If public services cutbacks have not hit where you live, or if they have, consider this somewhat detailed description of what is proposed, is happening, in Colorado Springs, titled: Colorado Springs Cuts Into Services Considered Basic By Many: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14303473
The following is my response:
Very interesting, and likely in progress elsewhere, or in the pipeline to develop.
Hmm … one wonders …
A very real danger in focus on an “enemy” to be extremely angry at. Civil servants seem first in line if one projects what is expressed in this article, and may or may not be a focus specific to Colorado Springs situation. In this case, it behooves civil servants to have several emergency meetings and discuss/decide what they can give up, or back off on, to contribute to a solution.
Elected city council members should lead the way in their personal-life expectations to demonstrate a shift in “attitude”.
But the entire culture has a strong bent toward “me and my camp should not yield — the common weal be damned”.
The entire culture (not only in the US) has neglected to keep in mind: gooses who lay golden eggs eventually wear out, even expire — as do cash cows, they cannot be milked into infinity!
Odd, very odd. Lots seems ‘askew’. Collectively of course, we walked ourselves into a trap of our own making. And a large part of the trap we built was to replace modesty with dollar signs in our minds, and to convert the dollar signs to very large piles of stuff to own.
We headed into this trap a long time ago. I still remember the 2 bedroom, 1 bath, modest but very very pleasant homes of friend’s parents in the early 1960’s. Parents who ran successful retail and construction businesses.
We followed the dream that the next generation would “do better than” the generation it came from. We interpreted that dream to mean “own bigger and better stuff, and more of it.”
Ownership of stuff – very big and very shiny stuff – became our mark of “success as a result of a university education”. As many as could sent children for post-secondary schooling.
We viewed anyone who had big piles of big shiny stuff as “successful” and began to try to imitate them. We began to worship this “success”; we even began to trash-speak sets of the population who either did not follow the same path, had limited access to it, or seemed not to “get it”.
There was a kind of innocence about what we did, at least when we first stepped onto the path. One can look back on it with tenderness of heart. The intent was well-meant.
Then we became enslaved to the way we interpreted our dream.
Then we became downright mean about our right to stay on the path, (common weal be damned.)
In a very bizarre irony, we held significant “power” in our hands/hearts the whole time. The entire culture could not have become so off-kilter if the “grass-roots” had maintained a determination to not be swept into a frenzy of materialistic feeding.
We were the “anchor”, the “foundation” of, the entire culture – the huge population of ordinary people, engaged in ordinary life choices. Whatever we did, the choices we made, the way we thought about “life”, including all human life, and all earthly life, made a difference, and still does. From “the bottom up”, we led the way by our choices.
Back ‘then’, we had other choices but were not fully “awake”. We could have made a point to maintain a little modesty, even kindness of heart, in our economic pursuits. We could have maintained some interest in common weal.
A question arises: Can we shift to some modesty and kindness of heart, in the new direction we are bound to need to go? Have we learned, do we begin to understand, the essential, foundational, value of common weal?
Whom to blame? How much blame should we/they bear? Whom can we string up? Whom can we “forgive?” Who deserves to suffer the most? Who shall become “collateral loss”?
Coming out of this dream is a huge challenge to all of us!
… One wonders what we will do next. If we’ve reached the tipping point, which way will we choose to topple? Into what future?
We still have tremendous “mass movement power”. Our choices matter, carry immeasureable weight — the way we choose to think about “life”, including all human life, and all earthly life, has always made a difference. How we think is how we act. How we act determines the outcome.
… One wonders…
… As always! I do wish you the best! – MaggieAnn