Prioritising capitalism

I just read that there is over 700,000 people in Ireland who are in poverty. As a percentage that is close to 16% of the population of Ireland.

It also says for someone to be above the line of poverty they must have a weekly income of €207, Even though the weekly rate for unemployed people is around €186. So what that says is that our own government have put in measures that push people and families into poverty. A government that is still paid handsomely with expenses and other benefits.

I find it upsetting that this is the way, we should not accept this as our fellow citizens, men, women and even children go without food, warmth, clothing and many other things. On the back of a bailout that has cost this country tens of billions of euros.

For something to be worth saving in this country it better be money because we put no value on life.

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3 thoughts on “Prioritising capitalism

  1. Richard Wilkinson in his TED talk How Economic Inequality Harms tells us that when we have a big disparity between rich and poor in any community – everybody suffers – both the rich and the poor. When there are huge income gaps in any community everybody feels the effect in terms of worsening health, shortened lifespan and decreased happiness.

    This means that it is in everybody’s best interest to work towards equality. Now this is challenging for both the rich and the poor. The rich may have to give up their position of apparent superiority and the poor may have to give up being victims. Studies on both the long term poor and observation of the rich would indicate that this isn’t easy for anybody.

    The real answer is a spiritual one. When we can accept our own humanity and relate to others as human and spiritual equals from who we can learn then creating a society in which everybody wins becomes just good sense. Doing this requires a willingness to see past the superficial labels of rich and poor, the shallow symbols of success and class and to be open to learning as spiritual and emotional beings. While the general media and most established social and political institutions do little to promote this – support is available. The 12 step programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous – provide a model of people getting together to grow as individuals on emotional and spiritual levels and doing whatever they can to help other people regardless of class, education, economic status or occupation. When we help someone else we help ourselves. When we commit to growing as a human/spiritual being and we do so in community and in relationship we work to eradicate the cancer of alienation that eats away at the heart of our society.

    1. Firstly I’ve yet to see how the rich as a whole have suffered in the past four years in comparison to the millions of unemployed, homeless and poverty hit families not only around Europe but all over the world.

      In Ireland many people have gained new substantial wealth during the ‘financial crisis’ while Ireland has near half a million people unemployed. 700,000 people live below the poverty line and yet we have paid billions of euros to private bonds? Who really suffered…..? Education, health, people! The necessities needed to build an equal and just society suffered and will continue to suffer.

      The most logical thing would be for people to work towards a better equal society but then the very small percentage of billionaires wouldn’t be billionaires. They would be as well of as the other guy on the other side of the tracks but unfortunately it isn’t that way. I really don’t think the poor enjoy been victims and with the given chance would choose otherwise.

      I believe in the prioritising of peoples welfare before profit.
      I believ that any decision made must be one where the person does not suffer even if that means leaving some rich guy or corporation a few hundred million short on the next payment.

      You have said it in your comment…. Capitalism has failed! Well it never worked to begin with.
      We do need to come together s a collective be it a local, regional, nation or even an international collective to create a better system, a system that favours no one man but all, a system that can create futures not take them away.

      “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” by Maregaret Mead

      1. Dear Jonathan, I hear your pain and your outrage. The system as it exists it not fair. Wilkinson’s point is exactly that. That although some people are definitely better of financially than others – gross discrepancies actually lower the quality of life of everyone. On the level of heart and soul we do not benefit from exploiting our fellow man. Now you might not think that the very rich don’t have hearts and souls and often they appear act in a way that is unattractive, ruthless and even cruel. While these behaviours might build their financial wealth to assume that this adds to their happiness and health would be a mistake.

        Whilever we have a society that values people for externally measurable things – looks, wealthy, status, power – we will all be less well off. The media (even the social media) encourages us to concentrate on material, physical and external values. If we valued people for their soulfulness, their capacity to be part of a community their willingness to share and enrich the lives of others – we might see a great leap in both equality and happiness.

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