It takes an evolved individual to recognise that the only response that will solve this economic crisis is to give money away. The reasoning is simple; if you do not reinvest into the roots of society then its flower will surely whither.
There are any number of phrases and sayings that reinforce this, but a purely economic reasoning that underpins this is; if less money comes down from the top of the wealth pyramid than goes up, then there is going to be a ‘cash flow” problem.
The people at the bottom can’t create wealth or employment unless they are given something to work with, and if the governments print money it disappears in overhead, loan repayments and spiralling inflation, filtering upwards into the ‘safe’ commodity markets. Nature hates imbalance in all things and will always seek to achieve an equilibrium, the greater the imbalance, the bigger the impetus is to push back, which is why nonprofit organisations are the fastest growing sector in business today.
There is recognition here that there is significant pressure on decision makers in the private sector to provide substantial returns for their investors and this necessarily leads to questionable decisions being made. Banks who repackage high risk loans, energy companies who falsify oil reserves or cut corners with safety, food and drink manufacturers who bulk with addictive and harmful chemicals, you name it. The irony is that this does not necessarily represent greed as many of the share holders are pension funds trying to provide security for the old at the cost of a future for the young.
Nonprofits are free of these pressures, because of donations and accounting rules all transactions are transparent. Salaries are open to scrutiny and bonuses non excitant. Other businesses find that they prefer to deal with the nonprofit organisation as there are no hidden agendas a trust reputation relationship is easier to establish; equally there may even be the possibility of positive PR!
The lesson of the Chinese monkey trap is clear; the monkey is trapped by his desire to acquire the fruit and his inability to let go of it when it is in his grasp. It takes a lot of courage to trust and let go, by some it is called “a leap of faith”.
“Be the change you want to see“
– Mohandas Mahatma Ghandi
March 9, 2012 | Categories: charity, communication, current affairs, economy, environment, financial, legal, lifestyle, nature, news, non profit, Politics, religion, Social Issues, social media, Uncategorized | Tags: charity, crisis, economy, giving, politics | Leave a comment
The writer was Douglas Adams who presented his observations through comedy.
“An S.E.P or ‘Somebody Else’s Problem field’ is a cheap, easy, and staggeringly useful way of safely protecting something from unwanted eyes. … Any object around which an S.E.P is applied will cease to be noticed because any problems one may have understanding it (and therefore accepting its existence) become Somebody Else’s. An object becomes not so much invisible as unnoticed.”
What he was referring to was complacency combined with a reluctance to accept responsibility. Whether we like it or not, we are all totally interconnected in a society, and therefore must share responsibility for its shape and behaviour as a whole
Why step over a piece of litter “tutting” at the individual that dropped it? Are you now not responsible for having seen it but not picking it up and disposing of it? Of course, it is much easier for us to pretend not to have seen it at all because it is somebody else’s problem.
How many times have we passed a beggar or someone collecting for charity on the streets and averted our eyes? By not looking or acknowledging it existed, we made it somebody else’s problem.
How many times have we all watched politicians announce disastrous decisions or policies on the news or in the media and not picked up a pen or emailed our representatives?
Or seeing youths misbehaving in the community said “I blame it on…”, “the teachers”, “the parents” or “the government”? Through blame we make it somebody else’s problem when perhaps the answer could have been to be more supportive of the local school or charities that deal with broken or disadvantaged families.
How many people do not vote because they feel that their vote doesn’t count? In the UK, it is more than all the votes that are cast; if that number of people all voted the same way the party that received those votes would have a landslide victory.
People are so used to be told what to do by politicians and bosses that don’t listen or hear them, that they have lost their voices. Sadly, in doing so, they have given away the only true freedom that they have
That child that died from neglect, that young man who committed suicide because he felt unsupported or alone, could have grown up to be the surgeon, paramedic or blood donor destined to save your life…
I dedicate this article to the memory of Douglas Adams, a great man who, like so many clowns and comedians before him, felt that society had become a cold and cruel machine and used comedy to survive it.
Growing up in Cornwall, we were taught be our elders “Be more aware, I should not have to ask”.
This is a fundamental principle that my organisation is promoting. We believe people are more likely to engage in the process when they are actively engaged in helping in something that ‘speaks’ to them on a personal level.
If we are to escape to fate of global economic collapse then people of every social strata need to accept that they have to help in the task of nurturing the roots of society: “If the roots remain untreated then the flower will surely whither”.
Either the problems that beset our world are everybody’s responsibility or it is nobody’s responsibility. It is now no longer sufficient to say that something is “Somebody else’s problem”, because very quickly it becomes nobody’s problem at all..
Perhaps it is now time for every individual to ask, “How can I make a difference?”, instead of taking the opposite view that “One person can’t make a difference”.
After all, how many people would it actually take to improve this world or even a small part of it?
There is an old challenge that springs to mind “Is there such a thing as a selfless act?”, perhaps the best way to find out is by trying to perform one.
A worthy challenge for anyone, anywhere and at any time.
Will you have any?