I know it’s cliche, but I’m back. With a vengeance.
You may think I took a lovely 4 month hiatus from my responsibilities as a blogger and that life was a bed of roses. In fact, the real reason for my perceived lack of interest in this blog was due to The Daily Grind. Like most people, I let my day job consume my energies so by the time I came home, having spent anywhere from 9-10 hours a day in front of the computer screen and with clients, I was mentally and physically exhausted.
Don’t get me wrong, I like my job. I do. Honest.
However, I also love writing and during my break from Bloggerdom, I realised that I was really missing the interaction with the blogging community. But there was something else I missed as well. Gandhi once said: Be the change you want to see in the world. I created this blog in the attempt to bring about a much better world. I wanted to make a difference in the only way I knew how: through the use of words. Thus I decided to come out of blogger-retirement.
And of the concerns most frequently plaguing my mind of late, is the demise of our global economic system. Austerity measures in Greece. High unemployment rates in the United States. Australian banks increasing interest rates when they clearly should not have. As I start to unravel the roots of all of these complex problems, I’m getting the feeling that the system we have helped to create has turned into a monster. A true-to-life Frankenstein. A system that spins the wheel of greed, exploitation, social inequality and waste.
Some people declare that this system promotes increased standard of living. I agree to an extent.
But on a broader scale, why aren’t ALL nations living in prosperity and people sharing in the same standard of living? Are the rich selfish and blind with greed, hoarding money and evading taxes? And if so, is the system set up so that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer? And another point, if the scientists are right and there is enough food to eradicate poverty, why hasn’t this happened yet?
I’d like to think that humans are first and foremost humanitarian in practice and altruistic in ideal. But if this is the case, than why have we created world that doesn’t reflect these intentions? So my question is, what needs to be changed and how? And what are you doing to make this world better? Any thoughts you have on the subject are welcome.