THINK: (Global) Reality Check

Take this income calculator that compares your yearly income to the rest of the world.

This is a good (global) reality check. Guilt is not, however, the intended outcome. An increased understanding of our wealth, prosperity, power, privilege, and the like should push us to empathetic, creative, and empowering action. Sitting in guilt for what we have is, finally, it’s own kind of privilege, and it is not life-giving or inspired.


Monday Meditation: On Peace in Belonging

BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF. You are a child of the Universe no less than the trees and the stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  -Cassie Cromwell

Who has God been to me? When have I known that I belong? That I am loved? That I am meant to be here? That the world is full of meaning and beauty? What do those realizations mean for me? How can I respond?

Wednesday’s “What’s Going on in the World?”

With labor day past and the official end to summer creeping up on us, I don’t blame anyone who isn’t all that eager to hear about the evils happening in our world. So, I figured that for this Wednesday after labor day, as a little homage, we could focus on positive labor oriented things happening in our world!

In Saudi Arabia there has been some progress and great support for integrating women into the work force. Especially since about 57 percent of Saudi women have university degrees, but only about 15 percent are in the work force. This article discusses Saudi Arabia’s openness to women seeking work and points toward the question, “Why do we educate our women and then expect them to just sit at home?”

Here is an interesting piece from Aljazeera that talks a little bit about the recent upward trend in migration from Spain to South America directly related to labor and availability of jobs. It’s an interesting view of immigration and labor outside of the United States. People are immigrating and looking for jobs all over the world.

This last article is about Greece’s new longer work week suggestion. The article also speaks briefly about their current economic crisis. It’s an interesting trade for more bailout funds. I am not sure what Americans would think if the work week was expanded in our country to cover our economic crisis. I guess we’ll have to see how the Greeks respond.

These aren’t issues that we usually hear about as pressing international news, however, I thought them important because they do impact many working class people around our world. I hope this helps us feel even just a little more connected to them.

Happy Wednesday!

-Michelle V.