What’s The Alternative?

Sam WelsbyContributor

Why can’t we do better than this?


London is one of the most multi-culturally integrated cities in the world, where Afro-Caribbean wig shops stand next to Charcuteries and no one bats an eyelid. People watching has become my favourite pastime and while it’s obvious different groups have their own unique qualities, fashions and vernacular, we’re all buying into the same system. Hipsters, Goths, Muslims, Women, Men, Gen XY and Z, Pensioners, Policemen, Feminists, Communists, all classes, all genders, all ages, whatever the arbitrary division, we’re all living within the western ‘free market’ economy. And what’s wrong with that? Most of us are relatively comfortable with roofs over our heads, food in our stomachs and access to clean water. We’re not living in a slum, rubbish dump or refugee camp; we’re basically okay.

The ‘free market’ is viewed by many as the paragon of democracy and fairness with everyone having the same opportunity to get a piece of the never-ending pie. Capitalism, in it’s truest form, rewards good enterprise and punishes flawed enterprise with failure. However, in our current ‘extreme’ capitalist system, which is based on the neo-classical economic model, the poor are paying for the mistakes of the rich and the world’s natural resources are dwindling.  With bank bail outs, fiat currencies, astronomical national debts and a huge disparity between rich and poor, it’s no wonder people are starting to ask questions about the fairness of such a system. Henry Ford has been quoted as saying, “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning” But would there?

The idea that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer is well known. Wage differences between top management and general workers of certain companies is 500:1. We can see that some people are doing exceptionally well within this economic system that supports rampant greed, flagrant irresponsibility and astonishing shortsightedness. Yet the majority of us are allowing this economic model to prevail even though it benefits only a few, gives some of us enough comfort to justify it, while for most it is their worst nightmare. If the 147 companies that dominate the global economic system used their wealth to eradicate poverty, provide a home for every family, fulfilled people’s basic needs and invested money in restoring the environment maybe we could turn a blind eye, but like a toddler who doesn’t want to share they are keeping their wealth to themselves.

But what’s the alternative?

This question is often asked with an air of incredulity. It’s as if we, the comfortably distracted, can’t conceive of a better system than the one we have now. If any one suggests alternatives that could benefit everyone and not ravage the planet’s resources they’re called “naive” and told “It’s not that simple.” But it is simple. It’s not easy but it is simple. To live in a world where some people are Billionaires and others live in slums is inherently wrong. That people will defend their right to accumulate massive amounts of money while others starve is ludicrous. If you won a large amount of money on the lottery and didn’t help a family member who was living in poverty you’d be considered selfish at best, but that sums up the current capitalist model and most of us still defend it. Are we doing so because we think we have a chance of being one of the elite? Or are we just indoctrinated to believe that having “nice things” is more important than helping those who have nothing? I believe it’s the latter. Our apathy and comfort within the status quo means we don’t have to think of radical alternatives.

While watching a particularly saddening display of ignorance by some Fox News employees, I witnessed some all too familiar arguments defending oil companies and “the rich” The main one being that these companies provide jobs to others, but at what cost? Could we not instead decide to take more punitive measures against companies who pollute the earth and pay million dollar bonuses to their board of directors while their workers make minimum wage?  Is it so naive to suggest that agreements like the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, that would allow corporations to sue governments for creating regulations that may diminish their profits even if they break environmental laws, not even be considered let alone enforced? Instead of allowing tax evasion through legal ‘loop holes’ could we not create laws that force these companies to use their profits to create inexpensive, clean energy sources or life enhancing products for all. People would still have jobs, just a different ones. Of course, these major shifts wouldn’t be easy, but they’d be worthwhile. We’d finally start playing the long game rather than continuing down the easy road to destruction.


Evolution of consciousness

In a world where we’re conditioned to believe in the animalistic concept of ‘survival of the fittest” and that having a big house, shiny car and piles of money in the bank makes us better than others, we need to actively evolve our consciousness in order to break through to the other side. If we’re going to liberate ourselves from this unjust system we need to remember our humanity and take another look at the global issues. We have to agree that the system we live in is corrupt and held in place by the rule of law that favours corporations over citizens; admit that our governments have become our rulers rather than our representatives, and that their power is held in place by an ever more violent police force, domestic armies and our compliance. Let’s remember that we live on one planet, no one owns this planet and arbitrary lines on a map, different religions or ways of living should not deceive us into thinking we are different or more deserving than each other It is easy to intellectualise our bigotry when we live in fear of not having enough. But there is enough for everyone’s need, not everyone’s greed.

Raising our consciousness means we focus on our similarities instead of our differences. Our commonalities are the planet, our natural resources, our basic needs and our reliance on each other. We don’t have to all live in the same way or even within the same system, but we do need to adopt some unifying ideas. When we feel kindness, acceptance, compassion, love and connection we are being the best versions of ourselves. When we feel fear, hate, judgement and apathy we are allowing ourselves to be divided and controlled. There isn’t one political party, religious leader, scientist, artist, philosopher or human being that has the answer to the issues we face. It’s up to each of us to educate ourselves so we can bring the light of awareness to everything we read, watch and hear. It’s up to each of us to take responsibility for how we think, feel and act so we can rise above the old paradigm and look at the world with fresh eyes.

About the Author

Sam WelsbySam Welsby is a teacher of conscious evolution, freelance writer, social activist and healer helping people bridge the gap between their physical and spiritual selves. She offers guidance on how to navigate the catalysing energies of change through her articles, personal healing sessions and mentoring programs. Her healing techniques help people to release emotional trauma on multiple levels, so they can live life with clarity and purpose.

Through a practical approach of grounding spirit into physical reality, she teaches people to be their own gurus and supports them in taking inspired action to create the life they want. For information on how you can you can work with Sam, please visit. www.samwelsby.com

She has a BA in Education, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Holistic Counselling a lifetime of study of esoteric information, the nature of consciousness and what it means to be spiritual.

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