Let’s try this on for size: The Keystone State will now be known as Pennshalevania. Alternatively, you can call it Gasylvania. Whatever you do, don’t call it a commonwealth anymore. Wealth here, nowadays, simply isn’t for everyone– regardless of what Penn State said yesterday in their new report that was paid for by the Marcellus Shale Coalition.
I am beginning to wonder if humans have a very sound approach to what the word “prosperity” means. Us dogs, we have no money. We don’t need money to prosper. Instead, our version of prosperity revolves around our pack relationships. Us dogs value our interactions with each other. We value each other.
The dog economy isn’t based on a symbolic value system represented by coins and bills. (I don’t even know what to do with a dollar.) I know that humans can’t exactly do away with money… but, friends, couldn’t you do away with the insatiable urge to get it at the expense of your fellow humans’ basic needs? Why take gas out of the ground when doing so hurts others? For money?
Why do I say all of this? Because in Pennshalevania, we used to have a system of prosperity based on freedom, tolerance, and the common good. That’s the way it was when William Penn walked our woods. Now, we have a system married to corporate investment and spear-headed by a governor who ignores injustice.
And to him, and his lapdogs, I offer the following:
“Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay
are those who gain riches by unjust means.
When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them,
and in the end they will prove to be fools.”