In our own lives, what is more important, what we consumed today or what we contributed to our families, our communities and our world? What would leave us more dissatisfied, knowing that we acquired a less than perfect automobile, didn’t have the latest electronic gadget or that an idea we had failed to make the world a better place for our children because we did not have the authority or legitimacy or power to accomplish it? Is our reality as consumers the most important part of our beings or is it the part that is most likely to destroy the world around us through the consumption of wants rather than needs? Let me suggest that unleashing the creative, caring and loving parts of our humanity is the most powerful source of meaning for human beings.
Imagine a world where we owned and controlled our work spaces, co-operating with colleagues to help each other be the best we can be. Where we focused on using our talents and gifts to improve the lives of our families, communities and world. We can build that world bit by bit, workplace by workplace. We can replace capitalism and a world focused on money with economic democracy and meeting human need.