This reluctance is understandable. If we truly look the situation in the face, what we see is profound betrayal of trust by our leaders and our government. While it would be easier in a way to go right to righteous outrage (or pain-numbing apathy), it is extremely important to stay with the feelings of betrayal long enough for them to sink in. Acknowledging the helplessness, the hopelessness, the disheartenment is a first important step in recovering our power, not in a reactive rage but through a proactive movement.
I read something in a recent retrospective about the late Elizabeth Taylor that seems to apply here. When her close friend Rock Hudson died of AIDS in the 1980s, she was one of the first to raise consciousness and funds on behalf of that issue. When she put together the first charity dinner for AIDS -- nobody came. However, she persisted and over the years ended up raising $300 million for AIDS research.
In those early days, there was a great deal of denial, shame and confusion around AIDS. It was a disease that dwelled in the shadows, and most folks were happy to keep it that way. And now, in order to address the autoimmune disease that has debilitated our body politic, we must face an even greater shadow: the perpetrations of a corporate state out of control, and our own complicity.
The only way to face this challenge is " together, beyond the boundaries of progressive and conservative, and attuned to the heart and soul of a greater truth.
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