A life I aspire to

Jesus said it first:

 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 6:19-21

But if course I live in the affluent west. R and I aren’t exactly well off by. British standards, but in the grand scheme of things… We are.

It means to take this seriously is a big challenge. For a start, I have a lot of stuff that really, I just don’t need. And then there are all the nice things I would like to do, and lets face it, going to the cinema is treasure of the earthly variety.

Not that I wish to be an ascetic, and I don’t think  Jesus meant that. There is nothing wrong with the cinema, but when it matters more than Jesus’ command to move your neighbour, you know your life is getting rusty.

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I have been inspired by a couple of articles recently, one about how equality really is possible and the other a book on decluttering which is now on my wish list (I know, another possession!).

I thought you might find them interesting too:

Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing

Can KonMari transform your business?

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#393 – Fable

for Sunday Scribblings:

We tell ourselves the lies we want to hear

and take it as the truth

rather than bear the horror

of our own inadequacies.

And the deepest fable we tell ourselves yet

is that our own prosperity is small

and others larger than they look,

so we can go on in the comfort of our heated homes

while the poor shiver in the queue for a food bank.

Ten reasons to care about inequality

Visualising wealth inequality in Britain

This is such an important study. The next question being of course… what do we DO about it?

Make Wealth History

Inequality in Britain has been rising for 30 years. If current trends continue, we will be back to the inequality of the Victorian age within 20 years. That’s the message behind Inequality Briefing, which launched this short video summary of the problem yesterday.

It’s interesting that the video includes what we think inequality should look like – we know that there has to be some, and that absolute inequality is not the goal. The fact that the reality is so far from what we’d expect ought to be a bit of a wake-up to politicians content to ignore the issue.

The more people are aware of just how extreme inequality is  becoming, the harder it will be for it to be ignored, so please share the video around.

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We need an inquiry into food banks: My column in today’s Guardian.

Who in all conscience could vote Conservative having read their responses to food banks in this article…

Jack Monroe

Food banks are not new, nor news. Commenters on all sides are quick to point out that they first sprang up under the last Labour government, but the need for them has increased dramatically since the introduction of the bedroom tax in April, and harsh sanctions for benefit claimants. The latest figures from the Trussell Trust show that demand for food banks is still increasing. In George Osborne’s ‘war on welfare’, the only casualties are those at the very bottom. But this is not a war. It is an assault against the unarmed, a massacre of hope and dignity.
Edwina Currie recently commented that she had “no sympathy” for food bank users, that they were just “rational” opportunists. I attempted to point out that food bank users had to be referred by a health visitor or social services or other agency for help, but she refused to hear it.

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Currie…

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