Gaia Capitalism is a philosophy that combines the financial and the humanitarian aspects of our shared world. It is based on the belief that all humans are valuable and that all beings on Earth deserve our respect and dignity.
April 2011 – Gaia Capitalism affirms that all workers are due an honest wage for an honest day’s work.
For many reasons, this is an extremely controversial subject because in the last 10 years we have seen our country’s wealth pass through to the top 20% of American – most specifically the top 1% of Americans. The rest of us have not done as well since the Great Recession of 2007 – 2008. (Ed note: I’ll have the mortgage money this month – now over $1025 with late fees and missed payments.)
Although governmental reports paint rosier pictures of higher employment, at least half of Americans struggle to make ends meet. Wages, salaries, paychecks have not kept up with the cost of living. Also, most companies now do not offer benefits like affordable health insurance, sick pay, maternity leave, etc.
This is an aside but I think it epitomizes the attitude of businesses these days (I may be wrong – year 2011 – we”ll see). Walmart, the largest, most profitable retailer in America is making employees buy their own uniforms.
Here these workers are – many on public assistance because their Walmart pay is not enough to feed the kids and they are being asked to buy their own mandatory uniform. One employee said in 6 months they’ll change the uniform again and, of course, they’ll have to buy another uniform. (Ed note: Baby don’t need that new pair of shoes.)
Is this who we are now? Not creating wealth but squeezing every last penny out of every resource we have on the planet? This is a question we must seek to answer. Gaia Capitalism is/isn’t (?) a new approach but it is very wise.
Gaia is all with all.