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Disguised as charity…something damaging is happening. As wealth and inequality increase, philanthropy becomes the “it” vehicle to level the playing field. As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth to then distribute in charitable acts, the more heroic it sounds to “give back”. The emperor has no clothes. No “charitable” (I hate that word) intervention can solve the issues of poverty, environment, health etc…Oh, it can kick the can down the road. But the “issue areas” of philanthropy are all symptoms… symptoms of a fundamentally broken structure.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”
– Albert Einstein
Taking me in and thenTurning me 'round and thensaving the day
Tell me what's right and thenShow me I'm wrong and thenYou make it okay
And all that you see for meWhat you can be for meJust take it away
'Cuz I've lost my faith in youNow I can see right throughYou're fading to gray
This can't take another lifetime'cuz you know just what you knowYou can't let it go
We don't need to use a lifelineWhile you're counting what you ownWe've already flown
Thank you I'll do withoutMountains of fear and doubtLet's call it a day
And then build a wider roadNothing to hide or holdJust give it away
You can come ride alongThere's room for everyoneWhen nothing's at stake
I'll watch you laugh at meWondering just what I seeWill keep you awake
This won't take another lifetime'cuz you know just what you knowYou can't let it go
We don't need to use your lifelineWhile you're counting what you ownWe've already flown
I saw youBut you'll never knowWhat you'll never know
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