August 8, 2011 @ 1:35 am by sean
Ok, Jesus, I see what you’re getting at. But do those lilies and ravens have tens of thousands of dollars of self-inflicted student loan debt upon graduating college just before a recession? And headed for a second, possibly worse, recession? And did they maintain that debt in a system that won’t allow them to claim it in bankruptcy – meaning they have that debt until they whither or fall from the sky, and even then pass it on to their offspring? Do those lilies and ravens exist in an environment where other birds and flowers make debt deals that cut funds to educate and job-train other flowers and birds; health research to keep them alive; physical infrastructure to maintain their built environment; environmental and consumer protection to protect them from greedy wealthy corporate plutocracy; child care and nutrition to help those in resource-starved situations; while adding no taxes to the wealthy or revenue sources, extending tax cuts to big business and big polluters, and making no cuts to the biggest spender – the defense budget? And do those lilies and ravens exist in a place where those who made those decisions were and will be increasingly elected by those with the most ? And those most likely elected by the corporate/wealthy-interest are those who created the debt problem in the first place?
On the surface of it all, it’s exciting. Finally (if it all goes as bad as possible), this over-consumerized, non-sustainable, resource-destroying, indebted world is headed for a big re-calibration. We can get back to the things that matter when this credit based global economy crumbles. Local economies; small communities; living off and enriching the land instead of depleting it; emphasis on collectivist interests instead of money interests; real personal responsibility and love for one’s neighbor in place of social and corporate welfare; etc; etc.; It’ll be hard, of course, because it will be real physical work. But at least we’ll also have a real sense of work, and community, and what our work is worth. No more investing, no more making money off shuffling around money. But making things of real value. Producing our own goods. Growing our own food. Providing services we actually need. It will look nothing like what we have, but what we have isn’t real. It’s a reality purchased on credit. It’s unsustainable, and vain. Yes, it will be a plutocracy, even more so than it is now. Those who have wealth and resources now will only survive by the subjugation and depletion of the rest of our resources – at least it’ll be obvious they are largely at the wheel guiding us directly into our mess. But for those of us willing to return to a more wholesome, loving-God-with-all-our-heart-soul-and-mind-and-loving-thy-neighbor-as-ourselves, work oriented, community kind of way, that largely won’t have to matter. Finally, the world I want to exist in, the one that reflects my values and what I care about, is possible by the downfall of big government and big finance.
I’ll be in debtors prison as soon as they find me working the fields in our commune in the woods.