The Enabled Ones

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How glorious a first day of 2015 to feel so completely enriched in a life built around the fortitude of daily work. The stars have aligned to feel the gift of the universe in my world of plenty. If we all take stock of our hearts, minds, and our spaces around us, we can see that we have been enabled by some universal power and spirit to have more and therefore do the goodwill of the world. We have enough while others have little to none.

Consider this from the WorldBank.org poverty overview:

  • According to the most recent estimates, in 2011, 17 percent of people in the developing world lived at or below $1.25 a day. This means that, in 2011, just over one billion people lived on less than $1.25 a day.

Even if the current rate of progress is to be maintained, some 1 billion people will still live in extreme poverty in 2015—and progress has been slower at higher poverty lines. In all, 2.2 billion people lived on less than US $2 a day in 2011, the average poverty line in developing countries and another common measurement of deep deprivation. That is only a slight decline from 2.59 billion in 1981.

In some developing countries, we continue to see a wide gap – or in some cases – widening gap between rich and poor, and between those who can and cannot access opportunities. It means that access to good schools, healthcare, electricity, safe water and other critical services remains elusive for many people who live in developing economies. Other challenges, such as economic shocks, food insecurity and climate change threaten to undermine the progress made in recent years.

These are figures from the developing world, mind you. So, would you like to take a brief journey into the Unites States statistics of median household income? I’ve looked up some information here. (see page 13)

  • Median household income was $51,939 in 2013.
  • In 2013, real median household income was 8% lower [my emphasis] than in 2007 (the year before the most recent recession).

2013 Median Income by Race and Hispanic Origin 1967-2013    US Census Bureau Income and Poverty in the Unity States p.13

In 2013, households with the highest median household incomes were in
the Northeast ($56,775) and the West ($56,181), followed by the Midwest
($52,082) and the South ($48,128). 

Why all of these statistics on this first day of the year in 2015, you might ask? It’s a way of stating that I’m thankful to be alive, to be working, to have health benefits, and to inform everyone that if you’re earning anywhere near the median household level (especially if you’re without children) and you’re reading this, then you have more than enough. You have plenty and it’s time to do the right thing and spread some goodwill. Do it locally. Let’s put our hands out, not in request, but in giving.

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GiveBackHappy 2015!

2 thoughts on “The Enabled Ones

  1. Denise

    It is interesting too that we think of ovesrlues (Americans) in such glowing terms! We are the greatest, the best, the most exceptional! There is even a stadium chant that goes along these lines with a refrain of we are the greatest You heard a lot of this pep-talk this last weekend around the 9/11 Commemoration events. I think it is RIGHT to remember the people who were killed in the disaster. What is wrong is to repeat over and over the idea pushed forth by President Bush after 9/11/2001 that they hate our way of life. There are two BIG questions: Who is they ? The US is unpopular with a large part of the world, not just al-Qaeda, so who is included in they ?The second question is what is meant by our way of life ? Did the president mean the lifestyle that exploits others around the world through freedy multinational corporation just so we can have a luxurious lifestyle of cheap gadgets? Or did he mean our way of life to be the lifestyle that generates more trash in this country than in large parts of the remainder of the world, so we must ship our trash elsewhere or sink in it? Or perhaps sis the president then mean out way of life that bullies our contries to do things that support te US, even to the detriment of themselves? Good question. Anyway, maybe our way of life is not such a hot deal. Some of the numbers as quoted in this blog are a good evidence it is time to introspect.

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