Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Best of Our Traditions

If we really look at the traditions we come from, they are all rooted in good. Whether religious, cultural or the more common synthesis of both, if we are able to pick up a book such as this and read, then chances are we have a background of contemplation that can be traced at least in part to our traditions. We can learn from our environment and circumstances. What does it mean to be you, with the traditional legacies of identity through race and religion? Take a few moments to think it through. There would probably be basics lessons and influences of respect, care and learning. The applications of these values to contexts of our lives may vary but the underlying concepts do not. If there indeed is nothing that you can uncover, then look for the best of what is available. The tradition of your own life as an individual would have values of saving grace, again, in the very fact that you are still alive.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"By creating, subsidizing, and providing training for jobs in childcare, early education, healthcare, eldercare, and other "caring industries," as well as supporting caring work in homes, we quickly stimulate the economy, help families, radically reduce poverty and violence, reward women's economic contributions, save billions in crime and prisons -- and develop the "high quality human capital" needed for our post-industrial economy.

Our economic crisis is an opportunity to lay foundations for a sustainable and equitable economic system instead of just trying to patch up an economy based on unsustainable consumerism, unsustainable consumer debt, and unsustainable environmental practices. The current economic meltdown is not due simply to the globalization of unregulated capitalism. The problem goes much deeper -- and so must the solutions.

The financial return on investment in caring jobs and home activities is huge -- and not accounted for in popular economic models circulating in Washington which, as shown by our economic crisis, encourage disastrous short-term market speculation. We need a new economics that really works -- both in the short and long term."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.
- Dag Hammarskjold