It’s not much consolation I know but the poverty situation is as bad here in the UK as it is in America. Working people living below the poverty line, homeless, food kitchens working flat out. The fact is that essential services critical to life are now the most expensive payments that we make as individuals, and there is nothing more infuriating when you here on the news that so-and-so energy company made £45billion profit last year. Or, in late September, you get a letter from the energy company saying, “…we kept our promise and didn’t increase prices for 1 year, but now that year is up and your bill will increase by 15%”! And just before Winter too!
The entire social paradigm needs to change.
Free shelter, free food, and free clothing are the birthright of every human being and this should be our long-term goal. The native Americans, and other continents natural inhabitants, such as the Australian Aborigines do not have any concept of “ownership”, they are fully conscious of their dependency on nature and harmonised with it as custodians of the land.
We are so entrenched in a society that has lost empathy for each other that there often seems no way out.
But there is.
By returning to a local economy, communities that are self supporting, local farms serving local people, exchange systems where for example, “I’ll fix your car if you babysit my kids”, we can realise again the true nature of individuals living meaningful lives unencumbered by intolerable financial demands served up by the wealthy. A community system that isn’t entirely dependent upon money becomes a safe and sustainable home, There is an expression in societies that embrace this lifestyle that says, “the village looks after the children”. A society within which education thrives and is not limited to academic study but life studies also. Growing food, seasons, climate and environmental biodiversity are all critical to a holistic learning process, giving our children the best possible set of tools by which they can have increased choices in tomorrows world.
Local governments should be encouraging the use of renewable energy systems, providing grants and bursaries for solar and turbine installations on individual homes. Freeing people from soaring energy costs, reducing demand for oil and fossil fuels. We got hopelessly lost in a precarious world of credit, advertising and a throw-away ethos. The notion that we can have more than what we need, whenever we want it. But there is a heavy price to pay for such an unsustainable lifestyle and it’s time for a change.