Archive for December 2009

Reflection, Resolution, and Rejoicing

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Another day, another decade. Tonight is, of course, New Year’s Eve, and at the stroke of midnight, we’ll be ushering in another year, and indeed, another decade. This day, over the past few years, has always been a day of reflection for me, as I’m sure it is for many others. A few years back, I started an annual tradition of writing a letter to my future self, one year down the road. It all started with a dumb project in Careers class where we had to write a letter for five years down the road, but when I finally opened it and read it, I realized the value it had in reflecting on the past. I could see how much I had grown, what I was thinking about at the time, and what I expected for the future. Since that time, I’ve started writing letters to myself every year, and this one will be no different. I always forget what I write, so it’s great to open it and read it like it was the first time a year later.

This year has been one of growth for me. That’s obviously a good thing. I’ve learned many things about myself and the world around me that I think I will keep with me for a long while. When reflecting back, something that still comes to mind is my deconversion from Christianity. Though it’s still fairly recent, it seems like ages ago that I took that step. I suppose that…Continue Reading

Problems and Possibilities; Money and Morality

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As I’m sure is obvious from some of my recent posts, I’ve been thinking a lot about moral obligations as well as economic systems. Right now, I’m very dissatisfied with capitalism as it stands today. It has turned our culture into an obsessive consumerism. It does much to perpetuate poverty and oppression. It forces people to, in effect, continually sell themselves and their labour in order to feed their family. Somehow this has become “normal” and accepted, and I’m not sure why. So I’ve been doing some research on alternative forms of economic systems. I have looked into communism and various forms of socialism. I have also read up on participatory economics; I’m not sure that I like it, but I think it’s an interesting form of economics that has some promise. Right now, the system I like best is free market socialism, which avoids the central government planning that was used in areas like the Soviet Union and instead keeps the market structure, but uses worker cooperatives to allow workers to own the means of production. In essence, it gives ownership of the business to the workers themselves. I find this a fairly satisfying alternative to traditional corporate capitalism, but right now all my conclusions in this are tentative. I want to do more research, especially since I’m not an economic expert.

But I wanted to write a little more on the subject of morality and economics. I think morality in general is an important topic. It seems…Continue Reading