Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 18, 2012, 1 a.m. EST by GypsyKing
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When one looks at the complexity of the current global situation, and the innumerable difficulties we now face, it is possible for anyone to reach a state of perplexity or even despair.
But after much deliberation it becomes clear that two omnipotent factors are essential threads to guide us in what we must do, and that both these threads require an expansion of our individual consciousness. These two threads are personal transformation (the necessity to realize what our spiritual teachers throughout the ages have been trying to tell us, that we need to discard the ego and ground our lives in moral values), and an appreciation that the changes we must make to save our existence, and even sentient life on earth must take place in limited time.
These truths in themselves are surely daunting, but by focusing on them alone, and discarding other questions they can be seen as achievable. Now is the time to finally reject the baser aspects of our nature for the common good, in the recognition that “systems” are comprised of people and are nothing in themselves: in the realization that whether we like it or not we are all interconnected, from Somalia to Wall Street, and that the fate of one will ultimately be the fate of all. And so we can no longer afford to bicker about questions that have been bickered about, to no avail, for centuries. We must put aside questions of which view is “right, and which view is “wrong, and care only for which method works, now. Once we do this we will find that change, in the arena of real world power, is a dynamic. It grows according to our ability to engage it. It wilts according to our inclination towards rigidity, our inclination to impose our will on the stream of events.
The opportunities for change exist now. We must get behind those leaders who have now emerged in this cause to the hilt. Among them clearly are Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Tammy Baldwin and Sherrod Brown. Among these are people that this movement considered for leadership at the outset. They must now become the core of our thrust toward global transformation. Why? Because they are real, they are there, and they have their hands on power. They are not mere chimeras, figments of what we would want to be, that we can attach our egos to, in order to say that we were “right.”
Perhaps more importantly, on a personal level, we must seek to embody the change that we seek, within ourselves, without self-deception or denial. We must finally make a genuine effort to embody what our great spiritual teachers have been telling us, from Jesus, to Buddha, to Socrates, to Ghandi, to Mohammed, to Lincoln, to Martin Luther King: to lift ourselves up out of the mud of competition, of narrow self-interest, and of the Darwinian struggle – towards the light. In doing these things we may yet live to realize a new era of hope.