The Compassionate Story-Telling Project
THE COMPASSIONATE STORY-TELLING PROJECT. This innovative project aims to bring together twelve 18-23 year olds would- be story tellers drawn from adherents of four major faiths and cultures: Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus; and from those who have no faith background. They would be trained and accredited as story tellers and would be required both to create and research stories that demonstrate compassion from their faith community and secular perspectives. A collation of these stories including some tips on reading and storytelling will be published in book form illustrated with children’s work. The trained story tellers will be expected to become advocates of the compassionate story telling approach as well as disseminators of the stories in a range of contexts.
PROJECT OUTPUTS The publication of a Treasure Trove of compassionate stories for those aged 8 and above. 12 trained story tellers who will be committed to a cross cultural, interfaith, compassionate approach and who will be available to visit schools, colleges, libraries, parent groups and other institutions. 12 trained story tellers who will be expected to become advocates for the approach and to in turn train others in the art of story telling Performance in two CoED events in 2015. A developing network of story tellers who will be committed to building compassionate cross cultural and interfaith links to use the medium as way of breaking down myths and stereotypes about people of different faiths. PROJECT OUTCOMES A greater mutual understanding between the adherents of the four faith groups and those of no faith which will be transmitted to a range of audiences through story telling performances and workshops. An on-going commitment to building compassion and cohesion through the power of story telling. A realisation that the power of storytelling can help to address areas of conflict in the world and can become an effective healing word.
A significant rise in the profile of storytelling and building a more compassionate society in the hearts and minds of young people who, hopefully, will be inspired by the many stories they experience.
The only way to pay workers an adequate compensation is to pay them 100% of the income, since they do 100% of the work, and to pay them based on how hard they work, which you do by limiting differences in income between workers to only what is necessary to get them to do hard jobs and to give their maximum performance in performance based jobs. Allocating income in this way would pay workers from $115k to $460k per year for working just 20 hours per week. Workers shouldn’t have to work for free for 6 months every year just to pay off the gambling winnings of investors. There is something terribly flawed with a system that pays Kim Kardashian hundreds of times more than a brain surgeon for each hour worked. Half of all the income workers produce gets paid to the lucky who do no work and most of what’s left over gets paid to the scarce.
The vast majority of the workers who produce everything – the engineers, doctors, construction workers, factory workers, miners, farmers, teachers – have to fight over the few crumbs that remain. Even though worker productivity is $65 per hour, enough to make every worker wealthy, most workers are broke because they only get paid a tiny fraction of the $65 per hour they produce. Of course, the lucky and scarce claim that they are getting paid adequately, that the other workers are not getting exploited because it is fair to pay them 50 to 150,000 times more for being lucky or scarce. If consumers had a direct say on how workers were valued, no worker would ever be able to earn thousands of times more income than another worker because they would never be able to convince consumers to take a huge pay cut at their job in order to pay their inflated salaries. The only economic reason for paying one person more than another is to get them to work harder.
We don’t need to pay people 50 to 150,000 times more income to get them to work harder. The only fair economic system is socialism, as explained here, which makes everyone an equal owner of the planet’s resources and pays you based on how hard you work in converting those resources into useful goods and services.
The only way out: the struggle for workers’ democracy
The radicalisation of the struggle is such that demands like the nationalisation, under workers control, of factories in crisis clearly connect with the experience of wide layers of the population, and are seen as something that is urgently needed. Despite all the slanders of the government, the piqueteros, the militant unemployed workers who organise roadblocks to demand food and work, and the popular assembles, continue to grow in influence daily. In the current situation, a Constituent Assembly would be no more than a variant of a bourgeois parliament! Faced with the collapse of capitalism and its institutions, there is no alternative in Argentina but workers power, and agitation must be stepped up and organised to patiently explain, to win over the majority of the population to this programme. A shift to the left of the middle classes or their neutrality towards the struggle of the working class.
This condition unfortunately does not exist at present, but there is little doubt that the workers of Argentina are moving towards the transformation of the existing social order. Many analysts have said that the working class has not joined the struggle against the system. From a scientific point of view, the middle classes are a section of society that both works and owns its means of production, unlike the working class. The lowest layers of the middle class live and work in conditions very similar to many workers, whilst its top layers have much in common with bourgeoisie. Due to their living and working conditions, they cannot play an independent role in society and they continually hover between either supporting the bourgeoisie or supporting the workers.
The last 25 years in Argentina have seen a vicious attack by the bourgeoisie on all the gains that the working class won through decades of struggle and which had lifted the country to fifth or sixth place in the world in terms of living standards. There is only one way forward for Argentina – the fight for workers’ power and a socialist programme. Immediate reduction in the working day without loss of pay in order to share out work.