Happy Thanksgiving 2018 from Beanstock’s World

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As Thanksgiving is coming up and many of us hopefully manage to team up with family or friends, awkward tensions over political issues may arise. Therefore, today I share articles, mini-pieces, and videos to prepare you well.

On Thanksgiving we meet to celebrate our communal connections, our sense of belonging, the things we either have or hope to have some day, or a famous past that we profit from in the present — such as past inventions, medical developments, economic and political developments… uh, oh… maybe not the latter… It may be worth to take a look at a path towards a Good Life for All or at issues that cause tension in our families or circles of friends, and a possible way to resolve them constructively.

For this purpose, I today share links to:

  1. prior Thanksgiving posts worth revisiting and
  2. some videos that may help in overcoming tensions with our fellow celebrants

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We Need a Considerate Compassionate Culture

All day, every day, I meet people with virtual blinders on. Last week, in order to help out desperate family members against government reprisals (the details are private) I accepted a menial job in a sweatshop for which I am totally overqualified in terms of education and professional experience but physically underqualified due to bad health. The task is to de-staple, de-eyelet, de-booklet thousands of paper sheets each day to make them scannable. The papers are banking files. It’s unbelievable how many inches of papers are put together for a single person’s single credit by bank clerks many of whom also plaster them with countless staples, metal eyelets, and so forth only for other people to get paid a minimum wage to remove all those troublesome metal pieces again prior to digital scanning. The hand-breaking job reminds me of the movie scene of two guys digging and tossing the dirt into each other’s holes. This dumb job is quite symbolic of the socio-economic system of today in which we modern humans waste away our lifetimes.

One of my colleagues told a local bank branch director that his workers place way too many staples and such on their paperwork requiring a lot of work to remove them again. The director’s only response was laughter. Rather than musing about instructing his clerks not to waste so much time and metal that only raises the banks’ costs for scan preparation he just laughed.   Continue reading “We Need a Considerate Compassionate Culture”

Sharing to Survive vs Robbing to Get Rich

When our ancestors had to make due with barely any technology and infrastructure, cooperation and sharing allowed our species to survive. A dangerous lion or cave bear or nutritious mammoth could only be killed by a cooperative group of men armed with mere spears. A day’s lucky hunter couldn’t eat all of his boar’s meet or put it in a freezer, so he shared it around. The next day when he came back empty-handed others would share their quarry with him. A sick member of the tribe was cared for rather than fired from his or her job and denied health coverage, in order to preserve the community marked by interdependence. Decrepit elder tribe members were fed and cared for with no demand for pay; and when a great drought threatened the tribe’s survival, the eldest member of the tribe could tell his younger fellows about a remote spring that had rescued the tribe from a similar drought in his childhood.   Continue reading “Sharing to Survive vs Robbing to Get Rich”

DACA-Repeal: Punish the Children

People who have been isolated from immigration issues tend to think everything is so simple. They never wonder: How real or artificial are our borders? What is our responsibility in what happens in places like Mexico, like when OUR politician’s NAFTA agreement and OUR agricultural subsidies to large farming corporations in combination with the eliminated import protections from NAFTA destroy the family farms of countless Mexicans, so they are forced to flee north across the border to pick our melons for starvation waves for sheer survival? Or: Can an 18-month-old baby really break the law?

Therefore I am sharing a video I shared before, over a year ago, as a reminder:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Sueño Part 1: Meet Marisol”)

That’s the problem with demagoguery. A lot of people in a country suffer and want change. Along comes a demagogue who hides the true causes and solutions for their problems behind scapegoating a group of even weaker people who cannot defend themselves against these false accusations because they are at the very bottom of the economic and political hierarchy or a too-small minority.  Continue reading “DACA-Repeal: Punish the Children”