Greetings from the mountain top…
The Guru teaches with a sprinkling of humor and irony combined with absurdity and hyperbole. Every now and then, however, a fact comes to his attention and he is unable to find any humor with which to teach.
Before this current troubling fact is shared, a disclosure: The Guru believes in capitalism. The Guru believes in profiting from one’s skills, knowledge, and abilities. The Guru believes that socialism is not the answer, forced equality is no equality at all, and that taking from some (even the wealthy) at the expense of others isn’t a solution. He isn’t a card-carrying member of any political party, he doesn’t believe in dogma (except the dogma of nudity is good), he doesn’t hug trees (unless a 20-something is in front of it), and the words ‘progressive’ and ‘conservative’ have never been used to describe him.
All of that said, the following fact was shared in The Huffington Post (owned by a woman who changes political affiliations and direction as often as the 20-something, wanna-be hippie chicks who worship at my feet swap majors in college):
“The six heirs to the Walmart fortune were worth $89.5 billion in 2010, the same as the bottom 41.5% of U.S. families combined, according to Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute. That’s 48.8 million American households in total. Sylvia Allegreto of the University of California at Berkeley found last year that the six children of Walmart founders Sam and James “Bud” Walton had the same net worth in 2007 as the bottom 30% of American households. But between 2007 and 2010, that net worth rose, while the incomes of most Americans declined, explaining the three-year shift.”
When six people hold more than 48.8 million something is dreadfully wrong. And when things are dreadfully wrong, dreadful things begin happening.
The Guru is an optimist. The Guru is a positive being of light. The Guru loves making love, enjoys the inhaled produce of Mother Earth, has sat on a mountain top longer than most countries have existed, understands that love is the ultimate answer and that sex and pizza are pretty damn close–there is no such thing as bad in either; Some is just better than others.
But The Guru doesn’t know what to do with this troubling fact. Six people = 48.8 million in terms of wealth. He wonders if Bastille had similar facts in the days prior to the French Revolution, if the British ever noticed those pesky Americans slowly starving, or if any of them conceived that times can and do change.
The Guru knows all except what he doesn’t know…and this time, children, he simply doesn’t know.
Uncle Bob (Dylan) was a pretty smart cookie after all when he wrote:
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
Peace out ya non-wealthy freaks