There’s a pervasive idea floating around that ‘there’s not enough.’
Since I was a little girl, I’ve lived with that fear…fear that one day I would lose everything, the food on the table, the shirt on my back, the roof over my head. That was the mantra, the refrain running beneath the rhythm of daily life. Perhaps it’s because I’m a “baby boomer”; my parents lived through the depression and World War II including the devastation of the Jewish people.
These days, as an adult, there are grave concerns: more genocides, dwindling energy, unemployment, erosion of beaches, climate change, extinction of many plant and animal species, etc. It’s difficult to avoid the facts and messages threatening our safety and well-being. Yet despite all that negative news, there’s a contradiction that gives me hope, keeps me going. Somehow it seems that there’s plenty to go around; power and resources shift, innovations develop, but somehow we ultimately adapt and make do.
The other day I heard a story on Marketplace on National Public Radio about Japan’s “over-the hill” economy, stagnant for twenty years; how they’ve lost their edge to the Chinese. Most reports make us think that the Japanese must be depressed and dejected about their demotion, their loss of economic power, because after all, who wouldn’t want to be number one?
“Here’s the thing: when you go to Japan, it doesn’t feel like some boarded-up shack of an economy,” according to Marketplace. “Restaurants give tip-top service, even though there’s no tipping. Kids commute to school themselves, it’s so safe. The only jaywalkers seem to be the foreigners. On a modest Tokyo shopping street, many elderly say for all the talk of lost decade, the quality of life in Japan is good.”
The Japanese continue to enjoy one of the most advanced societies in the world, they have what they need, which is plenty…
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