And so we begin… Over and over again, I asked myself whether I should write a “political” blog. For several months I have felt an internal push to speak out about the state of our country. Politics, as you know, is certainly not my field of expertise, but it is evident that our political system is struggling and currently ineffective. I, like you, have heard numerous people say that our government is not working.
So I asked myself, “Can I help?” We shall see. For over 40 years I have challenged myself and others to put spiritual principles to the test, to apply them when the diagnosis was cancer, when the marriage ended or when a child died. Spiritual principles have been called into action when people faced depression, guilt, regret, alcohol and drug abuse, and loss of employment and esteem. In many instances, there was transformation. The growth I witnessed was and is the joy of my life.
And so I wonder…can these same principles be applied to politics? The answer is yes, for if spiritual principles cannot be brought to bear on this area central to human existence, then they are not truly universal laws and principles.
They say there are two things you should never discuss with your friends if you want them to remain friends—religion and politics. Well I am going to take a chance although our exploration will not be of religion and politics; our consideration will be spirituality and politics. In fact, I foresee a strange collaboration between these two charged aspects of human experience. Perhaps the results of the collaboration will guide our attitudes and actions in the coming days, months and years.
I am already discovering that some people are anticipating that the blog will be too political, and others anticipate it will not be political enough. Remember, politics is not my field of expertise, but spirituality is at the heart of my life, and I do believe that people are capable of applying life principles to all areas of human endeavor, including politics. We shall see.
One thing is assured; what I will write will be a call for the citizens of the nation to unite and to act. Our system of government is a democracy. Democracies always call for the participation of their citizens. Central to our system of governance is not the president, the members of Congress or the judicial branch established by the Constitution. We are the center of the wheel. Until we understand this, we will continue to hear, “The government is not working.” I long for the day when that statement will be a distant echo.
So get ready, dear friends, we have work to do!