Blog action day:Poverty

Today is blog action day and the cause is Poverty.  At first, all I could think of to write about poverty is that I am against it. Yup! Lets stop it. I don’t have any statistics or local/ personal stories to offer on the subject. Besides why use my blog to pass on numbers that any of you can Google…

Since, this is too important a topic to not write about, I will offer a thought I have been pondering lately. Which is No man is an island. Duh, right?

Well, it clearly isn’t common sense.  We all know people who are only about getting ahead and taking care of number one. Their motto is  You gets yours and I will get mine. Unfortunately, that seems to be the American motto too. Never mind that some are born with advantages and others like kids born into poverty have little chance of getting theirs ( even if they work harder than most).

But it isn’t just about what is fair. It is about what is healthy for a society. The bigger the wealth gap between the rich and the poor, the more problems a society has…

With our economy in crisis, I hope that this will be a wake up call to us all. With more of the lower middle class falling into poverty, when we close institutions that support the poor, with people losing their jobs and homes, how could we be surprised when the problems of main street hit wall street?

Now, I barely passed economics in high school. But common sense tells me that if people are too poor to buy things from the wealthy that *the haves* will become * have nots*.  Still, we keep acting like a man is an island. We gave more to those that have plenty while ignoring the ones with real needs. It’s like fixing a good roof when the foundation is crumbling.

Now, I am not even touching on how helping people around the world is a good thing. We have seen lately how interconnected the global economy is ( hence the word global). If we can’t buy from you than you can’t buy from them then we all end up suffering. Not to mention the good press of being a generous person or country. Don’t believe good press matters then look at Chinese government. They are making money ( enough to loan America) at the cost of human rights and with no concern to their poor. Now, even the most * I want what I want for cheap* people are  avoiding buying products made in China. Sure they got the Olympics and they are heading for super power hood. But any country with a divide between the poor and wealth like theirs is doom for future chaos.

Before I go on too many tangents…

Help end world hunger

Point of this rant is that helping others will help you in the long run. So be selfish and give a damn!

Blog Action Day: Save the Earth

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Today is Blog Action Day, ( which I only found out an hour ago) a day where Bloggers are dedicating their time to promote environmental issues.

For Pagans and people who follow an Earth-based Spirituality, environmental issues hold a special place in our hearts. It is the aspect that I admire most about my path. We have such a unique connection, love, respect and compassion for the Earth. So many religions and faiths are often unbalanced in their concern for How to get to the Afterlife. They approach the Earth, nature and earthly matters with indifference or worse label such elements as unimportant or sinful. Pagans on the other hand see the spirit— the ‘holiness’ of the Earth, its trees, its plants, its creatures, its soil. To Pagans we are not the rulers of the Earth, we are its sons and daughters. In fact, we are the Earth and the Earth is us. We are grateful for our Mother Earth who gives us all that we can desire: food, shelter, beauty and even purpose. As the Earth’s creatures it is our purpose to be the Earth’s consciousness, it’s heart, it’s soul and its protector. It’s not a matter of should we be her protectors, We need to be because as Alan watts so elegantly stated, ” We do not “come into” into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Can leaves be healthy on a sick tree? Are there waves without its Ocean… are the waves at all separate from their waters? We are the waves, the oceans, the trees, the winds. And all the wonders of the nature dwell in us. Be grateful for our mother—Be Kind and gentle with her.