The corporate sector must play a lead role in helping to change priorities, to save our planet and create more hope. But this can only be accomplished if individuals within the corporate sector, and for that matter the government sector, are willing to change their attitudes, not be overly greedy and consider what might be best for those most impacted, those living in poverty and asking "them", and civil society, what they want.
I've been having a ridiculously difficult time in recent weeks. Months, really. Okay, longer than that, but that's not the point. Lately, it's been especially hard and to be honest, I came apart last week, not something I do easily or often, let me tell you. To be honest, I can't remember when I last ended up in that terrible place.
So although like most people, I have a "bucket list" I decided being optimistic at heart, I would need to call my wish list something else that was more appropriate, and so I have a "Pink List". Why a "Pink List" you may well ask? Well if you are sitting comfortably then I'll tell you why pink became significant to me.
But once again, those responsible for the attack on the Boston Marathon made the same mistake that all terrorists throughout the ages have made. They did not count on the resiliency of the human spirit. Just as in New York on 9/11 and in London on 7/7, in the midst of all the chaos people have come together and have shown that community is not that easily broken.
Yom Kippur 2012 is over. The Day of Atonement didn't bring any difference in the news we could find in the printed media. Do me a favor and check your newspaper right now. Ninety percent of the pictures and the articles are about problems instead of solutions, crisis instead of chances, war instead of peace. How come? Is there nothing positive to share? Is there no hope?
Last week we were all shocked by the heartbreaking photos of Hope the dog who was found emaciated and half the weight she should have been. She was described by a vet as the thinnest dog she'd seen alive.
So, let us not respond to this with knee-jerk, authoritarian reactions. Let us take a stance that many in my party would call 'tough liberalism.' This means, yes, the 'stick' of the law (and the need to have and show genuine remorse to victims) but it must also mean the 'carrot' of a second chance, of opportunity, and of help.