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You vs. Wall Street: 6 Secrets for Survival

You vs. Wall Street: 6 Secrets for Survival

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As people throughout the world take to the streets in support of life, liberty, and equality, its time to take a closer look at the lessons we can learn.
As people throughout the world take to the streets in support of life, liberty, and equality, its time to take a closer look at the lessons we can learn.

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You Vs. Wall Street: 6 Secrets for Survival
 
You Vs. Wall Street: 6 Secrets for Survival
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for more than 40 years.He is the author of 9 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places,Male Menopause,The Irritable Male Syndrome, 
.I offer counseling to men, women, and couples in his office in California or byphone with people throughout the U.S. and around the world. To receive a FreeE-book on Men’s Health and a free subscription to my e-newsletter go tohttp://facebook.com/menalivenow. If you enjoy my articles, please subscribe. Iwrite to everyone who joins my tribe of followers. My new book,
MenAlive:Stop Killer Stress with Simple Energy Healing Tools
is due for publication inMay 2012.
 
It seems clear that the world as we know it is coming to an end. The“Occupy Wall Street” movement is the latest expression of that reality.Václav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic, recognized thecoming changes in a talk he gave at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, July 4,1994. “Today, many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying andexhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from therubble.”
 
I got my first glimpse of the momentous changes that were impactingour lives in a Sweat Lodge Ceremony with 20 other men at the WingspanMen’s Conference in 1995. During the Sweat Lodge I had a vision where Isaw the sinking of the Ship of Civilization and the survival of millions of linked lifeboats. Since then I’ve been trying to better understand what thevision had to teach me and how we can all survive and thrive during thesetransition times. Here are my thoughts thus far:
1.
Open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to the reality of change.
“People don’t seem to realize it that it is not like we’re on the
Titanic
andwe have to avoid the iceberg,” says Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of The EcoTech International Group, who Pulitizer-Prize winning author TomFriedman calls one of the best environmental minds in America. “We’ve
 
already hit the iceberg 
. The water is rushing in down below. But some people just don’t want to leave the dance floor; others don’t want to give upon the buffet. But if we don’t make the hard choices, nature will make themfor us.”
2. Understand that there is life beyond Civilization.
If it seems like Civilization is sinking, you may be right. But don’t letthat fact terrify you. Pulitizer Prize-winning author Jared Diamondsays,“Civilization is the worst mistake in the history of the human race.”Visionary author Daniel Quinnsays, “Because it's intrinsically hierarchical,civilization benefits members at the top very richly but benefits the massesat the bottom very poorly--and this has been so from the beginning.” ButCivilization is not the end of the road as many fear, but just the beginning, asQuinn reminds us in his book 
3. Don’t panic. Breathe easy.
The wheels of “Civilization” are coming off and things are beginning toget dicey. In order to be around for the next chapter we are going to have toadapt and become comfortable with the unknown. The serenity prayer,originally written by philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr, and adopted byAlcoholic’s Anonymous can be a powerful reminder.
God grant me the serenityTo accept the things I cannot change;Courage to change the things I can;And wisdom to know the difference.
 
4. Understand our adversaries are not our enemies. 
When the world becomes more complex and stressful, we have atendency to polarize into “us” and “them” and to make “them” the bad guys.It helps to focus our energies by having an opponent like “Wall Street.” Butthe rich aren’t our enemies. Warren Buffett is super rich and he’s a strongadvocate for greater economic equality in the country. Everyone wins whenwe all pay our fair share.

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