Anodea Judith, PhD., founder of Sacred Centers, has spent 35 years combining Eastern and Western disciplines for healing and personal growth. She is the author of many books on the chakras, and produced the award winning video, The Illuminated Chakras. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, a Doctorate in Mind-Body Health, 500 hour yoga certification and additional training in bio-energetics, trauma recovery, hypnotherapy, shamanism, and many other healing modalities.
It's so easy to identify with the 99% Occupy movementthat
has now reached 600 communities in the U.S. and 82 countries worldwide.
Certainly, the financial difference between the elite rich and the rest
of us is off-the-charts bigger than it's ever been in recent history
and shows little sign of slowing down. Economist Paul Krugman
writes that the number is really more like .1%, making this gross
inequality even more mind-boggling. If even a portion of this difference
were redistributed to those in need, it would be an enormous benefit
across a wide spectrum of the population.
are the elite 1% the only ones unwilling to give up their advantage to
better others less fortunate (or less ruthless)? Just as
Obama's lack of audacity may represent the way many of us exhibit our
own wishy washy complacency, I find it useful to see how the major
archetypes in the news reflect something in the general public. Let's be
conscious as we hurl that first stone.
Image borrowed from thefreemanonline.org
you are reading this Blog on a computer, you are in the 1% from
somebody's perspective, just on a different scale. You have a roof over
your head, electricity, probably food in your belly, and a place to
sleep. You may even have some disposable income, even if it's a meager pittance compared to Wall Street insiders.
how willing are you to relinquish some of your cash to the beggar on
the street, to organizations like Oxfam or Women's Earth Alliance or
Amnesty International, or any of the other thousands of organizations set up to address social inequalities? Is it worth passing up that cute little necklace or foregoing a few soy lattes?
recently considered buying myself the new iPhone 4 for a mere $200,
even though I already have an old 3G model. Then I heard a chilling
description from Mike Daisey's monologue aired on NPR. It's about Apple technology and Foxconn,
the plant where they make all those nifty life-changing products we
love so much. Foxconn is a plant in China the size of a city -- 430,000
people. Many of the workers he interviewed are age 12-16, crammed
together like sardines, doing meaningless repetitive work for 12- to
16-hour shifts. Their hands get crippled by their work before they reach
adulthood and they have to put nets on the buildings because there are
so many suicides. Terry Gou, chairman of Foxxconn, refers to them as "animals."
Image borrowed from businessinsider.com
not sure what to do about this problem, but it's keeping me awake at
night. I love my Apple products the way Wall Streeters love their bonus
checks. Daisey's monologue has produced a flurry of letters to Apple,
and apparently they have their own rebuttal
about attempts to change the situation.But we know this is happening,
not just in China, but all over the world, where slave labor brings us
cheap products that we in the first world get to enjoy.
I am tempted to complain about my life, or vilify the 1% that are
soaking up the general circulation of funds like a blood clot soaks up
blood, I have to remember that whenever I point a finger outward, three
fingers point back at me.