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by Rob Hueniken on June 5, 2012

Life in the 21st century has a lot of really good things. There’s been health advances, new music and art, and amazing technology. There are powerful ways for people to share and communicate, from Facebook to Pinterest to Skype. On paper it sounds pretty good. On TV it looks even better!

But we’re starting to get the sense that something’s not right here. There are too many things going on that miss the mark for regular folks, taking us to places that we didn’t expect to end up, both personally and as nations.

For a while we were hoping that if we just kept our heads down it would all sort out, but it hasn’t. There’s been so much wrong stuff happening that it’s getting hard to keep it all straight.

So we’re going to make a list of the stuff that needs fixing.

This list will be a way for us to see a bigger picture, and give us a springboard for action — a place to pick some things that we could see changing, and making better.

Because we want to share the hope that things can be made right for people.

The List: 5 things that aren’t right that affect regular folks

1) Much of politics today is aimed at keeping big businesses happy, and leaving the regular person behind.

There’s a persistent disconnect between the needs of people and our political representatives. We vote but then see the concerns of people left unfulfilled. We’re made to feel that big, important business and multi-national issues need to be sorted out first, over and over. At the end of the day, and the end of the year, it stays the same: there’s not enough focus on people and not enough involvement by people who care.

Our expectations for economic improvement are kept very low, and hard-working people now fear for their jobs and are pushed nearer to poverty. Who on Earth is actually on our side?

We need new ways and new people to get involved and stand up for the little guy (including regular folks).

2) There is more wealth and possibility than ever, but most of it is tied up in the hands of just a few.

Wealthy people used to invest in new and bigger companies that employed people. Now they multiply their money in hedge funds without regular folks ever benefitting. Most people don’t need or want a limo, but we all want to be part of the main money loop again.

We need better ways for regular folks to prosper.

3) Our lifestyle is causing problems in our lives

When we’re told hundreds of times a day what new things we should buy, wear and eat it’s no wonder we join in. It’s great having lots of shopping choices, but we are under constant pressure to buy things, beyond our means. We’re in an endless cycle of replacing things that still work.

The resulting pressure, debt and frustration is hard on people, landfills and businesses. And with fewer good-paying jobs to pay for it all we’re seeing families under stress, personal bankruptcies and prisons full of frustrated, hope-deprived men, women and teens.

We need to dial back on the shopping, build our relationships, and get outside more often.

4) Things we need and use every day aren’t getting fixed.

Cities cut services and say they have no way to make the needed improvements. Chunks fall from bridges, parks turn to weeds, and too many folks can’t get even basic health care. Even though there is more wealth than there’s ever been, it doesn’t find its way to things that are the backbone of daily life.

We need fresh thinking about how to fund and provide the things that people count on.


5) We use a lot of our time being entertained, not doing things.

Ever heard the saying “Religion is the opium of the masses”? Now it’s big screen TVs and marketing that keep us distracted — convinced that we don’t have the time or need to change things.

Our society has a wealth of knowledge and potential, but we don’t do all that much with it. It’s tough to hear, but we spend a lot more time watching screens and snacking than we do helping our neighbors and getting good things done.

We each have ways to help each other more, and to make a real difference.

We need to do stuff, not just watch stuff.


So that’s The List.

You can probably think of many things that make our society a tough place. Guesses are a lot of them are in one of these five categories, but there could be more!

The first good news is that  it’s not just a few people who think things are going the wrong direction. You’re in good company!

The second good news is that everything in this list can be set right with people getting involved, focusing more on people, and playing more active roles in our communities.  Hey, we need a list for that too! 🙂 

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