WELL-CONSIDERED POLITICAL AND SOCIAL VIEWS ARE ONE PART OF A COMPLETE LIFE---A CREATIVE APPROACH TO LIFE, GOOD RELATIONSHIPS AND A GOOD INTERNAL LIFE
Four aspects of a complete life are well-considered political & social views, an open & creative approach to everyday life, good personal relationships and a good private and internal existence.
This essay is about the first of those four things. The links above will take you to my views on the other three.
Everyday individuals can do well in all these parts of life. It is everyday people who move the world forward.
A political and social outlook can begin with brief basic guiding perspectives. It does not need to be complicated.
I believe in fair play, an openness to learning and a willingness to be involved.
From this general outlook, I find that three political and social issues that have my consistent attention are the ability of the most wealthy to manipulate politics and not pay fair wages, climate change & governments and corporations suppressing freedom with constant surveillance and militarized police.
You will have your own outlook and priorities.
A hopeful response to issues of the day can involve taking part in non-traditional protest movements that challenge how people think about global capitalism and how we live on Earth.
We've first got to believe and realize that something better is possible.
Much of the political energy today is on the streets and in the hopes and aspirations of everyday people.
Responses from both within and outside the convential political system are required to make progress.
We each have our own sense of where we fit best in this process. Everybody needs to figure out for themselves how to offer their talents and kindness.
Kindness, a belief in fair play, an openness to learning and a willingness to be involved are forms of opposition in America today.
The work of freedom is up to each of us.
The work of freedom is accomplished by individuals who decide how they fit in and when they are willing to stand alone.
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6/3/2015 02:04:53 am
You always manage to present your thoughts in such a positive way, even when talking about things that would make anyone else come across as outraged.
6/9/2015 02:44:29 am
I heard something the other day (a Christian "conservative" podcast I would daresay you aren't a fan of) and I had the thought that I'm not sure the tolerance we see is what we think it is. Please allow me to explain.
6/3/2015 02:14:40 am
I'm generally on the other side of the aisle politically, but my observation is that most Americans value the same principles, but they prioritize them differently.
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