I was pondering what to write today. I have been busy as ‘hell’ at work and my thoughts our focussed on my current round of negotiation. It’s a tough go, trying to protect working people and their families from employers who seem bent on taking benefits away and stalling wage growth in these supposed, tough economic times. I say supposed economic times because we all know since around 2008 we have seen our economies constantly stalling and fluttering along. Real people with real families becoming the casualties of this particular war while the upper class of society continue to reap huge profits and increased income. Yet, when employers and the right constantly tell us we need to take greater austerity measures and face cuts that hurt real people, the 99%, its hard to accept that it is really necessary. Most, if not all the 1% support these cuts to public services and benefits and why? Well, not withstanding the fact they can actually afford the services on their own and as these cuts result in more reliance on private services, their wealth increases. The social inequality needs to end. While the middle class continues to get banged around and attacked, the 1% continue to see wages increase. That my friends is wrong.
I find it even more interesting when we look at one of the areas we often see fall victim to these austerity cuts, that being Education. Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Looking at that very thought, it’s no wonder the right so desperately want to stop the Occupy Movement. They also wanted to stop the civil rights movement…..
I leave you tonight with the following little story I found while surfing the net:
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, ‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’ The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.’
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.’ ‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.’