Hello Cassie – do you remember one of my talks in lydney this year about greed etc – we are right in the grip of the seven deadly sins and wondered if you could pen some of this on the blog for ring quest? people need to wake up quickly robert The above was an email which Robert sent me on 22nd December 2010 and has a sense of urgency. Looking back at my notes taken at the September 2010 meeting in Lydney, I see they actually begin with the words: “We are living in an Age of mass greed.” Other people’s notes mention “complacency and selfishness”, all of which tie in very nicely with the Seven Deadly Sins which I confess I had to look up to get all 7. These are listed as: Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Gluttony. But filling up freezers in response to possible food shortages only aggravates the problem. Thousands are experiencing money traumas. Robert went on to talk about the Pyramid of Power which we see on the dollar bill. The tip has separated from the main structure and The Eye represents those whose aim is power and domination, just as in Lord of the Rings. There was a time in early 2000 when the Pyramid was inverted and the masses had begun to have a voice but it has reverted again and the situation is now worse as those who hold power have become inaccessible. In other words the top of the Pyramid has cut itself off from the its main bulk – just as in the dollar bill. We see the proof of this all around us. The 0800 telephone numbers are one example. No-one seems to be in charge. Even the local bank manager has to phone the same 0800 number and be subjected to the music and endless, long-winded options which get you nowhere. Nick Clegg recently summed it up when describing bankers as living in a “parallel universe”. They are shameless about flaunting their stratospheric bonuses because they know they are unassailable. We only have to look at the criminality of some M.P.s to see what the climate of greed has done to us. In a recent TV programme, a top banker agreed that the vast profits are simply shared out amongst those who earned them.