So, whose enjoying politics today?
Old paradigms are rapidly falling away, and yet, where does that leave the politics of old?
For an ever-growing number of us, the whole political landscape simply feels like a big ole quandary.
On the one hand, we believe in freedom which means a smaller, limited government. The soul is all about the freedom to choose, the freedom to live true and the freedom to be ourselves without limitation.
And yet, the quandary here becomes can we trust the private sector to make choices that uplift, empower and protect basic human rights and the rights of our beautiful home, planet earth.
On the other hand, government mandates that force human rights, environmental protection and equity, at first appear to be a good thing, until the bigness of it all begins to overwhelm.
The quandary here becomes can we trust big government to make choices that uplift, empower and protect basic human rights and the rights of our beautiful home, planet earth.
The question for someone like me is whom do I trust to be the most conscious—aware of a larger picture that includes who we really are from a soul to soul perspective rather than a limited, short-sighted view that lacks an understanding of ultimate oneness, not only in death, but in life.
So what's the average person on Central Street to do? I would like to point out a few possibilities:
1) If you are called to get involved in politics, then do so. But please, have the courage to think, speak and act in a high vibration manner. In other words, a war on drugs ultimately solves nothing, but a celebration of health creates an elevated opening for well-being. Choose to be FOR something positive rather than anti-anything.
2) For those of us who feel no call to become more involved than hopefully a vote, PERSONAL INTEGRITY at home, at work and on the streets will be our greatest contribution. In other words, we must reflect upon our choices on the front-end not the back-end. If something feels it lacks a match with our own interior, then it does.
A perfect example of this is Todd Putnam, a former Coca-Cola executive whose recent admission that he now regrets the company's relentless advertising of sugary, diabetes-inducing soda around the world, especially towards minorities and our youth, has been all over the news.
While during his tenure with the famed American company he says that it never crossed his mind that their internal "Share of the Stomach" campaign wasn't a contribution to society and/or that it was detrimental to human beings worldwide, he now, on the back-end, sees that the beverages he helped spend millions marketing have an ill-effect on people.
Now we can say BUT there's supply and demand, profits, job creation, people should know better, etc., etc. But I believe the call here is to dismiss all of those justifications and instead simply live with more personal integrity.
SO, if an action, a product or a policy is harmful to people or to the planet, then the top priority should be to work tirelessly to create something better as soon as possible, including pulling completely the harmful contribution unless absolutely unable to do so immediately because there is no better alternative for a very much needed resource.
In other words, the private sector should not wait for the government to outlaw something that is unharmonic with humanity's well-being just so the profits can keep rolling in at the expense of all else.
Whether or not we choose to run for office or remain in the private sector, we must all become very clear on whether or not our inner world matches our outer actions. This is called personal integrity, and more of it in our homes, in our businesses and in our general actions will be the highest contribution that we can make politically today.
A culture that needs numerous governmental laws and mandates to act from a place of love and well-being for all may indeed need a period of tremendous breakdown in order to breakthrough to a new way where BOTH the private sector AND government can be trusted to act consciously towards individuals and the whole.
And YES, of course, it's all more complicated than what I lay out above. There is very little black and white, and rather a vast sea of multi-layered grey.
But what is not complicated is that we all can do better, and personal integrity as our new politics is a great place to start...
FYI, I applaud Todd Putnam for "coming out" as a business leader who now encourages and models transparency, as well as a more holistic approach to economics.