They have the odour, for me, of negligent obliviousness to the fact that we are not paying, and have not paid for a long, long time, the true cost of our acquisitions that constitute this so-called wealth. We’ve been naively content to let people (women and children especially) in developing countries pay the price, and of course, the planet. See: The Story of Stuff among many other indictments. (note: I include myself in this paragraph!)
Furthermore striving for abundance (etc.) is based on a false premise: That we do not currently have enough, and that we will feel better if we somehow attain a threshold we can call abundance, prosperity, ad nauseum. Problem is, that threshold rarely is defined and we never arrive there.
I have a secret hope that as the false-ness built into our economies, esp. those of us in North America, continues to be exposed for its vacuousness (like flying on private jets to ask for massive taxpayers’ handouts) and deception (like Bhopal), that we will insist, absolutely insist, that we rebuild a better way of doing economics. It may mean pared down wardrobes, fewer shoes and even (gasp!) an end to dog fashion. Really, I just don’t care about those things so much anymore – do you?
Might we be willing to exchange our abundance for an abundance of clean air and clean water?
Might we be willing to exchange our prosperity for basic nutrition for children around the world?
Might we be willing to exchange our wealth for creating an economy where the genius and creativity of individuals have a fighting chance to actualize regardless of country of birth?
I’d do it in a heartbeat.
PS: So – if anyone’s looking for a money coach who’s going to cheerlead enroute to further excess , I guess I’m not your gal. But if you, like me, want to wisely and thoughtfully manage your money so that our presence on earth is a net benefit to the global community and planet, not a net loss, let’s talk.
PPS: I haven’t got it all figured out yet either. But I’m sure trying.
PPPS: photo credit: Leeziet