“If you make a living, if your earn your own money, you’re free, however free anyone can be on this planet.” Theodore White
As the world wide financial crisis continues to grow and protesters get more violent and people get more protective of their entitlements, there is no question that something has to give in order for the world to be put onto a firmer foundation and more stable pathway.
I received the quote above this morning on twitter from a new person I am following. I found the quote to be quite profound and very fitting for what is going on. I certainly am no expert but it is common sense to know we cannot possibly, any of us as individuals or countries, continue handing out entitlements as we have in the past.
Certainly there are many who need a hand out, a hand up, but at some point people have to step up and assume responsibility for themselves. Of course there are some who can’t by virtue of their limited physical or mental capacities but most people who “live on the dole” can manage on their own.
Here is a local example I will cite and perhaps it will help others get creative with their talents and abilities in order to get on their feet. And what that does is release one from the chains that bind them to “the system”. If one depends on “the system” one is bound to be disappointed, but if one is steering one’s own ship, they can go on fabulous voyages!
Locally, we have a charity that is a food pantry at its heart and they get money for the food through donations and through a resale shop that adjoins the pantry. If a family is really down on their luck, has suffered a house fire etc they can go to this place and get bags of things to begin again….all for free. In addition, this charity has started a little restaurant where there are no prices on the menu. The food is simple and homemade. You give what you can and if you walk in flat broke, you can eat for free, no comments made or questions asked. But if you have cash in your wallet, you pay what you think is proper. In spite of nay sayers, this restaurant has prospered and in this very poor community, people are being fed.
Their vision continues to grow. They are now thinking of providing classes on how to grow food, farming, canning and preserving. In other words, they are teaching people how to fish, not simply handing out the fish. As people become more and more self sufficient, they will help others with a hand up by teaching them, sharing the foods they grow and preserve, and passing along knowledge, talent, and worldly goods.
As long as we depend on the government and others for handouts, we are submissive, chained to a system. But if we stand on our own, we are free and in charge of our own lives. I remember that when my husband and I started life out as a couple we determined we would never live beyond what we could afford, we would strive to have enough to share with others, and we would not be dependent on anyone else to feather our nest. It was hard work and took quite a bit of fortitude as we watched others work the system, live a grand lifestyle with huge debt, while we scrimped and saved and lived a modest but comfortable life.
All in all I am now so thankful that we chose that route for now we are fairly secure in the midst of all this collapse. I know we may end up with nothing in the end if this is bad enough but we’ve had nothing before and can work hard to make a living again. I certainly hope that by some miracle the leaders of the world, or the people of the world or both will be able to work together to create a world economy that works for everyone. But that solution will have to include the willingness of people to support themselves more fully, letting go of the entitlement “me first” mentality.
Meanwhile, I will keep my needs simple so as not to incur any debt during these troubling times, I will continue to donate to help others in need, and I will pray that we will all pull together for the good of the whole rather than staying stuck in our individual “but I deserve it” mode. Will you join me? Or will you stay stuck in an old system that is not working and is causing a world wide collapse? Somewhere there is compromise. I hope we can all find that sweet spot……