Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Alvin Mites on 12-02-2009
I recently noticed a short discussion on taxes, how there are far to many of them, and the common man is paying a growing percentage in relation to total income which is remaining relatively stagnant in comparison to real wages. While those in the upper income brackets have watched their yearly incomes soar to new heights. While I do not judge the circumstances, I do find myself thinking of news from abroad referring to Japanese CEO’s and executives averaging 15x an average workers salary, US CEO’s making 200x median average, and London banker execs threatening to sue if denied multi-billion dollar bonuses while their banks call out a need for “government ” assistance.
This one strikes a cord that I see as a part of the natural evolution of the industrial model. Luckily we are in the beginning of a shift to an information based economy. Which means that new rules are sprouting up, and wealth does not require the old ones to be created. Still there are vast systems in place with long term momentum behind them that seem to value resources more than life. A method that that brought tremendous advances, primarily through competition.
The only certainty is that the rules are changing, 50 years ago the rules were completely different. 50 years before that the world was completely different. Pointing fingers is a simple method of focusing on poor models rather than imagining better ones. Examples of “taxes” on income, education, and water quality are easy to spot just to name a few. What is not so easy to see is the longterm wide view. This is also a trend that is seems to be changing.
Perhaps an early onset skeptic I have noticed that things are likely to become much worse before they get better. In the long run much happier lives with those able to adapt quickly thriving. In the mean time many are losing the ch[oi|an]ce, often not knowing/learning how.
Personally I feel this is a wonderful time to start and support businesses that resonate with your vision of a better world. Share thoughts and generate greater discussions on ways to improve, individually, culturally, and any other ways that are not in agreement.
So what is your big idea(s)?