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New Era

Bernie-middle classEntering a New Era

We hear of a new age of enlightenment, a new era of environmental and social responsibility. How is it happening? It certainly appears that the folks who should be leading the way are not. But why?

We could point fingers at many who don’t want to play nice and practice the ‘golden rule’ as this nation supposedly was established to do. Would that solve the problems? It sure would make us feel better, venting our rage at those who we put in office to do the right thing… right? I think we have a failure to communicate what that really is now.

So, what are the possibilities the folks like Bernie Sanders are introducing for the innumerable time? We’ve heard the same rhetoric for decades. That’s not to say what those folks are presenting isn’t necessary. We’ve just heard it all before and nothing has been done. Our economy tanked a few short years ago, again, and big business seems to be running the show even more now.

Okay, just a bit of finger pointing to make sense common as an example. Companies like Monsanto (easy pick because they are front and center) are being banned in other countries because of their practices, yet still report record profits that the pay very little tax, if any, on here at home. They even have temporary immunity from any backlash from their GMO (genetically modified organism) or GE (genetically engineered) products.

People, places and things are shuffled around with light speed, or so we think, in order to fend off or prepare for the restoration of America. There seems to be almost a moss panic swirling in the undercurrent of the political machine, especially with the next election coming up and candidates preparing to launch campaigns. Clean elections are a misnomer as he/she with the most backing and air time most often wins. Obama seemed to have a good attitude and message going in, transparency, and it sure has brought things to light. However, his tenure as Chief may not have had the hopeful results.

The reality is most of us have no idea what it is like to function at that level, nor do we really want to, yet we sure can abstain or complain when things don’t go how we think they should. What can we do about that? Well, we can get involved. Most folks avoid politics because it’s been labeled a ‘dirty business’ in the hearts of most Americans. We can extrapolate that from the lack of participation and the comments around the water cooler. Can we change that attitude? Perhaps, but is going to take a massive metanoia – change of mind.

We can start by just simply doing the right things locally, getting involved with the communities in which we live. Sure, it will take time away from some of the things we  currently do… or maybe it might just give Socratesus something to do instead of ‘chillin’ out’ after work or getting mesmerized by the newest video games or reality TV shows. Oh, I understand we work hard and deserve to have our free time. Where has that gotten us? That’s a lot of ego, eh? Why not turn ego to wego… together we can facilitate the change we desire. Like Gandhi said, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’

Now, I’m not professing we get all religious or spiritual. That hasn’t really worked either now, has it? What I am suggesting is the we consider stepping out of the house and getting to know what is going on in the neighborhood. Is it a beautiful day in the neighborhood? If it isn’t, then what do you see can be done to make it so? Perhaps that is a good place for you to start. What you see needs to be done might be the perfect thing for you to do. Maybe others see the same thing and the agreement you’ve reached, of _____ needing to be done and you’ve decided to do something about it, is what will inspire others to get involved.

We can start small, with what is right in front of our faces. A small group of people with a common agenda, goals and objectives can get things done in magnificent and often larger than life ways. What have you got to lose? Oh, I know…. We’ve got liabilities, limitations and excuses to lose. That’s what happens to challenge when it becomes change.

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