This past weekend I touched a $2,135 sweater. No one stopped me, so I touched the $965 matching pants. Over $3,000 before underpants or socks or shoes.
As I am thinking this week about our long-term commitment to our own well-being, the well-being of others, and the well-being of all — well, frankly I cannot wrap my head around $3,000 casual clothes! Somehow, our metrics of success are not about ending homelessness, equal opportunity to create art, or the even the ability to seek unity with the vibration of the spheres.
No, we are measuring our worth in these:
- A few teens with cars instead of all teens with bus passes.
- A few people with 6000 sq ft houses instead of all people with housing.
- A lot of people with fuel-guzzling cars instead of all people with transportation and a sustainable environment.
- Ocean front corporate headquarters (that we will be expected to bail out) instead of living wages for all workers.
- $350,000 educations with no debt for some and limited to no education for most others.
I am unsure about how we expect to address the pressing issues of today without acknowledging the damaging realities of greed and competition.
Oh, and this: As I was touching the sweater, I could recall at least 20 homeless men that I passed on my walk to the store. I wondered if the sweater would keep them warm.