INCOME INEQUALITY : HOW TO UNDERSTAND IT AND HOW TO ADDRESS IT
This is part of a new series…
PART 1. WHAT IS INCOME REALLY?
Let’s begin with income for a person who lives in a democracy.
There are two parts to income. One part is the human being who receives it and the second part is the money that the human being receives.
There is a fundamental difference between these two parts of income. The human being belongs to nature and can never be dissociated from it. Human beings live in an organic universe. They are intimately connected to every other participant of the universe.
Each one of them is inherently a part of the Life Force of the Universe which may also be called God. Humans are considered the highest members of the universe in the sense that they are endowed with more qualities that come closest to the highest performing components of the universe such as conscience, reason, intuition, and imagination.
They are considered the custodians of the planet for this reason. In every moment that passes humans are learning things about the workings of the universe that enable them to understand the livingness of nature and how nature continues to survive even after massive man-made destruction occurs to the earth, the air, and the sea.
Humans are always in motion as is nature.
Money on the other hand according to the safest reference, the Oxford English Dictionary is ‘current coin, metal, a denomination of value etc.’
Money, by itself is inorganic, a token, a chip, a coin, a piece of paper. It was invented to be used in a transaction which is a mathematical construct, also inorganic. Money is a servant. Money’s meaning or its value or its claim to authenticity in our organic universe comes solely from the human beings who control it.
With this basic understanding then, income is spoken of in a time frame, say annually or per year.
So a human being’s annual income is a certain amount and in most countries, this is the amount (after some allowances) that each government takes a portion of to run the government in a democracy.
How is this annual income obtained?
Going back to the origins of recorded history before money was invented, and time became measured in years etc., humans gained their sustenance as other animals did and do, through personal efforts such as or picking things from trees or vines, as fruits, flowers, digging for roots from under the ground etc. plucking creatures from the seas, all of these being generously provided by the earth and the water, or, killing other smaller creatures who, according to the indigenous peoples, willingly give themselves up knowing that it was and is nature’s way.
Imaginatively monetized, the returns of these personal efforts, or comfortable survival, might, in today’s world and broadly speaking, be called income or for purposes of measurement, annual income.
The important thing to understand is that there was and is always an equivalency between personal effort and the recompense for that effort, however, it is measured.
When the work of the day was and is completed, the animals of the earth including people, relax contentedly, and feel their belongingness to the earth, their sense of well-being and indeed, their personal happiness and inner peace as well as their ‘right to be’.
Such basic inner peace is the foundation and the promise for humanity’s ongoing participation in the Life Force of the Universe or the Will of God.
Citizen contentment is Democracy’s greatest treasure and for people living in the United States, it represents the best ideals of One Nation Under God.
To be continued…
Rev. Mary A. Mann, Ph.D., was born in Australia and is descended from early Queensland pioneers. Her father was an original ANZAC, a member of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. Mary is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Southern California where she secured her Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre.
Her working career was in accounting where she became a Qualified Accountant in Australia and was the first Controller of the Pacifica Foundation in the 1970s.
Her academic career centered around her passion for finding out ‘why war’. Her first book on this topic, Anzac to Understanding included her father’s war letters and a social commentary on the global situation from the beginning of the First World War through the 20th century and it included the epic play ANZAC. The philosophy culminated in the book There Are No Enemies, a practical philosophy of life, which includes The Right of the Womb. Her theatre studies culminated in The Construction of Tragedy, Aristotle today in the theatre and she edited two editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book, 1978 and 1984.
Mary has been a member of Unity- and- Diversity since 1989 where she is now the Board Chair and co-edited the book Science and Spirituality with the founder of that organization. Rev. Leland Stewart.
She joined the Synthaxis Theatre Company in 1979. Her creative work includes Poems of Woman, editor of Mentoring Poems, four centuries of selected poetry, Tortoise Shell, taken from a journal of her great-grandfather documenting life in the early days of the State of Queensland, Australia, and under the aegis of Synthaxis, plays for youth and family audiences, Maria and the Comet and The Round Table, published as TWO FAMILY PLAYSand ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence .
In North Hollywood, she is the co-host of Unbuckled No-Ho Poetry, a monthly poetry reading series since 2010, which you can view here:youtube.com/unbucklednohopoetry
Mary has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who