Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Of course, what's good for Exxon is not necessarily good for American voters. Last year, while Exxon racked up record breaking profits of $27 billion in a single quarter, real wages for American workers actually decreased by 0.7%, after inflation is taken into account.
According to US Census Bureau figures released earlier this year, the numbers of Americans living in poverty also increased last year. This at a time when states all around the nation are slashing Medicaid budgets, leaving the poorest and most vulnerable citizens without critical health services.
Poverty, living wages and Medicaid are all issues for people of faith. The Christian Bible speaks about social justice issues and poverty far more often than any other topics.
The conflict between the politics of greed and the politics of sharing may never be resolved. Our system of charges us with finding a middle ground, where people who are unable to help themselves receive the minimum needed for survival, and the rest of us work to provide for them and ourselves.
The fundamental problem of politics remains: who gets how much? In a growing economy, the workers who make it grow must get ahead. Otherwise, a political price will eventually be paid.
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.
The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.
Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.
Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.
Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.
The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.
Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.
Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
Let us proclaim it. Behold!
The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV
- from The HUMAN PARADIGM
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