A few days ago, I happened across links to a political test. I took the test with results that put me into a quadrant (on the left) which was inhabited by the likes of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. I’m not sure what that means for me.
Deep down, I believe that most of us seek sustainable abundance. We want to experience the best life has to offer, and maintain a beautiful world. We also know it’s easy to have ideals, it’s much more difficult to live them.
It turns out that in the political test I took, Obama’s and Clinton’s policies were in the same quadrant shared by Mitt Romney and many conservative political thinkers and so-called liberals. In a lot of ways, America expects its leaders to be authoritative, conservative of the status quo, and frankly secretive. Perhaps, it’s not surprising that the Obama administration ended up employing drones, bailing out big business, engaging in secret wire tapping, and increased oil drilling in America. We expect a certain kind of abundance in America, and our way of making it sustainable has often come through independent brute force and an emphasis on military might.
The kind of sustainable abundance I seek is open, just, good for our environment, and cooperative. It seems to me that Mandela learned something about creating sustainable abundance in his lifetime. South Africa was able to flourish when he was President because he understood that we all must win and compromise for new ways of living to emerge.
It seems to me that the Democrats were trying to create a sustainable healthcare system, and were to afraid to seek abundance for the poorest Americans. I do think the affordable care act helped many people, including me because of a pre-existing condition that I have. I found healthcare.gov to be very disappointing to work with, and limiting. My biggest complaint about Obamacare is that it is based on cultural ideas that income should dictate who receives the most abundance. In this case, the government will supply millions of people with far from adequate healthcare coverage with Medicaid. I’d like to see excellent health care options for free for everyone because I think that would help businesses as well as individuals. We need to find a way to make universal healthcare sustainable, rather than expanding sustainable poverty as the current system does.
Sustainable abundance is something I’ll be writing about in 2014 because it’s not only desirable, but it’s also possible and needed.
Do you think everyone deserves to experience sustainable abundance or just those that deserve it?