The Extraction Principle

It’s time for a talk about getting up versus getting over.

Old habits die hard.

When do you stop grasping at crumbs while the bigger things get away from you?   My church hosted a Feed the Children food distribution program a few years ago.  It was quite a sight to see middle and upper middle class, overweight folks skimming Debbie Cakes.

Our votes are still too often tied to extracting pittances – free turkeys, photo opportunities – from politicians.  This, while the infrastructure collapses around our heads.  While education continues to spiral downwards.  While health care and pensions become distant memories.

Money is the mother’s milk of politics.  It assures a place at the table and a voice in the process.  If you don’t have the money?  Time.  Though weakened, labor still has a voice because phone banks are staffed and door to door visits are conducted.

People who have something to give are always more powerful than people who are trying to extract.

Command rather than extract.

Have what you want but want all you have.

Do for self.

Give to get.


About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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