ part is never easy, but it is what I attempt to share in my new book coming out is just a few weeks. Please look for ‘WE’RE TIPPING OVER, The Urgency to Rethink Government, Business, Heart, and Soul’. www.andyfeld.net will have 3 free chapters available shortly.
Happy Holidays to all!
With Love and Appreciation,