I'm reading a book that's blowing my mind. Naomi Wolf's Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries is a manifesto for the salvation of the idea that is America, and a treatise for the resurrection of the human soul. One cannot happen without the other.
Last week Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God, declared that the Occupy Wall Street movement is not a political, economic, or governmental crisis, but rather a spiritual one. He went so far as to say that until each of us comes to the realization, on a cellular level, that We Are All One, nothing will change for the long term. Until we understand that harming another being means we're harming ourselves, the cycle of abuse and corruption will continue over and over, as it has throughout human history.
Naomi offers a description in the beginning of her book of the choice each society, community, and individual has to make as it/he/she evolves:
Dissident Natan Sharansky writes that there are two kinds of states—"fear societies" and "free societies." ...The two societies make up two kinds of consciousness. The consciousness derived of oppression is despairing, fatalistic, and fearful of inquiry. It is mistrustful of the self and forced to trust external authority. It is premised on a dearth of self-respect. It is cramped....
In contrast, the consciousness of freedom—the psychology of freedom that is "America"—is one of expansiveness, trust of the self, and hope. It is a consciousness of limitless inquiry. "Everything," wrote Denis Diderot, ..."must be examined, everything must be shaken up, without exception...."
It's up to each of us to decide whether we want to live in fear or freedom, within ourselves and in our larger communities: families, cities and towns, states, countries. Fear produces slavery. Freedom demands responsibility and honesty.
If you choose to live free, you must begin to disobey. There's no way around that. The once-great and wild American people have been tamed, dumbed down, poisoned, condescended to, disrespected, and caged.
And we've let it happen.
Do our souls still have the strength to break out of the prison that's been built around us? That we've watched be built, and sometimes even helped so we can feel "safe" and "secure"?
I have a lot of hope that this will happen. I'll see you Out There.
Much love, peace, and power to you.