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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

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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





June, 2009
8, Number 6

This Month's Article

The Time is Right

The time is right to change the desperate lyrics of the song Pretend:

Pretend you're happy when you're blue
It isn't very hard to do
And you'll find happiness without an end
Whenever you pretend

Remember anyone can dream
And nothing's bad as it may seem
The little things you haven't got
Could be a lot if you pretend

You'll find a love you can share
One you can call all your own
Just close your eyes, she'll be there
You'll never be alone

And if you sing this melody
You'll be pretending just like me
The world is mine; it can be yours, my friend
So why don't you pretend?

Pretend, Nat King Cole, 1953

The feelings of loneliness and isolation — feeling powerless against the intractable walls of power and bureaucracy, feeling disenfranchised and mute in our idealism, feeling marginalized by fear and prejudice — have made many take solace in their imaginations. This blossomed with technology into the sheltered, virtual worlds of Internet social and political life. There, we could have friends who shared our visions and dreams; we gained the power of having our voices heard on a level playing field. In the virtual community there were no obstacles to manifesting our gifts, and in that world, writing them made them live. Many found a safe haven there, to live where they could pretend that “nothing’s bad as it may seem.” At the same time, many found like-minded people and communities, and were empowered.

In the desert, the seeds of many flowers lay dormant year after year waiting for the right conditions to germinate and bloom. Many idealists, visioning a world sustained by right relationships with people and nature, lived their visions quietly “underground”  — seeds waiting. Now the time is right to sprout and grow in the real world! The mantra of the victorious Obama campaign, “Yes We Can,” has become the rain in the desert. Idealists and visionaries are emerging from the dry soil into the light, and the spiritual landscape is changing to delight those open to the coming spring!

Many people are still paralyzed by obstacles of the past. Barriers to pursuing the human dream of peace and security, to pursuing the human rights of life, liberty, dignity and happiness, to living in a world that is not put at risk by human activities and ignorance, still seem insurmountable to many. The reality is that when the time is right the obstacles fall. The right time is the moment when the full cup overflows. Now is the right time, because the seeds, which are those who know the answers to the human woe, are no longer dormant. Those who comprised the scattered seeds of good throughout the world are more and more quickly finding their allies and their voices — their fertile soil. The momentum is their increasing unity, moving like a bulldozer against the walls of impossibility. They are digging together the foundations of possibility. We are so fortunate to have leaders who embody this forward movement of humanity finally emerging from obscurity. The events of the past year have given new life to Dr. King’s credo: We shall overcome one day!

Why are idealists so optimistic when viewing the current social and economic upheaval? They know that crises make people pay attention and listen. Pain makes people very receptive to healing advice. Idealists know that it is their time to speak out and serve. In the current of historical necessity in which the world is struggling, problem solvers come to the forefront. They are the rope to which people now cling, with expectation and hope. The underground seeds have been gestating quietly storing their creative forces that will give form to the needed solutions. Problem solvers have quietly guarded the genetic DNA of human visionaries as our sacred legacy. Time is the cyclic rhythm, that music with which the builders of the new world will take their cues and celebrate our future.

We no longer have to pretend, because we are not alone. Joy, abundance, love and fellowship for which Nat King Cole’s voice yearns in Pretend, can be acquired by the opposite of pretending. Activists are now finding traction as problem solvers and healers of our planet and are finding their community widespread and growing. We now have the tools to tell our stories and to act together for good. The idea of community is no longer limited by geography. The World Wide Web is connecting people globally based on consciousness, shared ideals and service. Thus, we must be grateful for those who have kept hope alive through the darkest days of human history, and through their perseverance held open the door to the future.

© 2009 Richard V. Sidy


It is so ironical that Nat King Cole’s rendition of Pretend covers the subtext of hopelessness with such sweet and positive charm that one may actually forget the painful historical context. [In 1948 although enjoying the stature of a popular icon with hit songs achieving a broad and diverse audience, Cole’s family met the ugly face of racism when he bought a house in an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles. So “pretending” was surely a sweet way of surviving the violence of humiliation and consoling one’s children.]

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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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