It is the question so frequently facing us. Our political system (U.S.) seems so bad sometimes, but is it not better than many others in the world? Does it not in many senses seem like the best in the world? It seems impossible to find someone who is entirely happy with the U.S political system, but it continues to persist because there ultimately don’t seem like many other options.
I have some ideas of ways to better/remake our system, but they are in ardent opposition to the ideas of so many others and who am I to say they are wrong and I am right? What more basic foundation can we all lean on to come up with a better system together? I think the approach that needs to be taken is to clear our minds of the current system. It is not terrible, but it is blinding. Whatever inherent human nature is, it means next to nothing now. Some people argue that war is inevitable because it is part of human nature, but is it? Does any newborn hate another group of people because of their religion or ethnicity? No, I don’t think so, not until they are engulfed by our current systems. They learn to hate. They learn to think in a new way. We have reached a point where a dominant systems teaches everyone to think a certain way, a way that says we need to fight to get what we deserve. But why? We live in a world where if we put our resources and effort into sustainable living, we could all have enough to live comfortably and happily for a very long time – like billions of years. We can’t get winning out of our head though. Maybe it is a lingering effect from our tale of evolution, a time when it was fight or die. If we see this though, we can choose to stop it. We can stop wanting excess. We can stop wanting every person to conform to a specific religion. We don’t all need to be the same to live together.
These beliefs are far short of the basis for a new political system, but I think they are a start. I think they are an important step in thinking in a new way. It seems that it is impossible to break out of our current path as long as most people think winning in the ultimate goal. So, lets try to stop that. Let’s stop telling everyone that their lives are measured in the amount of wins they have. Let’s stop portraying the head honchos of billion dollar companies as the must successful people on this planet. They, in my mind, are just the most trapped. They have the most to lose by considering any change from the current system, so it is unlikely that they are going to initiate the change we need. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa. These are the people we should think of as successful. Most of them were quite the opposite of millionaires, they lived very meager and humble lives. And what is possibly most amazing is that they seem to have found much more happiness than most million and billionaires we see today. So why can’t we stop thinking of money as the greatest measure of wealth? Why do people work to make tons of money only to find that it doesn’t make them happy? It is the state of mind our system encourages and we have to change that. I don’t know how yet, but I would like to figure it out. If there are any ideas out there, I would greatly appreciate hearing them.
Have a great day. Follow your bliss and feel loved because you are.