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Has the World gone Mad?
November 14, 2016

This newsletter is not primarily political, but the election of Trump and the reaction to it are so extraordinary that perhaps I might be permitted to return again to the subject.

First, here is the great paradox of the last twenty five years or so. It is that though many in rich countries have seen their economic situation get worse and be watching on as a minority (admittedly quite large) are doing pretty well while a very few are acquiring obscene levels of income and wealth, that is not the case in poorer countries. In large parts of Asia and Africa, incomes have been rising strongly across the board and on all kinds of metrics (life expectancy, child mortality etc), life is getting better. So this is the paradox – income inequality within countries is increasing but between countries, it is falling. And so in the aggregate, globalisation has been an enormous plus for world welfare.

And this surely is the context in which to understand the pressures of migration – it reflects the increasing wealth, aspiration and capacity of the third world.

We may accept that Trump is temperamentally and psychologically unfit for the office – but that is not enough. Both his election and the Brexit vote reflected the fact that the human needs for safety, security and community are being increasingly unmet for many in rich countries. And it is this, rather than increasing income and wealth inequality that is the real problem. And though many of Trump’s policies (if they can be called that) will not help, neither will the instincts of what we may call the threatened progressive consensus. The truth is that protectionism would be bad but so would big increases in taxation and government intervention.

So the world has not gone mad, but neither is it becoming safer or more predictable.

by Sophia Yasmeen

    One of the deep secrets of karma is due to the souls neediness when performing kind and generous actions there is the desire for regard respect praise and kindness in return. When a good action is performed the desire for a return eats away the fruit of the return. It is eating unripe fruit. When a good action is performed if it is forgotten as quickly as possible it becomes stored good karma within the soul. Look, some even tell the good deed they are about to do for their mum to the whole family. They even start eating the praise before they sow the seed.

    The return of good karma relies on an absence of ego and attachment like the game of pass the parcel, it is just being passed into your hands and is just being passed on. Now a person will do something for another and keep bringing it in front of them again and again. It is called begging for self respect because the ego is eating away self respect. Praise brings a temporary raise in which they graze because they remember the phrase and because it stays self respect is displaced.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

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