I’m a visionary type, idealistic. I glaze over details in politics, and take in the gist of what’s going on. I read historical books and essays to understand the back bone of the system. After years of reading all the papers, The Financial Times, The New York Times, and papers from around the world, I gave up trying to remember minutiae, because I discovered that my mind processes things abstractly. I tune into news reports and periodicals here and there but I don’t think it’s necessary to do so every day. It becomes a bombardment. News organizations are generating business for themselves and sometimes it’s all too obvious. When there’s a crisis I tune in more regularly. But I might have stopped paying attention because a lot of politics is a game that I just don’t compute because I don’t have any quile.
I see how someone might think that what I wrote yesterday about the market system was simplistic, idealistic and naïve. Generally, the message I wanted to convey is that there’s a connection between injustices and the way that the market works, and that if you’re indignant because these injustices keep happening, maybe you should look more closely at that connection.
While I didn’t mean to say necessarily that we should be a tribal world community, I do think that there are some great opportunities to come up with a better global market system now that the world is smaller.
I don’t think there’s any wrong or right way to look at the world, because it’s really all just a process. I just wanted to share ideas that people would think about.
I’m sure that environmentalists and naturalists might have considered that their ways for harvesting food and having community stem back to people in small tribes from around the world. I’ve seen adages and proverbs from these tribes on walls of some of our institutions, such as the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Wisdom from these societies is in our faces but we’re not getting it.
I cried after Hurricane Sandy thinking of climate change and what we’ve been complicit in doing to the environment, because it occurred to me that there were tribes and indigenous people who thought of the planet as a living thing to be respected. I want people to realize that these people who have been dismissed as barbaric and primitive may have a lot to teach us.
I’d love for us to experience a heightened consciousness that helps us to see the connection that we all have to each other. When you trample over some of us, or dismiss us as insignificant or as a drain, in the long run we’re only hurting ourselves.
I can understand that there’s a philosophy of living that is hedonistic or dog eat dog at the root. Just don’t complain about crime, crooked politicians or wonder why you’re all depressed. There are other social maladies that can be attached to this type of an existence. Call me goofy, but I think this is just the price we pay for ‘living well’ in a material world.