As Doughnut Economics and Wellbeing Economy Alliance implement programs for sustainable living locally, nationally, and globally, we may experience indifference and even political resistance from nearly 6 billion people.
Idealists seeking to improve the economic system need to understand the underlying needs and value systems of people that lead to behaviors of competition and apparently not caring about each other, Earth, and future generations.
This can help idealists generate hope through compassion, empathy, creativity, and wisdom that can sustain their long-term actions on an evolving planet.
SURVIVING: Nearly 2 billion people on Earth, are struggling to survive with little water, food, and shelter. They live day-to-day, and it has been said they“can't afford to care” about sustaining the Earth.
STRIVING: Another 2 billion people, are struggling to succeed to find work and transportation. They live week-to-week, and “can almost afford to care, but don’t care" about Earth's wellbeing and the rest of humanity.
SUCCEEDING: Another billion people are involved in climbing the ladder of success, and vote for those who support cheap gasoline. They "can afford to care about Earth but don’t". They are often distracted, competing to succeed, and live for weekends and vacations. Unless they are in a caring profession, there is no financial incentive to have empathy.
ADVANTAGED: The sixth billion people are the wealthy of the world, and are highly status-oriented and competitive. They vote for low taxes and high military spending to preserve their advantages. They produce the highest CO2 emissions, and "can afford to care, but don’t care" about Earth and future generations. They seem to lack empathy and have little interest in others' development and wellbeing.
CARING: These 2 billion, are workers in NGOs and nonprofits, health and human services, education, government, journalists, and independent activists and researchers. They are YOU, the caregivers for Earth and humanity. Some are working for good with little financial compensation. They may attend many conferences but often don’t collaborate well because they have to compete for attention, positions, resources, and recognition. Others may be philanthropists. These people "can afford to care and do care" about Earth and future generations.
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