Not a Democracy, Not Yet An Oligarchy

I often wonder what historians will say of this period of time we’re in, will they honor us? or will they hate us? One thing is certain, they will remember us.

We’re in the midst of very tumultuous times, and while we’re not operating as a true democracy, we’re also not yet a full oligarchy. We’re in a kind of limbo, internally, as we face personal doubts, fears and challenges, and externally with political chaos as Donald Trump appoints to his cabinet the complete antithesis of people and values for the agencies they’re being entrusted with. Underlying all of this we are experiencing a mass awakening to the realities and extent to which greed, corruption and the hunger for power have destabilized us to the core.

We’re neither here, nor there…

If you’re not up in arms about this perhaps you’re burying your head in the sand, but we also have a new opportunity embued with the possibility to turn it all around, we are in full revolutionary resistance, and there’s more of us than there’s of them. This is the time to act. Not only must we educate ourselves and our communites, we also need to join in solidarity, remembering that in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”.

Your issues are my issues, your struggle is my struggle, because we mustn’t fail to recognize that part of what led us into this path of self-destruction was our disconnection from each other and our disregard of one another, we must reconnect and rebuild our own internal structures, so we can powerfully rebuild our communities and external institutions.

It’s been long a spiritual truism that where thoughts go energy goes, and if this rings true for you whether as an abstract concept or a personal experience, you come to realize that the most powerful transformation of external circumstances begins with a radical internal transformation, in order to transform our country, we must become the ‘better angels of our nature’ as Lincoln observed in his inaugural address:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

No. We will not hand the greatest experiment in human possibility over to the oligarchy. As heirs to the most powerful nation in the world. This is the time to embody the principles and values that have been handed down to us generation after generation and reclaim the revolutionary audacity that gave birth to the United States.

We don’t lack the resources to alleviate human suffering in all its forms. What we are lacking is the collective consciousness with which to accomplish it. We can lead the world in all the right ways, not for having the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but because we repudiated the aristocracy in 1776 and because we are doing it again, now.

The cause is right and the time is now, together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.



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