J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-06-2018

Capitalism – Curse or Blessing

Karl Marx obviously thought capitalism was a curse and considered that wealth should be controlled by the state for the benefit of all. Communism and capitalism are based on envy and greed respectively. Some questions: Is the way now clear for un-bridled capitalism to take control? Should capitalism be left to its own devices, or does it need to be controlled in some way? Could the world divided into nation states control the multi-national corporations in any realistic way? The “Blessings” of capitalism Large companies can spend money doing research and development which small concerns cannot do. Capitalism does produce wealth though the principal of the wealth “Trickling down” is much disputed. The “Curses” of capitalism The quest for profit only benefits a few share-holders, not workers, consumers, or the community at large. Because capitalism requires continual economic growth, it will inevitably deplete the finite natural resources of the Earth. Capitalism tends to promote inequality, widening the gap between rich and poor. Capitalism benefits from high unemployment to keep wages low and this can be a hidden political agenda. Slavery in its various forms is completely compatible with capitalism, and still exists in many countries of the world. I am particularly concerned that national, and international, laws control the excesses of capitalism and protect the human race from those who would use capitalism to exploit and control.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”world”,”benefit”]
Source: https://georgedowdell.org/2013/08/19/capitalism-curse-or-blessing

Robert Reich

The Republican establishment’s leading presidential hopefuls know the current upbeat economy isn’t trickling down to most Americans. Since Ronald Reagan moved into the White House, Republican policies have widened inequality. Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more with Democrats in the White House than Republicans. The lion’s share of economic gains over the past thirty-five years has gone to the top regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans inhabit the White House. That’s exactly the point: Since Reagan, Republican policies have nudged it toward big gains at the top and stagnation for everyone else. The last Republican president to deliver broad-based prosperity was Dwight D. Eisenhower, in the 1950s. The gains from growth were so widely shared that the incomes of the poorest fifth actually grew faster than the incomes of the top fifth. Under Reagan, Republican policy lurched in the opposite direction: Lower taxes on top incomes and big wealth, less public investment, and efforts to destroy labor unions. These Reaganomic principles are by now so deeply embedded in the modern Republican Party they’ve come to define it. Because these very principles have contributed to the stagnation of American incomes and the widening gap between the rich and everyone else, Republican aspirants who says they want to reverse widening inequality are faced with an awkward dilemma.

Keywords: [“Republican”,”president”,”income”]
Source: http://robertreich.org/post/108489468160

Growing God’s Economy, Cultivating Compassionate Capitalism

Most of the followers of Q Ideas, and most of the people attending the Gathering emerge out of an Evangelical Christian background. Although I follow Q Ideas online, I normally would not have considered attending their high priced annual gathering. As a liberal, progressive, and self-proclaimed evangelical Methodist, I was intrigued with the conference organizers choice to have the gathering in Portland. Something tells me it is also changing the hearts of thousands of Portland area Evangelical Christians. Through the voice and work of Q Ideas, there is emerging a new vision of what it means to spread the gospel of Jesus; one that recognizes the face of Jesus in the faces of the poor, unemployed, homeless, abused, and hopeless that suffer in the midst of a city of beauty and prosperity. Like the Mayor, I was confronted with my own bias about Evangelical Christians. My impression of the social enterprise segments of the conference is that it is a brand new idea for most of the people who attended. At least the conversation about faith, vocation, compassionate capitalism, and Corporate Social Responsibility has started in the emerging post Evangelical movement. ‘ The Gathering was infused with meaningful questions about the state of the world and rich with ideas for creating a better world. A big thank you to the hosts of Q Ideas for bringing this Gathering to the city of Portland.

Keywords: [“idea”,”Gathering”,”Evangelical”]
Source: https://genesisofhope.wordpress.com

The Compassion of Capitalism

We benefit from the compassion of capitalism and we must help others achieve the same blessings. Google defines compassion as “Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.” Sufferings or misfortunes of others – we feel a current state of uneasiness or hardship that we want to improve. How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it. As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation. We must be able to have sympathy for and identify sufferings of others in order to solve problems and serve others. Sympathy and concern for others form the bedrock of free market exchange. Entrepreneurs play a vital role in identifying the misfortunes of others, putting themselves in others’ shoes, to really experience what they are going through. In a free society, men like Henry Turkel can take their natural born sympathies towards others and aid them in their misfortune. Through his profession, he had many occasions to understand the needs of infants and others who are incapacitated such that they cannot feed themselves.

Keywords: [“other”,”Turkel”,”suffering”]
Source: https://tifwe.org/the-compassion-of-capitalism

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Cannabis Capitalism Takes California

The Kurds, who share ethnic and cultural similarities with Iranians and are mostly Muslim by religion, have long struggled for self-determination. In Iran, though there have been small separatist movements, Kurds are mostly subjected to the same repressive treatment as everyone else. The situation is worse in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, where the Kurds are a minority people subjected to ethnically targeted violations of human rights. In 2003, the Kurdish peshmerga sided with the U.S.-led coalition against Saddam Hussein. In 2005, after a long struggle with Baghdad, the Iraqi Kurds won constitutional recognition of their autonomous region, and the Kurdistan Regional Government has since signed oil contracts with a number of Western oil companies as well as with Turkey. Iraqi Kurdistan has two main political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, both clan-based and patriarchal. Syria: Kurds make up perhaps 15 percent of the population and live mostly in the northeastern part of Syria. In 1962, after Syria was declared an Arab republic, a large number of Kurds were stripped of their citizenship and declared aliens, which made it impossible for them to get an education, jobs, or any public benefits. When the uprising against Bashar al Assad began as part of the Arab Spring, Kurds participated, but after 2012, when they captured Kobani from the Syrian army, they withdrew most of their energy from the war against Assad in order to set up a liberated area. The Kurds in turn cite examples of discrimination against them within the opposition.

Keywords: [“Kurds”,”Kurdish”,”Kurdistan”]
Source: https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/california…

Is Capitalism to Blame for Society’s Lack of Compassion?

Compassion – Is it learned?Are we born with compassion as a human trait or is it simply a learned act of kindness? The reality is, most people lack the ability to feel compassion for others, especially living in a world that is so full of hate, violence and death. At what cost? The more we create easier ways to live and quicker means of getting things done, the more we create harmful, lasting damage to the environment and those around us. The world seems to be making more and more heartless decisions. Compassion forms such an integral part in living a vegan lifestyle that I found this book to be very helpful in exploring and building on our ability to live more kindly. How do we become more compassionate towards others? The author, Paul Gilbert, has written in such a way that you feel connected and have an understanding of the dire need to create a more compassionate world. How we choose to live inevitably affects someone or something in order for us to live more comfortably and selfishly. We base our happiness on wants, and always wanting more. A new car, new TV, new phone, more clothes, more travels, more food, more luxury! How can we train ourselves to be more compassionate, when we are living in a world that feeds off the need to impress and be impressed by the materials of others. Paul Gilbert is a British Clinical Psychologist and the founder of Compassion focused therapy who has written many excellent books surrounding the mind and its ability to improve our quality of life simply by being more mindful and practicing compassion.

Keywords: [“more”,”Compassion”,”live”]
Source: https://www.livekindly.co/compassionate-mind-by-paul-gilbert-book…

Compassion Can Only Exist In The Market

In the end, no government bureaucrat can do what a simple pizza delivery man can. The story of Eric Olsen of Omaha, Nebraska, is a perfect example of this. After Hurricane Matthew hit Florida, forcing countless of locals to be shunned from the world as communication lines were cut due to the natural disaster, Olsen knew he had to do something to make sure his 87-year-old grandmother was OK.As he attempted to communicate with her, Olsen contacted the local police and the sheriff’s department, and yet nobody could tell him if Claire Olsen, his grandmother, was alive. After two days of agony, Olsen finally had a brilliant idea. Instead of calling another government agency in search for help, Olsen found a local pizza place and made the call that changed everything. “I just [finally] said, ‘I’m going to order her a pizza, and if they can deliver it, then I know she’s alive,'” Olsen told reporters. Letting the delivery person know about his grandmother’s situation, Olsen asked the delivery person to call him when he finally delivered the pizza. So once the delivery man arrived, he put Claire in contact with her grandson. As it turns out, the joke is really on anyone who truly believes that in a time of crisis, only governments should be trusted to act on our behalf. When we trust the government to take on the responsibilities that truly should be our own, we also give bureaucrats and politicians powers over our own lives that should never be delegated to anyone else but ourselves.

Keywords: [“Olsen”,”pizza”,”finally”]
Source: https://www.theadvocates.org/compassion-can-exist-market

Compassionate Capitalism in the Middle Ages: Profit and Philanthropy in Medieval Cambridge

Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge, we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Property markets developed in medieval England as burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. While the operation of commodity markets and local trade during the commercial expansion of the 13th century has been explored by economic historians, the operation of the property market has been under-researched in comparison. Our research combines statistical analysis of medieval records with detailed analysis of the backgrounds of the individuals and institutions that developed property portfolios. We identify patterns in rents, highlight strategies used to assemble property portfolios and examine how the profits of property speculation were spent. Property was a desirable asset in medieval Cambridge, much as it is today. Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Property hotspots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the hospital. Figure 2 Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Cambridge was home to several families who had acquired property through the military service of their Norman ancestors, including the Dunning family who owned 12 plots in 1279.

Keywords: [“property”,”market”,”shareholder”]
Source: https://staging.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/compassionate…

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Atomized America of Late Capitalism – Consortiumnews

America’s late-stage capitalism, built upon the imagined glories of global empire and the deep deceptions of personalized propaganda, has created a nation that has lost touch with genuine human empathy, a place where mass shootings are weekly events and politics is shouting, observes Phil Rockstroh. In short, approaching life and one’s fellows from a mode of mind evincing aspects of the human condition that existed outside the realm of workplace expediency and consumer desire had been diminished to the point of being rendered all but absent. Once you have allowed the swindle to permeate your being – taking back your life must become the driving force of your existence. If you don’t recapture the landscape of your own soul, then your life will be comprised of a dance with dust and ash. Where can sanctuary be sought? Both within and by risking casting oneself towards the beating heart of the soul of life. The human heart is a divining rod that helps one locate the source of the healing waters of life. Conversely, viewing life as a struggle of good versus evil is intoxicating, and, like most intoxicants, can prove addictive. An individual can limn their life with enmity’s broad, thrashing brushstrokes – a Jackson Pollock drip/splatter of animus. To exist in such a manner, one must circumvent one’s senses and blinker the life of the mind, thereby becoming like a caged wild animal that, as the years have passed, has forgotten what its true nature is, because its essential self has atrophied into mere mind-numbing subsistence. What kind of a life is this, you may well ask? But you already know the answer: It is no life.

Keywords: [“life”,”evil”,”too”]
Source: https://consortiumnews.com/2012/08/15/atomized-america-of-late…

Compassion at Work: Part 2 of 3

Capitalism and compassion: are they incompatible? In a society devastated by unemployment, in which the richest 1% of Americans own nearly half of the country’s wealth, can compassionate organizing succeed? In her guest editorial “Compassion and Capitalism: Implications for Organizational Studies.,” forthcoming in the Journal of Management and now available in the journal’s OnlineFirst section. A] growing body of literature focuses on compassion in organizations, primarily at the individual and group level of analysis. The current economic system under which the U.S. economy operates might create a fundamental tension in this regard. That is, the tenets of American corporate capitalism might be in contradiction to compassionate organizing. Members of a society in which ACC is dominant may come to internalize the beliefs and values underlying ACC, which may be at odds with compassionate organizing. Management scholarship has tended to be dominated by a concern with economic performance and efficiency. In addition to this focus on efficiency and competitiveness as ultimate outcomes of interest, perhaps management scholars should also focus on social problems and social welfare concerns. Consistent with contemporary interest in compassion, key to advancing our knowledge in this area would be identifying the conditions under which organizations inflict the least harm and alleviate the most suffering. To read Dr. George’s editorial, including directions for future research, and follow the Journal of Management by signing up for e-alerts bringing you the latest findings.

Keywords: [“Management”,”compassion”,”organizations”]
Source: https://managementink.wordpress.com/…/compassion-at-work-part-2-of-3

Russell Brand blames addiction on capitalism saying drug abuse is just like SHOPPING

RUSSELL BRAND today claimed that drug addiction is caused by capitalism and suggested that it is connected to a love of shopping. BBC. Mr Brand – a former heroin addict – described drug abuse as “Amplified consumerism” as he claimed the problem would be better under socialism. Speaking at a conference in Brighton organised by hard-left pressure group Momentum, he said: “If you have large numbers of dissatisfied people and the only way they can change their lives is through alcohol or drugs, then of course they’re going to do that.” “Addiction is an amplification of consumerism, and consumerism is the creed of our time.” Mr Brand also suggested that people are discouraged from trying to help others in case it undermines the capitalist system. He said: “We are encouraged to think about thigs in an individualistic way.” He said the Tories are trying to abolish “Compassion and empathy and tolerance” in the same way Margaret Thatcher stripped back the public sector in the 80s. Mr Brand compared himself to Prince William – who last week asked whether drugs should be legalised – as he called on politicians to debate whether drug use should no longer be a crime. He blamed the “Rational and materialistic world” for curbing public conversation on drugs and alcohol. Mr Brand was speaking alongside shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth – who echoed his suggestion that austerity is driving vulnerable people to drugs. Mr Ashworth said: “The economic pressure on people in our society leading to worse mental health, and of course that leads to addiction.”

Keywords: [“drug”,”BRAND”,”people”]
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4541138/russell-brand-blames…

America the generous

Capitalism has its critics, but when disaster strikes, the world still turns to America, he says. Bennett: American generosity is not dependent on the government or public policy. Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair said in the 1970s, at the height of American criticism abroad, that the United States is the “Most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the Earth.” We are still the most generous people in the world today. The critics of the American capitalist system are many, but when disaster strikes, the world still turns to America. Generations of Americans have sacrificed their lives to fight and die for freedom around the world. As for individuals, a new American Red Cross poll suggests that while Americans had to tighten their budgets in 2011, they are still as committed to giving to charity as ever. Compared to the rest of the world, American benevolence is unmatched. China, which boasts the second largest economy in the world, is one of the least generous nations on Earth when it comes to charitable contributions. In the annals of human history, there has never been a country as compassionate and generous as the United States. When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian novelist who defied communism, visited America, he said, “The United States has long shown itself to be the most magnanimous, the most generous country in the world. Wherever there is a flood, an earthquake, a fire, a natural disaster, an epidemic, who is the first to help? The United States. Who helps the most and unselfishly? The United States.”

Keywords: [“American”,”world”,”States”]
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/15/opinion/bennett-generosity

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Biblical Capitalism in Uncertain Economic Times

Let’s examine how Christians might think about matters of the economy, capitalism, and government. For a recent and very real example, the whole mortgage mess is traceable to two government interventions: the Federal Reserve Board’s keeping interest rates too low too long in the early part of this decade, and government’s persistent pressure on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make loans to people who could not afford them! Both of these efforts were done with the best of intentions! Self-government, as America’s founding fathers noticed, places more importance on the individual, family, and church levels of government than civil government. The role of government should be to encourage free enterprise-not favoring certain enterprises over others unless there is a clear moral mandate or a systemic risk, that is, a risk to the whole economy. Further, in general, government should not do social engineering or interfere with free markets by favoring technological changes-unless there is a clear national interest such as national defense. Welfare State? No. In general, the federal government’s continual attempt to socialize welfare programs is not biblical. The government should require down payments on home purchases and the government should set stricter rules about how much banks should be able to lend against their balance sheet. Government intervention in the economy since the Depression has in fact smoothed out the business cycle. Government Support for the Auto Industry? No. This is a distortion of capitalism that should be avoided. Since we are drawing on inferences as well as historical observation, others may disagree as to how government should intervene in the economy.

Keywords: [“government”,”Capitalism”,”Biblical”]
Source: http://www.faithfacts.org/blog/biblical-capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

These economist shared different perspectives with regards to where the emphasize for a new model of global Capitalism should be. First it is accepted that unregulated capitalism or Market Fundamentalism has failed us. Of primary importance now is the stabilization of the market and on this note I did notice that many economist did agree with a strategy for stabilizing the financial institutions. The market should be transparent and held to public accountability. Public regulations should be carefully developed so that they safeguard the public from market volatility but that they do not obstruct the flow of the market. One cannot of course look to the market alone to produce a virtues system since the market itself is value free. This is where our political and social institutions come in, to nudge the market in a way that it can bring financial growth and prosperity while making sure that it does so in a way that can compassionately address the needs of all who are affected by the market. With this call to promote a compassionate model of capitalism we feel obliged to champion a perspective of what this model could look like. As we are a religious community we do not attempt to offer actual economic policies, but in this blog we would like to highlight an economist who offers some interesting insight into policies that some of us feel may bring about a compassionate form of capitalism. Hernando De Soto is a famous Peruvian economist who promotes the cause of bringing capitalism to the poor by giving people in developing countries an actual opportunity to have access to capital and basic protection of rights to property as well as basic human services and needs.

Keywords: [“Market”,”economist”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://passionistjpic.wordpress.com/…/26/compassionate-capitalism

It Was Fun – Collective Evolution

So who is really busy stopping the amount of plastic in our oceans, soon to be on nano level in all our food? Who stops the amount of oestrogens rising in our systems, damaging fertility of men? Who stops the rising amounts of waste, that leak and endanger humans and nature? I don’t hear no governments crying out loud. Most work is organized around process and efficiency, rather than around meaning, healthiness for natural systems, being of real service to real needs, rather than boosting sales for profit. Having enough nature, living blooming systems flourishing around us, is key to feel at peace, build trust and know we are part of a living system. So how to support our role within and for nature and the whole system called mother Earth? How to shift the system so we provide for future generations as well? Everything is economized, which means if you don’t increase profit to the system, read are old, sick or unemployed, you are ballast to society. As if the millions of non earning humans, think volunteers and activists, taking care of elderly, sick, refugees and nature are ballast!? As if a tree standing in a forest has no value for the whole, even when we don’t know how it exactly enriches the whole system. Our whole educational system keeps teaching us, to be like them to succeed. What system will let everybody and everything win? What system will provide enough for everyone on the planet? And there is proof enough that there is enough. We need a system that is medication, not more of the same. Develop economical systems that won’t stop people from working on essential things, when the money system breaks down.

Keywords: [“system”,”people”,”more”]
Source: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/01/17/goodbye-democracy…

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Compassion in CAT

I continue a dialogue with many people from different backgrounds, and within CAT, about several issues: what does compassion look like within the therapeutic relationship? What helps compassion to be present, to grow between two people; and if it is a ‘good thing’, why? ‘ This is known as metta, or loving kindness practice, and has been further developed for Western minds by many scholars including Sharon Salzberg in the US and Christina Feldman in the UK. Just as CAT emphasises accurate description of reciprocal roles, shifting states and procedures – those patterns around suffering that tend to lead to things going wrong – so the philosophy around compassion insists on precision about what true compassion consists of. The important understanding here is that we need to nourish our own well of compassion and connect with the wider well formed by all who practise compassion, in order to offer it genuinely to others. It may be inappropriate to offer compassion to patients who are still in reaction to trauma or abuse, for whom compassion can appear threatening. Self-compassion is the main bedrock of compassion practice but it is hard for Westerners to offer compassion toward themselves. For CAT therapists this would be linking compassion with exits. Some Buddhists have an interesting and harsh expression for compassion that is not true compassion. Whatever term we choose, the important thing is to make a distinction between true compassion and not genuine compassion. Compassion which serves only the ego of the giver, or which helps to inflate an Admired/Admiring self in relation to a Rubbished/Rubbishing self is not true compassion; it’s an attempt to feel better, a kind of condescension. Holding my fragile self in the cradle of compassion in relation to being cradled in compassion.

Keywords: [“Compassion”,”feel”,”practice”]
Source: https://www.acat.me.uk/reformulation.php?issue_id=22&article_id=221

Predatory Capitalism Versus Capitalism With Compassion.

“We have created a mutant form of predatory capitalism which has created an extremely unstable, unsustainable, unjust and very very dangerous world.” John Perkins, author of The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. My friend suggested a double door entry and exit system where you enter a small vestibule, one door closes behind you and only after the first door closes will the second door open in front of you. “I don’t care if all my employees are killed, I will not lose one earring!”. Of course her employees are just Ticos, mere Catholics – a different tribe – so she naturally feels infinitely superior to them. Unfortunately this diabolical obsession with the almighty dollar with no apparent consideration of the human or environmental consequences is now the dominant form of capitalism everywhere. Thankfully we do occasionally see heart-warming stories about magnificent human beings like Hamdi Ulukaya, a man originally from Eastern Turkey who emigrated to the USA and founded Chobani, a company that makes a natural Greek yogurt. Hamdi used an SBA loan to buy a defunct yoghurt factory in upstate New York and has managed it so well that his company has blossomed from just 5 employees in 2007 to nearly 3,000 employees 2016. This man cares for his adopted country, the town he lives in and all of his company’s employees he recently gave them 10% of his company, a gift worth millions of dollars. Hamdi Ulukaya is a beautiful human being, a compassionate capitalist who clearly shows all of us that when you genuinely care for your employees, you can become incredibly successful and very wealthy! “We can not have homeland security unless we understand that the whole planet is our home land!” John Perkins, author of The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Keywords: [“employees”,”company”,”care”]
Source: https://www.welovecostarica.com/predatory-capitalism-versus…

The United Airlines Debacle And The Morality Of Capitalism

The video of the United Airlines passenger who was recently dragged out of his seat screaming from an overbooked flight was seen around the world. Here is why United Airlines kicking off and countenancing the assault of a paying customer is a big deal: It helps to reveal how corporate America often puts rules before people and how capitalism often places profits before human dignity. Overbooking is a device that most airlines use to maximize their profits. A customer’s inconvenience is subordinated to profits. The same economic calculus that says profits are the most important metric in decision-making leads to victims being dragged along the floor of an airplane and eking out an existence on the floor of a hovel in the slums of Nairobi. The privileging of profits over people leads to unjust wages, poor working conditions, the degradation of the environment and assaults on human dignity. “As long as profits are seen to be the only measure of success, employees will subordinate everything – including compassion – to that goal.” What is the solution to a system that gave rise to such treatment? To recognize that profits are not the sole measure of a good decision in the corporate world. How do companies do that? If they want to encourage employees to behave morally in stressful situations – of the kind that the United staff faced – how can they frame rules that encourage employees to express compassion rather than to suppress it? I believe the most essential thing is to admit that, despite what I was taught in Econ 101, profits cannot be the sole measure of a corporation’s success. As long as profits are seen to be the only measure of success, employees will subordinate everything – including compassion – to that goal.

Keywords: [“profit”,”employee”,”airline”]
Source: http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/04/united-airlines-debacle

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How Capitalism and Racism Support Each Other

Capitalism’s supporters use and benefit from a racism whose practice and consequences should be blamed on capitalism itself. Racism’s persistence where the capitalist economic system prevails raises the question of the connection between capitalism and racism. Racism persists in no small part because its benefits to capitalism outweigh its costs. The evidence marshaled by, among others, Manning Marable in How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America certainly documents capitalism’s subordination of many African Americans. Do racism and capitalism then support one another as per Malcolm X’s famous statement, “You can’t have capitalism without racism”? Should we follow Adolph Reed Jr.’s perspective that sees racism as a “Historically specific ideology that emerged, took shape, and has evolved as a constituent element within” capitalism? Had the heavy burdens of recurring business cycles been distributed roughly equally or randomly across societies where capitalism prevailed – threatening and frightening everyone – those oppositional movements might well have gathered the broad support needed to consign capitalism to an early demise. They could not overcome the system’s reproduction of poverty and unemployment and the imposition of them disproportionally on the shock absorber “Races.” Both conservatives and liberals have enforced a shared denial of the mechanisms of mutual support between capitalism and racism. Of course, capitalism is not the only cause or source of racism, but ignoring or minimizing its role only perpetuates racism. Racism persists in no small part because its benefits to capitalism outweigh its costs, or at least those costs capitalists have to bear. Its supporters use and benefit from a racism whose practice and consequences they blame exclusively on others but never on capitalism itself.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”racism”,”Race”]
Source: http://www.democracyatwork.info/how_capitalism_and_racism_support_each_other

TV: Igniting a Grassroots Compassion Movement” – Glen’s Parallax Perspectives

Our four guests are active in Compassionate Seattle, which began in 2008, when the Dalai Lama visited Seattle and promoted the Seeds of Compassion, which Archbishop Desmond Tutu also supported. They also started developing Seattle as a compassionate city and the City of Seattle to adopt its Compassionate City Proclamation of 2010. On Friday March 14, 2014, Compassionate Seattle held an event attended by310 persons in the daytime and 700 for Karen Armstrong’s evening keynote. The March 14 event featured 6 different sectors that attracted about 60 people each: homeless/housing, at-risk youth, compassionate education, health & wellness, economic justice, and alternative economy/environment. Participants from several cities throughout Western Washington are following through throughout our Western Washington region and are planning their next big event for October 2014.The campaign for Compassionate Cities spread around the world, so the Compassionate Action Network International emerged to advocate for the Charter. The Olympia FOR’s June 2014 TV program featured four guests who work actively with Compassionate Seattle: John Hale is the Executive Director of Compassionate Seattle and collaborates extensively with the national and international levels of this growing movement. Now she has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Mental Health Professional who works in a compassionate and collaborative way with young people who experience various kinds of problems. Lisa Sterling has worked with Compassionate Seattle, especially regarding health & wellness and several other aspects. She has served on boards of several nationwide non-profit organizations and has personal experience with several areas of concerns that Compassionate Seattle addresses. This requires good listening and compassionate hearts.

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”Seattle”,”city”]
Source: http://parallaxperspectives.org/tv-igniting-a-grassroots-compassion-movement

Conscious Capitalism Definition

The concept of Conscious Capitalism was popularized by John Mackey, Whole Foods cofounder and co-CEO; and Raj Sisodia, professor of marketing at Bentley University, through their book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Mackey and Sisodia are also the cofounders of the nonprofit organization Conscious Capitalism, Inc., which has local chapters in 18 U.S. cities nationwide, as well as eight other countries. The principles of Conscious Capitalism have been adopted by a growing number of companies including Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, Container Store and Trader Joe’s. The Conscious Capitalism credo acknowledges that while free market capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived, people can aspire to even more. Conscious Capitalism does not abjure the pursuit of profit, but emphasizes doing so in a manner that integrates the interests of all major stakeholders in a company. Towards this objective, Conscious Capitalism is based on the following four guiding principles -. Higher Purpose: A conscious business focuses on a purpose beyond pure profits, and in doing so, inspires and engages its stakeholders. A conscious business will focus on the whole business ecosystem in order to create and optimize value for all of its stakeholders. Conscious Leadership: Conscious leaders emphasize “We” rather than “Me” to drive the business, and strive to cultivate a culture of Conscious Capitalism in the enterprise. Conscious Culture: Corporate culture is the sum of the values and principles that constitute the social and moral fabric of a business; a conscious culture is one where the principles of Conscious Capitalism permeate the enterprise, fostering a spirit of trust and cooperation between all stakeholders.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”capitalism”,”business”]
Source: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/conscious-capitalism.asp

Mises Institute

Socialists commonly cite the existence of the poor as a reason for socialism, and they claim that their concern for the poor shows compassion and morality. If you were to compare these American poor to the poor in Bolivia, Honduras, Cambodia, or India, you would see a stark difference. Though the poor in this country have continuously seen their standard of living rise by capitalism, anticapitalists continually point to the poor as evidence of a need for wealth redistribution, just because the poor earn less than do the rich. Though some poor families have temporary challenges with hunger, 89 percent of the poor report that their families have “Enough” to eat; only 2 percent say they “Often” do not have enough food. Further, the poor are not as poor as government statistics intentionally misrepresent. Though there are indeed people who are in dire straits and need immediate help, most of the people we generally call “Poor” are not as poor as anticapitalists make them out to be. No matter how much money is thrown at the problem, there will always be both the government-defined poor as well as the natural nondisability poor; there will always be people who choose not to better themselves, due to various psychological or mental desires to remain in their current state. Redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor only reduces the wealth of both groups, but particularly of the poor. As Ludwig von Mises stated, “Spending and unbalanced budgets are merely synonyms for capital consumption.” The only real way to improve the lot of the poor is to replace their payments from government with payments from companies, in the form of wages. If the average poor family was able to increase the hours worked to 2,000 hours each year, nearly 75 percent of poor children would be lifted out of poverty.

Keywords: [“poor”,”work”,”wage”]
Source: https://mises.org/library/poor

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Compassionate capitalism is the most pragmatic one

Global efforts to make medical technology and healthcare services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all, particularly to the poorer two-thirds of humanity are desperately needed. David Green developed an economic paradigm that he calls humanized capitalism, which would make these healthcare products and services available and affordable to the poor. This paradigm uses production capacity and surplus revenue to serve all economic strata, rich and poor, in a way that is both financially self-sustaining for the company, and affordable to all members of society. In 1992 Green directed the establishment of Aurolab, a not-for-profit manufacturing facility in India. Aurolab is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intraocular lenses, which are surgically implanted in the eye to replace the cloudy lens during cataract surgery. Green helped develop high-volume, quality eye-care programs that are affordable to the poor and self-sustainable, independent from user fees. Collaborating with several institutions, he helped create an ‘Eye Fund’ that provides fifteen million US dollars in affordable loan financing for sustainable eye care programs and a related 1.5 million US dollar capacity-building grant. At the same time, he works with the Pacific Vision Foundation to develop an eye hospital serving northern California where revenues from insured patients would cover costs for the uninsured, and collaborates with Grameen Health in Bangladesh to develop eye hospitals. Finally, he developed the social enterprise company, Quantum Catch, to develop affordable retinal imaging for eye disease detection and monitoring, and a non-invasive method for monitoring glucose levels for diabetics. Recently, he has focused on making good hearing affordable and accessible as a co-founder of Conversion Sound, which developed an affordable high-quality digital hearing device.

Keywords: [“affordable”,”Green”,”eye”]
Source: https://olbios.org/compassionate-capitalism-is-the-most-pragmatic-one

What is Communism?

As the world is now, communism will never work, and the beginning of world wide communism would have to be fitted to every area, but in time they all would work for a common goal and the science will move a lot faster than it does today. The closest thing a Communism would have to a government would be councils elected by the people, councils which would be kept under control by the people; they would have no real power or authority. Some people hate the rich and some cops hate rich people and they want communism. Communism can’t work because people have different talents and skills, thus people can’t all be equal, or classless. What about the 25,000 that were starved daily in the Ukraine under Stalin? A forced starvation where people were going insane and eating their own children! What is the matter with people in the world today? If you like communism so much don’t live in the US!”. Did you not read the article? It clearly stated that communism in practice is unfortunately not true to the pure definition of communism. What about the 25,000 that were starved daily in the Ukraine under Stalin? A forced starvation where people were going insane and eating their own children! What is the matter with people in the world today? If you like communism so much don’t live in the US! anon73339Post 39. What people need to understand is that there is idealistic communism, and then there is the reality: corrupt dictatorships posing as communism, which is in fact the opposite of the idealistic people’s rule. According the definition of communism by the man who coined the phrase, communism *is* stateless and classless. Most of people outside really scared of communism will go into the people mind and try to get rid of it. So the manifestation of communism in the Soviet Union is not “Communism” in the pure or political science sense of the term, right?

Keywords: [“communism”,”people”,”work”]
Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-communism.htm

THE RESOURCE BASED abundance ECONOMY

We need people in all categories to develop RBE. A main aim is to get this information out to people so the whole world can start to imagine and picture what a life in abundance without money can be like. “A resource-based economy is a society without money, barter or trade, with the awareness that Humanity is One family and where technology, science and spirituality is used to it’s fullest to develop and manage the planet’s resources to provide abundance for everyone in the most sustainable way.” Where did the money come from in the first place? In the beginning it was based on rare metals, like gold and silver, and because of it’s scarcity it could be used as means of trading, instead of cows, hens, corn and other rather-impractical-to-carry-around stuff. Since the world economy is based on scarcity, if there is too much money, they won’t be worth enough to pay for what we need, the resources. If there is an abundance of money for everyone there would be no value in the money. Growing the economy and “Printing” more money to pour into the system, so that banks can lend out more money, and companies can pay their debt, with more debt, with more money. Why would people want to do anything, if it wasn’t anything “In it for them”, like money? Well, I sit here now and write this, not because I earn any money on it, but because it gives me something else. A resource like oil is continually being pumped up because of the money it makes, instead of researching and developing new environmentally friendly energy, thus continuing to pollute the world. In a resource-based economy with no money, barter, exchange, borders or passports, there would be no reason to produce weapons to defend borders and kill people for property and profit. We could actually have a resource based gift economy today, if everyone simply stopped using money.

Keywords: [“money”,”need”,”world”]
Source: http://www.theresourcebasedeconomy.com/about

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SparkNotes: The Jungle: Themes

The main theme of The Jungle is the evil of capitalism. Every event, especially in the first twenty-seven chapters of the book, is chosen deliberately to portray a particular failure of capitalism, which is, in Sinclair’s view, inhuman, destructive, unjust, brutal, and violent. The slow annihilation of Jurgis’s immigrant family at the hands of a cruel and prejudiced economic and social system demonstrates the effect of capitalism on the working class as a whole. As the immigrants, who initially possess an idealistic faith in the American Dream of hard work leading to material success, are slowly used up, tortured, and destroyed, the novel relentlessly illustrates that capitalism is to blame for their plight and emphasizes that the characters’ individual stories are the stories of millions of people. The Jungle is not a thematically nuanced or complicated novel: capitalism is simply portrayed as a total evil, from its greedy destruction of children to its cynical willingness to sell diseased meat to an unsuspecting public. Sinclair opts not to explore the psychology of capitalism; instead, he simply presents a long litany of the ugly effects of capitalism on the world. In Sinclair’s view, socialism is the cure for all of the problems that capitalism creates. When socialism is introduced, it is shown to be as good as capitalism is evil; whereas capitalism destroys the many for the benefit of the few, socialism works for the benefit of everyone. Because the family that Sinclair uses to represent the struggle of the working class under capitalism is a group of Lithuanian immigrants, the novel is also able to explore the plight of immigrants in America. Sinclair doesn’t attack the American Dream; instead, he uses the disintegration of the family to illustrate his belief that capitalism itself is an attack on the values that support the American Dream, which has long since been rendered hollow by the immoral value of greed.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”work”,”family”]
Source: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jungle/themes

Vagammon Narayana Murthy teaches corporates about ‘Compassionate Capitalism’

Corporate thought-leader and Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy has flayed the high wage hikes that senior managements have been apportioning to themselves when the software industry is in trying times and has advised them to make “Sacrifices” to maintain common man’s faith in capitalism. Conceding that times are difficult for the IT services sector, Murthy dismissed the commonly attributed threats of artificial intelligence and automation as “More hype than reality”. Terming the trend of no hikes for juniors and freshers as “Worrisome,” Murthy rued that the senior level people have been taking handsome hikes. “I think that is not the way to make capitalism acceptable to the larger masses in a country that has huge poverty,” he said, speaking at the IIT-Bombay over the weekend. “If we believe in capitalism, if we believe that is the best solution for the country to move forward, then the leaders of capitalism will have to demonstrate self-restraints in apportioning to themselves the part of the benefits that come out of running companies, Murthy, who mostly flies the economy class, added.” Murthy, a strong proponent of “Compassionate capitalism” since his days in the company, did not make any reference to Infosys. It can be noted that over the past few months, Murthy had gone public with his displeasure over senior executive compensation at Infosys. Speaking before the students at the prestigious institute, Murthy said in the last seven years, the salaries of freshers in the software industry have stayed stagnant while the same for senior-level employees have grown by up to 1,000 per cent. “There is this whole thing about automation and artificial intelligence. That is much more hype than the reality, at-least in the software services,” Murthy said. The domestic IT sector employs over 4 million directly and its revenues have crossed over USD 150 billion, according to industry lobby Nasscom.

Keywords: [“Murthy”,”capitalism”,”over”]
Source: https://www.vagammon.com/narayana-murthy-teaches-corporates-about…

How Capitalism Creates The Welfare State « The Dish

The more capitalism and wealth, the familiar argument goes, the better able we are to do without a safety net for the poor, elderly, sick and young. What it doesn’t get at is that the forces that free market capitalism unleashes are precisely the forces that undermine traditional forms of community and family that once served as a traditional safety net, free from government control. In the West, it happened slowly – with the welfare state emerging in 19th century Germany and spreading elsewhere, as individuals uprooted themselves from their home towns and forged new careers, lives and families in the big cities, with all the broken homes, deserted villages, and bewildered families they left behind. We can forget this but the cultural contradictions of capitalism, brilliantly explained in Daniel Bell’s classic volume, are indeed contradictions. They did so in part for humane reasons – but also because they realized that unless capitalism red in tooth and claw were complemented by some collective cushioning, it would soon fall prey to more revolutionary movements. The safety net was created to save capitalism from itself, not to attack capitalism. This is not to argue against the conservative notion that it is precisely because of capitalism that we have to foster greater family bonds, keep marriage alive, communities together. The forces of global capitalism – now unleashed on an unprecedented global scale with China, Russia, Brazil and India – are destroying the kind of society which allows and encourages stability, traditional families, and self-sufficient community. One reason, I think, that Obama’s move toward a slightly more effective welfare state has not met strong resistance – and is clearly winning the American argument – is that the sheer force of this global capitalism is coming to bear down on America more fiercely than ever before. Capitalism destroys the very structure of the societies it enriches.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”family”,”conservative”]
Source: http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/…/how-capitalism-creates-the-welfare-state

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Is Rich DeVos’Capitalism Compassionate?

God wanted us to join Amway but right now Im not totally sure why. You see God doesnt always tell us what are His plans for tomorrow, but His Word will instruct us as to what we are to do today. Thats exactly why we write these little sermonets; to show why its so important to follow the plan of God by following the Word of God and do it day by day. We found out the truth and then the Lord started giving us His messages from the Word of God to give to them. God got us into that great big old Amway Corporation so that we could see what was going on inside of it, and then the Lord gave us a few choice things to say about the “Amway corruption” that we saw. Wow!!! So what do you think about that one? Well thats what God the Father thinks about the religions of man and Amway just so happens to be one more of them. Reading from chapter 7 under the section Why Compassion Is So Rare, “Moses, the Hebrew leader and lawgiver, writing more than twelve centuries before Christ, described the problem clearly. According to his powerful, poetic vision of creation, the Creator gave Adam and Eve the freedom to choose between God and Satan. The Old Testament writers see life as warfare, not on a battlefield but in human minds and hearts between Gods call to obedience and Satans call to sin. The Bibles ancient stories illustrate how easy it is to follow the promptings of evil toward self-centeredness, indifference, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, and murder, and how difficult it is to hear the voice of God calling humankind to compassion.” Now you can call Mr. DeVos book whatever you would like to call it, but at best I call it a twisted and distorted use of the Word of God for his own personal gain. Because getting back to the black and white of it, Amway is nothing less than a false religion that uses the Word of God to try and destroy the truth that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. Tell everyone you know in Amway to turn away from the sins of Amway and escape the fiery wrath of God!!!

Keywords: [“God”,”Amway”,”Jesus”]
Source: http://www.fmh-child.org/S1.24.99.html

Capitalism Is About Love

It’s more like structural love, a system-wide devotion to mutual benefaction based on giving and getting. I didn’t know her and I might never see her again, but there was still love there: a mutual affirmation of the inherent dignity of the other. The rarely used Latin term commercium literally means sex, but came to be more commonly used in medieval spiritual writing to refer to the incarnation: God becoming flesh in a wondrous exchange between time and eternity, one that ends in the ultimate act of love. Love – even the divine love that leads to a new creation – is present in every exchange. The next form of love spoken about by Lewis is eros, and this meaning is well known, and the most common meaning of the term love today. The entrepreneur is a lover of something he or she can see that does not yet exist, and from this comes the inspiration to take wild risks and work unfathomably hard to see that love realized. These forms of love are woven into the fabric of the voluntary society where exchange flourishes and creates new value, where commercial relationships lead to deep friendships and networks of mutual aid, where dreamers breathe deeply the air of freedom and imagine the possibility of creating worlds that do not yet exist and commit their lives fully to see them come to fruition. These features of love are realized not only in spirit and not only in sexuality but also, and in the most common and socially beneficial way, through the material world, in the ceaseless effort to grow the bounty of wealth for us all. So it has been for 150 millennia, from the dawn of time to our time, the longest and most cumulative story of at least three forms of love working themselves out in the course of human events, drawing us out of the state of nature and always into a future full of promise, all with the dream of a world of unbounded plenty. The story of this material rise, and the commercial relationships that give us so much of what we need and want and hope for in the future, is a story of love.

Keywords: [“love”,”world”,”give”]
Source: https://tucker.liberty.me/capitalism-is-about-love

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

In this dialogue, CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, will ask Werner Erhard about his life’s work and how compassion has played a role. Werner Erhard is an original thinker whose ideas have transformed the effectiveness and quality of life for millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. Erhard has created new ways of seeing things in areas where progress has stalled or where breakthroughs would make a significant difference. Fortune magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, in examining the major contributions to management thinking, recognized Erhard’s ideas as one of the major innovations of the last few decades. In recognition of his humanitarian work in the U.S. and around the world, in 1988 Erhard was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award. Since 2002 Erhard has committed his time and intellectual effort almost exclusively to the academic world. More than three million people around the world have participated in the public, corporate, charitable, and academic programs and courses he has created. Erhard’s ideas were first introduced to the public through programs derived from his models, which programs included The est Training and The Forum of the 1970s and 1980s. Social scientist Daniel Yankelovich said of a large-scale study he conducted of participants of The Forum: “Several of the study’s findings surprised me quite a bit, especially the large number of participants for whom The Forum proved to be ‘one of the most valued experiences of my life’. This is not a sentiment that people, especially successful, well-educated people, express lightly.” One of his tutors, Professor of Philosophy, Michael E. Zimmerman, said of Erhard “He had no particular formal training in anything, but he understood things as well as anyone I’d ever seen; and I’ve been around a lot of smart people in academia. This is an extraordinary intellect I saw at work”.

Keywords: [“Erhard”,”people”,”ideas”]
Source: http://ccare.stanford.edu/videos/conversations-on-compassion-with-werner…

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compassionate capitalism definition

Compassionate capitalism is the synthesis of the ideals of communism where the correct distribution of wealth was intended but under the principles of work, taking opportunities and fair economic reward. Multilevel business are the ideal vehicle where compassionate capitalism was founded on four principles outlined below and that have changed, change and will change many lives. These principles were exposed by Rich de Vos co-founder of Amway Corporation one of the most important MLM companies and with more transcendence in the concept of conpassionate capitalism and multilevel business. Compassionate capitalism is defined as “The equal access of each person to unlimited economic growth opportunities and that helps other people within the same process to achieve among all personal and group rewards”. Unfortunately in a traditional context of work-employment or business we cannot speak of freedom because the time is mortgaged either for an employer who says what to do, when, how and for how long or for a traditional business in what the owner or propietor must be present to make his business work or function properly. Well, in multilevel business like no other business there is nothing of this and there is hope for the future for young, mature and old, regardless of race, creed, social status or education. To these four factors it joins the fact that in this type of business to construct compassionate capitalism exists the great advantage of choosing counselors who are persons who have big economic results in the same business and who are ready to share their knowledge and experience to be imitated, equalized and often overcomed. In summary compassionate capitalism it is now a reality through its main business multilevel agent and together have changed the economic history of millions of people around the world and will continue in many more lives for those who have a burning desire to change their current economic situation and the will to learn, grow and change. Compassionate capitalism is one of the few economic models who do a real social sustainable development, balanced without clientelism and false promises that are never fulfilled. Get trained with the best recommended resources to succeed in compassionate capitalism within the multilevel business.

Keywords: [“business”,”economic”,”Multilevel”]
Source: http://createglobalfuture.com/tag/compassionate-capitalism-definition

CSR by the Little Guys: A More Compassionate Kind of Capitalism

Thriive is a US-based NGO that believes everyday small businesses in developing countries are an untapped vehicle to deliver a potent combination of job creation and new economic opportunities for the most vulnerable. What if small businesses’ access to growth capital was tied to delivering social impact to the most disadvantaged in their communities? The result can be significant job creation, income growth, and increased economic opportunities for those most in need-all driven by local entrepreneurs. Thriive’s core pay-it-forward loan program provides interest-free loans called ThriiveCapital for up to $10,000. These loans are repaid not in cash to Thriive as the lender, but instead paid forward through an equivalent amount of documented in-kind business donations of job training and income-enhancing products and services. Thriive financing demonstrates a more compassionate kind of capitalism, one that is driven by local entrepreneurs transformed from someone in need to someone whose generosity lifts up challenged communities alongside themselves. We started Thriive out of a belief that a sustainable future for humankind depends on developing more compassionate mechanisms that blend the energy of the free market with a greater degree of fairness and egalitarianism. Some will argue this is a quixotic quest, but Thriive shows that such an approach works, in countries and contexts ranging from Nicaragua to Vietnam to Kenya. In over 500 ThriiveCapital loans made to small business entrepreneurs since 2010, our entrepreneurs created over 2,500 jobs and donated poverty alleviating job training, products, and services to over 200,000 disadvantaged individuals. Equally important, the vast majority of Thriive entrepreneurs continue to provide some form of community charity even after their loan obligations to Thriive are fulfilled. What if both big companies’ CSR programs and impact-first investors partnered with Thriive to extend the reach of pay-it-forward financing like ThriiveCapital to assist more small business entrepreneurs? The potential increases in small business expansion and job creation are tantalizing, potentially extending into corporate and large company supply chains, which should make such initiatives even more attractive.

Keywords: [“Thriive”,”small”,”entrepreneurs”]
Source: https://www.philanthropreneurshipforum.com/csr-by-the-little-guys…

Embody Fierce Compassion: Buddhists at the People’s Climate March

I’m so excited that this divided narrative is NOT what was expressed at the People’s climate march two days ago. At least a thousand “Buddhists” showed up at the march. Theravada / Tibetan nuns and monks of many decades in saffron, Zen folks in black with or without their rakusus, some in white and some with gongs, conches and chimes, all perspiring together for 2-3 hours while waiting for our tributary to join the main river of marchers, rejoicing in having a community that cares and deeply understands the nature of inter-connection. Chanting, singing and some dancing with pagans in the interfaith group! Along with my root teacher and friends from Cold Mountain Zen, I had the good fortune to march carrying one of the awesome “Embody Fierce Compassion” banners designed and created by One Earth Sangha. While hundreds of “Buddhists” were marching along with the sea of 400,000 human hearts for about 3 miles, friends from Rochester Zen Center were meditating at a grassy spot in Central Park, overlooking the march on 59th street as a part of an “Earth Vigil” they have been organizing for the past few years. Their core group meditated for over 10 hours on the actual day of the March! I needed a sense of belonging to communities that are ready to ask “How does putting a price on carbon pollution or ecosystem degradation relate to the teaching of interconnectedness and right livelihood?” or “What does skillful compassion mean when greed has infected our own cells?”. I am so grateful such communities have come into being – including communities that organized the march – block by block, faith by faith, college by college, bus by bus because I could not go on carrying the depressing reality of knowing, as a scientist, that we are crossing our planet’s tipping points, without the joy, energy and resilience that only a community can bring! It was awesome! I hope more of us will bring our meditation community and its centeredness right in the middle of a heart-break. Join the conversations that are rooted in our practice to embolden a community that will transform us – merging our stories with those of others.

Keywords: [“community”,”march”,”Zen”]
Source: http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/embody-fierce-compassion-buddhist…