Yesterday I discovered the limit of my tolerance for our inept, ineffective and corrupt government and responded through my blog with Government Shutdown? I Would Fire the Lot of You!” The failure of our Senators and Congressmen to do their jobs is appalling and the government shutdown is just the most recent in a long list of failures. (And, President Obama, as much as I support him, is not innocent in this.) Healthcare. Education. Corporate Greed. The Oil Cartel. Commercialism run rampant. Monsanto and their poisoning of our food stock. International Relations (or the lack thereof). The constant threat of war. Poverty. Hunger. Homelessness. Joblessness. Unemployment and Underemployment. The staggering about of debt. Do I need to go on? I don’t know about you, but I’m FED UP! I did not sign up for this and this is not the country I want to hand on to my children….if we don’t deserve better, they most certainly do!!!!! And, they know they deserve better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0gtzHJphVg
They Should All Be Fired!
Yes, if I were in charge, I would fire them all. But I’m not, and neither are you – in charge, that is. So, what the heck can we do about an impotent and corrupt government that is controlled, not by the constituents who voted for them, but by the lobbyists who funded their elections and continue to pad their pockets? Corporate greed funding a corrupt government while we are unemployed, homeless, hungry, made to fight wars we don’t believe in, without access to quality education, medical care or even FOOD for that matter. Our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves over the direction our government has turned. So, what DO we do?????
Yes, in theory, writing our senators and congressmen, signing petitions, marching in the streets (NON VIOLENTLY!!!), might have an impact on how our government responds. But, in truth, I haven’t seen much change even with the presence of the Occupy Movement. I’m not an expert in political theory, but I sense that one of the reasons we are not being heard is because the system our founding fathers created has crumbled at its core. The representative government envisioned by the original leaders of this country has been replaced by corporate greed. There is no representation as far as I can see, only self-serving motives by the powerful few. So, while we continue to use our voices to make our needs and opinions known, I believe that enduring and effective change will not take place until we heal the deeper cause(s) of our country’s (and the world’s) ills.
The Bad News/Good News
The bad news, that few, if any of us really want to admit, is that the corruption and greed of our government is, in truth, a reflection of our own corruption and greed. Yep……and….gulp! As a microcosm of the macrocosm, our government can only be as good as our collective worst. A government rooted in fear, power and control only arises out of a populace that is rooted in fear, power and control. As long as WE continue to allow fear to run our lives and to come out sideways in the compulsive behaviors of gluttony, lust, wrath, envy, greed, sloth and pride, this is what will be reflected in our government. And, as long as we cling to our fears, there will be those who will have the power to manipulate us through fear (HELLO media!!!!!). So….in order to change our government (and our world), we have to CHANGE OURSELVES. This is the good news. While we may not have the power to affect positive and enduring change from the top down, we DO have the power to affect change from the bottom up…..the bottom being the root of our own fears. When we stop being afraid, the powerful few will no longer have fear to use against us and what will arise out of the midst of us will be leaders for change – emotionally, mentally and psychologically mature women and men of compassion; working collaboratively toward justice, non-violence and peace; with a pluralistic and global eye. If we want our government and our world to change, it starts with US.
Watch tomorrow’s blog for how to identify our deepest fears and for effective tools for moving through, healing and releasing these fears.
Lauri Ann Lumby