|Pema Chodron (more here)|
The nation based upon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence?
Does it exist? Did it ever exist?
Where are America’s leaders, who, like us, the 99.9%, are willing to work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure that the American Dream is possible to achieve, no matter one’s skin color or heritage?
Is it not obvious that our current leaders do not measure up to the task at hand?
And, is it not as obvious, that, like our ancestors before us, we must fill the void, become the needed leaders and make the United States be the nation we want to live within?
Like the heroes we admire, we must gather up our courage to fill our leadership vacuums. We must get out in front and blaze freedom’s path. And, when the time is right, we must also step aside, to follow and support those who selflessly maintain our Bill of Rights for all of us.
Today, we all need to tap into our personal courage reservoir – the very same one that our ancestors, the heroes of our past – discovered and applied for the greater good of our nation. That nation, which was founded upon those natural rights, and became an inspiration to others throughout the world.
We need to muster the courage to be the United States we all were taught we are.
The Problem is Civil Obedience
In 2012, Matt Damon helped pay tribute to the late historian and author Howard Zinn. This rendition of a speech Zinn gave in 1970 on civil disobedience is one of his most powerful performances to date. It is still true... The Problem is Still Civil Obedience.
Howard Zinn, Boston Common, 5 May 1971
“Back in the 60s and 70s Dr. Zinn was one of the few who understood... and he did his best to tell us... that what was happening to our black brothers and sisters would soon be happening to us, all of us, save the mega-super rich. Today we understand his message was a premonition about our times, too.”