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Economic crisis, inequity, environmental disasters, social intolerance, and on and on.  Fixing it all comes down to this:

Living smarter, happier, healthier lives, and we can do it on three levels:

  • Adjusting lifestyles
  • Investing in independence
  • Restoring our communities

In the next few posts, I’ll go in to more detail on each of these, but there’s something you need to know first.

By living a way that forces nearly everything we work for to go to people who give us nothing in return except more systems that we must depend on, is not only a dysfunctional relationship, it is, in effect, indentured servitude.  I write this with some hesitancy, as I know there are indentured servants today who are living a nightmare immeasurably more horrific and unjust than most of us will ever experience, but I say it nonetheless to make a serious point.

By establishing a lifestyle that stymies progress and independence, and fosters inequity and ignorance, we are destroying the very liberty that this country was founded on.

Now, let me be clear.  Contributing part of one’s earnings as a member of a society and community, is essential for the health, well-being, and progress of that society.  We contribute so that all members of our society can have the opportunity to also contribute and make us all better.  It is a beautiful thing because it unites us and reminds us that in America, out of many, we are one.  It even says so on our currency to help remind us.  And yet …

Some people believe we should not be forced to contribute because they see it as a threat to our liberty, but the great irony with that philosophy is that what they believe will set them free—deregulation and corporations calling the shots—is the very thing that enslaves them.

Human beings must be allowed to grow, innovate, invent, create, worship, breathe, learn, love, and envision a world that will be even better for their children.  To impede that—to create a world in which those things are shackled by dependence—is nothing short of absolute tragedy.

We can do something about it.

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