The Work Universe – 1


Social and Wealth Divisions

The claim is being made that we have a very vibrant economy with very low unemployment. The reality is something else entirely. Yes, a lot of money is being made by some, but others are working more than one job just to get by. This is not the country of opportunity we have always said we must have.

A Complex Set of Issues

Decades ago I took a job serving the impoverished inner city of Baltimore. As I’ve said previously I was guided out into the streets by a woman social worker and gradually I came to see a new complex reality. How naive we can be!

Shortly another staffer showed up and I did not expect it. He was a vocational rehabilitation counselor. I was there to give mental health services – or so I thought. But there was a need to find employment for people in this poverty environment and I could do evaluations to help in making choices.  I pitched in and learned the complexity of the work. Long after I left that particular job I continued doing such evaluations.

The New America

The other day my wife and I boarded a plane to go to the college graduation of a granddaughter. The plane was filled with an unexpected diversity showing us the presence of people of such heritages as African, Asian and Latin in such numbers that we were surprised. At the first stop they all exited and the plane was loaded with almost all white Americans. It was truly puzzling, but showed who we are in this country and our growing complexity.  This is truly a new and complex America and we need to pay attention.

The World of Work

And over the decades I’ve come to see the complexity of job skills. In this series I’m going to address diverse issues. The issues are complex and important. And one of the issues that cannot be separated is the wealth division. It affects education and the development of

available work. Wealth is flowing to the few which is straining our society in terrible ways. It appears the last time this happened was in the late 1920s. Changes were forced by the Great Depression and World War II.  It would be better if we now faced what lies before us in all its complexity.


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I refer to it as a work of magical realism. It is a series with a strong mythological element and a real world setting in this time when women are being empowered at last. It is a time of wonder and awakening for all of humankind.

Gaia’s Majesty-Mission Called: Women in Power – Book 1

Avery had dedicated her life to work for the future of third world women. Her life was enhanced when she met the man who became the love of her life. They could not know that they shared a destiny and that a mission set long ago by our Earth Goddess was to be revealed before 


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Gaia’s Majesty-Challenge: The Chosen Rise – Book 2

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These people, called Tethyans, live in cities in the sea but can morph into fully human form and come to land to form families. They join with the warrior women called the Andromeda to fight against the forces working to impair the future of humankind. Avery has found her birth name of Chantia and she and Beck find there is soon to be a child of seeming great import just as the world falls into terrible strife with millions already dead. 

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Gaia’s Majesty-Challenge

Men, Women and …


But There’s More

Men, Women and …

In recent posts there was a discussion asking when men will begin to truly examine themselves as we move into a rapidly changing future, in a time when women are clearly becoming empowered. But it is a time of complex challenges.

Raising An Important Question

In the second book of my Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy-Challenge one of the major characters, Beck, has an intriguing interaction. In the undersea world that he and his wife Chantia have entered there are the Tethyan people. These people are predominantly female but there are a few men. Beck knows men are there because the mission of the Tethyans is to guard the future in case of a catastrophic failure among humankind.

Beck is intrigued and asks to speak with some of the men. The first two don’t seem to be able to give him much information. Then comes Lucas who is of the Illuminata, the clarifiers. Lucas points out that there are numerous questions regarding the men and that they are yet to be answered.

We, In Our World, Have Numerous Questions

What Lucas says reflects the developing picture in their rapidly developing world. In our current world we have a similar problem. Earlier posts talked about the changing roles of women and the need for men at last to begin to probe themselves and their future because they have to change as well.

The Third Force

I struggled to come up with an appropriate term for another issue. It is becoming apparent that humankind is not merely made up of men and women clear in their images and identity. (Duh!) We have struggled for a long time to believe in a simple dichotomy which is an untruth. But in recent decades we have truly discovered the LGBTQ community. 

Again I struggle with terminology. The diversity involved does not quite seem like an integrated “community”. But I think you get my drift. At last we are going to have to deal with our real diversity. We are not seamless and do not merely have two partners who come together for reproduction. 

Rich Complexity

When I look at programs about animals it seems they are all about food and reproduction. There are the predators and the prey, males and females. It seems primates have some forms of culture but nothing approaching our language and depth of culture. And while their world may change, rapid development is unlikely. We are quite different.


Yes, we are challenged and need to step back, control our prejudices and take a look at our diversity as a precious gift, not something to be feared. Again we come to the theme of transformation. In Gaia’s Majesty I address the challenge and the possibilities for our future. Our rapidly changing human culture presents us with  moments of opportunity to be seized. There is much more to come as the cascade seems to be intensifying.

Gaia’s Majesty-Mission Called: Women in Power by Roger B. Burt

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