I'm not going to make any real statement here. I am just going to explain a few things as I see them, and give the opinion of several others who have the right to be heard, respected, and considered. I think you are smart. I will let you make up your own minds on what is important, what is right, what needs to be thought, and what needs to be done.
What do I believe in regarding change? Truth, non-violent change, and changing things from within, as a grass roots effort. Here's my kind of stream of consciousness comment:
We need to educate, make things as transparent as possible and reasonable, and openly and honestly discuss change and making the best decisions possible, for the individual. This will grow to the top. But when you go from the top down, when you protect and support the corporations, the government, as a way to help the individuals by making the best decisions for the largest and most powerful elements, you do a disservice to those individuals that make up the society. And those individuals, are who the government have been charged to protect.
Decisions being made are possibly the best ones that can be made, and with the intent to protect the individual but the orientation is backward and we have a case of good people making bad decisions for the right reasons and this, is why we are having so much trouble fixing things. Because we think we are making the right decisions. And that is why those in charge have been so self righteous in their actions. They KNOW they are doing what is right; but they do NOT know that they are doing these things with the wrong orientation.
Truth, is important. Imagination is required, but imagining reality, is only how to end the way things are, not to continue it. Retaining the status quo, requires constant change, not maintaining the ongoing behaviors that got us there. It is counter-intuitive, but it is the Truth. To continue the status quo by continuing the behavior that got us there, is the seminal mistake people and governments seem to rely upon. In the end, it will always end the desired status quo only to be replaced with a new status quo; and typically it will be one that is less desired than what was originally intended.
|"Truth" by Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836–1911)|
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - First Amendment to the Constitution
"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you're playing the system's game. The Establishment irritate you, "pull your beard", and "flick your face", to make you fight. Because once they got your violent, then they know how to handle you." - John Lennon
"...somewhere I read, that the greatness of America, is the right to protest, for rights." - Dr. Martin Luther King
"I think the Black Panther Party, probably was dangerous, but not dangerous in the way that most people assumed they might have been. Not dangerous because people had guns, but dangerous because of its ability to provide an example of the possibility of standing up to power." - Dr. Angela Davis
"I may grow rich by art I am compelled to follow, I may recover health by medicines I am compelled to take against my own judgment, but I cannot be saved by a worship I disbelieve and abhor." - Thomas Jefferson
This next, really puts into perspective what his attitude was toward religion, and I believe it was the attitude of most if not all of the founding Fathers. Sadly, what we have today, is exactly that, Christianity over that of other religions. Just listen to speeches, those in the government. If you wish to claim that it is God, not any single religion, then you have to acknowledge that it is a Western religion, not Eastern, or a religion of God, and not other.
"I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another." - Thomas Jefferson
|William Duane 11th United States Secretary of the Treasury|
"As revolutionary instruments (when nothing but revolution will cure the evils of the State) [secret societies] are necessary and indispensable, and the right to use them is inalienable by the people." - Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1803.
This was news to me, I had never seen this quote of Jefferson's before and I find it interesting... and concerning. Unless of course, he was referring to the FreeMasons. In which case, every country DOES indeed need a secret group, in the case of national duress, where such a group of good and intelligent individuals needs to be available to continue the good side of the failing society to reestablish that society if need be, in good stead and for the furtherance of the proper and good goals of that society.
“If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions. - Thomas Jefferson
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” - Confucius (551-479 BC)