We have said "Liberty and justice for all," but wealthy people, powerful people, think that doesn't apply to them, particularly the "justice" part, or to those they don't like, and live to have life their way, doing what the want, when they want, any way they want, without consequences or repercussions. And they don't pay taxes. Wealthy, powerful people live at the expense of everyone else. I don't know of any way to bring them to justice, to have them pay their fair share, to force them to live within the constraints that apply to the rest of us. An Elder Wand would do it, but that is a happy fantasy. The truth is "Money Wins." What does money live off of? We can cut back on how much of our money we give to those who are making money off of us. We can live to diminish our own reliance on money. We can live to remove money from its center place in our life. We can become as free from the power of money as we can be and still pay the bills necessary to do what needs to be done. But the fundamental problem of the inequities created and sustained by money will be with us always to the end of time. Everybody does not have the same rights in prisons or POW camps. If we let that burden us and restrict our life, we are paying an unnecessary price in addition to the inequity that is also to be recognized and shouldered on our way through the world.
Growing up is the solution to all of our problems today. We think having our way and getting what we want is the ultimate goal of life. The culture and the economy (And where is the line separating the two?) are geared to creating and maintaining an infantile approach to living on the part of every citizen, young and old, to keep us buying everything we want and therefore think we ought to have. If people lived out of their need to be who we are and serve/express/exhibit our original nature in all that we do, it would crash the economy in a day, maybe two. Advertising and movies are geared to thirteen year olds, and too few of us ever advance beyond that level, no matter how old we actually are. "When is it MY turn?" and "What about ME?" are the mantras of daily life. The entire refusal to wear a mask and be vaccinated furor is a flash-back to the Terrible Two's, which is as far as Donald Trump and his entourage have advanced. The world is dying for people to open themselves to the tasks commiserate with their stage of life, undertaking and completing them at the time appropriate to their age. Who is willingly and heartfully doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done in each situation as it arises all their life long no matter what for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it? Yet, it is easy to find those who are artfully dodging the tasks of life and compensating themselves for the burdens they can't avoid with double helpings of whatever is a delight to their eyes and promises to make them euphorically happy forever, or until the next Wonderful Nothing comes along. Yachts and islands and private jets seem to be doing it for those who can afford it. The rest of us have to settle for bigger TV's and a place in some crowd.
It is the task of life to make conscious what can be made conscious of the unconscious aspects of ourselves. Things happened to us that should not have happened to us, and other things did not happen that should have happened, and we responded to both sets of things in ways that were not as helpful as it might have been-- and are still responding to those things in those ways. We have become who we are because of our ways of responding to the things that happened to us and to the things that did not happen to us. And then there are the things that came with us from the womb-- our original nature, who we are equipped to be, primed to be, ready to be, but something happens, and what the world we are born into allows restricts what we can be, and we have to work out a compromise in becoming who we are-- and that has to be made conscious as well, in order to bring our original nature to life as fully as possible within the life we are living. In all of this, we need more help than we get, which leaves us with helping ourselves by finding what we need to do what needs to be done, on all levels in the time left for living, in redeeming what can be redeemed, and serving what needs to be served, in squaring ourselves up with who we are, where we are, when we are, how we are, and living as fully as we can under the circumstances. In making conscious what needs to be conscious, we come to terms with what must be come to terms with, make our peace with what must be acknowledged and allowed to be because it is, with much in the way of compassion, and little in the way of opinion. We do this in the company of the right kind of emptiness (Emptying ourselves of all that stands between us and emptiness), the right kind of stillness and the right kind of silence. Waiting, watching, for something to stir to life, and spring to mind, of its own accord, "out of the blue," surprising us with the appearance of something new, calling our name and asking us to follow where it leads, and see where it goes-- doing what needs to be done in response all along the way.