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Translating Universal Wisdom into the political debate.

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Building on the theme started by my most recent article, in which I announced that "Poverty will end when we decide it will end, and not one moment before that," I am going to begin a series of articles for the purpose of introducing Universal Wisdom into the political debate.  

I keep wondering when the women will reclaim their power and exercise it.  Ladies, I hope you understand that your most basic instincts are needed in the world right now.  If we consider the family unit as a microcosm, of the Nation, and the government and business community as representative of the parents whose purpose it is to raise the children, we can consider how flawed our priority list has become.  What do you have to do with a newborn?  Provide it with love, touch, food and water, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and education.  Without all of these things, the newborn would be at risk for physical death.

Why, then, do we accept at face value that these things are commodities for sale to only those who can afford them?  There are more than enough resources to make sure that *everyone* is fed and has a warm, dry place to sleep at night.  Yet we continue to allow the business community and government to tell us that this cannot be done.  We continue to fight the poisonous rhetoric which insists that to nationalize healthcare would not be feasable financially.  

I say to you;  we simply must ensure that we begin to provide the basic necessities of life to everyone.  I would venture to say that our allowance of the inequality of wealth in this country, when so many resources exist that could feed and house everyone, is not only criminal, but also the lowest branch of immorality.  

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We are consuming ourselves.

The question of "who" consumes us and/or our energy, if we are at the top of the food chain, means that the answer is ourselves.  All of our systems arose as we crawled out of hunter/gatherer societies into agricultural societies.  Jobs got created in order to give people more time and equipment to grow food.  When that spilled over into technology where we could travel to see each other long-distance and communicate with each other long distance, we took the next step where we began to work just for the sake of the gadgets and advancements, gathering in cities to do this amazing work.

The problem is that we did not stay on course.  We did not ensure that everyone gets fed.  The constant "rat race" feeling of hunger and exhaustion comes from our refusal to ensure that everyone is fed.  Our weakest links are those having to fight or forrage for survival.  Can't you feel it?  Can't you feel the fear and desperation of the hungry in your everyday life?  Don't you think that a level of anxiety, both personal and societal,  could be completely removed from human existence, simply by ensuring that everyone got fed?  

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It is my belief that communities and nations that create societies in which all human needs come first are going to be the ones that survive.  We are not included in that list of communities and nations at this time, but we could be.  What say you? 


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DaveyS is a 5th-generation Texan now living in California, a proud liberal (product of the public education system in North Texas!), and a staunch critic of conservative policies that are destroying our nation.

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