When I was quite young – think I may have said in my ‘about MaggieAnn’ page – my choice when we played “wild west” was to be an Indian scout as I imagined the scout to be. My task, self-assigned out of imagination, was to “monitor” every little scrap of information so that I could report both potential benefit and potential danger to “my people”.
I picked up the idea of “ear to the ground”. Many times I stopped a sprint across a prairie landscape to physically lay my head aside the earth and listen for whatever rumblings I could pick up!
Ground rumblings. Something develops “off in the distance that cannot yet be seen”. Could be coming from “natural forces”, could be coming from “human activity”.
The only difference between earth-generated developments (flood, tornado, other dangers … rains, sun, other blessings) and human generated developments: (profiteering, warring, terrorist action, other dangers … cooperative, intelligent respect for inter-connectedness, other blessings) is that the second is human generated! This in itself is something to take note of!
I’m not concerned with ‘earth generated rumblings’ here. Human-generated rumblings send us strong signal of where we may be taking ourselves. One of our human strengths is capacity to “feel/know” our inherent potential for principled thought and action. One of our inherent potential threats to ourselves, all life, and to the very earth, is our willingness to “shave principled thought and action” to something less than principled for the sake of gain.
Principled thought and action based on internal conceptualizing of “the best we can be” is the only way to ever reach “the best we can be”! Shaving down principles for the sake of profit, whether it be dollar bottom-line or political favor-currying of “opponents”, is not going to get us “there” (our imagined future of gracious well-being).
Collecting wealth, collecting votes, collecting power through “shaved down principles” is rooted in two identifiable human not-so-helpful traits: fear and greed. Shaving down inherent noble principle as means to an imagined grand end will never work.
I listen, ear to the ground (figuratively these days) for both these developments: human generated “increased growth” toward a future of blessings – and human generated “continuance” of the behaviors of the last 10,000 years or so. Behaviors now tiresome, boring, the well-practiced “shaving down” of principle for sake of “accumulating wealth and power”.
I look for signs we have turned a corner toward more principled thought and action. I view these principles as the ones our founding fathers alluded to. The principles that spring from within our inherent qualities. Urges toward fairness, toward compassion, toward respect for individual potential in the context of whole-people potential.
Whell! (Spelling intended – a word I invented, a contraction of sorts). This last week has not been so encouraging!
There are plenty of rumblings to be heard of the many who are awake and active toward healing ourselves and our planet. These multitudes write, interview, support citizen well-ness ventures, and challenge power-leadership, both corporate and political. It’s easy to find them in internet searches – either the groups or news of them.
Recently for news of individuals and groups (which leads to my checking the individuals and groups) I’ve been catching podcast interviews of activists and authors several times a week. Three sources: (1) The Jeff Farias Show, http://jefffarias.podbean.com/. Jeff covers a lot of issues in each program, increasing awareness and depth of understanding of issues as they affect earth, life, and people. (2) Always encouraging for tone and depth of inquiry are interviews by George Kenny on Electric Politics. http://www.electricpolitics.com/ (3) Always informative in surprising ways The Thomas Jefferson Hour, http://www.jeffersonhour.org/. Any one of ‘ordinary educational background’ who believes “hrimself**” informed on our founding would do well to spend time enjoying the Thomas Jefferson Hour weekly podcasts!
Alas, there are plenty of rumblings to be heard that suggest we’re spinning our wheels, going no-place new. Same old, same old. Boring, so boring after these last 10,000 years!!!
Given the many inspirational speeches we’ve made to ourselves at least in my lifetime, given the general “inspiration industry”, it is not unreasonable to expect us to eventually shift toward bringing more of these inspirational mantras into our actions and policies!!
Development of such seems not yet the case.
(1) BP’s precious commodity, by which the managing humans have garnered much wealth and power, by means including “monster” lobby expenditures to “guide” policy, spews into Gulf of Mexico waters. Efforts to revitalize and protect critical habitat for countless water, air and land creatures may well be erased for a very long time, if not “permanently” (until humans reduce themselves to no capacity to create such disasters.) We must get it through our heads: We do NOT serve life and earth by creating monster projects that destroy habitat, (includes on land). Technology is NOT the “answer” to all that is required for a bright and more gracious future! We MUST develop honesty and modesty and curb our quest for newer, bigger, shinier, faster!!
(2)Re Gulf of Mexico disaster: Heard an NPR anchor set up remarks on the spew with a review of “who is affected”. He isolated a segment of humanity – those living near the immediately affected areas. This is the earth’s ocean we are speaking of. With greatest respect and sorrow for those immediately affected, EVERYONE will ultimately be affected! We cannot poison part of the ocean anywhere on earth with expectation the overall degradation will not spread. Also – those most immediately affected are NOT a “separate group”, but members of our “human family” – what are we willing, able, to do to assure those folks of housing, food, and medical care access.
(3) British election results – a “hung” parliament. Oh woe! Oh Mercy! How can they function! For heaven’s sake – they simply function by attending to overall supporting policy for wellness of their citizen body! I hoped I’d hear more from those elected, and their set of media pundits, indicating a shift toward “get realness”. Instead, I’m hearing a lot of analysis on which politicians will use what ploys to try to build a “power base” from which to govern. If I were more fond of legislation as means to ‘control’ populations, I’d strip all citizens everywhere in the world of party affiliations tomorrow, (today is Sunday so have to wait a day!) We MUST begin to notice which “traditional” practices do NOT serve toward a more gracious future on this earth!!
(4) Today’s ‘capper’ – “Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time today on ABC’s “This Week” that the Obama administration is open to modifying Miranda protections to deal with the “threats that we now face.” (via Huffington Post). I’m feeling sarcastic: “Oh Great!”, I say! “Let’s continue same old 10,000 year patterns: make up excuses to go to war unjustly in the name of justice, and then shave justice from prosecution efforts to bring criminals to justice!” We can “rationalize and justify” this kind of thinking/behavior, in large and small matters, for as long as we like. The arguments are excuses for lack of genuine responsibility. We will not take ourselves by these means to where we say (in all those inspiring speeches) we want to go.
There is corruption of thought and practice at all levels of human endeavor. Much explaining away mis-behavior, however much harm it delivers. There is much, much hypocrisy.
I do not say we can function with the imagined purity of saints. But we are not trying very hard to get past our own nonsense! One final example – the Huffington Post has no real status as “serious alternative media” while running side bars inviting readers to chase down personal details of lives of entertainment and sports stars. This is sheer nonsense. And be very clear, it exists in the Huffington Post because we, the people, seem to want this kind of nonsense in our media – in our thoughts, and in our lives.
Since I’m unloading here’s one final imagined notion that might let us veer from our well-worn rut: We need to evaluate our nation’s state of well-being by measure of citizen “experienced/felt” trust and wellness. We need to measure skill in critical thinking, measure “felt” comfort/security toward the whole of humanity and the earth itself. We need to insist that “profit and power measure” is not sacred, is based in fear and greed, and is not even close to what actually matters.
How ironic that we develop and invent so much to “enhance life” while not measuring whether we are actually creating improvement from the past 10,000 years. (Hint: increased power/wealth accumulation, and increased life span, for those already well served, is not “improvement”).
Happy Parent-with-emphasis-on-feminine-inherent-qualities (Mother’s) Day! I’d sometimes prefer we inspire the abundant nurturing qualities of guys and the builder qualities of gals in days of celebration rather than feeding ourselves traditional gender role notions. I say power drills to women on Mother’s Day and flowers to guys on Father’s Day – or some of both to each!
… ground rumblings … well worth a listen!
My Best! –MaggieAnn
**”Hrimself” – my invention years ago for him/herself. Try also “hre” for she/he and “hris” for her/his. Also lets shift back to avoiding use of “mankind” and “man” for the whole of humanity! Word like “humanity”, “people”, “folk” are perfectly fine and accurate! We seem unable even to break these smallest language use carry-overs from patriarchy – and words shape thinking!