There are two businesses in need of our attention. We must attend to both but we are neglecting them.
Both concern our well-being and our future and the way in which succeeding generations will live and die on our planet.
The first bit of business, whether we like it or not, is climate change. It is clear that climate change, its causes and its alleviation is one important business. We have got to attend to it but we do not. It will become increasingly harder to control as our numbers grow and we prosper.
The second important business that we ignore is the way in which our economies are developing into systems for relieving the rich at the expense of the poor. There is no pithy name for this activity, except perhaps rampant capitalism, but that I fear does not adequately describe the process that is damaging us all and is exemplified by banks selling products that we do not need and manipulating interest rates so a rate that is supposed to be an averge becomes at rate at which they can unduly profit.
We swing from thinking about one to thinking about the other, depending on what immediately pulls our attention. We spend too much time thinking and not enough doing. It is a familiar state of mind.
My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
And, like a man to double business bound,
I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
And both neglect