The S&P 500® (Standard & Poors) has been widely regarded as the best single gauge of the large cap U.S. equities market since the index was first published in 1957. …
We attended the “Church down the Street” this past Sunday and one of the leaders made a comment that “What we should really be concerned about is the Spiritual Poverty Index, not the nation’s credit rating or the stock market. ” Very clever, we thought.
On Saturday, we had the opportunity to listen to part of an interview with Patch Adams. The statements that stood out to me the most were about market capitalism being the evil that has ruined this country. The idea of the nuclear family, everyone owning a home, putting elderly parents in nursing homes, pushing our kids out of the house to make it on their own, was the driving force that has led to each individual household working harder for more stuff and more independence. In the end everyone is just working harder and suffering from a variety of stress related illnesses.
What do these two ideas have in common? Are we poorer today than we would have been if we had lived in tribes, caring for each other, bonding as a community, sharing the load of work and enjoying the opportunity for play? Where in our schedules is time for spirituality, reading, discussing meaningful topics, experiencing nature, art and each other with freedom from the pressures of work and financial worries?
I don’t want to live with the energy of scarcity and fear. I want to live with the energy of abundance and love. We need to be partners in the process of spiritual growth. The world depends on it!