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It's my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, reflections and recollections; to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic, and, from time to time, personal. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of these changing times and learn together how to shape a positive future for ourselves, our communities, and the generations to come.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Campaign 2020: Prescriptions for the Democratic Party


Premise
These prescriptions carry with them a dramatically different way of looking at the United States and its people.
·       The times, the succession of plagues we’ve been experiencing (the latest being Covid-19), means we won’t, we can’t, go back to the way things were.
·       The old “normal” is history, and a new normal is aborning. Fresh eyes are critical to helping clarify what that new normal is going to look like and then leading us into it.
·       Like it or not, the old days are gone for good, and it is impossible, even suicidal, to stay in the middle of a road that is veering sharply into the future.
The Democratic Party has within it and available to it the people, ideas, and resources needed to help the nation on its journey along that road never before traveled. Will it heed the call?
Above all, the intention here is to ensure a landslide, up-and-down-ballot victory in November 2020 for the Democrats, for democracy, and, more importantly, for the American people as a whole as we go forward into the 21st century.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Impeachment Screechment

The crows on our street are conducting their own punditry and analysis of the trial of the president and clearly making about as much sense of it and with as much decorum as are the cable news networks.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Science and Spirituality: What is Reality?

In a recent online conversation I participated in, a debate arose concerning what was science and what was metaphysical or spiritual and therefore outside the realm of science and rational discussion. Here are some points I made in the course of that conversation:

Saturday, September 7, 2019

From Separation to Interbeing: A Cultural Transmutation


The shift of humanity’s mindset or worldview from one of separation to one of interbeing will of necessity involve, accordingly, a transmutation of our whole cultural ethos, that is, our understanding of what’s the morally right way to behave and do things and what’s the morally wrong way to behave and do things.

The paradigm of separation is what has resulted in fear, scarcity, and zero-sum calculus being at the very foundation of the structures and rules of the game of our economic and financial institutions and transactions, of politics and government (as the way we make collective decisions), and of social organizations and relationships. A paradigm of interbeing, on the other hand, implies that love, abundance, and positive-sum calculus must perforce be foundational to a transmutational redesign of our political, economic, and social institutions as the old structures and rules of the game will no longer make any sense.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

A Call for National Healing


The United States of America is bereft. Bereft of our humanity. Bereft of a sense of community. Bereft of a motivating meaning and purpose. Bereft of our very soul.
In a post to The Green Pen in February 2018 following a mass school shooting, I noted that such incidents of violence are but symptoms, along with drug and other addictions, teen suicides, domestic violence, and such, of a deeper malady, an unhappiness in a society that was founded on the “pursuit of happiness.” I concluded with:
The root cause lies…somewhere deep within our cultural norms and values, and we will only get at it through some deep national soul-searching and self-reflection. Cultures are supposed to be the mediums for growing things, for nurturing life. Ours clearly is falling short.

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Green New Deal: A Youth Movement for Holistic Advance in Human Evolution


The Green New Deal. Yes, it is a resolution formally submitted to the U.S. Congress by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey. Yet it is so much more than that.

It is part of a global youth-led movement that presents a vision for a sustainable and resilient future based on social, economic, and Earth justice. And it outlines a path for realizing that vision within one generation. Ocasio-Cortez describes it eloquently in her short video, A Message from the Future.

"It Can't Happen Here" - Or can it?



It Can't Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis, and a 1936 play adapted from the novel by Lewis and John C. Moffitt. Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a demagogue who is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. 

But it can’t really happen here. Can it?