'Many are called, but most are frozen, in corporate or collective cold,these are the stalled who choose not to be chosen,except to be bought and sold'. In this succinct description of much of national and global culture, the poet Lee Carroll Pieper, portrays the stranglehold of ice that is a cause of much of our own and others' non actions. The ice comes of course from the excesses of capitalism, an example being a secret series of negotiations between U.S.delegations representing large international corporations and European organisations in a similar mode. These talks have the goal of giving corporations the right to SUE governments if their laws restrict, e.g. food safety or health standards. Kentucky Fried Chicken for one, wants to sweep away chemical restrictions on its food sold in Europe. This would then allow corporations to do what they wanted. This Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement has immense implications for the erosion of social standards. (Source in detail: Le Monde Diplomatique/ English edition/December.)
Now we can begin to see some of the warnings signalled by St.Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274).'Justice is a stable and lasting willingness to do the just thing for everyone'. This sentence alone is enought to arm our sense of awareness and therefore positive action whenever the Common Good is threatened.
So, as we move closer now to Christmas, we conclude with a quote from the writer Rainer Maria Rilke: 'You must give birth to your images, they are the future waiting to be born.'
A VERY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU. Thank you, Tom Baxter