Sunday, 29 July 2012
When there is pain in the body it is a sign that there is something wrong which needs attending to (disease).
When there is suffering and pain in the world it is a sign that there is something wrong with humanity that needs attending to.
For what is humanity but a vast interconnected body - the body of humanity.
If there is pain here or suffering there it is a sign that the flow of love is not reaching that area. It may be that there is a blockage or that news is not reaching others. It may be that some are not listening. It may be that others do not care.
It is fear that blocks the flow of love. Fear of losing our privileges, fear of difference, fear of obligation.....
It is time to begin to break down the invisible walls that separate us and see the suffering of others in our society and in the world.
If we are to do this effectively we must challenge business conventions and corporate culture. For what is this but petrified fear - fear of poverty, fear of justice, fear of revolution, fear of idealism, fear of emotion or of needy people.....
This causes business leaders to use their media - television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, music, sports - all of which they own - to control public opinion so that they don't have to be accountable to anyone.
Perhaps it is time for us to regard them as corporate citizens who are accountable to society as others are. To do this we must look at the conventions and laws which relate to business and corporations. There, hidden beneath, we will find fear.
It is this we should address.
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