Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bullies of Greed

Lizbeth

All she could do is drop to her knees in tears. Just one more person wanting something from her she didn’t have.

Lizbeth moved into her apartment with her old and dear friend, Sparky-her 16 year Maltese and closest family member. Lizbeth made a promise to the individuals she loved most, her mom and gentle, old dog. She said she would be there until the end for both of them and she was.

She first lost her mom to cancer. It was devastating as, besides one little dog, she was the only individual who Lizbeth had in the world to count on. The only family member who remembered her on holidays, called her on her birthday and made her feel she had value to add just by being alive - Except for the one old dog who remained fiercely loyal until the end.

The end came all too soon for Lizbeth. For her furry friend, it was just her time. Lizbeth figured the little dog hung in just for her because Sparky knew how lonely she was. But her little friend no longer derived joy from life with declining health. They said goodbye one sunny October morning.

New Friend

Lizbeth swore to never get another dog. It was just too hard to say goodbye until, one day, a co-worker came in with a photo of a litter of adorable puppies. Of course, with her broken heart, she longed for a friend. She agreed to “just look”. Does anyone ever just look at puppies? She came home that weekend with Kylie, her knew friend.

Kylie was a Bichon puppy. She required a zillion shots among the myriad of needs puppies have. All very expensive. Lizbeth lived on a counselor's salary, but she couldn’t keep him there without proof of upkeep required by the building. She complied. She also paid the $400.00 non-refundable pet deposit and an additional $40 per month pet fee.

Being a puppy, she had to learn many things like where to go to the bathroom, not to eat shoes and much much more. Her favorite pastime was digging. She dug up all the corners of the carpet in every room.

When Lizbeth’s lease was up. She decided it was best for her to move. The rent was too high given she had to cope with unexpected medical expenses including a surgery.

She informed her management office that her puppy had dug up pieces of the wall-to-wall carpeting. They told her she would need to pay for cleaning and carpet replacing.


Lizbeth had just had an expensive surgery with needed follow-up visits and no one to turn to for help. She was devastated that an additional cost on top all the pet fees was being charged for a carpet that was in only OK shape upon move-in.

A friend in the business told her it cost the apartment corporation only $200.00 per apartment and the expected life of the carpet was two years. She inquired why her pet fees didn’t cover this. Instead of answering her, they accused her of doing the move-out process wrong and threatened to charge her more money on top of the cleaning and carpeting.

She figured she would have to cancel the needed doctor appointments among other sacrifices just to make it through the next couple of months. Perhaps she could move some items herself ahead of time. She knew she shouldn’t while still healing, but she wasn’t given much choice.

Aside from the losses in her life, she was being bullied by corporate greed-a cold impersonal business who could care less of her life struggles and how hard she was trying just to survive.







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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Compassionate View


Kylie

Kylie reached into her bag fumbling after the half-smoked cigarette she tucked away in an empty pack for such an emergency. Foggy with lack of sleep, a cigarette hangover and one too many Mississippi Slammers, she lit it and deeply inhaled. Kylie paused until she could feel the nicotine stave off her withdrawal symptoms. She took another drag trying to forget the guy she slept with after promising herself she would never have another one-night stand. She was glad to be rid of him before the light of day seeped in her bedroom, but the guilt and self-loathing of sharing intimacy with a man who knew nothing about her lingered. Kylie inhaled her final drag, and threw the smoking butt down on the pavement. She opened her car door and prepared herself for the work day ahead.


Individual


In the last paragraph, most critically, Kylie lacked compassion for herself. Her behaviors indicated self-loathing. You can see this in the combination of actions harming her health, her job performance, and even her future. She didn’t care about the man she shared her bed with, nor was she concerned with her environment having extinguished her cigarette on Mother Earth’s face leaving the smoking butt on the ground.  These behaviors may not seem serious and aren’t unique, but they indicate imbalances.

Our relationships with ourselves and each other are out of balance. In order to better align with the principles of self-love, we need to start building foundations of self-respect and compassion as the overriding rules to replace self-loathing and the diminution of others and our planet.

I offer up the view Michael Tellinger has reignited in Ubuntu. It goes roughly like this: How can I be happy if my sister or brother next to me is unhappy? 

In current Western thinking, we are conditioned to be happy when we win. There’s nothing wrong with winning. There’s something wrong, however, when someone else’s sorrow causes us joy; or worse, suffering is desirable as it keeps people off balance and unquestioning. That attitude exceeds what should be considered healthy competition and requires widespread healing. Otherwise, the suffering of others will continue to be privately celebrated by the winners who elevate themselves in power and status based on the unhappiness of others.


Global


Individuals of peace and vision have been promoting compassion throughout the ages. Still, it remains a commodity in short supply. What is compassion and why is it so necessary? Compassion, quite simply, is concern with easing and ending suffering. That definition applies not only to humans, but to all life most especially our living, breathing planet Earth. 

Why it is necessary requires a more detailed response.
 
Compassion is not only necessary, it is critical. Suffering can be seen all around the globe in the forms of emotional or physical anguish. The earth’s air and waters are critically damaged. Natural resources are being mined at an alarming rate. Greed and power mongering has hit an all-time high with wealth resting with 1% of the world’s population while the remainder of the world’s populace is in service to that 1%. War is rampant in the Middle East. Drug Trafficker’s control cities in Central America. Human trafficking is off the charts coming in third as a criminal industry to drug and arms dealing. (http://www.thefuturegroup.org/id20.html)
…And this is just a shocking outline of the problems we’re facing.

Is compassion the answer? Absolutely. It must be an integral part of a holistic response to a world hanging in the balance morally, ethically and spiritually. In fact, it must be a key component in any paradigm shift on a scale unparalleled to date individually and globally.





Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seven Generations


Native Vision

There he sat quietly observing sparks crackling off the campfire. He took a toke of the pipe blend of herbs and tobacco, and paused cupping the pipe in his right hand. His eyes stared beyond the flames into the images and shapes created by their dance. Sachem took a breath as if readying himself for a grand discourse yet still searching the flames for that final glimpse of information found in the skipping lights, broke his gaze, straightened his back and handed the pipe to the next elder.

“The world is at the precipice of necessary decisions and changes. It is no longer a place of wise and thoughtful choices. Our ancestors taught us to consider the previous and future seven generations in each life decision. This is no longer done. Humanity serves itself-its own immediate needs. This has caused great harm to the earth and the minds of her human inhabitants.”

Sachem paused, looked down to the ground beneath him to gather his thoughts. When he looked up, his gaze went to each face surrounding the fiery pit. Those beings of light and compassion were his tribe, his friends, his family. All dear to him.

“You must know,” my friends, “that everything hangs in the balance. Decisions may lead either to the greatest destruction or the most significant paradigm shift witnessed by Mother Earth since human history. The directions where we are headed will affect the quality of life for our children in ways unparalleled. This evening, we have gathered to offer our most powerful prayers to the Great Spirit for a world where the suffering of the earth, her air, waters, four-legged and two-legged inhabitants will not be tolerated. Where greed and power are replaced with compassion and unity. Oh Great Spirit, Greatest of Mysteries, we ask for a vision of a peace stronger than the mighty tide, for a wisdom deeper than the ocean floor and for a compassion to reign higher than the tallest of mountains. Let it be so.”




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