What is Our Most Important Challenge Today?

Please read this all the way through!

Ukraine War against Russia? I think not.

Craig Martineau

Mar 18

5 min read

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The Ukraine War is insanely important, I agree. But…

In business productivity, you are always told to determine the most important thing and do that first. That “thing” is not the crisis “thing”. It is not the “thing” that has people are beating your door down.

Over 1,000,000 people subscribe to the newsletter by James Clear. He says “the phrase “Do the most important thing first each day is just a simple way of saying, “Give yourself a time and space to work on what is important to you each day.”

What is urgent is seldom important. Yes, helping Ukraine survive is urgent but I challenge you to determine if it is the MOST IMPORTANT thing.

I have this matrix front and center on my monitor:

The Decision Box of Dwight Eisenhower proposed b James Clear
Dwight Eisenhower was a fairly important man. This Graphic is from “ How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”

Consider this

I challenge you that the most important thing is that, as a society, we correct the terrible imbalance of inequality.

“The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better” was published in 2009. Written by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, the book highlights the “pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety, and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption”.

I am going to familiarize you, in the next posts, with a report from 2009. (It uses data gathered in Great Britain but I haven’t found all of the same statistics available for the U.S. yet.

As a starting point, I am going to use this PowerPoint presentation:

The power point presentation by The Spirit Level
Request for onmations from The Equality Trust

Let’s start with a few broad statistics:

The middle class constitutes a slim majority of the U.S. population (52%) but it is less than it was a century ago

The share of income captured by the middle class fell from 62% in 1970 to 43% in 2014. Drawn from “Investopedia” “Which Income Class Are You” updated by James Frankenfield October 18, 2021″

But not all economic indicators appear promising. Household incomes have grown only modestly in this century, and household wealth has not returned to its pre-recession level. Economic inequality, whether measured through the gaps in income or wealth between richer and poorer households, continues to widen. PEW Research January 9th 2020, written by Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Ruth Igielnik, and Rakesh Kochar in their report “Trends in income and wealth inequality”.

Consider this

“Trends are that wealth is growing for the top 5% of families.”

We will find, in the PowerPoint slides, data that shows how harmful this is to society.

Image from an article we have what it takes to meet the crisis of our democracy published in “Waging NonViolence, February 13, 2018
License Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 published “Waging Nonviolence” February 13, 2018

In the article “We Have What It Takes To Meet The Crisis in Our Democracy” published February 13, 2018 by “Waging Nonviolence”. Adapted from “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want” by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, 2017). Reprinted with permission from Beacon Press.

“In 1999, Dee Hock, founder of Visa, quipped, “It’s far too late and things are far too bad for pessimism.”

“But 18 years later, pessimism can feel like the new realism.” Frances Moore, Adam Eichen

“Once we believe something is essential, we don’t need to know that its realization is certain or even that our odds are great in order to jump into action. We need only believe it’s possible.” Frances Moore, Adam Eichen

Consider this

“After all, just three Americans control more wealth than the bottom half of us. In last year’s election, less than 1 percent of Americans provided most of the $6.4 billion in campaign spending, worsening an imbalance in the political influence that’s long been with us. Even in the 1980s and 90s average Americans, according to a data-deep study, exerted “near-zero” influence in Washington” Frances Moore, Adam Eichen

Consider

Slide regarding health based on differences in income
The USA ranks 3rd with life expectancy
Slide 2 of Quality Trust power point

Consider this

Within means WITHIN!

Don’t worry about the next country. What is your country like?

Do the rich have better healthcare?

Do the rich have better access to healthcare?

Do the poor suffer from lack of healthcare?

Do the poor suffer because they don’t have a way to get to a doctor? Or dentist? Or optician? Or audiologist?

Do the elderly suffer? Are the elderly made to wait long periods to receive healthcare?

Do women get discriminated against for not being able to get abortions?

Do children get discriminated against because the insurance companies won’t cover their illness or condition?

Have YOU EVER BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE YOU OWED AN INSURANCE COMPANY MONEY?

Because you had been in jail?

Because you were addicted to alcohol?

Because you were addicted to drugs?

Are all people created equal?

Are all people the same before the law?

Consider this

Why?

Why aren’t all people treated the same?

How do we stop discrimination?

Why would somebody think they are better than somebody else?

Republicans have changed laws on who can get healthcare!

It wasn’t until Democrats passed the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES COULDN’T CHARGE DIFFERENT RATES FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE!

REPUBLICANS HAVE CHANGED SOME OF THAT TO REQUIRE DISCRIMINATION!

Don’t believe them about anything unless you compare what they say to what Democrats say! WORD FOR WORD.

It may take some reading but that is how you find out who the HUCKSTERS are!

YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY TIRED OF ME BEFORE I FINISH MY RANT!

Thank you for stopping.

Craig

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