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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




January, 2009
8, Number 1

This Month's Article


Asleep while storms build,
in peaceful slumber
we dance in fantasies,
senses dulled;
nightmares lurk
in the clouds of our pleasures,
of our comforts and beliefs,
of our habits and routines,
thunderheads, gray and billowing
suppress cries and screams
until lightning strikes the earth —
a deluge of reality spills over
into life,
a dream created
by careless desires and denial;
crises finally breach
the dam of our complacency.

We awaken angry and in shock
our dreams so rudely interrupted,
long neglected debts
exhaled like bad morning breath
of indignation and fear;
shaken in naïveté and disbelief
unsteady, as the ground beneath
shifts, we stumble in despair,
in an unfamiliar room
with blank walls
and no door,
in a garden choked by weeds
sown by our own hand,
grief of imagination shattered —
our protective shelter now exposed
to the elements
and to the pains of others.

Richard V. Sidy, January 3, 2009

Many people breathed a sigh of relief as 2008 ended. From the financial mess, to environmental crises, to international conflicts, so many felt that last year was the worst in memory and they could not wait for 2009 to begin. From a different perspective however, 2008 was a great year! The ground has been plowed for the seeds of change to finally germinate. What people hated about 2008 was the exposure of all the ignorance that has ruled our land and the world for too long. Our great discomfort and the tragedies of human suffering revealed our failures and shattered our confidence and pride. We wake up at the dawn of 2009 realizing that we had no leadership in government and economics and our life has been largely driven by those satisfying their selfish interests.

It is hard to face our failures, but fear, greed and fanaticism, the driving forces of past and present suffering, die hard. As the new year was born, Israel and Hamas reminded us that people are still trapped in the illusion that the laws of the jungle will somehow resolve grievances and make their life more secure. On the contrary, all wars, conflicts and uprisings neglect our shared humanness and perpetuate the age-old sickness of hate.

Making friends
is more heroic
than defeating enemies.
There is no successful war
in the new millennium,
because war itself
is a sign of past failures,
the past failures
to create true friends.

Making Friends,
Richard Sidy, December 2001

So many human beings are sick and tired (finally!) of the status quo that somehow a new year will give us the excuse to change. One would hope that the end of the world as we knew it would create a definitive point of rebirth in social, political, and economic culture — a dramatic tipping point favoring the new thinkers, new innovators, new activists, and new humanitarians. The year 2008 was so painful because the forces of evolution stimulated the friction between the necessary adaptive qualities for future well-being and the fossilized, decaying, and irrelevant people, doctrines, and methodologies of the past. So those still nostalgic for the past are unhappy.

The past will not go away, but as humanity awakens to new ideas and cooperates to make life better for everyone, we can put it where it belongs: to history. There were good initiatives that will continue to grow to fruition in the future, and there were failures that should teach us their lessons, but the future belongs to those willing to move on. New and old co-exist during such a period of major transition such as we are currently experiencing. The old has to relinquish its dominance and graciously let the new be expressed. If not done willingly, the old order will continue to cause pain to those attached to it. That interface between the hope of new possibilities and the pain of losing the old order is the essence of what we experienced in 2008.

The new year has enormous potential for being a turning point, an awakening. What made 2008 different was that it produced the crises that have been building for ages. Finally we discovered that the Emperor was naked! The “Emperor” was all the illusions and vanity by which humanity has been governed for so long. Thank goodness for 2008 and welcome to 2009!

© 2009 Richard V. Sidy


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Can Idealism Solve Problems?

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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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