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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"


Featured 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




February, 2008
7, Number 2

This Month's Article

Seeking New Solutions: Beyond the Bush Years

American politicians of every political stripe this election year are saying that they represent change. Whatever they mean by “change” at least they are feeling that the national psyche is ready for a break with the past. They realize that more and more people are demanding leadership that will point in a new direction. People are treading water in a sea of disappointment and often despair. They have psychologically abandoned the ship of the past and are seeking the lifeboats of the future.

While the Bush presidency may be viewed as the “dark ages” of American politics, they may also mark the rebirth of American consciousness. The politics of 2000 to 2008 was a wake-up call, a slap in the face to our nation’s soul. Be it shame, or an affront to our national honor, people are beginning to reject the direction the Bush administration and its allies in government and business are taking our nation.

Our nation was born as a reaction by enlightened leaders to tyranny and injustice. The fertile soil of tyranny is complacence, selfishness and fear. Currently many Americans are expanding their expectations for justice beyond simply a national calling. More and more people in their hearts are starting to pledge their allegiance to the welfare of humanity and the planet.

Articles on this “Seeking New Solutions” web site over the last 6 years have been echoes of something universal stirring deep in people’s being. First they echoed the cries of pain for people and the environment seeking relief. Some have been responses of anger, dissatisfaction, fear and hopelessness assailing us from every corner of the planet.  These cries are everywhere, and rebound off the souls of people of conscience, moving them to speak out and take action. Their actions and words begin to tell the stories that must be told to shake humanity and its leaders out of slumber. They reverberate with hope, awakening many people.

When people’s eyes open, they realize that people of goodwill who are helping everywhere to make life better surround them. Gradually, a tipping point will be reached where awakened people predominate, and the needed healing for people and our planet will increase. Creative solutions to current problems are the result of people thinking in ways that are not limited by confining paradigms. 

The viewpoints of writings here, while often indignant, are nevertheless consistently optimistic. One has only to look at the dynamic expansion of people and organizations around the world advocating and working for a sustainable, fair, and quality life for others to feel the tide of hope. Human compassion, generosity, creativity and activism have never been so widespread as they are today. Even when personal resources are limited, people still find the means to give either of themselves or of their various material or non-material assets.

When people choose new leaders great deliberation must be made because we are at a critical time of change and opportunity. They must carefully analyze what each politician is appealing to in human nature. Backward looking people are recognizable in their appeals to fear, self-interest, and solutions that maintain the people’s comfort. Forward-looking people use the vocabulary of unity, cooperation, and solutions that promote progress and independence. Courage is the result of a free mind that is capable of imagining a better future even though it may not be familiar at present.

© 2008 Richard V. Sidy


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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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