12/15/13

The strength we need to win is in the truth of the values we uphold.

During the last 150 years or so two general forces have been at work. One is the drive to security, comfort and safety, a sort of pleasure pain understanding of life. We all have this but this wave stops when it meets challenges, such as the need to sacrifice for what is right. I think it would be generally conceded that this group is the bulk of humankind. The other force is smaller and it is lit by a few bright stars. One of them just went out. Mandela was known. But such stars are all over at every level of every nation and community of the world. These are people who lead. Not because they stand at the head of a platoon or brigade or army. But because they know deep inside that there is right and they believe that right has to do with values like tolerance and democracy and helping those who are vulnerable. These leaders are not in it for money or fame or prestige. They are just as prone to personal missteps as all others. But they are led by the light that is real progress. Progress that widens the gate for all who feel the same prompting - to move the world forward. The first group develops its own leaders and they are adept at calling the leaders in the second group kooks, Communists, utopians and so forth. 



That division of the world ends to the extent that more and more eyes open to the truth. The truth is that we progress slowly but also that the values of the second group are worth supporting because the rewards of lassitude and comfort alone are fleeting and ultimately pointless as ends in themselves. We are at an epochal tipping point. Already leaders who embraced the right have been martyred. The forces of power and privilege turn a blind eye to the reality folk like Mandela embraced. But cynicism and blindness are nothing more than a reluctance to reach past the shell of one's own comfort zone.  This century is the tipping century. More and more are waking up. Nonviolent democratic revolution is in progress. In one one place and another. Right now eyes are on Ukraine. Anyone can be a leader, merely by knowing the right values and standing up for them when others hang back. The strength we need to win is in the truth of the values we uphold.


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If the Government won't help the poor, the Fed should.

Dasani it not just a water any more. It is the name of a 12 year old in Brooklyn who has been featured in a New York Times series that graphically outlines the shape of deep poverty in today's America. 


Invisible Child: Dasani’s Homeless Life - The New York Times 

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One message that seems pertinent is that money makes much if not all of the difference. And that when money is available to those who have none it is spent. In Mexico and Brazil money is the weapon that is fighting poverty. In the USA it should become our weapon. The Fed bailed out the banks. What if it bailed out the poor? The banks sit on the money or else give it to the rich in bonuses. The poor go out and spend it. If the government has not got the capacity to save the poor, let the fed do it. 



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Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm.

Evil is measured by relative degrees of harm. To be delivered from evil  is to be  free from receiving or inflicting abuse.  Bully...