“Revolution doesn’t have to do with smashing something; it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out.” – Joseph Campbell“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller“Build the new in the shell of the old.” – Joanna Macy
I was surprised to find this lodged in my ‘drafts’ – from two years back. If I hadn’t known that, I might have thought it a political response to this week’s presidential debates . . .
As an exercise, I’m going to leave it at that; and invite you to respond with whatever it might be (hopefully it will be at least civil) – political, personal, or otherwise.
And thank you for sharing your thoughts here.
I believe my comment falls under the last quote, as it is about my own personal growth. (“Build the new in the shell of the old.” – Joanna Macy) I would have to agree as one who has ended one phase of my life and started another. To build another life, i had to first clear out all the “junk” that was my existence before. I had to find just the shell and fill “it” with the new me. The me who wants to change things in this world and so fights the small battles to try to educate people on injustices. The me who quit smoking, straightened out her health and is trying to lose weight. The me who takes care of the people i love in this world, both those very new to it, and those who have begun the end of their journeys. I have begun the improvement process with myself and with the world in which we all live.
Oh, M – thank you for this lovely reflection. Life is nothing if not change; those who also embrace growth … really understand life. I am so proud of you. It’s not easy to throw out and renew. And yet this is the silent and singular way true change will happen, I believe. Solitary and one step at a time. You change, and that affects those around you; and the circles ripple every outward. Modeling, osmosis, butterfly effect . . . whatever you choose to call it, it’s good and so very necessary. Thank you for this and for living with such intention.
I’d love to see a major reconstruction of the election process. Short in duration, publicly funded with equal resources for each candidate. No more SuperPacs. I wouldn’t mind the emergence of a third political party, or a fourth, or maybe no parties at all.
I learned more about each candidate during ten minutes with Colbert than I did in hours of debates with news networks. Give me one hour per candidate with a really great interviewer.
I wish Politifact was front page news. The amount of lying that goes on sickens me.
Voting should take place over a week, not a day, with every effort to make voting accessible to everyone.
Aren’t you glad you got me started? Good thing you didn’t ask about organized religion….
Oh, trust me Jeannine – that’s next! 🙂 But I couldn’t agree with you more How in the world has this country gotten to the point of believing anything that comes out of someone’s mouth? Where is the accountability? The scariest part is that facts, science, history, truth, reality – none of these count for anything in the current discourse… Hard to recognize this as the same world in which I live. Thanks for the rant – it’s refreshing to see/read real words ‘out there’.