Have you ever noticed that we tend value people’s worth based on their net worth and their ability to generate money. An actor’s value is based on his or her ability to draw customers to see their movies. A musician’s value is based on their ability to get people to buy CDs or attend concerts. An athlete’s value is based on their ability to put fans in the seats. An employee’s value is based on their contribution to the company’s revenue and bottom line. Even a police officer’s value is based in part on how many tickets they hand out. If you don’t contribute positively, your value is greatly diminished and quite often, your employment terminated.
This value system also applies to parents. Quite often, their perceived value to their family is based primarily on their level of income.
The fundamental premise of Western education systems is that of economic gain. We educate people in order for them to have the knowledge and skills so they can earn more money for themselves, the businesses they work for and the governments they serve.
Unfortunately, this value system has a tendency to create fear and erode self worth.
We idolize and worship the rich (regardless of whether they have any integrity). We look down on the poor. We yearn to become the former while fearing to become the latter. We believe that people who are wealthier than us are better than us, so we idolize them and resent them at the same time.
Worse still, we feel bad about ourselves because we don’t earn as much money as the next person or as much as we think we should be earning. We feel shame when we find ourselves in financial difficulty, particularly when we have to reach out for help.
People commit suicide because of their financial situation. This is crazy!
This value system doesn’t serve mankind. It creates greed, animosity, a survival of the fittest attitude and much unnecessary suffering. It is based entirely in ego.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we valued people for their ability to give love, be accepting, show compassion, be nurturing, be forgiving, show patience and tolerance. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be part of a society that values kindness and wisdom, and advocates peace.
It’s quite likely that this would encourage behaviours that create joy and blissful living.
Have an awesomely blissful day!