J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-21-2018

Why are Tibetan Buddhists so Compassionate?

In the 21st century, compassion can often be perceived as weakness. Compassion is the ability to display genuine concern for the suffering of others. One of the greatest examples of compassion in today’s world is the nation of Tibet. The old monk replied that on one occasion, he had allowed his anger to overcome his love, kindness, and compassion for his oppressors. The answer is rooted in the Buddhist principles of compassion loving-kindness, and non-harming. 

In other words, the highest virtue is to become a bodhisattva, loving every being as a mother loves their only child, and living in harmony with the supreme jewel of compassion, bodhicitta. Last year, a Buddhist nun told me several stories about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the master of Kopan Monastery in Nepal, who truly embodies this universal compassion and maternal love for all living beings. We don’t all have the chance to live in the Himalayan foothills as we explore the way of compassion. For those of us who work in high street shops and office blocks, sending emails to disgruntled clients and dealing with dissatisfied customers and spending hours commuting at rush hour, Rinpoche’s level of universal compassion seems like an impossible goal. No. 

The way to compassion is simply a matter of switching perspective, from self-cherishing to universal compassion. For them, a life committed to compassion makes much more sense than a life dedicated to ourselves. Just one act of genuine compassion can leads to positive results immediately-not just for others, but for ourselves. 

Keywords: [“compassion”,”suffered”,”Lama”]
Source: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2018/03/why-are-tibetan-buddhists…

Capitalism Archives

Popular media paints a bleak picture of capitalism and touts the benefits of socialist values. Many benefits available to you and the American way of life are only possible in a capitalistic economic system. I want you to take away a viewpoint that capitalism is a positive, compassionate system. Seek out, read and become informed about the fundamentals of Capitalism. Realize how the application of the principles will benefit you and then decide to engage the system to your benefit. 

An article by Sarah Kendzior in Foreign Policy magazine details many reasons that young Americans are believed to be giving up on capitalism. While that article was a gut punch, it exposes many of the maladies of the past eight years or so that have caused young Americans to begin doubting our system. They have begun to feel like our system might not be the best, despite not having personal exposure to a longstanding socialist economic system. As you read the Paladin About page, you will find that this blog is all about promoting Capitalism. One of the blessings that I have enjoyed in my life is the opportunity to travel the world and gain first-hand knowledge of political-economic systems different from my own. 

This exposure has reinforced the belief that America has The Best Economic System at its core. It is my belief that if the principles of capitalism were studied and employed by every American, many of the maladies mentioned in Kendzior’s article would have self-corrected. 

Keywords: [“system”,”capitalism”,”American”]
Source: https://paladin4prosperity.com/category/financial-wisdom/capitalism

Do you think capitalism can be compatible with the beliefs in equality and compassion?

That would be Marxism you are searching for, where each man performs only to the level of his ability; he then receives from what is taken from other men, according to his needs and according to their ability. The man of greater ability soon begins to realize that he is being cheated, and he feigns a lower level of competency, raising his level of incompetency. Now, he too is receiving more from people who perform more, and is giving less to people who perform more incompetently–or who perform not at all. Eventually, all the greater achievers shrug, feign a higher level of incompetency, and all men are thus equal–finally! It doesn’t matter to the social engineers that everyone is now using candles because the men of high competency are pretending to be equals with the men of low competency. 

It cannot hurt anyone anymore, because no one is willing to risk his capital if the rewards that are equal to his effort are judged the same as the rewards of those who do not risk rising to higher level of competency. Capitalism is not compatible with that kind of equality and compassion. Capitalism is the only economic system that rewards men for raising their level of competency. Sometimes a man reaches his level of incompetency simply because he is unwilling to gain either more education or more experience. This is perfectly in keeping with his equal rights to achieve only what he wishes to achieve. 

Keywords: [“man”,”level”,”equal”]
Source: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100404050808AAZZDJU

The Great Philosophers 9: Max Weber

Max Weber is one of the three philosophers best able to explain to us the peculiar economic system we live within called Capitalism. Born in Erfurt in Germany in 1864, Weber grew up to see his country convulsed by the dramatic changes ushered in by the Industrial Revolution. Weber senior died the next day and the son believed he might inadvertently have killed him. Weber had to give up his university job and lay more or less mute on a sofa for two years. Max Weber had the sort of life that his contemporary, Freud, was born to address. 

Weber alleged, Protestants are left with heightened feelings of anxiety as well as life-long guilty desires to prove their virtue before a severe, all-seeing but silent God. In this analysis, Weber was in direct disagreement with Karl Marx, for Marx had proposed a materialist view of Capitalism, whereas Weber now advanced an idealist one. The argument between Weber and Marx pivoted around the role of religion. Weber didn’t believe that the only way to be a successful Capitalist country was actually to convert to Protestantism. Today Weber would counsel those who wish to spread Capitalism to concentrate on our equivalent of religion: culture. 

Weber is pessimistic about all such hopes, for they are misaligned with the reality of how the modern world works. Weber encourages us to see that change is not so much impossible as complicated and slow. 

Keywords: [“Weber”,”Capitalism”,”work”]
Source: http://thephilosophersmail.com/perspective/the-great-philosophers-9-max-weber

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-18-2018

Revolution from Within

A New Take on FCC!As we transmute the 3-letter organizations who no longer serve us, we the people, globally, let’s turn FCC into this simple affirmation: FREEDOM * CREATIVITY * COMPASSION. InterviewsListen to the author, Catherine Baird, explore the background behind Revolution from Within and how these ideas of freedom, creativity and compassion are just as relevant for Western society today as they were for a Russia terrorized by Bolshevik tyranny. Learn more about why Lenin ruthlessly exiled 160 intellectuals in 1922. The plots, controversial ideas, the untold history of the first dissidents to Bolshevism. How Revolution from Within started from the very beginning of the USSR until, finally, in the 1980s it burst through the concrete walls of communism’s faceless collective. 

Embark upon a voyage with The 160 to explore the psyche of a nation at one of the greatest turning points in history! Follow the unexpected twists and turns of these dauntless personalities … founding fathers of Perestroika, Glasnost’ and a world after Communism … to gain a glimpse of the formidable ideas that have helped shape a culture both inside and outside of Russia today promoting human rights, federalism, unity consciousness, free markets and local sovereignty. Freedom, Creativity and Compassion sit at the heart of this book as the author ties the events from over a century ago back to parallels occurring today. 

This is a story of how 160 completely unique activists, philosophers, and politicians kept alive the key tenets of a natively Russian worldview and, with the help of a most unlikely sponsor – the American YMCA – preserved their culture and beliefs for more than three generations until finally they could at last find acceptance once more. 

Keywords: [“Russian”,”more”,”today”]
Source: http://www.catherinebairdbooks.com

Capitalism: The Inner Battle

We live our lives through stories that reinforce certain values and beliefs. When a critical mass of individuals lets go of these stories, a tipping point is reached, and the scaffold collapses. A cascade of individuals like Newton let go of the story that slavery was acceptable, and change rapidly accelerated. Capitalism is a similarly constructed story, a collection of social perceptions that create a dominant world view. It’s easy to see capitalism as a system external to ourselves, but it’s much harder to acknowledge the stories we carry inside of ourselves that create and reinforce the values that sustain it. 

These beliefs produce a pervasive sense of powerlessness, and the story that’s erected around them-the story of capitalism-inevitably becomes a narrative of fear and domination. Trying to change these institutions without altering the stories that underpin them won’t create the paradigm shift that’s required to alter our self-destructive course. That reinforces the problem, especially when stories are founded on fear since people hold on tighter whenever they feel threatened. I found my own ‘hand of grace’ in books by Cordova, Charles Eisenstein and others who are writing new stories to replace the old. I believe that a tipping point to a new paradigm beyond capitalism will only be reached when enough individuals and communities rewrite their stories in this way. 

Local food economies create greater self-reliance in communities, and help people to develop an internal locus of control that can free them from fear and the urge for domination, thus creating the new values and beliefs that can sustain a different economic system. We can help by encouraging each other with new stories that describe a different sense of what it means to be human in the world. 

Keywords: [“story”,”system”,”people”]
Source: http://occupywallstreet.net/story/capitalism-inner-battle

Ma’ikwe Ludwig – Cooperative Culture Pioneer

Ma’ikwe Ludwig’s work integrates ecological, economic, social, political and personal approaches and technologies for a holistic view of what real cooperation and sustainability take. Ma’ikwe is a dynamic, compassionate and thoughtful speaker and teacher, and a minister committed to creating a world that supports the well-being and vibrancy of all beings. Her 2013 TEDx talk set the ball in motion for a major speaking tour in 2015, and she regularly does interviews, speaking gigs, facilitation work and trainings. She lives in Laramie, WY where a group of fellow economic radicals are working on starting an income-sharing ecovillage in the belly of the fossil fuel beast. Ma’ikwe’s latest book is Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption. 

Ma’ikwe Ludwig is a long-time cooperative culture theorist, practitioner and advocate. She started her consulting firm, Sol Space Consulting in 2002. She is a consensus facilitator and regularly works with intentional communities and nonprofits who are wanting to have more inclusive, relationship-deepening and efficient group process. Ma’ikwe is currently working on The Cooperative Culture Handbook with fellow practitioners Jamaica Stevens and Adam Wolpert. Ma’ikwe is one of a handful of national experts on intentional community who actively teach and consult. 

She has lived in community for 20 years, is a regular contributor to Communities magazine and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and started doing anti-classism work in 2015. She promotes income sharing, public finance, alternative currencies and a host of other economic solutions to ending capitalism and privatization, and creating a cooperative, locally self-determined economy in their place. 

Keywords: [“Ma'ikwe”,”work”,”Community”]
Source: http://maikwe.org

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-16-2018

The Compassionate Story-Telling Project

THE COMPASSIONATE STORY-TELLING PROJECT. This innovative project aims to bring together twelve 18-23 year olds would- be story tellers drawn from adherents of four major faiths and cultures: Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus; and from those who have no faith background. They would be trained and accredited as story tellers and would be required both to create and research stories that demonstrate compassion from their faith community and secular perspectives. A collation of these stories including some tips on reading and storytelling will be published in book form illustrated with children’s work. The trained story tellers will be expected to become advocates of the compassionate story telling approach as well as disseminators of the stories in a range of contexts. 

PROJECT OUTPUTS The publication of a Treasure Trove of compassionate stories for those aged 8 and above. 12 trained story tellers who will be committed to a cross cultural, interfaith, compassionate approach and who will be available to visit schools, colleges, libraries, parent groups and other institutions. 12 trained story tellers who will be expected to become advocates for the approach and to in turn train others in the art of story telling Performance in two CoED events in 2015. A developing network of story tellers who will be committed to building compassionate cross cultural and interfaith links to use the medium as way of breaking down myths and stereotypes about people of different faiths. PROJECT OUTCOMES A greater mutual understanding between the adherents of the four faith groups and those of no faith which will be transmitted to a range of audiences through story telling performances and workshops. An on-going commitment to building compassion and cohesion through the power of story telling. A realisation that the power of storytelling can help to address areas of conflict in the world and can become an effective healing word. 

A significant rise in the profile of storytelling and building a more compassionate society in the hearts and minds of young people who, hopefully, will be inspired by the many stories they experience. 

Keywords: [“story”,”tellers”,”COMPASSIONATE”]
Source: http://www.coedfoundation.org.uk/pages/projects_storytelling.html

The only way to pay workers an adequate compensation is to pay them 100% of the income, since they do 100% of the work, and to pay them based on how hard they work, which you do by limiting differences in income between workers to only what is necessary to get them to do hard jobs and to give their maximum performance in performance based jobs. Allocating income in this way would pay workers from $115k to $460k per year for working just 20 hours per week. Workers shouldn’t have to work for free for 6 months every year just to pay off the gambling winnings of investors. There is something terribly flawed with a system that pays Kim Kardashian hundreds of times more than a brain surgeon for each hour worked. Half of all the income workers produce gets paid to the lucky who do no work and most of what’s left over gets paid to the scarce. 

The vast majority of the workers who produce everything – the engineers, doctors, construction workers, factory workers, miners, farmers, teachers – have to fight over the few crumbs that remain. Even though worker productivity is $65 per hour, enough to make every worker wealthy, most workers are broke because they only get paid a tiny fraction of the $65 per hour they produce. Of course, the lucky and scarce claim that they are getting paid adequately, that the other workers are not getting exploited because it is fair to pay them 50 to 150,000 times more for being lucky or scarce. If consumers had a direct say on how workers were valued, no worker would ever be able to earn thousands of times more income than another worker because they would never be able to convince consumers to take a huge pay cut at their job in order to pay their inflated salaries. The only economic reason for paying one person more than another is to get them to work harder. 

We don’t need to pay people 50 to 150,000 times more income to get them to work harder. The only fair economic system is socialism, as explained here, which makes everyone an equal owner of the planet’s resources and pays you based on how hard you work in converting those resources into useful goods and services. 

Keywords: [“work”,”pay”,”income”]
Source: http://occupywallst.org/forum/simple-explanation-of-why-capitalism-is-unfair

The only way out: the struggle for workers’ democracy

The radicalisation of the struggle is such that demands like the nationalisation, under workers control, of factories in crisis clearly connect with the experience of wide layers of the population, and are seen as something that is urgently needed. Despite all the slanders of the government, the piqueteros, the militant unemployed workers who organise roadblocks to demand food and work, and the popular assembles, continue to grow in influence daily. In the current situation, a Constituent Assembly would be no more than a variant of a bourgeois parliament! Faced with the collapse of capitalism and its institutions, there is no alternative in Argentina but workers power, and agitation must be stepped up and organised to patiently explain, to win over the majority of the population to this programme. A shift to the left of the middle classes or their neutrality towards the struggle of the working class. 

This condition unfortunately does not exist at present, but there is little doubt that the workers of Argentina are moving towards the transformation of the existing social order. Many analysts have said that the working class has not joined the struggle against the system. From a scientific point of view, the middle classes are a section of society that both works and owns its means of production, unlike the working class. The lowest layers of the middle class live and work in conditions very similar to many workers, whilst its top layers have much in common with bourgeoisie. Due to their living and working conditions, they cannot play an independent role in society and they continually hover between either supporting the bourgeoisie or supporting the workers. 

The last 25 years in Argentina have seen a vicious attack by the bourgeoisie on all the gains that the working class won through decades of struggle and which had lifted the country to fifth or sixth place in the world in terms of living standards. There is only one way forward for Argentina – the fight for workers’ power and a socialist programme. Immediate reduction in the working day without loss of pay in order to share out work. 

Keywords: [“work”,”Argentina”,”class”]
Source: http://www.marxist.com/argentina-only-way-out.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-12-2018

Compassionate Capitalism – by Sanjiv Mehta at the #India2022Exchange

Sage launches Sage Foundation to lead social philanthropy

Sage’s 2+2+2 community model sets benchmark for FTSE 100 companies. Sage today launches the Sage Foundation which sets the standard for Corporate Compassionate Capitalism around the world. Each of Sage’s 14,000 employees will be able to contribute five days per year in work time to volunteer with any non-profit organization they elect to support. The Sage Foundation will also give grants to create entrepreneurial opportunities for the young and disadvantaged within communities, as well as grants to match employee charitable donations and fundraising. The Sage Foundation has created a model of ‘2+2+2’: donating 2% of employee time each year, 2% of free cash flow* and 2 of Sage’s smart technology products for any charity, social enterprise or non-profit organization. 

This model demonstrates Sage’s commitment to philanthropic leadership in the FTSE 100. Driven by Sage’s ambition to connect its customers, colleagues and communities within an integrated model, the Sage Foundation will be open for business globally from 1st October 2015. With tens of thousands of non-profit organizations as existing Sage customers, the Sage Foundation will enhance Sage’s relationship with charity and social enterprise. Non-profit organizations will be able to apply for donated Sage One, Sage Life or X3 products, through the newly created Donation program. The Sage Foundation will benefit from Sage revenues from the non-profit sector; notionally ‘2%’ of free cash flow is equivalent to revenue gained from non-profit sector in FY2014. 

Sage has reimagined business and brings energy, experience and technology to inspire our customers to fulfil their dreams. Sage is a FTSE 100 company with 14,000 employees in 24 countries. 

Keywords: [“Sage”,”community”,”organization”]
Source: http://www.sage.com/company/news-and-events/2015/06/02/sage-launches-sage-foundation-to-lead-social-philanthropy

Compassionate Capitalism

Whenever Jan Stravers came home from the mission field, she brought crafts made by the Philipino women she worked with to sell to the churches she visited. The crafts were from family businesses that the Christian Reformed Church missionary and her husband had helped to start, and her supporting churches were among their main clients. In the 10 years that the Straverses worked as missionaries in the Philippines, they saw how small businesses can provide food, education, clothing, and a hope for the future to the poor in developing countries. After retiring from the mission field 10 years ago, Jan Stravers jumped at the chance to run International Arts and Gifts, a South Holland, Illinois, store selling handmade products made by artisans in the developing world. Slowly, the idea has been catching on among Christians that fair trade is a unique way of supporting missions and providing jobs to the world’s poor. 

Fair trade is a rapidly growing industry where companies like the Mennonite-run Ten Thousand Villages work directly with artisans in the developing world, offering better prices for handmade arts, crafts, and clothing. To be certified by the Fair Trade Federation, workers must earn enough to support their families, pay for education, and food. Fair-trade products must also be environmentally friendly and created under safe conditions, and the Western stores must commit to building long-term relationships with the workers. 

Keywords: [“work”,”Church”,”made”]
Source: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/novemberweb-only/11-10-31.0.html

How Individuals and Corporations Participate 02/15 by Karen Rands

Karen Rands, founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement for Angel Investors, talks with author Mark Faust, trusted advisor to Corporate Executive Teams and author of Growth or Bust and High Growth Levers, about how individuals and corporations use Compassionate Capitalism to create wealth and grow their business. As a nationally recognized expert on Angel Investing, Karen has written the best selling book Inside Secrets to Angel Investing as a step by step guide for learning how to invest in private companies to bring innovation to the market, create jobs and create wealth for all those involved – Compassionate Capitalism. She believes busy executives can effectively diversify their portfolio to invest in entrepreneurs as a wealth creation strategy, and enjoy the passion and excitment of an entrepreneurial endeavor without incurring all the risk and challenges of being an entrepreneur. Mark’s company, Echelon Management International, works with both leaders of successfully growing companies who want to raise the bar as well as with companies in turnaround. Mark has worked with and interviewed many Fortune 500 CEO’s, hundreds of number one sales performers, and thousands of his client’s top customers. 

From this experience and insight, he discovered a corporate version of Compassionate Capitalism that is part of the pattern for success for those companies and executives. 

Keywords: [“company”,”invest”,”Compassionate”]
Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/karen-rands/2018/02/15/compassionate-capitalism–how-individuals-and-corporations-participate

I am a “compassionate capitalist.”

The business teaches poor/middle class how to file taxes. It’s meant as a check against corporations and rich folks getting all the breaks. It’s to level the playing field to the common person. Other capitalists who’ve seen this business model are entering the market. It works! 

In year two, we get enough customers to keep the business afloat. We level the playing field against corporations! Success! Now, any labor simply must come from overseas, paying as close to nothing as I can manage. The tax code change is good sort of! 

I don’t need new customers; the new tax code means they all have to come back for re-education! So, it works! People buy just enough to pay lobbyists, pay new accountants, keep website running, expand. I’ve made the world a better place, no doubt! The playing field between common folk & corporations is more leveled than before, surely! 

Until the next year. My business is gone, so money I paid to lobbyists to keep tax code frozen has dried up. Similar services offering tax education also dry up. Corporations pay a vastly smaller percentage of taxes than common folk. 

Keywords: [“business”,”pay”,”tax”]
Source: https://medium.com/@RickPaulas/i-am-a-compassionate-capitalist-6b80e1d643c4

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

Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.No I just smoke weed. Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.I will go. Jeremy jamrozy December 29, 2017.Im so psyched you’ll go. Jeremy jamrozy January 2, 2018.I love all the support the love. Jeremy jamrozy January 3, 2018.Thank you to all the support financially, emotionally, and donations. 

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 04-25-2018

Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes

Arguing against capitalism, we’re told, is simply crazy. We are told, over and over, that capitalism is not just the system we have, but the only system we can ever have. We should be searching for ways to explain to co-workers in water-cooler conversations – radical politics in five minutes or less – why we must abandon predatory corporate capitalism. Capitalism is admittedly an incredibly productive system that has created a flood of goods unlike anything the world has ever seen. Capitalism has given those of us in the First World lots of stuff in exchange for our souls, our hope for progressive politics, and the possibility of a decent future for children. 

If we understand democracy as a system that gives ordinary people a meaningful way to participate in the formation of public policy, rather than just a role in ratifying decisions made by the powerful, then it’s clear that capitalism and democracy are mutually exclusive. Capitalism is a system based on the idea of unlimited growth. Capitalism is not, of course, the only unsustainable system that humans have devised, but it is the most obviously unsustainable system, and it’s the one in which we are stuck. If there is no alternative, anyone who questions capitalism is crazy. Remember TINA: There is no alternative to predatory corporate capitalism. 

To be realistic we are told we must capitulate to a system that steals our souls, enslaves us to concentrated power, and will someday destroy the planet. What is truly crazy is falling for the con that an inhuman, anti-democratic, and unsustainable system – one that leaves half the world’s people in abject poverty – is all that there is, all that there ever can be, all that there ever will be. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”system”,”such”]
Source: https://www.counterpunch.org/…/04/30/anti-capitalism-in-five-minutes

List of political ideologies

In social studies, a political ideology is a certain set of ethical ideals, principles, doctrines, myths or symbols of a social movement, institution, class or large group that explains how society should work and offers some political and cultural blueprint for a certain social order. A political ideology largely concerns itself with how to allocate power and to what ends it should be used. Some political parties follow a certain ideology very closely while others may take broad inspiration from a group of related ideologies without specifically embracing any one of them. Typically, each ideology contains certain ideas on what it considers to be the best form of government and the best economic system. Ideologies tend to identify themselves by their position on the political spectrum, though this is very often controversial. 

Finally, ideologies can be distinguished from political strategies and from single issues that a party may be built around. There are several studies that show that political ideology is heritable within families. The following list is strictly alphabetical and attempts to divide the ideologies found in practical political life into a number of groups and each group contains ideologies that are related to each other. The headers refer to names of the best-known ideologies in each group. They are merely noting that the ideologies in question are practically, historically and ideologically related to each other. 

One ideology can belong to several groups and there is sometimes considerable overlap between related ideologies. A b Ecofascism was the Ideology of the minor parties: The Greens of Austria, Green Party of Hungary and the Liberal Ecologist Party in Switzerland. 

Keywords: [“ideology”,”political”,”group”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_ideologies

A Universal Basic Income is capitulation to capitalism

A UBI works as an unconditional payment for all working adults, regardless of age, ability, gender, skills or employment status, so that they can continue to consume even while jobs disappear. While sovereign governments can certainly afford a UBI, simply throwing money at a problem, instead of addressing its root cause presents serious concerns. Second, a UBI is designed to work as a partial or complete substitute for existing welfare and social security programs. Former tech executive, and Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang told the New York times that a UBI is necessary for capitalism to continue. A UBI is a smokescreen for the destruction of the social safety net. 

The godfather of neoliberalism himself, Milton Friedman, argued in his book Capitalism and Freedom that a UBI is an efficient way to eliminate and privatise public sector programs including welfare, social security, the minimum wage, public health, housing, hospitals, pensions and aged-care. A UBI has the potential to further drive down wages. Some advocates claim a UBI empowers workers to reject jobs with insufficient compensation. To the contrary, a UBI that covers the cost of living creates zero incentive for employers to provide wages that do the same and encourages the continuation of outsourcing. A UBI is expensive & barely makes a dent in working-age poverty. 

Experts have predicted a UBI could cost anywhere between 6.5%, to 35% of GDP, but barely makes a dent in working-aged poverty which would decline by less than 2%, according to a report by Compass, by less than 1% for pensioners. Though child poverty could decline from 16-9%, a UBI still doesn’t deliver the necessary bang for the government’s buck. 

Keywords: [“UBI”,”work”,”job”]
Source: https://renegadeinc.com/universal-basic-income-capitulation-capitalism

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 04-09-2018

The Compassion Gap

When it comes to charitable donations, volunteer activity, and even donating blood, it’s liberals, not conservatives, who should feel compelled to prove their compassion. A Syracuse University professor who studied economics at the famously demanding Rand Graduate School, Brooks has exhaustively reviewed a wide range of nonpartisan survey research, much of it university-based, to demonstrate the existence of a charitable divide between liberals and conservatives. He has determined that the average conservative-headed household gives 30 percent more money to charity than the average liberal-headed one, despite earning 6 percent less annually. Brooks has found that of the 25 states where charitable giving was above average, George W. Bush won 24 in the 2004 presidential race. Perhaps there really are, to borrow John Edwards’s glib phrase, two Americas: one charitable, the other miserly. The preponderance of Brooks’s evidence for a compassion gap is convincing, and he rightly devotes much of his clearly-written volume to figuring out why it exists. Brooks adeptly correlates charitable giving with four characteristics, all of which favor conservatives. Those who favor governmental redistributive programs give less to charity and have effectively used public discourse to equate their view with compassion. These are not minor philosophical adjustments, and it’s hard to believe that merely calling attention to liberal stinginess will shame liberals into making them. It is encouraging that liberal idealists are increasingly backing nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, which often must rely on charitable donations. True, these donations may be from the big liberal foundations. Many NGOs, such as the Children’s Defense Fund, are not really charities, in that their core business is advocacy for an expanded welfare state.

Keywords: [“liberal”,”charity”,”charitable”]
Source: https://www.city-journal.org/html/compassion-gap-9414.html

Passion for Justice

On Saturday March 9 Pope Benedict visited the Al-Hussein Bin Talal mosque in Jordan and gave a stirring speech that I believe offers all of us some great wisdom and insight with regards to the evils of politicizing these three great faiths. Islam as a faith has taken much of the blame for 9-11. Here in our own country many people witness some harsh and divisive use of the Christian faith by partisan groups which has the unfortunate effect of pushing a greater wedge between faith and politics. A Christian faith that is free from political manipulation is one that promotes the ethic of compassion, forgiveness and solidarity. As an advocate for a Catholic religious community I keep promoting legislative and corporate principles that our based on the principles that flow from the Christian faith. I have seen and heard other members of the Christian faith who have applied partisan political manipulations to our great faith and in a sense they have also perverted the faith just like the Muslim terrorist have perverted their own faith. The political manipulations of the right have chocked the spirit of the faith for some type of artificial political agenda and try to claim that this is the essence of faith. As for the political manipulation of the left, their error has been to dismiss the faith altogether and to relegate it as an individual private moment that is virtually irrelevant. Our faith is a divine gift with a message and a purpose. Our faith serves the political system by constantly offering principles and values from which we must evaluate the policies of our society and Government. We dare not manipulate the principles of our faith to fit a political agenda. Faith becomes manipulated when one group suggest that the life of an aborted fetus is irrelevant because it should be left to an individual choice.

Keywords: [“faith”,”political”,”manipulation”]
Source: https://passionistjpic.wordpress.com/2009/05

July 2017 – Left Cheek: The Blog

As a conservative Christian, I was introduced to WORLD Magazine and Marvin Olasky in the 90’s. Olasky - one of several supposed ex-communists with a dubious past and a lying streak - talked a lot about ‘compassionate conservatism’ and the need for conservative Christians to support urban people. Yes, I voted for the first time on the premise that I was doing good for myself and my community. At the same time, he became an adviser to then-Texas governor George W Bush and helped lay the groundwork for Bush’s faith-based initiatives. I did see welfare as an impediment to working and living securely. What I thought about were the kids I was working with. It didn’t lead to more secure communities through the advancement and strengthening of nuclear families, but less-secure communities. I think I believed in compassionate conservatism not only because I hadn’t yet seen the extent of economic deprivation and theft in Working Class communities of color and other abandoned WC communities. I hadn’t understood the extent to which resources have been mined out of our communities and with no replacement. At the time, I knew and saw the desperation of my Black and Brown Working Class community and my own Working Class family, which had received government subsidies before and after my father lost his employment to privatization, alcohol abuse, and epilepsy. Welfare before the Reaganites and the New Democrats altered it was not going to work on its own because it saw money to poor families as merely a form of aid. It should have realized - as conservativism and more-compassionate liberalism certainly still fail to realize - that child-raising is work. Pregnancies are seen as interruptions from work - and thus income - rather than as a form of valuable, creative work in and of themselves.

Keywords: [“work”,”community”,”people”]
Source: https://leftcheek.wordpress.com/2017/07

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

What Is Marxism? What is the State?

The working class has seen the welfare state as a vital safety net, which provides basic health, education and security. We live in a class society where the ruling class does not represent the interests of the whole population, where a minority maintains its power and privileges by exploiting the majority. The class with economic dominance and power, the ruling class, created the state to protect itself, hold down its adversaries and guarantee that its will was done. In the last analysis however, if the capitalists feel threatened by the growing power of the working class, they will resort to other forms of capitalist state. One of the considerations of capitalist governments before implementing such plans is the strength of the working class and its ability to defend the historic conquests of the vote, the right to strike, organise in unions and other gains, if the ruling class was to attempt to remove them under a form of dictatorship. There is a series of blatantly political, class laws, relating to things like public order and industrial relations – most notoriously these were the Criminal Justice Act and the various anti-trade union laws introduced by the Tories, which are to do with making it more difficult for working class people to fight the attacks of the bosses. Some sections of the working class and even the middle class, especially young people, are antagonistic to the police. Lenin points out that Marxist revolutionaries, as opposed to reformists, say that the existing bourgeois state cannot be seized ready-made and used in the interests of the working class. Either the working class goes forward to take control of the economy and destroys the repressive apparatus which protects the ruling class and constructs its own institutions for running society democratically, or the leadership attempts a compromise, allows reaction to reorganise itself and move to crush workers and their organisations. In periods of heightened struggle, when the authority of the ruling class is in question and a victory by the working class is on the agenda, it would be irresponsible not to try to minimise the impact of state forces. In the confrontation between the rival powers of the working class and the bourgeoisie, the force used by the ruling class can only be minimised by a mass, well organised and determined movement of the working class. Working class communities in the first instance would be involved in preventing sabotage and disruption of the new socialist society by any disaffected group in the former ruling class.

Keywords: [“class”,”state”,”work”]
Source: http://marxism.org.uk/pack/state.html

Deep Change

In her empowering and practical book, she shares 21 Skills that can help you live a life of wisdom, compassion, and authentic leadership. The SQ21 model translates the most-admired qualities of our spiritual heroes-people like Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, or Martin Luther King Jr.-into a set of 21 skills that can be measured and intentionally developed. You will learn how to: Recognize the voice of Higher Self Live a life that is on-purpose and values-driven Understand people with very different points of view Sustain faith during challenging times Make compassionate and wise decisions Incorporating the best of contemporary and traditional spiritual wisdom in language that is faith neutral and faith-friendly, SQ21 is an invaluable tool for leaders, educators, coaches, consultants and anyone else seeking an effective, rational, and holistic way to embrace spirituality and see results. What They’re Saying I highly recommend this book. Conscious Capitalism, the ultimate path to long-term competitive advantage, requires conscious leaders. Conscious leaders must develop 5 key intelligences: IQ, physical intelligence, emotional intelligence, systems intelligence and spiritual intelligence(SQ). I am thrilled that Cindy Wigglesworth’s SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence has finally described in a solid, practical way, what is needed and how we can develop these skills. Cindy Wigglesworth has devised an assessment that is an excellent overview of the process of general spiritual intelligence itself, including developmental variables-and thus one I can highly recommend! Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything. Wigglesworth has ventured to pioneer new ground in our relationship to larger forces-our spiritual selves. Finally, an intelligent book on Spiritual Intelligence! Cindy Wigglesworth doesn’t just preach its value, but shows us how it can be measured and developed as a skill-set. SQ21 is a must-read for anyone trying to navigate the multidimensional challenges of life today. Cindy Wigglesworth does for spiritual intelligence what Daniel Goleman does for emotional intelligence in giving it a clear definition, a sharpened focus, and elucidating the difference it can make in organizations as well as in individuals.

Keywords: [“Intelligence”,”Spiritual”,”Wigglesworth”]
Source: https://www.deepchange.com/sq21book

Compassion Can Only Exist In The Market

As we approach Christmas, a holiday season ripe for the usual anti-capitalism sentiment as countless of people who celebrate the date prepare to buy presents to put under the tree, we are reminded that in times of crisis, only individuals working in a private business, where they have incentives to act responsibly so that they may also benefit themselves, will be able to meet the market’s demands. 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. 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. This story goes to show that the market takes care of its consumers not because it has power over them, but because it has a responsibility to deliver, otherwise, it loses customers to competitors. Once we all truly understand this, there will be no more need to convince anybody that a party is superior to another, and that a candidate in particular will do anything for us, as the public will finally realize politicians are not to be trusted.

Keywords: [“Olsen”,”pizza”,”finally”]
Source: https://www.theadvocates.org/2017/11/compassion-can-exist-market

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-29-2018

A Christmas Carol Themes

The financial success that Scrooge enjoyed is precisely the goal of capitalism, but a fixation on the accumulation of wealth seduced Scrooge into seeing every aspect of life in such terms. Not only Christmas, but his fiancé, his dying friend and business partner, his reputation, his office staff, and his only living family member are all weighed against their financial cost and found unworthy. The costs of such selfishness and bitterness are not borne by Scrooge alone, however. Dickens’s portrayal of the social costs-prisons, workhouses, increased mortality, the creation of ghettos and slums, the miserable state of both wealthy and poor alike-clearly makes a case for morality and social justice on a larger scale. The world becomes a better place almost immediately following Scrooge’s conversion. The story implies that a renewed connection to humanity is the very essence of redemption. Though the Christmas setting invites a traditional Christian interpretation of Scrooge’s redemption, his change is rooted not in a commitment to deeper spirituality or orthodoxy but in an authentic connection to and investment in the lives of other human beings. While the results seem to change nothing about the social structure itself, the compassion shown by individual people changes the social relationships they share.

Keywords: [“social”,”Scrooge”,”Christmas”]
Source: https://www.enotes.com/topics/christmas-carol/themes

For Equal Rights by Sophie M. Gray

In the world of today, where you have a racist neo-nazi uprising in Europe, where Trump gets a free pass in saying racists slurs, and ISIS talks about global domination, I see history repeating itself – over and over again. I have over the years tried to understand what it is that gets millions of people to follow such a man and do horrible unthinkable things. I wanted to understand how it was possible for this one man to convince millions to believe his own reality and perception, acting on his beliefs, and follow him blindly. I came to realise that Hitler is not the only one with this power, and this is why history keeps repeating itself. In all cases they use fear to recruit more into their movement and convince them about the cause, a cause they would die and kill for. Fear is a powerful emotion, and from there comes hate. A lot of this fear comes from lack of knowledge, the fear of the unknown. Leaders that preach war and hate use fear to reach their goals and start movements. With fear they make people believe their cause, and with fear they win. Our strongest tool against these movements is knowledge and critical thinking. That is how we stop governments cheating us, companies abusing us, global wars and bullies. We have therefore the obligation to each other to spread knowledge – not fear.

Keywords: [“fear”,”over”,”knowledge”]
Source: https://forequalrights.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

discordion {Artist Ian Pritchard}

Here’s the list of companies that took advantage of taxpayer-funded workers courtesy of the DWP. Feel free to use the information in whatever way you see fit. The Tory government has been forced to reveal a vast list of firms that hoovered up free labour from benefit claimants after spending four years trying to keep it a secret. Poundstretcher, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons are among more than 500 companies, charities and councils named as having used Mandatory Work Activity. Others on the list from 2011 included payday loans firm Cash Converters, chicken diner Nando’s, WH Smith, Superdrug and DHL. More than 100,000 jobseekers were put on the hated ‘workfare’ scheme, which forced them to work 30-hour weeks unpaid for a month each or have their benefits docked. The Department for Work and Pensions mounted an astonishing and costly legal battle to keep the firms’ names a secret. The DWP stood its ground for nearly four years despite being overruled by the Information Commissioner watchdog in August 2012. The saga finally ended at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday – where a trio of top judges threw out the DWP’s argument by a 2-1 vote. Campaigners and Labour condemned the vast cost of the cover-up – in which taxpayers had to fund lawyers for both the DWP and ICO..

Keywords: [“Work”,”DWP”,”firm”]
Source: https://discordion.wordpress.com/tag/capitalism

Mental wellbeing, capitalism and fluminism. Notes.

Photo by me On social media, I read of a woman who recently experienced rejection from mental health services during a crisis of severe distress and suicidal thoughts. I know something of the absolute fear and isolation suffered during times of severe distress and suicidal thoughts. Humans are biologically social beings, yet our social foundations have been shaken to the core. Families and institutional service providers have been hammered by the pressures of a failing economic system ~ Neoliberal Capitalism. A globalised machine based on competition rides roughshod over mental wellbeing. Tensions manifest directly upon loving and supporting relationships, right across the globe. Humans are biologically responding to internal and external stimuli. The externals are largely ignored in our systems of care. Even the monetisation of nature is being forced at a pace, adopted by advocates of a growth-oriented market system dominated by corporate interests. Lives are worn down and snuffed out by competitive examinations, interviews, PIPS, job markets, mortgage payments, rents, bills, the weekly shop. I will not accept all-out competition is the god-given ‘natural state’ of human existence. We can perpetuate and proliferate positive interconnections between all living beings.

Keywords: [“human”,”system”,”market”]
Source: https://seasonalight.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/mental-wellbeing…