I’ve been pretty excited lately about some epiphanies I’ve been having about the world and where we can choose to head, with ideas on many levels and many fronts/aspects of life on earth. As has increasingly been happening in recent years, the aha arrived from some other dimension and without words.
An influx of images and feelings that translate only partially into words and thoughts, which leaves me both excited and frustrated as I try to figure out how to explain it. It’s clear that multiple posts will be required.
We, the 98%, Have the Power
The entire things boils down most simply to that thought but there’s so much more. It’s an evolution of a thought I’ve played with for years, that we vote at least as much — probably more — with our dollars as with our trips to the voting booth. And that there’s power in how we choose to spend.
I’ve been tossing thoughts off on other social media for a bit now about how puzzling it is that the 2% seem to have a delusion that the well-being or lack thereof of the 98% doesn’t affect them. Simultaneously my long-time thoughts about power elites and their control of the military industrial complex have landed on really comprehending how we’ve let global corporations take control of the world and its governments.
But their wealth and prosperity are entirely dependent on us, the 98%, buying their goods and services. If we withdrew our monetary support of their enterprises and instead created local trade, manufacturing, service and community efforts to provide goods and services while electing more reps into government who have been backed only by “people funding”, their power would collapse. And yes, we have to face possible disruption and reprisals could go along with that.
My concerted effort at finding positive news has also shown me the widespread expansion of an idea I noted 25+ years ago via ads in places like Yoga Journal and New Age magazine. At that time I could see a small and growing alternative economy thriving along side the normal corporate robber baron economy. And now I see small personal and local efforts around the world taking charge of creating change without government or with only local government impetus. Key to where I see us moving.
I see this possibility operating in so many ways, the series of posts will more specifically explore individual aspects.
It’s All Been Leading Here
The personal thread in these insights that excites me is I can now see the long eclectic journey from studying political and economic systems in college through multiple studies and jobs to the more recent spiritual journey and its insights, everything has added up to this.
I hope you’ll bear with me as, for me, I feel a need to write out as much of the eclectic path as I can recall:
- Attending college at the height of the anti-Viet Nam protests got me interested in “the power elite” and that, combined with calls for revolution in the air, led me to put together my own “major” outside my declared one. I studied political philosophy and science, the history of power, comparative economic and political systems obsessively.
- In graduate school I intended to hone in my power elite study, but funding wound up sidetracking me into a big study called “Reaction to Crime” and my journey through a huge literature survey on crime statistics led to many insights and realizations that continue to unfold. Bottom line: probability of being a victim of most crimes has not changed in at least 100 years but manipulation of how it’s reported and how the statistics are presented has created a FALSE perception that crime is getting worse and it’s now deep in the consciousness of our culture. Not the only arena in which we have a shared view that’s been manipulated into being.
- Law School. None fun (as a cousin used to say in childhood), but provided so many tools for understanding and insight, not the least of which was an incredibly demanding Constitutional Law professor.
- Becoming a lawyer on nuclear power plant cases helped me to understand many ins and outs of how regulated systems work as well as nuances about the many problems of nuclear power.
- Doing that lawyering for a government agency in Illinois I came to understand a lot about how power in government operates behind the scenes.
- My foray into the world of meditation, yoga and metaphysics while still practicing law led to a complete turnaround for me, including seeing how harmful law practice was for my well-being.
- Shortly after leaving the law I went through Nine Gates Mystery School in 1990. A life-changing experience, it led me to embrace my spiritual journey much more deeply. I also wound up studying with several of the teachers from the school, one of whom in particular led me deep within my psyche and helped me let go of SO many old beliefs.
- A part-time gig doing some editing and proofreading for a little (and crooked as it turned out) publishing company landed a right wing Christian book in my pile that was eye opening as to the level of lying and making things up ingrained in that thinking. Yup way before The Rump evangelical preachers were already training their flocks to buy any crap they made up.
- Another part time gig at Institute of Noetic Sciences brought so many resources into my life and introduced me to a number of teachers whose work continues to influence me. I also learned what it’s like to work for a place that genuinely likes and appreciates its employees.
- After moving to KY I wound up in a part time job for the local Unity church. It was supposed to be a little clerical gig after the church lost its ministers to lack of funding. As the only person around, I wound up doing bits of everything from filling in for the pianist to playing a leadership role I would never have conceived of myself doing. I was surprised to watch myself step up to a visible role with a fair amount of ease after a lifetime of trying to be invisible. A great affirmation of how much change I’d accomplished and a huge shift in self-conception without which I doubt I’d have the hubris to be writing this..
- I wound up creating a new exercise program to help with my muscle issues and, in trying to share it with others, discovered many people don’t want to do their own self care.
- As I worked on creating a more positive outlook I began looking for positive news, a venture that accelerated exponentially after the 2016 election. It has wound up helping me to see the whole world differently. People everywhere are stepping up and changing things for the better and there’s a reason the mainstream press doesn’t highlight these stories.
- I’ve been able to use all my background in historical, political and sociological studies as well as my law degree and experience in working for government to read along in current events much more closely than I’d done in years. All helps to read between the lines and see a lot about what’s going on, including many issues and beliefs buried so deep in our culture that even many highly aware people don’t seem to see how they’re locked into it.
- The long spiritual journey and lots of release and letting go practices are helping me immensely to stand back and evaluate issues from a different perspective. Meditation and mindfulness, etc. also help me to see how much change we really need and to contemplate the potential upheaval with calm. And I see a major spiritual component in both what is happening now and in creating change.
I’m not claiming to have some high level of expertise as I’m clearly more of a dabbler. But I have a mind that both finds the heart of the matter readily and synthesizes information from multiple sources with ease and those often combine to help me see answers no one else is seeing.
I don’t have all the answers for how we get to where I see us going but I have a sense of the basics we need to address if we truly want to change the world.