No one is more surprised than me at the incredible response my comments on PP garnered. 99.9% of them positive. I think I touched a nerve. A nerve that goes deep into what we are experiencing together culturally. The average person feels as if they are losing out to those with more power, and that there is little they can do to regain control of their own lives. It’s a serious issue.
It is certainly a troubling time we live in. How to make the exploding internet profitable is of serious concern, as is the blatant union busting and the high rate of unemployment, spurred on by many corporations need to show more and more profitability during a time of rampant wall street fraud. The average citizen is getting screwed, and we can no longer bury our heads in the sand and shop our way out of our fear and confusion of what the future might bring. What to do, what to do…
There are a few suggestions I can make, but I think what really has to happen is for the average person to make ethics and morality a requirement when it comes to big business. By ethics and morality, I mean honest, transparent business practices and fair treatment towards their workers. Those who state that “it’s a dog eat dog world” have a right to their opinion, but guess what? I don’t want to work for them or buy their products. And that’s what I am suggesting. If you don’t like what a company stands for, refuse to participate in their greed. Don’t give them your money or time. It really is as simple as that. Demand fairness and quality and when you work, and be fair to others and give your absolute best. Sounds simple, no? Perhaps it’s not, but this is where our American innovation and willingness to work hard comes in handy. We need to start and/or support new companies that stand for not just “better business” but “moral, ethical business.” I think there are a lot of really smart people out there who are already thinking this way. I want to encourage them and shout, “GO GO GO!!” If other corporations want to change their ways, I want to forgive them and say, “GREAT! Thanks for remembering what it means to be a human being!” I know there are good business people are out there who want to do the right thing, I just know it, they just might need a little PUSH in the right direction. Supporting the ethical business with your hard earned dollar is a great way to do that. Money talks, BS walks. Let’s make GOODNESS a POPULAR TREND that STICKS.
I also want to suggest that we stay hopeful. Things can turn around. Optimism is as contagious as pessimism, although it sometimes is a harder choice. I want to suggest that we try to believe in the good in others as much as we can clearly see the bad. I don’t suffer fools gladly, but I also don’t abuse others out of my own hurt. I like straight talk, with a dose of love and caring that never forgets how tough life can be. If you think I am just some spoiled soap actress… ha, ha, ha! That cracks me up. Think again. I’ve had it pretty damn tough myself and worked my butt off. And yet I rise… I rise… and I want to help others rise, too. That is a quality I have that I am the most proud of- this willingness to look hard at my own pain and grow softly through it. I believe it is an American quality, inherent in our very birth as a nation. We took a hard look at our circumstances and didn’t like what we saw, so we did something about it. And we learned, and grew, and changed, and continue to do so.
America is an incredible country. We are capable of amazing acts of courage, kindness and innovation. Times are indeed changing, but if we dig deep we will find many good things in our everyday lives to give us hope, even if we may have less than we used to. If we give the best of ourselves, and demand that others do the same, we can and will reinvent our American identity all over again. An identity that we can be proud of. I think that is what we need most in this time- to look to the incredible heroism of the everyday man and woman, to witness and celebrate the simple goodness that can be found in the lives of so many of our friends and neighbors, and remember that it is part and parcel of what it means to live in America. It’s why so many people all over the world still dream of coming here- opportunity, education, freedom and acceptance for all. We are a nation of individuals, and proud of it.
We are not our greed. I refuse to allow that quality to be the prevailing characteristic of this country. We are better than that.
We are our ability to forgive, to be generous, to innovate, to expand and grow and accept those who are different from ourselves. We are NOT our greed. We are our smart, tough, kind… goodness.
Let’s support that quality in every way we can. That’s a revolution I can get behind.