Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Op-Ed Columnist - The Great Unraveling -

When I was 11 years old (I was in 8th grade at the time), I saw very clearly that the US was going to become more socialist and that Russia and China were going to become more capitalist. I was so clear about it that I insisted that I go to a high school where I could learn Russian or Chinese. (This was NOT part of my family conversation -- my parents were very surprised by my request, though when I explained it, they seemed to understand.)

My parents found me a boarding school where I could learn Russian. Funny thing, the first year I took Russian was the year that the Russian grain harvests failed disastrously, and the US first sold wheat to the USSR. I remember boarding a Russian ship, which was loading wheat into its hold from a grain elevator at the port of Albany (NY), as a field trip.

Anyway, here it is, about 40 years later, and it turns out I was right. Obviously Russia went more capitalist in the Gorbachev era, China is doing it now -- and we are nationalizing our banks. (And maybe the auto companies?) Here's Tom Friedman making the point:

Op-Ed Columnist - The Great Unraveling -

1 comment:

Nancy from said...

Hi Hollis,
Nice post. When I was 10, my father (an engineer and Harvard MBA) told me that they had developed a "scrubber" for power generating (and other) smokestacks that would take out the acid forming compounds, mercury, etc..

I was excited, and said so. He explained that they would never be installed because CEO's are responsible, legally required, to get the highest possible return for their stock holders. Therefore, they couldn't do anything that would raise costs without also increasing profits.

I thought that was fixable and explained that government was there to protect the people, so they would require all the power plants to install the scrubbers.

He explained that the government wouldn't do that because that would raise the costs and people would complain.....

You get the picture. TOday, a pregnant woman can't take more than one fish out of the Adirondack State Park, (Millions of acres) because of the mercury.

This was avoidable. We need a new consciousness.

Lao Tzu says, "An integral being knows without going, sees without looking and accomplishes without doing."

Three practices will enable us to change the energy of our lives and move from the lower vibrations to ever higher ones.

A) Practice Acceptance. Surrender to this moment. Attend to the present.

B) Responsibility. Each person will receive a series of problems or tests for strengthening the light within. We must rise to the challenge before we can progress. Transform the undesirable ("bad luck") into its opposite ("good luck")by focusing on the good in it.

C) Defenselessness. When you can relinquish the need to defend your point of view, you will be invincible.

This is my solution.

What's yours?

- Nancy