The internet has shrunk the world immensely. It is not uncommon that a teenager in Africa, or Costa Rica, or America will understand the world as much as, or even better than, many adults in the United States or Britain. Especially when it comes to economics.
In the video below you will see a smart and effective 13-year old asking provocative questions that have not been understood or asked by people 3 and 4 times her age—even our political leaders. And it’s about time! — time that everyone started asking such questions and pressing their ‘leaders’ for reasonable answers. There is a simple way to solve these problems, if we are willing, and we have more to say about that below.
Not only does Victoria ask the tough questions but she has given the answers (and such a great presentation without a telepromoter—Obama take note!) She knows her stuff!
So, yes, why do we have an economic system that benefits the 0.1% in such outrageous ways when children are dying by the millions and more than a billion people have no idea where their next meal is going to come from? Why do we have a banking system that is in cahoots with the governments of the world? Why don’t we have a system that works for everyone?
The first simple answer is because ‘they’ have set it up like that. The next simple answer is that our forebears had trusted their government too much and accepted what they said as the truth, largely because there was no other access to information and people innocently accepted what the government said.
But times have changed. People are learning online what the government and bankers are doing and that the problems are systemic in nature and that the entire system must be re-created in ways that serve the people rather than the special interests. Public banking that creates debt-free money is certainly a step in the right direction—if we can go in that direction. If, because the money-powers have used all manners of deceipt, deception, bribery, threats, murder, mayhem and even world-scale war, to achieve what they have achieved. And they are not about to simply walk away from it because a precocious 13-year old asks embarrassing questions.
The more complicated answer to your questions Victoria (and the explanation that we offer in our book and on this website) is karma. In fact the 1% are able to pull off such outrageous and damaging ploys at empire building at the expense of extreme human misery is because we the people have earned such a reaction by participation in activities of tamo-guna—activities that carry a negative karmic balance and we have to pay the piper.
We can pay that karmic bill one of two ways: suffering more at the hands of our ‘leaders’ as in business-as-usual, or by changing the way that we live in this world and acting in goodness (sattva-guna).
There are many who are taking action to live differently, to create ways of living that are inclusive, supportive, and mutually dependent. There are many whom we write about on our blogs that are changing the focus from ‘getting’ to ‘giving’. There are many who are either creating their own local currencies that serve the local community and stay there or giving up currencies altogether living an economy of love. It is beginning on the small and local level, and as more and more people realize the nature and effects of the ‘normal’ debt-money economy they are hopping on board, ditching an anxiety-ridden life about where to get money, turning it around to focus on where and how to give.
Those who decide to change their orientation to life will find great relief and an increasing sense of security. But the dominant culture of getting and taking in order to survive is going to become increasingly more stressful and difficult.
It’s time for change. We no longer live in a world of ignorance. There are plenty of opportunities to realize the actual nature of this world—it’s spiritual dimension—if we will. Moving in that direction is the key to our sustained survival and healing, as a people, as a planet.
The result of tamo-guna is suffering and destruction. It is creating a downward spiral that leads to an abyss of darkness, suffering and destruction. And if you think it’s bad now, just wait. Or don’t wait rather, but do something to change it.
So Victoria, if you want things to go better for your generation please help your friends, your parents and all the other people in your world to understand better how this world functions on a spiritual level. Then Think Spiritually and Act Locally.