Saturday, September 6, 2014

How to protest greed

“The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives -- the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

What if we develop our industries by creating various kinds of pollution? What if we build up our society by accumulating wealth while millions are hungry and dying, and by taking fame, power, wealth, or sensual pleasure as the aim of our life? What if we consume alcohol, drugs or any other products which bring toxins into our own and the collective (families, society, the earth) body and consciousness? All of them bring much suffering and despair which can be the roots of war.

Capitalism is not working well due to too much greed, attachment and arrogance by highly educated egoists. The expanding gap between rich and poor is the proof. In most cases, rich people mean those who have cheated and exploited poor people and monopolized the wealth. The money of rich people was supposed to have been distributed to the poor people who were exploited from them.  One solution is that we manage to survive in cooperation without borrowing money from the bank or rich people and without buying luxurious goods and services. Then greedy rich people have no means for exploitation and will collapse.

There is a reasonable and non-violent method to change the society and the world for the peace and happiness. The first thing to do is to build a community for compassionate people who cooperate and help each other for survival. The second thing to do is to take back the wealth which were exploited by the approximately 5% of the world population who holds the majority (more than 80%) of the world' wealth. For that, we need to elect the right representatives who can make the correct budget and legislation under the democracy. It must be easy to win the majority by 95% of people. The third thing to do is to cleanse the public administration at both national and local level. We need to stop their corruption and waste.

The first easy step which are concrete and effective methods to protest against the greedy rich people will be as followings.
1. Don't borrow money from the bank or rich people (they are exploiting you through interest without working)
2. Don't deposit your money in the bank for investment except for an ordinary account (they are using your money for speculations or money games)
3. Don't buy luxurious goods and services, including financial instruments like money market fund. (Many starving people will be saved if you don't buy them. Those money are used for speculations and market manipulations)