We are collectively waiting. Corporations wait with huge coffers of cash (Apple, for instance, is sitting on $98 BILLION). The unemployment rate, officially, around 8.3% in February 2012, doesn’t include the long-term unemployed – we can guess that 10-15% of working-age people are sitting on the sidelines. Entire industries (construction, finance, and to some degree manufacturing) have a lot of sidelines going on – in terms of workers, production, etc. 11 % of US homes are vacant – and that number seems to be increasing. Then there is the tsunami of Baby Boomers starting to cascade into retirement – and the sidelines.
So what is “the sidelines”? In this sense it is “a sphere of little or no participation or activity.” However, I think there’s a sense of impending and previous participation implicit – so to me it’s more like limbo “an intermediate or transitional place or state.”
I think of the sidelines as a resting place. The coach has pulled me out of the game – but temporarily. I am watching the action on the field, maybe drinking some Gatorade, catching my breath – and beginning to plan my next moves.
I believe any sentient being can see that we are on the brink of – and to some degree, amidst – great, sweeping change. The old order is very rapidly dying away and yet the new one is yet to be born. It is a gestational, liminal time, to be sure.
What then, shall we do? I wrote about one such solution in this post – Power to the People! Let’s Turn this Country Around. I wrote this post right after my beloved friend was diagnosed with what turned out to be terminal liver cancer – so I got distracted. It may be time to revisit implementing some of these ideas.
I’m also participating in The 99% Spring and plan to be involved in that.
There is so much abundance – time, energy, talents and money – sitting in abeyance while people are hungry, lonely, angry and tired. Isn’t it time to change that.
Please join me in the 99% Spring. And if you are interested in beginning dialogue on the ideas I laid out in Power to the People, let’s dialogue about how we can begin. Margaret Mead was right: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
I’m in. You?