Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thoughts: We face common threats that transcend national boundaries: overpopulation, energy shortages, water scarcity, economic catastrophe, the spread of uncontrollable diseases, and the technological displacement of people by machines, to name a few.
Eight hundred and fifty two million people across the world are hungry. Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes- one child every five seconds.
World wide more than 1 billion people currently live below the international poverty line, earning less than $1 per day.
A very small percent of the people own most of the world’s wealth and resources. The gap between the rich and poor is widening.
In the US as of 2002, the average CEO made 282 times as much as the average worker.
In 2005 the compensation of CEOs of major U.S. corporations rose 12% to an average of $9.8 million per year. Oil company CEOs did even better with raises that averaged a whopping 109% to $16.6 million per year.
Meanwhile, workers’ salaries barely kept up with inflation in most industries and occupations across the U.S. In Oregon, minimum wage workers saw their pay rise by a modest 2.8% to $15,080 per year.
What has been handed down to us does not seem to be working for the majority of people.
People are the heaviest and sickest of all time. With the advances in science and technology over the last two hundred years, you may be asking: “does it have to be this way?” With the observable fact that scientific knowledge makes our lives better when applied with concern for human welfare and environmental protection, there is no question that science and technology can produce abundance so that no one has to go without. But the misuse and abuse of technology seems to make things worse.
The problems we face in the world today are mostly of our own making. We must accept that our future depends on us. While the values represented by religious leaders over the centuries have inspired many to act in a socially responsible manner, others have gone to war over their differences in religious beliefs. Hopes for divine intervention by mythical characters are delusions that cannot solve the problems of our modern world.
The future of the world is our responsibility and it depends upon decisions we make today. We are our own salvation or damnation.
The shape and solutions of the future rely totally on the collective effort of people working together. We are all an integral part of the web of life. What affects other people and the environment has consequences in our own lives as well.
What is needed is a change in our sense of direction and purpose -- an alternative vision for a sustainable new world civilization unlike any in the past. Although this vision is highly compressed here, it is based on years of study and experimental research.
Read more at The Zeitgeist Movement
Quotes: When you're deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you're enlightened, every word is wisdom. -Zhiqu
What I Ate Today:
Meal 1: A beet, carrot, celery and ginger juice.
Meal 2: Raw Cinnamon Honey Rolls. Created from cinnamon, honey, cayenne pepper, dates, raisins, almonds, flax seed, vanilla, olive oil and walnuts!
Meal 3: Lime Salad with Sesame Chicken. Created with lime, Baby Spinach, Free range organic chicken, honey, fresh rosemary, garlic, olive oil, sesame seeds!
Meal 4: A avocado.
Meal 5: Sweet Potato Pie! Created with walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, oats, agave syrup, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, coconut oil, sweet potatoes, eggs, and avocado!
Meal 6: Some raspberries.
Recipe: The recipe for Raw Cinnamon Honey Rolls, Lime Salad with Sesame Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie is available on The Earth Diet website www.TheEarthDiet.org
Exercise: Lots of walking today :)
Today I was a guest on the TV show "Spirit" hosted by John Michael Sherdon :)
51 days to go!!!