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A Feeling of Worth - a manifesto for mending our broken world Paperback – May 13, 2009
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I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. -- ABRAHAM MASLOW
"I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act."--ABRAHAM MASLOW
From the Author
My migratory history and financial management background have perhaps made me more sensitive than most to financial and economic mismanagement. Moving from one country to another is a costly exercise and each move inevitably erodes one's capital. Consequently, there is pressure to rebuild what you have sacrificed and you become very aware of how much tax you are paying, how it is being spent, and how much of it is being 'wasted.' Of course 'waste' is subjective, but over time I have become very sensitive to something that I think that both government and 'big business' overlook - the fact that there is only one of me. As so vividly demonstrated by the dotcom bubble, businesses had grand plans for massive growth in market-share and totally overlooked that getting it meant taking it from someone else, (or worse, themselves) and that wasn't in the plan! This lesson wasn't learned by the banks and even governments have come to believe that they can keep squeezing for more, or failing that, borrow. This model cannot continue. Rather than just criticising this "exploitation", however, I have attempted to show how we could move forward to get a more balanced social, political and economic order. I don't have all the answers, but I would like to think my ideas provide a platform for a more sensible approach for moving forward.
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He starts from a perspective of our each having a mission and purpose. He feels that lack of responsibility has resulted from a misplaced search for equality, and that people have achieved the opposite of what they were trying to do. Some may find the message provocative but at least the author is not trying to please everybody or hide behind obfuscation. You certainly know what he thinks and I found this directness refreshing. He is not afraid to suggest simple and direct actions to rectify the world and get things back on track.
Bay Jordan originally hails from what is now Zimbabwe and has lived in South Africa, Canada and now the UK. No doubt some of his directness comes from his early years. Whether you agree with him or not, certainly his message that if we all leave it to someone else then things won't get better, so his call to action is timely no matter what your political leanings.