I have utopian ideals. And why not, sometimes they help keep me sane. Like the one about everyone working for the same amount of money no matter the profession or task. In other words, a lawyer would make the same as a street sweeper. A doctor would make the same as someone in a daycare. Who's to say one deserves more money? Isn't money the commodity of prestige? As if to say, 'this person is important because of how much they make' - thus the Porsche, 5 BR home, vacations to the Bahamas (or wherever). As if to say, 'this person isn't valued very much by our society because all they do is take care of small children all day' - thus the diapers, crying, hugging, constant vigilance and trips to the potty.
I, too, hear the cry for "MORE JOBS" by both the Demogogues and the Repugnicans. "MORE JOBS!" How about people do what they love and get appreciated (which translates into dollars) for it? How about that? Rather, what we have is rich people, who can own the factory or businesss, supposedly needing to provide "JOBS" for the rest of the people. And when they don't, they get pilloried for not being good corporate citizens. Since when did we start relying on others to provide for us? (Oh, and by the way, the Repugnicans tell us every chance they get how we're all too dependent on the government for our welfare -HOORAH!), How to create the kind of society wherein everyone gets to shine.....and get paid for it?
See, I told you it was utopian !
cross posting from Peace is Possible:
If people wanted to be concrete finishers they would want large projects that included miles and miles of concrete work. On the other hand, if people wanted to be farmers, they would require acres and acres of viable land for plowing, seeding and harvesting; and they would need people to be hungry - to want the fruits & vegetables of their labor. Now, if people wanted to manufacture bombs, guns, and work in factories that produced ships and planes that, too, would require a need for the efforts of their services.
People can become farmers easily enough because their neighbors all have to eat. Those who want to work in concrete can do so on a small scale, but for large scale projects, the government gets involved to create the interstate hiway system. That creates more work in concrete than those who were dreaming of such a career. Jobs are created and filled by those who may have no dream whatsoever, but do need a means of providing for themselves and their families. So large scale programs, created by government, makes of people what the project calls for.
As for the military-industrial-corporate complex, how many children dream when they are young of becoming the person who makes the triggers for nuclear bombs? Are there those whose dream is one day to work in a factory that produces the latest in bunker busting bombs? I doubt it. More likely is that there are many people who depend on corporate structures to provide them with the means to provide for themselves and their families, whether they are producing the latest cell phone or the latest drone technology. And so, with the help of a government that needs war materials by continually blowing things up, the corporate structure supplies a never ending supply through the efforts of people who may have no dreams of war, killing or imperialistic ideology; they merely want to have a job and are grateful for it.
So we elect folks to govern the country. What we expect and what they do are worlds apart. They get all wrapped up in playing games on the world map, like what country to invade next. Which one of us called up or wrote and asked them to kill a few hundred thousand people somewhere in the world in their name; so they could sleep better at night?
Here, from our neck of the woods, the neck that seems to be chopped off from the other Washington, here we have Fran & David Korten and YES! magazine. Just one article will give you a taste of the difference in thought process between those looking out for all of us, and the planet, and those who think we sent them to D.C. to cuddle up with the NRA, AIPAC, WALL ST. execs, and all the "good ol' boys" in the military-industrial-corporate club.
Check out this article:
with Annie Leonard
The Story of Stuff Project has another video about "Cap and Trade". more information at www.storyofstuff.com
Desire Video wants to either build a Winco, or provide drive-thru adult entertainment. I hope it's the latter since strippers make good tips.
Which of you will be the first to come see me?