Putting the WE Back in Wealthy
With the global economy behaving the way it is, there’s no doubt in my mind that a new paradigm has to emerge in order for everyday folks to move into a more prosperous financial state of being. The system that exists now helps the big get bigger and the small get smaller.
To me, it looks as if the job market is becoming more and more narrow and that in order for ordinary people to see their incomes rise, there has to be a greater movement towards self-employment. The problem is that many don’t have the skills or personality to succeed as entrepreneurs or solo practitioners.
What has to change is the each-man-for–himself that prevails in our system. Competition from an individual mindset has to be replaced by cooperation with like minded people working together.
There’s a novel by science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon called More Than Human about a group of misfits who couldn’t survive alone in society, but together they formed a strong, viable unit. I read that story many years ago, and it keeps coming to mind as I think of where we have to go in order to prosper. Now that I’ve really gotten into networking on Facebook, a picture of how we can create a network of individuals working together in order to thrive is emerging.
Rugged individualism and extreme competition is on its way to becoming yesterday’s story as people will be forced to find more cooperative ways of building comfortable, sustainable lives.
At the same time, people who now look to others to support them, keep them healthy, and offer them security will have to become more proactive and take responsibility for their own health and well-being. This will require a major but necessary shift in consciousness and behavior for many.
Taking responsibility for one’s own health and well-being, does not mean doing things alone. It requires working with others who have complementary talents and abilities so all can thrive.
Is this idealistic? Perhaps. But I see it as a necessary step in our evolution.
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