A New Economy

This morning I had a nightmare the magazine I work for folded. I dreamt I was out of a job and couldn’t pay my rent because I have pretty much zero savings. I woke up with my heart pounding feeling scared and dissatisfied. Dissatisfied not for my own sake but for the way the world currently runs. Dissatisfied with the unemployment and homelessness and greed ravaging the world. Dissatisfied with our entire economic system. Not just the current recession but the system in general.

I know I’ve written about this before but I’m tired of this ‘fend for yourself,’ and ‘rise and fall on your own,” business. Why should my well-being rest squarely on my shoulders alone? Why should anyone go hungry? Why should anyone live on the streets? Why should anyone scrape by? Why can’t we as humans reach out to one another and support each other? Why can’t we know the true meaning of community?

As humans each and everyone one of us has a right to life, to have our basic needs met. Every person should be guaranteed food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care.

This current economic system? It’s not working. If it did we wouldn’t be facing the problems we are now.

I am not suggesting we pick up communism because clearly that doesn’t work so well either. The best economic theory I’ve come across thus far is PROUT – the Progressive Utilization Theory. Prout says the basic necessities of life should be guaranteed for everyone. It values local businesses and local cultures. It says there should be three tiers of business: 1.) cooperatives 2.) private enterprise 3.) government-owned industries. It recognizes resources are limited and should be treated as such.

I want to live in a world where I KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt my needs will be met. I want to operate on more than just hope and faith, although I obviously think those are important too. I want to live in a world where there is zero unemployment. But also a world where people who truly cannot work are also taken care of. I want to live in a world where workers are not exploited, where people are not commodities. I want to live in a world where there is a living wage. Where ownership falls into the hands of the people who run the business, not a select few at the top. I want to live in a world where resources are more evenly spread. Where I can pursue the arts, express my creativity and really enjoy my life because I’m not working tirelessly to survive. I want to live in a world where “homelessness” fades from our lexicon because it is eradicated. Where people scratch their heads in confusion when they hear the word “poverty.” I want to live in a world where everyone, everywhere is valued. And not just humans, but all of god’s creatures. I want to live in a world where we nurture the environment, where we protect and honor all life because we see the value in everything.

That world can exist, will exist, does exist. You, I, we can make it happen.

I know not only is another world possible, it’s probable.

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3 comments… add one
  • blue-shadows9 Feb 12, 2009, 4:06 am

    Haha, that sounds like communism to me. And it sounds great.

  • Heather Dawn Busher Feb 12, 2009, 5:47 am

    Rebekah, I love this… and what is really standing out to me is your use of the words anyone and everyone. Lately I’ve been hearing those words a bit differently. For years I’ve been hearing the concept “We’re all one.” Faith and Science both point to the idea that we are all connected, that we’re all made up of 99.9% of the same things, that we are all ONE. And now when I hear these words… everyONE and anyONE… I’m ONE, He’s ONE, We’re all ONE… I hear them in a new light. It’s as if I see us lovingly as a whole, a giant number ONE, and we’re all little ONEs, that come together to make the giant ONE… and I feel connection to it, the way I might pull for my college team with passion because I belong to that group of ONEs… but in this scenario, there’s no ONE to pull against… we’re all on the same team. There’s just ONEs to root for! And with this I hear your comments in a new light. “Why should anyONE go hungry?” Looking at it this way makes want to run up to the ‘stranger’ on the street without a place to live and hug them like the long lost relative that they are and acknowledge that he and I are the same… we are ONE… part of a larger whole… and Why should anyONE not know that they are loved, valued and connected?

    I had a great email conversation with the facilitator for http://www.Jovius.org who suggested that the idea of separation (that we are all alone and separate from one another)… is what causes our inability to really love and accept ourselves, and therefor our inability to love and accept others. Perhaps in this new world of ours, we will remember our connection, our ONEness and we will forgive and love ourselves and then forgive and love others.

    Thank you for sharing this with the world.

  • Rebekah Feb 12, 2009, 8:47 pm

    From my understanding communism is more about equality, but is presented in such a way that it sacrifices the individual — i.e., everyone gets the same amount of everything. In PROUT the doctor will be paid more than a plumber, for instance, because the doctor is more highly valued. However, the pay disparity won’t be as great.

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