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Painting by Albert Bierstadt

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it.
To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it.
With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy,
our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness — and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse
if we refuse to buy what they are selling —
their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons,
their notion of inevitability. ~ Arundhati Roy

Projections change the world into the replica of one’s own unknown face.

Carl Jung

“No one can find a safe way out if society is sweeping toward destruction. Therefore, everyone, in their own interests, must thrust themselves vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern: the interests of everyone hangs on the result.”

— Ludwig Von Mises

“The fragility of capitalism, which we don’t want to admit; the loss of the empire of the United States; and American exceptionalism. In fact, American exceptionalism is that we are exceptionally backward in about fifteen different categories, from education to infrastructure. But we’re in a stage of denial.” — James Hillman

In many Native American traditions, one member of the tribe will assume the role of “Faithkeeper”. The role of the Faithkeeper is to remain peaceful and calm, while maintaining spiritual enlightenment and understanding, no matter what the tribe may endure.
Under extreme conditions, if every single tribe member stumbles into fear, doubt, anxiety, worry and pain — the Faithkeeper maintains peace, spirituality and understanding. Therefore, the Faithkeeper is looked upon as the mainstay to the “I AM” presence of God, Great Spirit or Creator. Aho🦅Thu Le

I keep wondering how a nation can maintain a democracy if people are generally self absorbed and superficial. There are a million ways to lose your way in life and we seem to be trying out all of them at the moment. Putting a criminal narcissist at the top of our political system is a prescription for disaster, which shows how far away we have gotten from any depth or vision in America. Our life is organized around the surface of our little lives. Our judgements are so cursory and cliched that we put idiots in positions of power to make our lives worse. Sociopaths rule the day.

Now we’re in a bind. The whole planet is threatened by people with no vision or understanding or depth. Whose fault is it? Look in the mirror.

Those of us with sensitivity and a poetic nature are used to being sidelined in a getting and having paradigm. Our sense of authority is wounded, but unless we take it upon ourselves to speak up now, we will lose what little influence we have. The inmates have taken over the asylum. This boat is sinking and if we don’t start bailing and plugging the leaks, we’re finished, along with a zillion other lifeforms.

Yet, we’re still arguing about the details of who to vote for and against. We’re still unconvinced that caring for others is a viable way to organize a society. We still don’t realize the dangers of indifference to the general welfare. We still judge people by class and skin color.

Organizing our society by ignorance, selfishness and prejudice — in spite of our egalitarian Constitution — will lead to catastrophe. That inevitable future is strangely invisible to us as we speed along that path.

A soulless way of life is the danger. Without Soul, we’re unable to love, care for strangers or organize our society with justice and meaning, not to mention beauty.

Those of us who love beauty need to enter into the fray. We need to speak up. We need to be counted among those who are trying to create a better, more soulful world.

It’s time to create a politics with soul.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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