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--by Mark Finser (May 04, 2009)


In these difficult times, my great hope is that we can move to a culture that balances our needs and wants with our actions and insights. 

Insights come from our capacity to think in ways that are creative and relevant to the present time; needs and wants come from our feelings and desires; actions and deeds in the world come out of our will.  These three soul forces in every human being -- thinking, feeling and willing -- need to come back into balance.  Each of these soul forces and qualities is reflected in society at large as well.

So we cannot just focus on the economy.  The economy is but one leg of a three legged stool.  Culture and human rights are the other two.  We need to focus our creative capacity on developing a culture that has an emphasis on education, the arts and our connection with spirit.  This needs to be in tandem with a society where fundamental human rights are honored and differences are celebrated.

Each of us has different abilities and gifts.  However, when it comes to feeling, we need to recognize that this makes us equal; we are all the same when it comes to our basic human needs and emotions.  Keeping this perspective in mind, we can effect great change in ourselves and in our world.  We can truly take up our role as fellow citizens and reconnect with our local and regional communities with fresh ideas and action plans.

Clearly, we have become disconnected from the soul force of "feeling".  How can it be that some executives believe that their contributions to society deserve compensation 400 times or more than that of their lowest paid employees?  When the company cannot contribute to retirement or health care for its employees, how can this be perceived as progress?  Times like this provide an opportunity for all of us to be re-educated.  We need to "educate" our conscience as well.  Imagine if we took the time to really listen to our conscience.  What would an education of conscience look like?

--Mark Finser, in RSF Social Finance's Annual Report


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On Aug 14, 2010 Mary Grace Chavez wrote:

True, in order to enjoy life to the fullest, we have to focus on different aspects of our life, not just on our financial needs, but most important on our spiritual, social and emotional needs, and everything that's best that life can offer will follow... We can't change the whole world in a snap of our fingers but we can start changing and rearranging our life for our own good and for the good of others, a little thing done to make someone happy will make a big difference and a big good change for humanity.



On May 8, 2009 lolss wrote:

A Reflective Outcome,

Who is To Blame For are silly mistakes ? Well No one knows, All People make them But Sertain People Get Blamed Becuse Of There looks. Dont look At People in That Way look At there True personality. How Would You Feel Being Took For Blame? Just look deeper in People, Find there true Selves Then Ylou Find Out That Everyoune Is indevidualy themselves

 

Just remember no one is perfect x



On May 5, 2009 theuptownlife wrote:

What a good article for reflection.

I agree with Patrick, we are to blame no one but ourselves. Employment since years back has not been known to benefit the lowest position in the company. Even during a setback, directors and CEOs has their fair share of bonus, while others get pay cut and sometimes get laid off.

I think the question is: Are you ready to face the reality which is the marketplace?

If you think you can be valuable, go where they pay you what you're worth. People often opt for security and they compromise on their growth as an individual.

If you would have read this article, take some time to reflect on Jim Rohn's audio tape. I'm sure you'll find something within. :)



On May 4, 2009 Patrick N. Paternott wrote:

So very true.......prior to the outcome we have because of greed, I could not understand why the people who made a daily difference to people's live, e.g. the Teaches, Nurse, Policeman/Policewoman, Checkout Person, The Mail Person, The Garbage Man, you name it was paid less in the execution of their duties, whereas, CEO's, Recording Artists (some), Sports Persons (some) Actors (some) demand and get more......I guess we are to blame for accepting and tolerating this.......Yes, it is time we get a balance of life.....I remember reading a car sticker which read "Live Simply, So The Others May Simply Live"....How true.  Thank you for this opportunity of expressing my views.  Keep well, Patrick