Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Power of Money vs. Human Revolution - No Contest!

Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International, recently encouraged members regarding the economic crisis. He said the key is to focus on human revolution.

Excerpt from...
Let’s Strive Together for a Year of Victory!
February 20, 2009 WT – Seize the Day p. E

We are in the midst of what is being called a “once-in-a-century” financial crisis. What is most important at this troubled time? Of course, wise and decisive measures need to be taken in the political, economic and international arenas. But there is something else that we must not forget.

On New Year’s Day 1946, as Japan was still suffering from the aftermath of its defeat in World War II, Shigeru Nambara, president of Tokyo University (present-day University of Tokyo), gave a radio address in which he said, “An even more urgent priority than institutional and structural reform is an inner revolution, a revolution in people’s hearts and minds.” Nambara saw this as “human revolution.”

At that time, Mr. Toda had already embarked on his struggle for kosen-rufu, based on his conviction that awakening people to the Buddhahood inherent in their lives was key to freeing them from suffering and helping them on a fundamental level. People are the focus and heart of everything. Unless people themselves change at the innermost level, any reform or improvement will be lacking a vital element.

Nambara concluded his radio address as follows: “Sacred Mount Fuji illuminated by the morning sunlight of New Year’s Day seems to me a symbol of a new future. With fresh hope and courage, let us press straight ahead on the road that lies before us, no matter how filled with adversity and difficulty it may be.”


The idea of human revolution was also emphasized by (French author Andre’) Maurois: “The most profound revolutions are spiritual. They transform people who, in turn, transform the world.” He discerned the fact that the human revolution of a single individual is the true starting point of all change, writing, “A single individual, whether hero or saint, can set an example for the multitudes, the emulation of which can dramatically transform the world.”

We must see to it that the 21st century is a century of human revolution. Humanity as a whole must now turn its focus to this fundamental path.

But what about drill baby drill?

From the NYT:
The great American drilling boom is over.

The number of oil and gas rigs deployed to tap new energy supplies across the country has plunged to less than 1,200 from 2,400 last summer, and energy executives say the drop is accelerating further.

And yet all we heard last fall were the gimmicky chants of drill baby, drill! Even Sarah Palin deigned to "correct" future VP Biden in her one and only shot at coming across as a serious candidate.

Read more here...
As Oil and Gas Prices Plunge, a Frenzy of Drilling Ends

Cramer vs. Stewart

Everything you need all in one place. Let's start at the very beginning....a very good place to start:

And then, the rebuttal:

The next round, leading to the final smack down:

The face off (in 3 parts). Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Wow. It was a lot really. And while the face off wasn't funny, Jon Stewart showed his intellectual prowess (which is what makes him such a brilliant comedian in the first place).

Several articles have appeared about the various aspects of the skirmish. Read a couple:

Cramer vs. Stewart Coverage Largely Misses From Columbia Journalism Review


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