Abundance and Racism

Abundance and Racism

I have been struck by a few things:

  • abundance is real
  • more money is given to end physical illnesses than to end racism
  • income inequality is expanding
  • abundance can become a spiral in which “haves” have more and “have-nots” have less
  • abundance can become a spiral in which we understand “having” as “giving,” or, if you like, “giving in order to receive more” because that seems to be how flow happens.

If you want to think about these things with me over the next couple of weeks, read this:

Unintended Consequences: How Income Inequality Affects Fundraising (Click on the link, then click on the pdf you’ll see at the link and the article will begin to load automatically. This article is copyrighted from the beautiful, useful Grassroots Fundraising Journal and used with permission. I deeply encourage you to subscribe. All of the handouts I use in all of my trainings come from the Journal and I read every issue cover-to-cover. I even publish and help write some articles sometimes!).

and then read this:

Here’s why it’s easier to raise money to fight disease than to fight racism

and then think about how we have to go way beyond this:

Rich People Are Greedy because, duh, if we hate rich people, we don’t want to be one. Not with our whole selves. So we either stay as poor and divided against ourselves as possible. Or we become Tyrants–rich and heartless. We can do better than that.

If we are wired for anything, we are wired for integrity. Just look at the illnesses we create when we behave out of  integrity. You can see it in your own life and you can for sure see it other people’s because you know–that mote in your eye is a lot easier to see than the log in my own. We are going to have to insist on abundance we can live with–abundance that has integrity:

Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

I am impatient with spins on abundance that ignore income inequality. Abundance that requires, for some to have it, that others do not is not abundance.

While we are subverting wisdom, let’s look at this, too:

78 years ago, a journalist studied 500 rich men and boiled down their success into 13 steps because “if we can think and grow rich,” we can certainly think and grow abundant together.

That’s enough for now. Read up! and let’s talk next week. I want to hear from you, even if you have only partly digested any of the above articles. Reflect on your life, your own experiences. Try not to succumb to guilt or anger, but feel free to express them here. Love!

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