Again and again, I find that I learn much from the work of Blair Gelbond. The powerful series of articles he has recently published on the horrific conditions of our prisons and his hopeful stance about the recognition of the Oneness of the universe and all human beings, through meditation, both conclude with the urgent need for us to realize how interconnected we are.
This conclusion spurs me to offer again a piece I prepared for the Rio+20 UN Conference a few years back. The piece is titled "A Declaration of Economic Interdependence."
Recalling my own Invitation to Economists, Physicists, and Ecologists - and Ego-nomists of a few days ago makes me realize that, for us all to succeed, we all ought to work Toward an Integration of Economic, Ecological, and Human Interdependence.
A Working Draft
Fully appreciative of the many blessings of the Declaration of Independence it might now be an appropriate time to draft A DECLARATION OF ECONOMIC INTERDEPENDENCE.
Whereas the Declaration of (Political) Independence has, without open discussion, been transformed into a Declaration of Personal Independence;
Whereas this ideology has given rise to the Age of Entitlements, an age dominated by the conception that there can ever be rights without responsibilities;
Whereas the lack of personal and civic responsibility has generated the conception of Life as One-Against-All
Whereas this emphasis on our own welfare - independent, if not at the expense, of the welfare of our fellow citizens has created economic insecurity for everyone, rich and poor alike,
We affirm that our greatest political need is to build a society in which the reality of Economic Interdependence is fully acknowledged.
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