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[Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: Verizon's greed

Hey! Well done Helen.
Another way of explaining it is in the movie "City Slickers" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HUA
Andy Blunden
On 25/04/2016 2:34 PM, Helen Grimmett wrote:
This showed up in my facebook feed not so long ago!

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A beautiful Japanese word : Ikigai

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.[1]
Finding the purpose of your life.
The Japanese call it IKIGAI and this is how you derive it.
— @emmyzen (Emmy van Deurzen)
The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki (生 き?), referring to life, and kai (甲斐?), which roughly means "the realisation of what one expects and hopes for". In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life...the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It's not necessarily linked to one's economic status or the present state of society. Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikigai> — with Punnapa Norsaengsri <https://www.facebook.com/punnapa.norsaengsri>.


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On 25 April 2016 at 14:09, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net <mailto:ablunden@mira.net>> wrote:

    Have you come across the Japanese word "ikigai",
    Valerie? I believe it translates as "a reason to get
    up in the morning, a reason to live." I think we all
    need ikigai, and our world is made up of other
    people's ikigai (or whatever the plural is).
    Andy Blunden
    http://home.mira.net/~andy <http://home.mira.net/%7Eandy>

    On 25/04/2016 2:03 PM, Wilkinson wrote:

        Note (a continuation):
        I was in such a hurry that I couldn't remember
"the project as unit of analysis." (thanks Andy) We do progress! It's not just survival of the
        fittest, but also mutual aid is a factor.  And
        like we used to say in Medieval Lit,
        "when Adam dug and Eve spun,
        who was then a "gentleman"?

        On 2016/04/25 12:13, Wilkinson wrote:

            Life in the present mode of existence, being.
            Hello, dear Xmca-er colleagues.

            I'm checking in as a woman scholar voice doing
            research in General
            Systems Theory.  Once I was just at the
            beginning and now nearly the end
            of my institutional career.  In Japan.  A
            National University.
            I live in an educational world where the
            children have been taught that
            the nail that sticks out gets beaten down.

            As a systems theorist, at the level of self,
            group, community - living
            systems naturally seek equilibrium.  So why
            would I vote or not vote for
            Sanders?  Why would I vote or not vote for Hilary?

            40 years of teaching languages, Latin, Greek,
            English, has been to make
            my living.  What I love and want to talk about
            is how to create a great
            team, produce a film, coordinate a
            satisfactory project, with the young
            ones who are enacting the managerial roles
            having the full support of
            the community of adults, both in and out of
            the academy. Moreover,
            peer-learning, which appears essential, and
            has so appeared to me since
            I was seven, "teaching" my one year younger
            brother how to read my first
            English primer.

            Time and again Andy, Larry, and Mike have
            responded lucidly and kindly
            to my flashing dives into the stream.  I feel
            that Andy's "project" as
            mode/method/focus for the self, the team, and
            the community is coherent,
            articulate, manageable.  So if I fear and
            dread recursions of 30s
            horrors, world depression, anti-union, the
            ghastly shape of Nazism
            appearing, the shape of Joseph McCarthy's
            witch-hunts, it's not going to
            help much with my projects of today, this
            week, etc.

            But coming back again and again to the
            present, the projects I am doing
            now, this week, this month, working out how to
            stay in contact with the
            players, get announcements out to the
            community, well, that is quite
            enough for me to do.  Since the kids are grown
            up and don't need me so
            much, I have to encourage young students to
            join clubs, have meetings,
            plan events.  Just have to stay busy ...

            But always coming back to General Systems
            Theory, and moving with the
            present, as a woman/mother/lover/teacher/faculty
            member/participant-observer, I value the
            exquisite mind of Ross Ashby
            and "requisite variety," which is what a
            viable system needs to survive,
            an environment which draws out the creative,
            which satisfies the hunger.
              Permeable membranes and interface is how I
            see the interaction of
            nations and communities and teams and people
            and families and the cells
            in the body maintaining health.

            It is hard for me to check in or dive in with
            a word, but XMCA continues
            to be the best forum for my serendipities and
            synchronicities and
            reading of the news.  I'm still a GST person
            and keep my eye on Ervin
            Laszlow and the Budapest Club for
            international cooperative ventures in
            sustainable business, a benign transition to
            an age of ultra-technology,
            in which human communities can create
            harmonious dwellings,
            environmentally friendly renewable energy and
            so on.  I live in Japan
            and my brother's family members live in
            Germany. Living in the present
            does not mean just today.  I see that it means
            progressing toward better
education, better health, better food supply. I still want to pay
            attention to Japan and Germany - and where
            ever people have learned that
            wholesome, calm work places, educational
            opportunities and intrinsic
            development, taking it easy and taking it
            slow, are altogether so much
            better than war, war, bombs, and
            military/industrial complex money blah,
            messing up the academy, truncating creativity,
            killing joyful work
            places. (But now I see that I am standing on a
            box in a park instead of
            getting on with my projects for today).

            2016/04/25 9:29, mike cole wrote:

                This is how Sanders represents himself in
                a way that appeals to a good
                Americans. They do not
                know what to call it and neither does he.
                I offer it as evidence about an
                unusual phenomenon in American political
                life that feels to this dated
                person a LOT like what I understand of the
                1930's in this country. I come
                from a line of premature anti-fascists and
                anti-racists (terrible
                who were firm believers in the first
                ammendment to the constitution of
                US. What I see in this election is very
                disturbingly like what those
                around my birth were all about.

                The result in that case was a massive
                world war and the beginning of the
                atomic age.

                The result in this case?

                Who was  it you were asking me to vote for?

                ---------- Forwarded message ----------
                From: BernieSanders.com
                Date: Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 4:14 PM
                Subject: Verizon's greed
                To: Michael Cole <lchcmike@gmail.com

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                When the CEO of a company makes almost $20
                million a year but then
                tries to
                outsource jobs, reduce wages, and cut
                health benefits -- that's the
                kind of
                corporate greed we need to get rid of in
                America. *And that's exactly
                Verizon is doing right now.*

                Verizon's employees are fighting back.
                They're out on strike for a
                contract. *Stand with them against their
                CEO and add your name to
                to say you support Verizon employees.

                Bernie's email to you about this very
                important issue about this is
                Thank you for standing in solidarity.

                Sisters and Brothers,

                The CEO of Verizon makes almost $20
                million a year in compensation. He
                leads one of the most profitable companies
                in the country.

                *Yet Verizon wants to take away employees'
                health benefits. Verizon wants
                to outsource decent-paying jobs. Verizon
                wants to avoid paying federal
                income tax. And right now, Verizon is
                refusing to sit down and
                negotiate a
                fair contract with its employees.*

                In other words, Verizon is just another
                major American corporation trying
                to destroy the lives of working Americans.
                *But this time, Verizon's
                employees are fighting back.*

                Thousands of very brave employees of
                Verizon and Verizon Wireless are on
                strike until they can get a fair contract.
                They made a *very* difficult
                decision that puts their families at risk
                -- but it's a choice they
                made to
                stand up for justice against corporate greed.

                *I'm asking you today to stand up and tell
                the CEO of Verizon that you
                think Verizon employees deserve a fair
                contract that protects health
                benefits, guarantees fair pay, and stops
                outsourcing. Click here to add
                your name in support of Verizon employees.

                *Add Your Name »

                Twice last week in New York City I stood
                with Verizon workers in the
                streets. I did so because they're doing
                something very brave: they're
                standing up not just for themselves, but
                for the millions of Americans
                don't have a union.

                The working class of this country deserves
                to earn decent wages, decent
                benefits, and not see their jobs go to
                low-wage countries.

                Verizon's CEO doesn't think that. He
                called me "contemptible" for saying
                that his employees need a fair contract,
                and that Verizon should pay its
                fair share in federal income taxes.

                What I think is contemptible is CEOs with
                multi-million dollar
                packages, presiding over extremely
                profitable companies, and still
                to give their employees fair contracts.

                Corporate greed is a scourge on this
                country, and it will take all of us
                standing up for justice in order to rein
                it in. *One significant way you
                can stand up to corporate greed is by
                standing with Verizon employees who
                are out on strike.*

                *Add your name and say you support Verizon
                employees who are standing
                up to
                the CEO in order to get a fair contract
                with health benefits, fair
                pay, and
                job protections.

                Corporate America is slowly beginning to
                realize that they cannot have it
                all. Thanks for helping them know it.

                In solidarity,

                Bernie Sanders


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