J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 08-07-2018

Matthieu Ricard

Sharjah 24: Matthieu Ricard, philosopher and best-selling author of books on happiness and compassion, inaugurated the first day of the World Government Summit 2018 by asking the assembled audience to consider a more compassionate and altruistic approach to daily life for the benefit of society and the world. 3 lessons I learned from the Tibetan monk who works with the Dalai Lama and went viral as ‘the happiest man alive’ Published on January 08, 2018 In Press Reviews. I sat down with Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who found himself famous among the TED Talk set and reluctantly decided to use the spotlight to share teachings. A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain. In his writing and in his life, he explores happiness…. Contemplating happiness with Matthieu Ricard Published on July 02, 2017 In Press Reviews. 

Scientific studies have shown that you can train your brain to be more compassionate; and coupling compassion with altruism can generate a positive outlook in individuals and society. French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard-who used to be a biochemist-has been studying and practicing altruism for many years, and teaches the meditative techniques t…. A Case For Freedom of Expression Based on Altruism Published on March 24, 2017 In Press Reviews. Freedom is clearly a basic need for all living beings. How to be happy, per the Happiest Man in the World Published on March 12, 2017 In Press Reviews. 

He’s been hailed the happiest man in the world. A dialogue between Matthieu Ricard and Elizabeth Kolbert, moderated by Sam Mowe. Scientist, monk, best-selling author, humanitarian-how Matthieu Ricard discovered that caring for others is the only answer. 

Keywords: [“Matthieu”,”Ricard”,”monk”]
Source: http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/articles

Defining Economic Justice and Social Justice

Social justice is the virtue which guides us in creating those organized human interactions we call institutions. Economic justice, which touches the individual person as well as the social order, encompasses the moral principles which guide us in designing our economic institutions. The ultimate purpose of economic justice is to free each person to engage creatively in the unlimited work beyond economics, that of the mind and the spirit. Like every system, economic justice involves input, out-take, and feedback for restoring harmony or balance between input and out-take. Within the system of economic justice as defined by Louis Kelso and Mortimer Adler, there are three essential and interdependent principles: Participative Justice, Distributive Justice, and Social Justice. 

Like the legs of a three-legged stool, if any of these principles is weakened or missing, the system of economic justice will collapse. Through the distributional features of private property within a free and open marketplace, distributive justice becomes automatically linked to participative justice, and incomes become linked to productive contributions. The principle of distributive justice involves the sanctity of property and contracts. Many confuse the distributive principles of justice with those of charity. Distributive justice follows participative justice and breaks down when all persons are not given equal opportunity to acquire and enjoy the fruits of income-producing property. 

Economic harmony results when Participative and Distributive Justice are operating fully for every person within a system or institution. The harmony that results from the operation of social justice is more consistent with the truism that a society that seeks peace must first work for justice. 

Keywords: [“justice”,”Economic”,”Social”]
Source: http://www.cesj.org/learn/definitions/defining-economic-justice-and…

Review: Money, Greed, and God – Acton Institute PowerBlog

The belief that the essence of capitalism is greed is perhaps the biggest myth Jay W. Richards tackles in his new book, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and not the Problem. Richards does however have a skill for tightly honed logical arguments, and he not only is able to defend free markets but tear lethal holes into many of the economic ramblings of the religious left. The overarching strength of Richards work is how he places the free market message into the context of Christian discussions and debate. Richards also provides an argument of sorts through narrative in his book by contrasting his youthful naïveté with his more mature adult self. 

The chapter on greed and capitalism contain some of the most thoughtful and helpful arguments particularly when he discusses the value of the entrepreneur in society. The author grasps and understands the arguments made by those who are hostile to the market and the religious backgrounds they come out of, and this helps his ability to respond. I have heard all of the myths and teachings Richards is so skilled at countering. The religious left will probably ignore this book rather than respond to many of the well thought out and ordered arguments. Richards takes on figures like Ayn Rand, who celebrate selfishness over the defense of the other. 

The moral argument of course characterizes the basis of the Acton Institute’s purpose and mission. The Acton hand print is all over this book of course because Richards penned the book during his tenure at Acton. Even if one is not inclined to believe or rally around the arguments made by Richards it offers a nice balance to much of the economic branding offered up by the popular culture and religious left of late. 

Keywords: [“Richards”,”book”,”argument”]
Source: http://blog.acton.org/archives/10317-review-money-greed-and-god.html

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 07-27-2018

Why Become a Nurse?

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, understaffed nursing schools must turn away qualified applicants because of a limited number of nurse educators. Not only does the number of RN graduates suffer, but also the number of advanced practice nurses, nurse administrators, and nurse managers trained to fill open positions; thus increasing the demand for nursing professionals all across the board. Multiple Career Paths: Nurses may fill general practice positions, such as becoming a registered nurse or nurse practitioner. Others may concentrate on a specialty, as seen in the oncology nurse or family nurse practitioner. As a nurse for ten years, Rose spent most of her time in LTC and SNF management, and calls nursing an appealing field because it ‘teaches you as you go. 

MSN – Registered nurses with an interest in becoming an advanced practice nurse, nurse educator, nurse anesthetist or nurse manager, must earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing through an accredited graduate degree program. Attending a degree program is not the only manner in which a nurse can become educated, enhance his or her skills, and/or gain valuable experience. Specialties: Nurses with specializations and certifications often earn higher salaries with some of the highest-paying nurse specialties including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Researcher, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Registered nurse credentials add value to a work history that is often respected in other fields, which makes it easier for nurses to find work if they become disabled, retire, or seek new employment. Lattavo is now the President of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and says she is grateful for making the decision to become a nurse. 

From classroom to workplace, the support system available to a nurse is unending, and includes the likes of professors, clinical instructors, faculty, alumni, doctors, and other nurses. Brock’s work history includes medical sales, working with oncology patients, caring for infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, starting a traveling nurse agency, heading a nurse staffing business, and serving as a patient care coordinator for an insurance company. 

Keywords: [“nurse”,”nursing”,”work”]
Source: http://everynurse.org/become-nurse

Eugene V. Debs

As a rule, large capitalists are Republicans and small capitalists are Democrats, but workingmen must remember that they are all capitalists, and that the many small ones, like the fewer large ones, are all politically supporting their class interests, and this is always and everywhere the capitalist class. The political solidarity of the working class means the death of despotism, the birth of freedom, the sunrise of civilization. The capitalist class is represented by the Republican, Democratic, Populist and Prohibition parties, all of which stand for private ownership of the means of production, and the triumph of any one of which will mean continued wage-slavery to the working class. Deny it as may the cunning capitalists who are clear-sighted enough to perceive it, or ignore it as may the torpid workers who are too blind and unthinking to see it, the struggle in which we are engaged today is a class struggle, and as the toiling millions come to see and understand it and rally to the political standard of their class, they will drive all capitalist parties of whatever name into the same party, and the class struggle will then be so clearly revealed that the hosts of labor will find their true place in the conflict and strike the united and decisive blow that will destroy slavery and achieve their full and final emancipation. The working class must be emancipated by the working class. 

Woman must be given her true place in society by the working class. The working class must be employed by the working class. The fruits of labor must be enjoyed by the working class. War, bloody war, must be ended by the working class. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. 

The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose – especially their lives. Here let me emphasize the fact – and it cannot be repeated too often – that the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. 

Keywords: [“class”,”work”,”capitalist”]
Source: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Debs

After Capitalism

To put it into a slogan: Capitalism Is No Alternative, or CINA. Four recent books provide radical and practical alternative visions for both the workplace and the economy more generally. These turbulent last four years are only a beginning to a revolutionary era of transformation away from capitalism. 5Wolff reminds us that democracy is inconsistent with the production of surplus-value in capitalism and the profit motive. All these authors also underscore the social pathologies generated by capitalism. Most investments in contemporary capitalism are highly speculative and short-term, rather than productive and long-term. 

They each provide alternative models to socioeconomic pathologies that constitute the ontology of capitalism. Schweickart offers a moral and ethical critique of capitalism, along with presenting the negative socioeconomic effects the dynamics and tendencies produce on human beings within the system in the form of inequality, unemployment, overwork, poverty, economic instability, and environmental degradation. Maheshvarananda has in mind a very long-term alternative to capitalism. Clearly all four of these revolutionary thinkers believe the time to transform society is now, the time to democratize the workplace is now, the time to recognize CINA and finally absent capitalism from existence is now. Their call to action is radically consistent with systemic theories of capitalism, and with the understanding of capitalism’s normal state as stagnation, periodic financial collapse, and individual worker hardship. 

Although there is certain to be disagreement as to explanations of the quadruple crises of global capitalism and in the models of alternative societies to today’s failed system or CINA, there is no room to claim TINA! Also see Barry C. Lynn, Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction for dozens and dozens examples of how oligopolistic firms supersede the constraints of the market and use their sheer size, vast resources, and endless political power to control and direct virtually every industry in the United States, effectively reinstituting the monopoly power of sixteenth-century feudalism. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”political”,”economic”]
Source: http://proutaftercapitalism.blogspot.com

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-07-2018

The Rise of Compassionate Management

Don’t look now, but all of a sudden the topic of compassionate management is becoming trendy. A growing number of business conferences are focusing in on the topic of compassion at work. At TED, Karen Armstrong’s talk about reviving the Golden Rule won the TED prize in 2009 and has given rise to a Charter for Compassion signed by nearly 100,000 people. While the importance of compassion at work has long been touted by scholars like Peter Senge, Fred Kofman, Jane Dutton and others as a foundational precept of good management, managers of the traditional, critical, efficiency-at-all-costs stripe have scoffed. Findings like this may be one reason for compassion’s rise in the workplace: perhaps years of research are finally making a dent. 

Over and over, it’s been shown that compassion concretely benefits the corporate bottom line. Plenty of others have shown that practicing compassion is good for your business. Consider what happened when a call-center company called Appletree consciously set about increasing compassion among employees. The Dream On program allowed employees to express compassion to each other on an everyday basis. The evidence also shows that compassion boosts employee well-being and health – another important contributor to the bottom line. 

The good news is that it’s possible to strengthen one’s compassion muscle – and so become a better manager. Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison’s Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation – where you practice feeling compassion for different groups of people, including yourself – seemed to increase a sense of altruism. 

Keywords: [“compassion”,”company”,”work”]
Source: https://hbr.org/2013/09/the-rise-of-compassionate-management-finally

The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism

Whereas Cameron believed electroshocks could restore natural health, Friedman favored economic shock as extreme and destructive to nations as Cameron and CIA’s methods are to human minds. After one year of hardened shock therapy, Chile’s economy contracted 15%, unemployment rocketed to 20%, and contrary to Friedman’s rosy scenario it lasted for years with no social safety net help for desperate Chileans. Margaret Thatcher thought Chilean shock therapy wasn’t possible in a democracy like the UK because voters wouldn’t buy it. Four days into his term, he charged his emergency economic team to radically restructure the economy using shock therapy with a twist. President Paz had no mandate for shock therapy, and many workers were predictably furious at his betrayal. 

The siege lasted three months during the decisive shock therapy period with more repression and Chicago School medicine later. Indebted developing countries learned shock doctrine 101 the hard way. Enter Jeffrey Sach, the shock doc, with an even harsher plan than imposed on Bolivia. It’s pure myth, angry Poles know it, but reports in the West ignore them as they do shocked victims everywhere. Shock therapy rolled in China as in Chile – through the barrel of a gun and raw state terror. 

Later, the IMF, World Bank and other international lending agencies reinforced it – Soviet-era debts must be honored and aid depended on adopting strict shock therapy rules. Yeltsin now had unchecked dictatorial power, the West had its man in Moscow, and shock therapy had an open field to inflict wreckage on Russia’s people who didn’t know what him them as it unfolded. 

Keywords: [“Shock”,”economic”,”market”]
Source: http://rense.com/general78/lendd.htm

And Compassion for All

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Jeremy jamrozy January 7, 2018.God I feel so overwhelmed with joy tears in my eyes because I’m finally getting the help I need. Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.It anymore people are going to write shit bout wut nice things happend wit auntie Sarah please note im not a trump supporter or a Democrat supporter I choose no sides. Jeremy jamrozy December 31, 2017.I know that a pay if foward campaign sounds a lil cheesy but Goddamn even the bloods and crips had a truce and peace and love for each other at some point. One of the people Silverman met along her journey was Father Greg Boyle, the executive director of Homeboy Industries, a gang prevention and rehabilitation program in Los Angeles. Thirty years later Boyle, known as Father G, is still helping gang members, and Homeboy Industries has grown into a multimillion-dollar nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that provides jobs, training and support for at-risk youth, former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women. 

Me wanting a gang member to have a different life would never be the same as that gang member wanting to have one. Compassion is a sign of strength and takes work, but the freedom from suffering compassion brings is worth the effort. 

Keywords: [“Jeremy”,”gang”,”Boyle”]
Source: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/and-compassion-for-all

John Mackey’s Message of Entrepreneurial EmpowermentThe American Spectator

Whole Foods Founder & CEO John Mackey is a man on many missions. He wants to champion capitalism in the public square. Mackey discussed the ideas behind his new book Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business in a conversational interview with Tucker Carlson Monday evening at the Cato Institute. Although the book itself was hardly referenced, Mackey’s libertarian message of confident capitalism grounded in compassionate values was clear. According to Mr. 

Mackey, businesspeople exhibit great ignorance about the capitalistic system. His view is shared by Cato President John Allison and organizations such as the Bastiat Society, which was founded to educate businesspeople about the market process. Entrepreneurs’ reluctance to embrace market principles and espouse capitalism’s virtues places them in a disadvantageously defensive position in dealing with its many critics. Mackey’s vision is that businesspeople espouse the system by which they benefit society. We need to have two major conversations in the 21st century, Mackey said. 

The critics dominate the narrative, and the people who defend capitalism make a big mistake: they concede the moral high ground. People don’t support capitalism to the same extent they did because they equate capitalism with crony capitalism. Whether he will succeed is, of course, unknowable at this juncture, but as an autodidact possessed of great idealism and an entrepreneurial impulse for action, John Mackey offers a unique approach to an intractable problem: Helping the individual understand his or her precious liberty, that it may be held dear. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Mackey”,”businesspeople”]
Source: https://spectator.org/31439_john-mackeys-message-entrepreneurial…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-04-2018

Even Stevens Makes Capitalism-With-a-Cause Work

Addressing nationwide food insecurity while creating a thriving restaurant business should be a Herculean task, but Michael McHenry tackles formidable projects several times a week. As the president of Even Stevens Sandwiches, McHenry exudes an unfailing optimism that’s carried the hip sandwich shop to six states with 20 locations-with many more scheduled to open in 2018. Craft sandwiches, a local vibe and a charitable cause have propelled Even Stevens to build an organization that employs hundreds and serves millions. Even Stevens opened its first location in downtown Salt Lake City in 2014 and introduced the concept of donating one sandwich for every sandwich sold. McHenry has an extensive background in the restaurant industry. 

He worked for 15 years in brand development, concept and operational performance before partnering with Even Stevens owner Steve Down to create the first restaurant in the industry that can correlate revenue with social impact. It took less than three years to sell and donate a million sandwiches, and by the end of 2017, Even Stevens had donated over two million sandwiches to more than 70 nonprofit organizations. The organizations place the order, often a $2,500 value, and the food is drop-shipped to the door with Even Stevens picking up the bill. Following a close second to the compassionate capitalism aspect of Even Stevens is McHenry’s enthusiasm for team development. Even Stevens donates around 100,000 sandwiches a month, and McHenry says overcoming challenges has contributed to the ongoing success of the brand. 

Each of the eight Even Stevens locations in Utah works with merchants from that area to provide a catalyst for the business community. McHenry says his job is to be a voice for social change, to find artisans in the food industry, to partner with nonprofits that are tackling food insecurity, and to find new neighborhoods where the sandwich shop can create a sustained impact. 

Keywords: [“McHenry”,”Even”,”Stevens”]
Source: https://utahbusiness.com/even-stevens-shows-make-capitalism-cause…

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Keywords: [“download”,”opening”,”Compassionate…”]
Source: http://cursomasajedeporte.com.ar/images/book.php?q=download-Compassionate…

Socialism, Capitalism, and the Bible

These evangelicals of the Left are convinced that the biblical ethic obliges them to condemn capitalism and endorse the politics of statism and economics of socialism. Now we must examine the three major economic systems that compete for attention: capitalism, socialism and somewhere between, the hybrid known as interventionism or the mixed economy. One dominant feature of capitalism is economic freedom, the right of people to exchange things voluntarily, free from force, fraud, and theft. There are degrees of socialism as there are degrees of capitalism in the real world. Generally speaking, as one moves along the continuum of socialism to capitalism, one finds the following: the more freedom a socialist allows, the closer his position is to interventionism; the more freedom an interventionist allows, the closer his position is to capitalism. 

Capitalism then should be understood as a voluntary system of relationships that utilizes the peaceful means of exchange. Even if we fail to notice any other contrast between capitalism and socialism, we already have a major difference to relate to the biblical ethic. Critics of the market try to shift attention away from their own embarrassing problems to claims that capitalism must be abolished or restricted because it is unjust or because it restricts important human freedoms. If these claims were true, they would constitute a serious problem for anyone anxious to show that capitalism is compatible with the biblical ethic. Capitalism should be thought of as a system of voluntary relationships within a framework of laws which protect peoples’ rights against force, fraud, theft, and violations of contracts. 

Capitalism is a mechanism that allows natural human desires to be satisfied in a nonviolent way. What capitalism does is channel that desire into peaceful means that benefit many besides those who wish to improve their own situation. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”socialism”,”economic”]
Source: https://www.summit.org/…/essays/socialism-capitalism-and-the-bible

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-12-2018

What is Communism?

Communism works the day people dare to open their minds, hearts and everything there is to open, and lay down all kinds of judgment. 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. Communism offers rich leaders and all poor people; it is a failed ideology. In Communism, people would work because they would know the necessity of their and work, if they refused to work they would not benefit from the labor of others. 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 would work in its purest form if people were mere machines. Communism can’t work because people have different talents and skills, thus people can’t all be equal, or classless. Communism strips the power of the people; there is no freedom as all the media is censored, which in turn limits freedom of expression. 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.

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

CAPITALISM AND COMPASSION: a test of Milbrath

Summary – From his observations of environmentalists Milbrath extracts the generalization that there is something inimical between capitalism and compassion. Clearly, Milbrath believes that capitalism and altruistic compassion are fundamentally at odds with one-another. If capitalism and altruistic compassion are opposed, then it should follow that those who feel at home with capitalism and support it will be less altruistic and compassionate. In the subsequent 1983 State election voters had a 3-way choice — between a Leftist party and two conservative parties. There could be no doubt that a vote for the National party was a vote for capitalism. Conservatives who were less confident in the virtue of capitalism could vote for the Liberal party. The differential degree of altruism shown by the supporters of the three main parties in this election should therefore provide a fairly finely-tuned test of Milbrath’s hypothesis. If Milbrath is right, the National party voters should show especially low scores on the compassionate altruism scale and especially high scores on the `AO’ scale. RESULTS. The contrast of chief interest was thought to lie between the National party voters and the Labor party voters. National voters were significantly more ambitious and Labor voters were significantly more compassionate. Voters for the other conservative party showed mean scores on altruism almost identical to those of Labor voters and mean scores on achievement orientation almost identical to National voters. Many quite compassionate people vote in Queensland for a fanatical champion of capitalism.

Keywords: [“vote”,”party”,”CAPITALISM”]
Source: http://jonjayray.com/milbrath.html

compassionate capitalism Archives

That’s a small number, nearly insignificant, but if every company dedicated just 1% of its revenues and time to the community around it, the difference would be monumental. A business is not an island; it’s the product of the community it was formed in, and its enduring success is dependent on that same community. This idea is at odds with the way many companies do business. It’s accepted that many corporations are more concerned with profits than with the community or environment surrounding it. That’s enough to fix up a local park, keep a food pantry stocked for months, or divide between a few local charities. This practice doesn’t just take the cooperation of a few huge corporations; it takes small businesses, too. If enough small businesses joined together, donating a fraction of their revenue and some of their time, they could help prevent children from going hungry by sponsoring community gardens. They could clean up their neighborhoods and make their towns and cities a cleaner, safer place to live, or support a local animal shelter, or host workshops to teach career skills to local students or unemployed community members. They sound like such small things, but when all of these small things add up, they become an unstoppable movement of compassion and gratitude. There are also tangible benefits for businesses, such as an improved business profile as members of the community associate the business with its involvement. You may be just one person, or the leader of a small business. Even a small percentage can have a lasting positive effect on your surrounding area.

Keywords: [“community”,”small”,”business”]
Source: http://www.legendsleadershipconcepts.com/tag/compassionate-capitalism

Capitalism and compassion: Can they coexist? – SD Monitor News

In a free market, the bottom line is simply, the bottom line. Capitalism has become largely about self-interest, consumerism, sleight of hand and the bottom line. A person may be able to provide financially, but not emotionally – because the two systems are often disjointed. In a system that is profit driven, the raw material for intimacy and connection is rarely cultivated or valued. Fact is, business is personal, and sterilizing the brutal impacts of self-interested economics through such phraseology does not shelter us. Poverty has an impact on both physical and mental health. As the middle class founders and people blame themselves for their fiscal woes, which in turn may be associated with higher levels of stress, as well as depression, anxiety and maladaptive coping, the impacts of a system based solely on a bottom line which benefits a few appear to be bad for the mental health of many. Our economic and incentivization systems are a set-up for failure and disappointment for those who are the most vulnerable to experience the worst outcomes. The free market system has become the bellwether of myriad systems in our culture – educational, commercial, media, medical and spiritual. It becomes difficult to teach children empathy and emotional regulation when the system into which they are being acculturated does not value these qualities. Because the system does not equitably provide opportunity across all socioeconomic strata. As the cultural, economic and political needles move, so too does mental health.

Keywords: [“system”,”economic”,”impact”]
Source: https://sdmonitornews.com/2018/02/27/capitalism-and-compassion-can…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-28-2018

Capitalism vs. Socialism: The Bruenig-Caplan Debate, Bryan Caplan

Next, weigh the probable effects of the main policy reforms necessary to bring those countries into harmony with the capitalist ideal. All of these countries still have relatively poor people, but there’s very little absolute poverty. The poor in these countries have such a nice life that people around the world eagerly immigrate there to work in hard, low-skilled jobs. To repeat, none of the world’s most capitalist countries actually live up to the capitalist ideal. Even the most capitalist countries heavily restrict immigration. People around the world would move from countries where their labor produces little to countries where their labor produces much. Even the most capitalist countries tightly regulate construction, especially in high-wage areas. If these laws were repealed, there would be a massive increase in the supply of housing in the most prosperous areas of the country, soon followed by massive intranational migration. Even the most capitalist countries engage in massive involuntary redistribution. Even the most capitalist countries heavily subsidize education. Next, weigh the probable effects of the main policy reforms necessary to bring those countries into harmony with the socialist ideal. There are many praiseworthy ways to bring relatively socialist countries into harmony with the socialist ideal, starting with: stop murdering and jailing people to keep the ruling plutocrats in power.

Keywords: [“country”,”ideal”,”socialist”]
Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s.html

Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill

We as a society teach children that successful adulthood means being the richest, the prettiest, the most powerful, the most confident – or being a lifelong outcast. The U.S. idea that your income level gives you access to better health care and education does not apply in Europe. We increasingly define people as consumers or investors – how they relate to money – instead of citizens and community members – how they relate to people. We live in a culture that gives little support to those who meet hard times. Emotional struggles can get in the way of both academic performance growing up and productivity at work as adults. Even if you do well, cliques and bullying from the cutthroat culture make the best performers risk failing. We grow up having hope for our futures after high school only to face an unnecessarily harsh environment. Six hour work days and four to six week paid time off mean healthier people. The forty-hour week their parents and grandparents fought for turned into 50+ hour work weeks. Productivity doesn’t mean longer hours – it means shorter ones. We as a society are afraid to trade in the hypermasculine – competitive, aggressive, and powerful – for a more feminine – cooperative, compassionate, and nurturing – culture. As a result, we’ll trade in loneliness and isolation for connectedness, community, and well-being.

Keywords: [“work”,”School”,”Klein”]
Source: https://mahealthyworkplace.wordpress.com/tag/compassion

Welcome to The Compassionate Capitalist

Compassionate Capitalism is the exercise of this economic system modulated by the emotional human capacity of compassion to bring improved standards of living, such as better availability of food, education, housing, clothing and healthcare, to all peoples of the World through the balanced pursuit of profit/income with a commitment to behave ethically and contribute to the economic and social development of our Global society as a whole. This blog is intended to provide a forum for people to share information, to discuss and debate how the elements of capitalism can be used or altered to improve the lives of all peoples, and to address social inequality and alienation, unfair distribution of wealth and power, cultural exploitation, repression of workers, exploitation of women and children, economic inequality, unemployment, and economic instability. I intend to provide visitors to this blog with information that may challenge long held beliefs and may not be generally held views by all – that is the nature of this subject matter. I look forward to sharing relevant opinions and ideas from business and political leaders, from academic professionals, along with social and economic commentators designed to foster debate and discussion that one hopes will result in consequent action. Action that improves the human experience for us all.

Keywords: [“economic”,”improve”,”people”]
Source: https://compassionatecapitalism.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/welcome…

Blog #1 “Crisis of Capitalism” Marx

Watching the video clip of capitalism taught me the basic concepts of how this world really works. It explained why we should look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane. Capitalism never solves its crisis problem, it just moves around geographically. The excess power of power was the root of the problem. This relates to Marx explaining the class consciousness, forces of production and relations of production. Reading Marx’s views help me realize why the division of labor in capitalism is inevitable resulted in alienation because this can be very stressful to an individual or groups opposing another. I say this because of the power of money in a Bourgeois society where the money is the universal medium. The government is action out for bourgeoisie not acting out for everybody. The government is not concerned for the people they just want to be the cash crop. Society is shaped based on upper class and the people are the ones who work for wages to produce objects that are valued more than how much their actual income is shown. Knowing that what you make or produce can resort to issues where people feel worthless because of the actual work they put in they are not compensated for it. That leads to alienation where people may feel nonexistent.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”people”,”work”]
Source: https://soc331.wordpress.com/…/19/blog-1-crisis-of-capitalism-marx

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-21-2018

Compassionate Capitalism

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. 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. In multilevel business economic rewards are unlimited and only are limited by the ability to work in a group that between grows more wealth produce for all its members. 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. Join from now to any or to our better economic MLM opportunity from in which you count with a serious and committed team with an experience of over fifteen years to form winning teams in multilevel business. Join today to the best business opportunity throughout the virtual multilevel industry, with the stronger, profitable and high profile recognized worldwide company that more millionaires are doing today!

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

CREDO FOR COMPASSIONATE CAPITALISM BY RICH DEVOS

Oleh karena itu, kita semua perlu jujur ​​melihat di mana kita berada, ke mana kita ingin pergi, dan apa yang mungkin kita perlu ubah untuk sampai ke sana. KREDO 3.Kita percaya bahwa perubahan yang lebih baik dimulai ketika kita memperbaiki kehidupan kita di sekitar orang-orang dan lembaga yang kita hargai, misalnya: Tuhan, Negara, Keluarga, Persahabatan, Sekolah, dan Pekerjaan. Oleh karena itu, kita perlu memutuskan apa yang kita inginkan dan lakukan, dan kita perlu mengatur tujuan kita sesuai dengan itu. KREDO 4.Kita percaya bahwa membereskan keuangan kita dalam rangka membayar utang kita, belajar berbagi dengan orang lain, menetapkan batas pengeluaran dan dengan kukuh dalam batas-batasan itu merupakan awal untuk membebaskan hidup kita supaya kita dapat bergerak maju. Oleh karena itu, kita harus secara serius mempertimbangkan memulai bisnis kita sendiri atau harus memiliki jiwa wiraswasta yang lebih besar dalam bisnis atau profesi kita sekarang. Oleh karena itu, dengan bantuan mentor kita, kita harus merancang sebuah program yang akan membantu kita mengembangkan yang positif, penuh harapan, sikap produktif mengenai kehidupan kita dan potensinya. KREDO 10.Kita percaya bahwa sebelum kita bisa sukses sebagai kapitalis yang penuh kasih, kita harus memiliki mentor yang berpengalaman untuk membimbing kita. Oleh karena itu, kita perlu menemukan seseorang yang kita kagumi yang telah mencapai apa yang ingin kita capai dan meminta orang tersebut untuk membantu kita meraih tujusn-tujuan kita. Oleh karena itu, dengan bantuan mentor kita, kita harus segera mulai untuk menentukan tujuan jangka pendek dan jangka panjang kita, untuk menuliskannya, untuk meninjau kemajuan kita di setiap langkah, untuk merayakan keberhasilan meraih tujuan tertentu, dan belajar dari tujuan-tujuan yang belum tercapai. Ketika kita berbagi waktu dan uang dengan mereka yang membutuhkan, kita meningkatkan martabat dan harga diri sendiri, dan kita digerakkan kekuatan positif yang membawa harapan dan kesembuhan bagi dunia. Ketika kita berbagi waktu dan uang untuk membantu melestarikan planet kita, kita benar-benar membantu untuk melindungi diri kita sendiri. KREDO 16.Kita percaya bahwa ketika kita berbagi waktu kita, uang, dan pengalaman untuk membantu orang lain, kita menyempurnakan lingkaran cinta yang mengarah kepada kepuasan serta kemakmuran pribadi kita sendiri.

Keywords: [“kita”,”dan”,”yang”]
Source: https://jdmanik.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/credo-for-compassionate…

Conscious Capitalism: How Millennials are Shaping the New Economic Paradigm

In light of the corporate scandals over the past several years, it is refreshing to hear that the new paradigm of conscious capitalism has emerged. Millennials are more health and socially conscious than other generations, meaning that we put a strong emphasis on healthy living and well-being, and our consumer trends reflect this. Conscious capitalism refers to businesses that serve the interests of all major stakeholders-customers, employees, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment. Data compiled over the last several years indicates that the world’s economic paradigm is shifting as consumers are starting to favor conscious-minded business. According to the 2012 Edelman Good Purpose Survey, 47% of consumers buy at least one brand that supports a good cause every month, an almost a 50% increase between 2010 and 2012! The most frequent purchasers of socially conscious brands were Millennials, Gen-X’ers, people employed at management positions and above, married people, and moms. Given the significant rise in socially conscious spending practices between 2010 and 2012, one can only imagine what the data might look like for 2014! Conscious companies have seen unprecedented success in the last decade. Marketing professor Raj Sisodia reports that conscious brands’ investment returns are 1025% over the past ten years, compared to only 122% for the S&P 500 and 316% for companies selected purely on their ability to deliver superior returns to investors. Forbes cites the interesting dichotomy between Target and Walmart, two huge corporations who seemingly do the same thing, but have very different levels of conscious capitalism. Overall, the re-imagination of capitalism as a conscious phenomenon is indicative of a shifting paradigm we are seeing across our world, where Millennial consumers are taking responsibility for using their dollars to improve our planet and promote progress and change. After only a few generations of conscious spending and sustainable business practices, the association between capitalism and crony greed could become a distant memory. If you own a business and you would like to make it more conscious, or if you are thinking about starting a conscious business, check out marketing professor Raj Sisodia’s six tips for conscious success.

Keywords: [“conscious”,”company”,”consumer”]
Source: https://galacticconnection.com/conscious-capitalism-millennials…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-26-2018

Evangelists of capitalism: Is compassion compatible?

My rejoinder to the idea of “Compassionate Capitalism” as articulated in the following article by Infosys Founder Narayanamurthy. Smart sound bytes -‘compassionate capitalism’as I understand is yet another word coined by the capitalists to justify their assets and illgotton wealth-at the same time to project themselves as saviors of the down trodden. To give themselves an acceptance and a social absolution now they parade themselves as saviors of the downtrodden. Is it not a paradox that the poorest countries of the world have the richest of the world. I am trying to decode this ‘compassionate captialism. Does that quieten the conscience of the capitalists or does it give them a benelovence and a social standing as the doers of good-the great social workers. If you are truely a compassionate person you will not be a capitalist. Now we have the capitalists garbing themselves as evangelists and the hungry people will swallow anything-no wonder they are kept in hunger for then there is no power to discern-no strength even to comprehend-the gullible people look with awe at these great compassionate captialists/evangelists and go into a trance. How long are we going to fool the people and ourselves. How long are we going to quieten our consciences and how long are we going to display hell as heaven The sooner we discard this mirage and shed the mask and be truthful to uphold justice then only Justice will remain and the rest will fall.

Keywords: [“Compassionate”,”capitalist”,”themselves”]
Source: https://hildaraja.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/evangelists-of…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-04-2018 – JR Test Site

What is compassionate capitalism? who advocated it? The whole “Creative capitalism” concept has a certain echo of “Compassionate conservatism,” which wound up being the worst of both worlds. Can Gates-style “Creative capitalism” avoid the same trap? You will find this book packed full of stories in support of capitalism and how to be a capitalist that makes a difference in the world. Epub book] compassionate capitalism marc r benioff Compassionate Capitalism Marc R Benioff PD F searching for compassionate capitalism marc r benioff epub book do you really need this respository of compassionate capitalism marc r benioff epub book it takes me 52 hours just to find the right download link, and another 7 hours to validate it. In 2010, the name of this organization was officially changed to Conscious Capitalism Incorporated – a non-profit with a purpose of advancing the integration of consciousness and capitalism. In 2009, Raj Sisodia and Shubhro Sen founded the Conscious Capitalism Institute to support the integration of Conscious Capitalism in business through research, education and development. Edward Ortiz Jr., in his Jan. 12 Letter responding to “Liberty Theology”, has the nature of capitalism backward. We believe in compassionate capitalism and by shopping here you will support that causeand allow you to look good doing it. Why Pope Francis wants us to stop worshipping capitalism.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”compassionate”,”Benioff”]
Source: http://jr.zaphne.com/2018/02/04/j-r-s-zaphne-blog-news-for-02-04-2018

There Is No Housing Shortage, Just a Lack of Compassion – Zone of Non-being

On any given night, more than half a million people experience homelessness in the United States. There are more peopleless homes than homeless people because houses do not exist to satisfy human needs. Anyone who is vaguely familiar with America’s inner cities has borne witness to people holding cardboard signs and begging for spare change. Consider the fact that between 2011 and 2014, the number of cities that banned panhandling increased by 25%. It is evident that people who beg for money are demonized as ‘public nuisances’ and blemishes on the body politic. Specifically, municipalities are investing in defensive architecture: street furniture that is rigged with spikes or bars to prevent prolonged stays by people who are homeless. Image: vertical bars installed on bench to prevent people from laying down. A common idea is that people who are homeless and beg for money deserve to suffer because they are substance abusers. Detoxification programs often advance the idea that “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection.” From this perspective, addiction is a consequence of dehumanization – a turning inward and away from people. Keep in mind that people who are homeless are typically ignored at their darkest hour. Not only are such individuals in a precarious position, but the masses of people fail to acknowledge as such.

Keywords: [“people”,”homeless”,”civilization”]
Source: https://zoneofnonbeing.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/there-is-no…

The Compassionate Capitalist

A few weeks ago I had this tremendous idea; I would add my voice to the Internet ether by launching a blog. Thanks to WordPress, I was able to quickly and easily create and publish this blog and I rifled off a three or four posts within a couple of days. With even more ease than the creation phase, I promptly stopped posting. I’m sure I broke one the fundamental law of blogging – start, then promptly stop. Well, life got in the road. Specifically, a trip to Costa Rica on business and a weekend get-a-way with my wife to San Diego. I drafted several posts along the way, but never finished them off. I’m working on an update to my previous post regarding child slavery in Western Africa associated with cocoa harvesting. I’m preparing a series of posts that introduce 10 economic concepts that one should understand if one is to make sense of the World along with 10 economic fallacies that roll off the lips of politicians and those who don’t really understand how things work. Along the way, Corbyn, our brilliant and talented son, who is an economics major at the University of Utah is going to make a guest post arguing for the normalization of trade with Cuba. Sign-up to follow this blog and every there is a post, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know that I’ve found my way back to the keyboard.

Keywords: [“post”,”blog”,”economic”]
Source: https://compassionatecapitalism.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/back-in…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-10-2018

Compassionate Capitalist Show | Eric Anderson – Entrepreneurs Turning Passion into Profits

What Kind of Capitalism Should India Have?

In the face of growing inequality, we need not just compassionate and creative capitalism, but also one which recognises the ethical core of reciprocity. Though the term ‘compassionate capitalism’ has been a part of public discourse outside India for some years now, the current spotlight on it in India is largely due to N.R. Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys. Describing his philosophy of compassionate capitalism, Murthy said it was capitalism in mind and socialism at heart, a creed which looks at fairness and at ensuring that everyone is better off. According to him, if we have to make capitalism acceptable to a majority of Indians who are poor and to create jobs, “Every senior management person of an Indian corporation has to show self-restraint in his or her compensation and perquisites. He or she has to fight for maintaining a reasonable ratio between the lowest salary and the highest salary in a corporation in a poor country like India. The board has to create a climate of opinion for such a fairness by their actions.” Senior leaders should, he felt, consider taking cuts instead of laying off youngsters and encourage these employees to reskill so that companies can take advantage of new emerging opportunities. In FY16, at least 27 directors earned at least 100 times more than an average employee, whereas under a saner capitalism the ratio between highest compensation in the firm and the median salary should ideally be 50-60. Picketty confirmed that though capitalism is central to the innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking needed for economic growth, inequality does not naturally or automatically decline under capitalism and that capitalist growth leads to greater inequality because of the higher rate of return on capital compared with the low overall growth rate of the economy, or to put it another way, income from investments rises faster than wages. Several economists like William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, have argued in favour of traditional capitalism because it helps the poor; others believe that insisting on greater equality will distract businesses from their primary goal of making profits. Apart from communism, reform advocacy has ranged from welfare capitalism to Gandhi’s theories of decentralised production by small individual owner producers, along with trusteeship of the wealthy; corporate and individual philanthropy; mandatory corporate social responsibility contributions from companies, to variations of compassionate capitalism such as ‘inclusive capitalism’, the ‘humane capitalism’ of Muhammad Yunus and the ‘creative capitalism’ of Bill Gates. Gates’s creative capitalism would be one “Where governments, businesses and non-profits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit or gain recognition doing work that eases the world’s inequities”. Compassionate capitalism must also emphasise conscious reciprocity, a concept which implies that the giver gets as much as the receiver.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”company”,”profit”]
Source: https://thewire.in/219054/capitalism-inequality-india/

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/

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-05-2018

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…