Archive for Transformation
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
“Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
“Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.”—
Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 17 January 1961.
The choices that were made during this administration will have consequences that will out live most of us who are currently here on the planet. So many of us are quick to move to the next topic and do not want to dwell in the past. Even if the past is the last eight years. It is imperative that we thoroughly look at how we arrived at this point in time. How did an entire nation of people allow a few individuals to convince us to go invade another sovereign state. Just a little common sense tells us that this was not because the leader of the country was a dangerous and unstable individual who had killed his own people and invaded another country. We have several people on the world stage that fit that description and several countries that are committing genocide, engaging in nuclear weapons testing, and in reality are a much greater threat to our country.
It will take soldiers, strategist, diplomats and a leader who understands that there can be no victory when there has been bloodshed, there can only be rebuilding and healing.
We as Americans must decide what definition of PATRIOTISM we will take into the election booth in November and select another individual to make decisions and act in our name on the world stage.
Will we utilize a patriotism that we wear on our sleeve or will we utilize a PATRIOTISM that we carry in our hearts.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Leaders possess a clear vision of the future. They must be able to look beyond where we are today. All their decisions are in alignment with their over-riding objectives and they move in that direction.
As I have stated before, this is not a political blog, even though I discuss issues from a political perspective. My intention is to submit the use of politics as the mechanism for continued transformation of our planet and ourselves. I was unaware when I began the blog that there would be several events that would culminate to allow me to clarify this purpose for myself.
I have been trying to wrap my thoughts around what is in the mind of the American populous this election year. The pundits, the establishment and the news media appear to be perplexed. Even some of the candidates. They have referred to Barack Obama’s campaign as a movement. They have caricatured him as the messiah presenting a false hope.
The caricature is what caught my attention however and deeply saddened me. I begin to realize what was happening. I personally never expected to see a person of African descent as a serious candidate for the President of the United States in my lifetime. I am 45 years old. Now, before you jump all over me, let me explain. In this country, we have come a long way on the matter of race. Some may disagree with me but, I personally think that we have. I am from the South and am of African descent also. The reason that I could not imagine that there could be a serious candidate of African descent speaks to my own personal lack of vision, my own limitations. I say all of this because not only does it not matter in any form or fashion that Mr. Obama can be described this way, but we as a public are not even seeing him in this light. Now how could this be?
I would like to submit that it is not so much, Mr Obama that is making the difference here, but it is the masses…….We the people. We are the one’s that should be the subject of our own AWE. WHAT WE ARE DEMONSTATING IS VISION.
This is what was so sad about all of the caricature from the pundits, the other candidates, and the press. These people seemed to lack the ABILITY to even see beyond our present state of existence. They could not envision a politics not driven by lobbyist and money. They could not envision a country that was strong and powerful but not superior. They could not even envision a people that would want to work towards that. They could not envision a people not driven by IDENTITY politics, nor could I. I was WRONG.
Possessing VISION is an essential leadership quality that we have lacked since John F Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson all possessed incredible vision that inspired US to transform the grim realities of the time.
It is the VISION that we are connecting to in Barack Obama and not his ancestry that is driving his momentum. We can see the promised land that Mr. Obama speaks of and because we can envision this, we can create this. CHANGE must be internal before it is external.
If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating fundamentally the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction. Collective human consciousness and life on our planet are intrinsically connected. “A new heaven” is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and “a new earth” is its reflection in the physical realm. Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth