Marianne Williamson%2C Miami Book Fair International%2C 1993
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"We don't need a new third party in America -- we need a new FIRST party." -- Swami Beyondananda
There's that classic bumpersticker I saw again recently: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention!"
I would take that sentiment and reframe it more positively: "If you are awake and aware, you know that NOW is the time for a movement to overgrow the current political and economic dysfunction."
That statement calls forth two questions: How do we launch such a movement, and how do we sustain and accelerate it?
Indeed many, many people are feeling frustrated -- and despair even -- at a political system that seems to be less and less responsive to the will of the people (unless, of course, those "people" happen to be corporations). Combine this with the burgeoning planetary "shituation" of global warming, and many folks would find sad truth in Stephen Colbert's tongue-in-cheek suggestion that we simply do nothing and run out the clock.
Of course there is the minor issue of what we tell our children and grandchildren.
In any case, my sense is there is a ripeness in both urgency and awareness -- which is why I am supporting my friend Marianne Williamson in her campaign for Congress as an Independent. You might ask, what difference would it make for one individual to be elected at a time when the moneyed forces seem to be occupying every seat of power?
The short answer has to do with an idea the great practical philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller pointed out decades ago -- the trim-tab. In a Playboy interview in 1972, Bucky said: