Fairness Is Love’s Currency

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
Fairness Is Love’s Currency
“Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” — Rick Riordan

Fairness is a value construct that is inborn into all of us. Even the smallest of children recognize and bear witness to experiences of injustice among their peers. This very human urge towards making things fair is one of the fundamental ways that love acts as a currency in life. All of our sporting events that occupy so much of our attention are a reflection of the drive we have towards fairness, whether in little leagues or professional sports, we are content that there are a set of rules that make the game fair for everyone. Without them, it is not a game. In fact, in some tight contests, a bad call that throws the fairness in the game is rehashed passionately for days after the event. In intimate relationships we rely on each other’s capacity for honesty and authenticity as the shared set of ground rules that make growing our vulnerability possible. And yet, most of the world’s most urgent crises can be traced back to unfairness both in the distribution of natural resources and the capital that serves as the accepted currency to make things happen. Many of life’s most challenging moral dilemmas stem from the cognitive dissonance created by our inherent tendency towards fairness and the many realities that support life’s inherent unfairness.

This collective cognitive dissonance around fairness as a guiding principle in finding balance on earth is growing. The seeds of all the Occupy movements were driven by this urge toward fairness. And the emerging movement towards impact investing is aspiring to answer this call. As one of the selected entrepreneurs for the SOCAP conference this week in the Bay area, I was honored to be a part of such a powerful group of solution makers. Indeed, it was clear that infused with sufficient capital, this small group of courageous inventors could probably solve the majority of the issues threatening survival around the globe. Yet, for all the buzz words on growing the good economy, like social return and triple bottom line — the investment community remains largely locked into fear-based models of investing, which requires financial returns and limited risk. The truth is that even among the wealthiest money is not experienced as a currency of freedom and love, but rather fear — of loss, of failure, of self.

Steve Wright of the Grameen Foundation was the singular voice of reason that I was privileged to hear. His talk about financial investing started with love. His courage to redefine the classic buzz words of social returns as effective long-term solutions to real problems and call out the fallacy of wealth preservation as a means of creating the sustainably poor was bold and awakening. Love is the currency of healing and capital is the means to generate more love. That is the real wealth, the consciousness that some things, actually most things that really matter don’t have a price.

Fairness is a measure of the heart. It comes when we trust that there is enough for everyone and when we really get that there is no other — no over there, but rather that we are all in this together. The truth is that we live on a small planet and the environmental crises that are increasingly threatening our security have no borders.

Money must become a currency of love for our survival and we can all rely on our sense of fair play to judge what we really have to give. From this perspective we will be able to measure our returns based on the vibrancy of the communities we create.

Coming soon, will be Good Clean Love’s benefit fund for positive change. This purpose will be fuel for our scale… A million bottles of lubricant is enough to generate a powerful currency of love into a world that works for everyone.

For more by Wendy Strgar, click here.

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Green – The Huffington Post
Body Of Evelyn Starner, Colorado Flooding Victim, Recovered From Banks Of Big Thompson River

By Keith Coffman

DENVER, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The body of one of three people missing and presumed killed in massive Colorado flooding has been recovered from the banks of the rain-swollen Big Thompson River, officials said on Monday, raising the official death toll from the disaster to eight.

The victim, 79-year-old Evelyn Starner, whose remains were found on Saturday, died of blunt-force injuries and drowning when her home was swept away by floodwaters more than a week ago in the Larimer County community of Cedar Cove, county coroner and sheriff’s officials said.

The confirmed death toll across the entire 17-county flood zone now stands at eight people, plus two others still listed as missing and presumed dead in Larimer County whose bodies have yet be recovered. Another six people remain listed as unaccounted for in a disaster that has caused property losses estimated at about $2 billion. (Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

Colorado Flood Damage: Property Loss Estimated Around $2 Billion
Initial estimates for the damages wreaked by the Colorado floods are projected to be over $2 billion.

A press release by Eqecat, a catastrophe modeling firm, cited “multiple fatalities with an estimated 1,500 homes destroyed, and thousands more damaged in over 17 counties.” Eqecat also said that most of the damages would be borne by residents since most of the losses are uninsured.

According to a recent report by USA Today, most Coloradans don’t have flood insurance.

“These are rare events so people think, ‘It’s not going to happen to me,'” Robert Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America, told USA Today.

In addition to the large number of homes destroyed by the flood, the firm estimates there’s another 17,500 homes that were damaged by the rising waters.

Colorado’s Office of Emergency Management puts the number of destroyed homes higher than Eqecat’s estimate, saying there are 1,882 that were destroyed and another 968 business that were damaged or destroyed.

Approximately two-hundred miles of state highways and roads and around 50 bridges have also been damaged in the floods.

Eqecat’s projection is still dwarfed by it’s initial estimate of $20 billion in economic losses after Superstorm Sandy last year, but was later revised to $50 million.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, are expected to survey the flooding damage in Colorado on Monday.

There have been 10 reported flood fatalities and as of Monday, there were still six people who were unaccounted for.

6 Tiny Homes That Would Be Perfect ‘Starter’ Houses For Newlyweds (PHOTOS)
There are lots of benefits to living small that are particularly attractive to newlyweds. Many are financial: Mortgage costs for tiny homes, if any, are minimal and utility fees are also low. Of course, this is helpful for couples who are just starting out and may have debt, school loans and limited funds. The two can instead spend more money on things they love, like traveling or other experiences and gadgets (that don’t take up a lot of space, clearly). Or better yet, they can start saving up for early retirement.

Also, owning a smaller property will also free up lots of time. While homeowners of average or larger houses need to spend weekend and evening hours maintaining a home, tiny home dwellers have a lot less to do to keep things in working order.

Some tiny home owner couples who cohabit say that their small places actually brought them closer together. (And not just physically.) Of course, this lifestyle is not for everyone and it takes dedication as well as discipline. (That shopping habit will have to end.) Do you think it’s right for you and your spouse? Click through our favorite tiny homes that would be perfect for newlyweds.

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Molasses and Hawaii’s Environmental Blind Spot
Two hundred thirty-three thousand gallons of molasses flowed into Honolulu Harbor. Thousands of sea creatures suffocated to death. It’s a mess to be sure — similar to oil spills, as many have pointed out. What has been done about preventing oil spills? Double-hulled tankers sometimes help, but then there are leaking oil pipelines, oil drills, oil on trucks, oil in underground tanks, and the list goes on.

Well, looking at the big picture it is abundantly clear that we need to get off foreign oil dependence. Presidents going back to Hoover have said as much.

But what does that have to do with a molasses spill, you might ask? Well, the molasses was to add to nutritionally deficient animal food to be fed to cows and pigs on the mainland, so we can have beef, pork, veal, milk, butter, cream, leather seats, shoes, and handbags, and of course the all-important Jell-O, to name just a few items.

Hawaii is a green state, both literally and figuratively. From plush tropical forests to legislatively set renewable energy goals, to creative financing for solar panels, and charging stations for electric cars. Those are a few green things in the state.

But there is a blind spot. It’s a big one. It’s a blind spot for Hawaii’s green politicians, green advocacy groups, and many people who profess to be green — possibly even up to, and including, Kermit the Frog himself (I was unable to reach Mr. Frog for comment by the time of publication).

It’s an inconvenient truth that animal agriculture’s annual share of total global greenhouse emissions is estimated at 51 percent or more. Can you hear the sound of the waves lapping over the ground floors of the Waikiki hotels when you eat that hamburger? When the grill is going can you smell the massive fires set to Brazilian rainforests to clear away land for cattle grazing that is killing off endangered species? My guess is, “no.” But now you can think about molasses spills if you’d like. Closer to home.

I can go on about how many leading national environmental organizations, including the National Audubon Society, the Worldwatch Institute, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and even Al Gore’s Live Earth — have recognized that raising animals for food damages the environment more than just about anything else that we do, but let’s stick to direct impacts on Hawaii, by Hawaii.

The state government recently spent $4.15 million to expand the state-owned slaughterhouse on the Big Island. Yes, citizens, you own slaughterhouses throughout the state that private businesses profit off of, but you pay for. Then there was the $750,000 for solar panels for a slaughterhouse on Oahu. Also, I recall the state cosigning loans for a slaughterhouse that then went bankrupt. Most recently the state decided to try “No GET tax for slaughterhouses. No need. You keep it.” They also are trying to subsidize the animal feed, and who knows what else.

Why? Campaign contributions. Voter-owned elections, anyone? But the stated reason is “sustainability.” Anyone who knows anything about raising animals can’t keep a straight face for that one. There are more than 1.3 million people here in Hawaii. On average, that would mean that 130,000 cows and 434,000 pigs would be consumed each year by residents of the state — not including tourists and other non-resident populations. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. And no, there isn’t enough food waste to feed that many animals, especially if the ships stop coming, or the price of food goes through the roof. Not enough grassland, either, and pigs aren’t ruminants. Nor do we have the 2,400 gallons of fresh water that it takes to produce each pound of meat.

The struggle is really between centralized private humungous global agri-business (read: Monsanto owns all the food and means to produce it, so people who cannot afford it starve) vs. decentralized plant-based production — urban farms supplying 100 percent of the urban centers consumption needs with fruits and vegetables, while supplemented by urban backyards and lanai gardens. Think 6,000 pounds of food on a tenth of an acre. I think the choice is clear. Happy urban homesteading! Aloha!

Good News – The Huffington Post
Siberian Husky Playing In A Pile Of Leaves Will Make You SO Excited For Fall
Guess what? Fall is here! This Siberian husky is ecstatic about a big ole pile of autumn leaves, and his bliss cannot be contained!

Butch expresses exactly how we all feel when we see those crunchies, so let’s live vicariously through him. OK? OK.

Via Kent Petersen.

#alkalinity #alkalinitymovement #7.2 #sevenpointtwo

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