Adolfo Perez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize winner for Christ in a Poncho said this: “Capitalism and communism are both imperialisms that provide only half answers. They make the human being an object … We want something besides capitalism or communism, something on the order to self-management and sharing.”
Corporate Culture has certainly made THAT near impossible! The precious time spent with family, friends, and ourselves has been co-opted by the new national memes Democracy as Consumerism and Progress at Every Price. ''Greed is GOOD'', says Michael Douglas' character in Oliver Stone's 1987 movie''Wall Street''. Well, that notion has certainly proven itself out in 2008's media disclosures, hasn't it?
So here we are once again, Holiday Time, frustrated, panicked, because we can't buy, buy, buy ....to show our Love! Ironically, with our deepening, recessionary economy, many of us will have idle time to rediscover what the idea of self-management, sharing, love is really all about.
$$$ can never be a substitute for what is most enduring. We yearn for balance in our lives, to disconnect from addictions that have made our lives unbearable, and fill up the empty spaces of the Heart. Now may be the perfect time to reconnect with more heart-felt values and ways to be/have/do that have nothing to do with $$$.
What would it be like to enjoy, experience the euphoria of Thanksgiving and Christmas every day of the year? It IS possible. STAY TUNED !
Former Professional Recruiter for General Contractors and Developers in New England's Construction Industry. Activist against Birth Defects, Family Violence, Nuclear Power Plants, and Social Entrepreneur for economic alternatives that promote social justice and appreciation for diversity in culture.
Undergraduate work was Organizational Behavior in Change with A.S. in Marketing Management.