“…simply make things better for someone else, as if I were to be born again, and that someone else, and it doesn't have to be me, but it could be someone like me, that they would have a better life than I had, that everyone was better. There is something seriously wrong with everyone, and that is something I observed when I was very young. We are the problem, and we need to become better, because we are fucking everything up.”
“So this is who I am. There is something seriously wrong with everyone and we need to fix it, if not for us, then for the future generations."
"Everything I have done in this life, and everything I will do, is for this purpose.”

Friday, September 25, 2015

What would you do if you had a Living Income?

The Living Income is term used by the Equal Life Foundation.
To give a very simple definition and use for the word, consider this: Living Income is money granted to you for the purpose of fulfilling you requirement of certain things needed to Live.
So here, pretend that your basic needs are met. That means that your rent/mortgage is covered. Your bills for food, electricity, water, heating, transportation are covered. That you could basically sit all day at home and do nothing, and you could live given that you don't kill yourself, and remember to feed yourself (mom's with young adult sons can attest to the dangers of forgetting to eat -joke). Now the question here is what would you do?

So for me, in short number of words, I would continue with pushing for human rights, dignity, respect and education. I would support other people in living their lives and reaching their utmost potential. That is what I do today. The difference is that I wouldn't have any concern or thought placed to where I need to make more money so that I can continue eating, and paying for a place to stay. I won't have a fear, or thought towards such a possibility. I could be more committed to my goals.

So the question is, what would you do?

So if you are a mother or father with young children, perhaps you will spend more time with them, rather than going to work. You might still go to work because you sincerely enjoy it, or you see it as being valuable to the world in how it contributes to society. But for sure, you would set aside time with your children.

If you are an activist who supports changing government policies toward Global Warming, Factory Farming, or War/Military, you would spend more time to these causes that you are so committed to.

If you are an average bloke, who has no passion or interest in the world, you could explore what your passion is, instead of working at a job where you only work for the money.

If you always had a crazy idea for an invention, business venture, or political movement, you could actually explore that and commit to making that a reality.

In essence, we would have an entire society of people who are overall more committed to the activities they partake in daily, and are more interested in their lives and the world are around them. We would have greater connections with each other, our communities, neighbors, friends, families, and as Humanity. We would understand compassion on a deeper more practical level, where it is manifested as the Living Income itself. What more perfect example of compassion would you need to inspire such a principle in the new generation of youths?

Perhaps the question shouldn't be, what you would do with a Living Income, but instead it is who you will Be.

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