In harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious, the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed.
When man interferes with the Tao, the sky becomes filthy, the earth becomes depleted, the equilibrium crumbles, creatures become extinct.
The Master views the parts with compassion, because he understands the whole. His constant practice is humility. He doesn’t glitter like a jewel but lets himself be shaped by the Tao, as rugged and common as stone.
“Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say wealth is distributed unfairly in the United States, and a majority want the federal government to play Robin Hood to fix the problem, according to a poll released Thursday.
Only 33 percent of Americans think the current distribution of wealth in this country is fair, according to the Gallup Poll, while 59 percent say it is not. Fifty-two percent said the United States should redistribute wealth through heavy taxes on the rich, while 45 percent disagreed.”
The wealth is distributed unfairly, but it is concerning that people think the government should fix it. The government has caused this and needs to step aside and let the markets fix it.
Sadly, our education system has done such a lousy job of teaching critical thinking skills that the vast majority don’t understand that the government has been colluding with corporate interests for years, creating this “unfair” distribution of wealth. Just about everyone blames the free market and few want to leave it to the market to change things. Also sadly, many of those championing a free market solution spend most of their time and resources on telling the chronically poor and disenfranchised in our society that the fault is theirs. They are lazy and need to get a job. This is going to win few converts. So what do we need to be about? We need to be complaining about corporate welfare and subsidies and regulations. And it can’t be in generalities. We need to be very specific about how corporate interests are benefiting and how the poor are being hurt. We need to quit victim blaming, which is what conservatives have been doing for decades, and completely change the tone of the conversation to one of compassion. Unless, of course, we want the terrorists to win.