10 Steps To Creating A New Society - Step #3 - Change the meaning of wealth. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
What do most people in the world consider true wealth? The OECD Better Life Initiative did a global survey in 2015 and found these are the top five wealth measurements by most people:
5. Work/Life Balance
The Pew Research Center did a 2018 survey of Americans and found these five items at the top of the list when it comes to personal wealth:
4. Spirituality and Faith
Richard Barret, a researcher at the Barret Values Center did a survey of up to a half million people world wide to find out what they valued the most. Here are his top five:
It's strange that getting rich with a mansion and a fancy sports car aren't showing up in these top fives, yet material gain by any means necessary is the de facto gospel evangelized throughout the West and now spread as the path to success for the rest of the world. Need proof? Look at how we've raised the value of rich people to celebrity and believe they are wiser and better looking than the rest of us. Look at the way we've constantly allowed rich companies to get away with things we would never allow with people or companies of lesser means. Look at how we've allowed our politicians to sell their integrity to the highest bidder, and often for cheap. Look at how we've, collectively, sacrificed the value of other people, creatures and the planet for the sake of making more money. We are now in the midst of living the consequences of this focus.
Perhaps there is an opportunity to help people find what they want most --- family, friendships, safety and quality of life, --- without implementing exploitation, degradation and abuse as part of the formula to get those things. There is a old saying of "he who dies with the most toys, wins" that's rampant in societies around the world. Entire socioeconomic systems have been created around this core belief. Again, this is inconsistent with what the average person is looking for in a life of dignity, but it is constantly being shoved down our throat through popular culture, advertisement and our political structures.
The key to building a new society is to jettison materialism in favor of making sure everyone has the opportunity to live a quality life so that they can leverage the best of their creativity to benefit all of us. That can't happen if people can't feed their family at night. Systemic racism, gender bias and income inequality is the invisible hand that leads to greed, lack, grifting, malfeasance and want. This is an opportunity for us to learn from the things that have proven themselves to be failures, and also for us to use our innovative and higher selves to create something greater, better and more abundant.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com