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Capitalism, Steve Jobs, and Faust

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The Faustian tragedy is not a tragedy of the individual, Steve Jobs, (except in so far as he may have wrestled with the bargain he struck to climb to success). In a deeply irremediable way, such bargains are ‘inevitable’ under current dominant economic systems. The Faustian tragedy is a tragedy of humanity itself – we collectively have accepted a bargain promising “success” as delivered through fierce competition; “benevolent cooperation be damned” Continue reading

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May Day: a new global movement « 21stcenturymanifesto (Response)

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What I especially value in Sutton’s piece is that he reminds us of the universal nature of a general ‘uprising’. It is world-wide. He briefly notes many ‘movements’ of current time. I would add Iceland and Asia. From my perspective, this is not only ‘political’. The rising is, as American founders said: “unalienable” – inborn and inevitable….We (all humanity) do have this time, this 21st Century, to “pull together” thousands of years of experience and contemplation – and to – finally! – “get our ‘head/heart’ act together! Continue reading

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Response to: Who’s in hell? Pastor’s Book Sparks Eternal Debate

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My post doesn’t “engage the debate”, but offers a personal, blog-related, response for the debate’s value. Readers are encouraged to go to the link and read the article. Much that Breen includes can, (and should, in the name of critical thinking), lead concerned readers to take-on the questions raised. Continue reading

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Wisdom Asks: Why Not Peace?

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Willie Dixon performs: “It Don’t Make Sense If You Can’t Make Peace”… gives voice to what many children ask of the adult world – sometimes in a worried whisper: “Why can’t this be?” Continue reading

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Market Response to Disaster Understandable But …

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I wonder if we can design economic structures that foster equitable distribution of essential resources and services in such a way that we outgrow concern for fortunes lost or gained in times of anguish….I wonder if we have that much confidence, to trust in, to follow the lead of, our deeper compassionate natures…just asking … just wondering (about the 21st Century)… Continue reading

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Work Longer – Consume More; Your Duty and Purpose

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…to glimpse the future we’re setting up for the grandchildren. It is, after all, “entrepreneurial” to scramble about trash heaps in search of scraps to sell, pull rickshaws, and live in shantys – without access to clean water, quality food, affordable health care, affordable education, and so on. (Alternatively, we can look back to Charles Dickens – … Continue reading

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Lions and Lambs – A Call to ‘Extreme’ Idealism

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Wandering off a bright pathway, lighted by a shining goal of human promise holding itself as future, is common human behavior … Our wandering off-path does not diminish the light …Dr. Martin Luther King …Vietnam War Speech. Continue reading

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The Last Potato – Thought Experiment: Humanity’s Calling.

The path that might lead us to greater security, of more lasting endurance, perhaps to where potatoes can be grown in some abundance. Such a path is an untried path. Continue reading

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Questioning “Being Cool” is Decidedly “Un-Cool” – Effect on Economic Policy

“Economic” belief, attitude, and policy drives and reflects “who we want to be” in human endeavor. None ..has ‘no’ effect; everyone participates …If…we cannot “tame the wild ox”, then I do not think “improvements in economic theory and practice” will be deep enough to prevent disaster on a very large scale. Continue reading

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High Profile Gatherings on Behalf of Human Cause, Pizazz on Behalf of Nitty-Gritty, Is There An Alternative?

From the periphery, I have watched a lot of people approach “making life meaningful”. I have observed enough to outright reject the mantra “it’s all about choice”. Continue reading

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