Thought for the Day: The Future – Real Safety
“When [Generation Xer] Tyrone thinks about planning for his future, he imagines investing in a big retirement fund [that everyone can use]. He wants to help build a world in which all people are taken care of, no matter how much or how little money they have.
‘The future’s totally scary,’ he says. ‘Social Security doesn’t take care of people, our resources are increasingly privatized, the U.S. is the only industrialized country without universal health care . . . .
All you have to do is read an article about climate change to get totally freaked out about the future. But that’s the psychology of capitalism, right? Make everyone feel so insecure that we hoard all the resources we can and forget how to share or take care of each other. I’ve noticed that often, the more money people have, the more scared and alone they feel. Real safety requires interdependence; wealth so often takes that away from us’” [ my emphasis] (130).
- from Courtney E. Martin’s Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Beacon Press, 2010.
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