It's the Stupid Economy!

Talking heads every few minutes are yammering on, reminding everyone (whoever actually listens) what a fragile state we are in. Disparity, Hegemony, Fascist nationalism, refugees and “migrants” political, economic and environmental – all desperate. Quasi-Socialist nations present their own solutions. Britain and Canada do the best they can, and the US re-fights the Civil War on the floor of legislature. Mr. and Ms. Q Public (no pun there) are in a stew and don't know what to do.

All politics is local politics, and there lies the rub, for we really don't speak with our neighbors any more – not even about the weather, for that has become too sensitive and a matter of belief. I am a humble blogger (and yes, I have much to be humble about) with a bit of a radical take on the whole thing: humans are social ANIMALS, born with a single purpose – preservation of the species. The Hebrew Bible (and all aboriginal cultures) elaborated on that to include our responsibility towards the rest of life on Earth.

The human mind is full of constructs embedded by our culture. We talk to each other about our “rights” and also about our obligations (recall the term “noblesse oblige”). It is plain that these two domains of the mind must have equal weight for individual choices to serve “the good of us all.” The preamble of the US Constitution mentions the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Taking that literally while walking the streets of any city will shock you with “cognitive dissonance” for what we see will be so far from that Liberal ideal of equal opportunity that our emotional reaction might be to flee to the relative safety of a middle class home and distract ourselves in any way we can.

I speak to you as a brother – I have not clung to my insubstantial ideals in the face of massive dystopian activity; it is all too real just now. I will leave you with a bit of wisdom from a Jewish Rabbi of a bygone era: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the World's grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” SELAH!

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