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Politics and Predictions: a Post-Cartesian Perspective (interview)

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I ask my audience, "Who believes in things unseen? Who talks to angels?" ...

"Aha, then you are superstitious."

Origins are helpful aids to understanding, and one can tell by now that I like the origin of words, notions and meanings. The word "superstition" evolved to mean being stuck on some old notion. But originally it came from the Latin and meant "stand still by something" (as in amazement). You know, when something out of the ordinary happens, and you just stand there and take it in--sometimes with your hair standing on end!

Thus, I say that mystics and intuitives are superstitious heretics, and I am glad to be one!

By the way, I believe that if you make up your mind about something, that makes you a heretic. Chooser! That's better than loser!

I believe that "Spirituality is the highest form of political consciousness."

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MAB: "Spirituality is the highest form of political consciousness." I love that perspective, and have believed it too for a long time, even though spirituality and politics can make strange bedfellows! In fact my very first article for OpEdNews, in 2004, was on that topic!

Before we look at the astrological aspects, I'd like to take a moment to talk about your take on voting. Many people are so very stressed about that right now. Some people don't feel it is at all ethical to vote for "evil" of any sort, others are adamant that to survive we might have to grit our teeth and vote for the lesser of two evils. And with all the voting irregularities we have seen, many people feel that their vote is useless, or won't be counted, anyway, so why bother? Your perspective on voting takes a different viewpoint, can you share some of that with us?

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SP: Yes indeed. In the best of all worlds, the practical mystic has the vision and then acts on it. "Think globally, act locally."

The practical mystic follows God/Spirit, who is communicating through signs, visions, dreams, coincidences and synchronicities, and then acts, or votes, on that guidance.

The mystic votes. When you choose, you vote. You have chosen to read this op-ed piece. You direct your thoughts - or try to anyway. You choose how much you donate to your favorite charity. You choose with your money. You vote with your time and money. This leads us to " socially responsible investing. People choose not to invest in genetically modified food, munitions, tobacco... whatever is your ideal, your stance. This goes farther ... into socially responsible buying. Where do you buy? From a chain? From business people in your church or civic organization? Support your friends and their endeavors. Vote for your ideals, friends and community.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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