What would you do if you didn’t need to work?

Think about it.

What if you were given enough money every year to cover your survival needs so you could live modestly.  You would have a safe place to live, enough safe water to drink, enough healthy food to eat, enough clothes to stay warm.  You would have access to health care and not have to worry about how much it costs.

You don’t have to work to get money to survive – so what would you do?

What is the role of work for you in your life?

Do you believe – as many do – that people who don’t work are lazy?  But what if they don’t have to work, are they still lazy?

For you , what do you need to be doing to make you feel like you are fulfilling your purposes for being here?

As we embrace the world that technology makes possible, including one that could end poverty if we decide that we should, how do you think about what it means to ‘work’?

If you suddenly did not need to work anymore, would you?  And if you didn’t, what would you be doing each day?  Have you thought about it?

What if there were places where you could go to collaborate with others on inventing something new or researching something to enhance our understanding or just to learn something new? Would that be your preference?

And if someone else decided to spend their days writing or painting, would you think less of them?

Notice – I didn’t mention how you would have your basic needs covered.

Would it matter to  you how you received your basic income?

Because we are headed to a place where we simply don’t need all the people we have in order to produce enough basics to end poverty for everyone on the planet.

What if we produce a world where everyone starts with enough.  They can choose how they spend their time – what contributions they choose to make.

What if….?

 

It took awhile, but I get it

I started to hear the term ‘Intersectionality’ while attending the conference “Watch Us Run”.  Then I heard it again throughout the speakers at the DC Women’s March on 1/20/2017.  I could figure out what them meant by the word but it wasn’t obvious why a new word was needed.

Then I heard the conversation / interpretations around the decision to exclude “Pro-Life” groups from the march.  Media reported on this as the Women’s march not being inclusive enough by excluding this key group.  And then I got it.

Not because the reporting was accurate- it was not.  The women were not excluded from attending.  Their position – which was in conflict with the platform adopted by the Women’s March – was not in alignment.

The organizers did not invite the “Pro-Life” groups to participate, present and have their causes showcased / represented.  The organizers took a stand driven by Intersectionality.

Because you cannot be for women’s rights and be against reproductive rights.  Women reproduce.  Limitations on reproductive rights impact women.  Therefore they impact women’s rights.  The right of a woman to choose what happens with her body – especially in areas around sex – is fundamental to providing equality and autonomy to women.

When abortions are legal – no one is making anyone get an abortion.  When abortions are illegal or restricted someone else is closing out an option.  Legal Viability for humans is set at birth – or 1st breath.  Before that, you have life but not a human.  The position on choice allowed the woman to hold the right over her body up until there is a lifeform that is mature enough to survive outside of the women’s body [which means they can breathe on their own]. The choice is made between the woman and her health care providers in privacy – as all health decisions should be.  Anything less makes the woman lesser – takes away control.

So you can hold a position that abortions should be illegal – but that means you are for restricting the rights of women.  You cannot claim to be for women’s rights and against their right to choose.

Just as you cannot be for woman’s rights and against LGBTQ rights, or disability rights, or race equality, or other aspects of equality.

Free means Free. Equal means Equal.

That is why Intersectionality is essential.  It means we have to be serious about human rights.  We need to quit pretending that we are for equality or for human rights but not for everyone and not all of the time.

Intersectionality provides a word to the fundamental that we, as humans, are complex.  We are the fundamentally the same and yet we have many variations.  As we celebrate and respect our commonality we MUST also celebrate our diversities.

Humans are complex.  Politics are complicated.

The beauty is in the intersections.