Is this a strange topic for diabetics? Absolutely not! Here’s why.
Robert Jensen, journalism professor at the University of Texas, Austin states the argument succinctly at:
Big-Medicine and Big-Pharma (drug industry cartel) are pre-eminent in maintaining Global Capitalism, at all costs, including human lives and people’s well-being. Other corporate sectors, like Banking, are mightily involved, too. The corporate executives may or may not be privy, but the Boards of Directors have to ‘know the real score’, at least at some level.
Power, money, greed and profit are the way The Game of Life is being played by the most-influential “haves” today, in an even more unprecedented, audacious mode than ever before, especially since the early 1980s.
Why do you think the stock exchange reports appear in every semi-important newspaper throughout the world, and did so long before the Internet? They want instant news to make instant or constantly-calculating decisions which affect ALL of us for months or years to come.
Global Wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands than any other time in world history — the Power of the Powerful is growing and economic subjugation is here (this is the face of Modern Slavery).
What has this corporate Power Game resulted in for most of Humanity (for both the “haves” and “have-nots”)?
___ A polluted and raped planet.
___ Abject poverty for more than half of the world’s population. For example, 500 children in Africa die every hour from preventable causes. Who’s helping? Anyone care? I think the not-politically-organized, “average” person does, but not the already-organized Powerful , who could change this.
___ Production of mostly worthless, cheap, not-needed, impulse-bought “goods” which we must then sell-our-souls to have a thankless, unfullfilling corporate job to pay for — which takes away precious year after year of our lives.
___ The death of Democracy, as We The People are not being listened to or thought about, in the rush to get corporate dollars for re-election and the re-elected official returns the corporate “campaign contribution” investment by access to legislators or with biased legislation and treaties favoring the corporation. Cheap investment on the corporation’s part for such access to power. Push for Campaign Reform! Make your government “accountable” to you!
___ Stress over personal finances which eats up your Health.
___ Poor financial choices spurred by wanting “everything everyone else has” or feeling “entitled” to having it. This results in not buying healthy enough food because cheap food fills our belly and damn the consequences when the rest of the money is going to buy a little, transient “happiness”. Get the picture?
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can reformulate world-wide co-operation into a form of Positive Globalism, rather than what the corporate interest agenda has wreked on all of us. For this plan, we need fair, courageous government AND informed citizenry!
Have you been caught in Negative Globalism’s trap — without thinking about your actions and their consequences — because that’s the way everyone you know lives their lives and ‘gets ahead’?
If every person starts thinking and makes new choices, we can change this world — and make a more equitable, co-operative one instead. Why not try?
___ The first step is to stop accruing debt and put yourself on a strict money-diet to get out of debt. This requires you to prioritize the money you will have left to spend, and I sincerely hope that Health is at or near the top of your list.
If you have your Health, you truly do have everything. With Health, all other parts of your Life are fully possible and actionable. Without Health, you are at-risk in many, many ways.
In an increasingly volatile world, this is a last-ditch effort by the massive base of Humankind to change the direction of our planetary existence. Be part of it.
___ To institute a more Positive Globalism, which respects Local interests and sovereignty, we need every person to think and make new choices. And, like Professor Jensen suggests and shows, have a 5 minute “conversation” ready to be able to open-others’-eyes and hopefully they will act.
___ Stop using your credit cards. Live on what you earn. Oprah has also had many programs showing the deep subjugation that credit card debt brings. In one of her examples, paying minimum balances (like most people do), she showed the debt would never be paid off!
We have been lambs-to-the-slaughter and Banks are not your friend. Why else would there be such paultry returns for savings and massive interest on debt, especially “too-convenient to use” credit card debt? The Banks are “into” Globalism’s Interests big-time.
___ If you expect to have your Government be able to help you, as a diabetic, at any point in your life, be aware that all this fiscal mis-management affects governments, too, as well as their ability to survive. China is America’s biggest creditor. If they call in their loans to us, where do you think we will be? We are being reigned-in by a rogue global power we helped create by imprudent purchase of cheap goods and whose oversight is non-existent. For example (this goes way beyond the “usual” intellectual property piracy issue ) read:
___ Buy locally made goods. Support your nation’s businesses and provide jobs for your own nation’s citizens, first.
___ We also have to take care of our own personal financial security in a savvy way. So, vote with your money-purchases and give them only to worthy businesses who honor the Earth and act in Humanity’s interest. There are such corporations. Learn about them.
___ Also, learn Frugality. Learn Voluntary Simplicity. Join others who have made these choices for quality of Life and for Fairness.
And, when you are out of debt, make sure you use your money in more constructive ways. Think about what those priorities are.
___ Teach your children, at any age, a new paradigm about money; learn from Neale Godfrey, pioneering female banker, who is seen on Oprah and who wrote the seminal book for changing a family’s financial view, “Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees” and “Money Still Doesn’t Grow On Trees: A Parent’s Guide To Raising Financially Responsible Teens and Young Adults”.
___ Also, I sincerely suggest that you stop living Life day to day. You get to be 60, 70, 80, 90 years old and nothing has been done — it’s all been “waiting ’til I can …” “tomorrow …” “I’m too tired; it can wait …”. Begin by planning to start a business of your own, full or part-time. It is imperative to be as financially independent as you can be. Everyone should have a business and put the “extra” away for further growth or for emergencies.
___ Start saving – no matter how “little” you earn. I’ve included the work and websites with the knowledge of the late Wall Street whiz-kid, Joe Dominguez, and his partner Vicki Robin; I have known about their work since the 1980s. They have helped thousands of even impoverished people get self-sufficiency.
Learn more, please, then act, dear reader. I wish you well on your most-important Journey.
Best to all — Em
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