Inside Job – The Film

** please please please check out the Don Henley CD by the same name! Awesome lyrics, wonderful music. It is a must-listen! (one of my favourites on that CD is the song "Goodbye to a River.")

Note on March 13th: This is now available on DVD.

Last week a friend whose opinions I greatly value sent out an email message promoting the film “Inside Job” (narrated by Matt Damon). Trailer here Reviews here

So I went to see it last night, here in Toronto.

I’m now recommending that anyone & everyone go & see this film (thanks, Sandra!!)

Just Google it to see if it’s on in your city or town.

I’ve always been extraordinarily dense about how financial matters work – perhaps mostly because they have never interested me much. I know I’m smart enough that if I really wanted to understand them, I could. But I’m kind of busy with a variety of other issues, so… this one just doesn’t usually get onto my radar screen.

But I reckon we all need to understand the fallout from the insane financial shenanigans of the folks in the U.S. whose insane greed is so over the top that it occurs to me this morning that they are actually downright demented! (The blog post ‘The Inmates & The Asylum’ may be of some relevance here.) These sick puppies are running the whole show. Heaven help us all!?!?!?

Greed is a common enough human phenomenon, of course. Many of us suffer from the more-more-more disease, & the fallacy that if we buy & have lots more “stuff,” it will make us feel better inside. It all traces back to those not-very-affirming or wonderful (& usually highly neurotic) childhoods so many of us experienced. Of course patriarchy plays into it too. & our vastly mixed up culture. It’s complicated, eh? (Well, hmmm, it’s not really all that complicated to understand. To deal with it, though, is time-consuming & challenging. And yet, is there really any other game in town???)

Well. This film is about the financial world colluding in its indescribable & insatiable greed – with, of course, full cooperation from the folks in the White House – to line their own pockets with so much money & leave the rest of us in the dust (“let them eat cake,” more or less, eh?) to the point that millions were left unemployed & losing homes – & on & on this sick, horrid saga goes, to this very day – with the Obama administration’s stamp of approval, unfortunately…& no end in sight.

On the up side? People of integrity made this film. People of integrity within the economic/financial world were interviewed for the film, & they tell us the truth. These people of integrity probably hope other people of integrity will become impassioned about this sorry state of affairs & become involved in trying to change things.

Author/entrepreneur/environmental activist Paul Hawken once said “You can blame people who knock things over in the dark, or you can begin to light candles. You’re only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing.”

I put it to everyone that, as an old saying goes, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

Janet

P.S. And I recommend that folks in the U.S. look into the very awesome group, the Network of Spiritual Progressives, & learn about their principles, conferences, Tikkun Magazine, etc. This group is run by & is chockfull of people of tremendous integrity, with oodles of great ideas for change. They could use your help & support (& you can use theirs!)

P.P.S. Happiness is another thing that’s an “inside job,” hmmm?

‘Quote of the day’ w. this post: “The miracle is this the more we share, the more we have.” ~ Leonard Nimoy

Closest runner-up for ‘Quote of the day’: “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” ~ F.H. Bradley

Other runners-up: “These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the original parable, the bland lead the bland.” – Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) in The Affluent Society.

“One of the things I argue in my book [A Journey Through Economic Time] is the extent to which people go to avoid rational decisions – the very large role of mental deficiency in economic history.Generally, people have been very resistant to attributing a causal role in history to stupidity.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist

“The modern conservative…is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith quoted in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming, by Paul Hawken <Pg. 115>

 

 

“The Earth is not dying – it is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.” U. Utah Phillips quoted in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming, by Paul Hawken <Pg. 115>