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Archives 2002:
Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003:
Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life
Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004:
Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All

Archives 2005:
Vol. 4, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Standing up for Humanity
Unity in Diversity

Thought and Imagination
Imagination and Healing
Lessons of Katrina
Intelligent Design or Evolution

Archives 2006:
Vol. 5, Numbers 1-12

Read past articles including:
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-Violent Political Change
Sustainable Development
Legalizing Torture
Living Without an Enemy
"Fast Food" is really "Slow Food"


Related Articles about Responsibility, the Future and Consciousness:

Hope for the Future
Series on Leadership
Series on Global Consciousness
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Conflict, Harmony and Integrity
Human Programming and Conflict
Non-violent Political Change
Living Without an Enemy
Protecting Children: Words and Deeds

Related Poems:

Making Friends
March Madness
Take Heart
Kabul Update
Wake of Distaster


April, 2003
Vol. 2, number 4


Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society — Part 2
Read Part 1 from March

On September 11, 2001 many Americans and American political leaders felt that the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was an attack on the "American way of life." The symbolism of the targets and the intricate and pre-meditated nature of that attack was indeed sending a strong message to our country.

As the United States mounted its war on Iraq and tried to build a coalition, we found ourselves more and more isolated with many of our allies and friends even rejecting large monetary incentives to join our war effort. Public opinion throughout the world, including amongst citizens of governments that consented to join us was clearly against the United States. Another strong message.

The American spirit and self-image is built on three great documents: The Declaration of Independence declaring the inalienable human rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" to all people "who are created equal," the Constitution which guarantees the rule of law and protects the rights of all people, and the Pledge of Allegiance which affirms "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In the field of international relations since the turn of the twentieth century, the ideals of our policies, if not the practice, were based on the same principles as those of our country. Starting with the League of Nations after World War One, and ending with the United Nations after World War Two, the United States was the chief architect in helping create a community of nations which would promote national and human rights, health and prosperity and thus eliminate the causes of war.

The message of the tragedy of the attacks on September 11, 2001 was a turning point in our national character and our national consciousness. However, there were basically two different responses to that event that have lead to different outcomes in our mentality and that will affect our future as a nation:

— On one hand is the introspective response and self-evaluation in the light of the ideals upon which our country is based. It tries to answer the questions: Why do we have enemies? Why are we the target of hatred? This response seeks to understand where the responsibility lies for such a drastic attack and calls to question what in the "American way of life" is cause for resentment.

— On the other hand is the defensive response based on a self-righteous and self-centered perspective. It does not take into account the accumulation of frustration and hurt which eventually erupts into acts of violence. It divides the world into those who are "with us" and those who are "against us" calling the latter "evil." It does not make room for the needs, interests, and beliefs of others in international relations, and it seeks to impose its own interests above all others.

Our nation was built largely by those who had suffered the pain of oppression and conquest. Our nation therefore was built to safeguard liberty, tolerance, equality and opportunity. The United States has in its principles stood for a civil society free of fear, guided by humanitarian ideals, and a new political culture based on noble human values.

Now in America, selfish interest and self-righteousness have dominated national policy in response to perceived threats to the "American way of life." Such attitudes ignore the elements in that way of life which might threaten the well being of people in other nations and threaten the earth's safety and environment. This is cause for resentment by others who also call our planet "home."

Stimulated by the fears of terrorism, our government and citizens have regressed into the most primitive form of mentality and government. Secrecy, distrust, self praise and control have become the politics of this, our most powerful and prosperous nation. Americans have embraced the mentality of the dark ages where the absolute power of feudal lords demanded the unquestioning loyalty, obedience and resources of their subjects for protection from enemies of the kingdom.

Self-interest clothed in self-righteousness has become the new ideology of the American government and threatens the morale, cohesiveness and freedom of our nation. It further threatens our relationships with other nations and cultures. Both of these are forms of greed - materialistic greed and emotional greed. Why would America even be worried by the threats of enemies if we had always been guided in foreign and domestic relations by the noble principles of the American ethics of freedom, tolerance and justice for all? Why, ever since the end of World War II have the terms "Ugly American" and "Haves versus Have-nots" frequently been counterpoints to our high ideals and sense of generosity in relations with other nations and with our own citizens? Why do American leaders gloat about the intelligence with which we wage war, while condemning those who wage peace?

To love our nation does not mean to flatter it with praise and not see its limitations with objectivity. True friends will reveal with trust and compassion the shortcomings of each other. Citizenship should be a united effort to improve and fulfill the ideals of the nation. We can avoid the pitfalls of creeping dictatorship or the progressive loss of tolerance, security and individual freedoms if we see the material and emotional desires which are controlling us and making us lose our ideals and sense of purpose. When we are all working for a lifestyle which is sustainable and just from a global perspective and when we and our leaders use the nation's resources for the future benefit and well being of people, then the forces of fear, greed, self-righteousness and confusion will dissolve and our nation will be true to itself.

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Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

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