Friday, May 26, 2017
Hopeful Thinking - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - The Beta-Test of Our Democracy
Who are we to become from this moment? I have a tendency to look at things cosmically. When trying to decide whether we are in good times or bad I find it much easier to take a step back. Look at the longer timeline of human history. It changes the view dramatically.
We have done a remarkable thing, we humans. We have successfully created functioning early-stage models of Government by the People. One could argue that citizens of ancient Rome had the right to vote, but not all people could be Citizens. Women were equal to slaves, children were no higher. We have made significant improvements on the earlier versions of democracy. I am no expert historian, but the way I see it: We are preparing to launch Democracy 2.0.
This is an enlightened age we are living in. We have come so far to have this opportunity. This is our first big test as a true democracy. Have we finally designed a system well enough to withstand tyranny?
Of course there are still many flaws in the mechanism to be solved. But we know ourselves. We know how we best operate. We are not very good at solving problems until we have been kicked in the butt by a few of them. That's when legislation finally occurs. That's when community dialogue occurs. More people get involved. That's how the system is refined. We learn, by increasing degree, how to be a good neighbor.
When I say that I tend to think cosmically, I mean that I believe everything happens for a reason. I don't believe that we are predestined, but I do believe that hammers tend to gravitate around nails. If our culture truly wants the capital-C Change it has been asking for, by what other method could we possibly achieve it than through this fascinating political moment? Everyone is getting exactly what they’re asking for here, folks. Look closely.
Revolution is the only way we have ever moved forward with regard to civil liberty. We need no longer call for war, however, to accomplish a revolution. We have designed systems for that, too. We should call for resolution. We should call for resolve. We should call for recalibration and relationship. That would be truly revolutionary. Something only a truly democratic people could create.
Water will always find its balance. It needs no help from us. Democracy is the natural result of our inherently equality. And through its own process equalizes the world one step at a time. We have only to collaborate more fully with our own higher nature to accomplish it. Remember we are mostly water. We must stop resisting.
It is within our power to decide how we engage with this precious instant. We have designed a system through which we may prove we are on the right track. This is our beta-test.
If we learn from every moment we experience, and if we are experiencing what we have been asking for, what might we make of this time of unveiling? I have great faith that we have built a beautiful, self-correcting system of human enrichment here in this country. It will always be self-correcting if we give it the freedom to remain so. We are witnessing it right now. Raise it up. Treat it as sacred. Because it is.
Posted by Wil Darcangelo at 10:34 AM