See, we can’t afford nationalized healthcare, we can’t afford nationalized education (I’m not really for that anyway), but, it turns out, we CAN afford nationalized trillion-dollar banks. Who knew?
So I’m just passing on various thoughts of other people, some of which I agree with. The last one was very interesting, and at first I didn’t know if I agreed:
Perhaps our country is too concerned about having a growth economy. We are obsessed with the notion of having more everything including money but, do we really need it? I think both our planet and ourselves would benefit from a zero growth economy. Perhaps now is a good time to learn to make that work and consider what we can do to reduce our patterns of consumption.
To be ambitious to expand self development, learning, love, kindness, spiritual knowledge, connection to God, charity–now what kind of world would it be if we only sought to expand those things we can actually take with us?
It made me think of the wonderful lyrics of “Simple Gifts,” that teaches a principle this year’s garden has really brought home to me:
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.
Could it be that man’s requirement to work the earth by the sweat of his brow demands just the things that get us back to God? Humility, work, diligence, and being subject to (and working with) cycles of nature.
When true simplicity is gained, to bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed.