25. Encourage the personal investigation of meditation (which does not have to be associated with any particular religion), and the scientific study of consciousness.
It has been said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Well, that journey need not seem impossible. Consider that, for the first time, the American people recently expressed in the polls that they don't believe the current lies and disinformation about why the U.S. should bomb Syria. And currently, let us hope that the American people will realize that if it was wrong to bomb Iraq in 2003, then it is wrong to bomb Iraq in 2014.
As more and more Americans wake up and stop relying on the mainstream media in the formation of their opinions, there is greater opportunity to reach the masses, especially the millions of Americans who don't have jobs or who work at jobs that don't pay living wages. The working class of America can be educated and recruited to demand that their members of Congress make these radical changes, or be voted out of office.
The U.S. Congress does not have to be permanently despised. Instead, an educated and empowered citizenry can help it become the ideal of the world. The Occupy Wall Street movement failed, at least in part, because it could not agree on specific demands to make of Congress. We have to be united in our common dreams and short term objectives.
As the gap between the rich and poor widens within a country and between countries, national and world problems increase accordingly. This is why I am adamant about reducing the economic gap even more than what current socialists and communists might advocate. But that is my preference. The democratic voice of the people may choose otherwise.
Living in a classless society where citizens love academic study, philosophical thinking, meditation, and voluntary simplicity, instead of conspicuous consumption, is my ideal. It would be accompanied by local, economic self reliance and local self-determination, undergirded by a modern type of tribalism. Still, I recognize that the democratic voice of the people may choose a more regulated type of capitalism with a greater focus on individualism--even after the empowerment of the seven largest national political parties.
Advocating neighborhood control of neighborhood schools to the extent that I have advocated is unprecedented. I have not found a single educational philosopher who recommends it. Even the first public schools had elements of top-down control. But just because it has never been tried does not mean it can never work.
With so much diversity, can there be unity and peace in the world? There can be unity and peace, and even happiness in the world, in spite of all the diversity. But, to achieve it--we each must find a way (through meditation, prayer, daily attitude, selfless service, or a combination of these things) to be inwardly joyful and also loving and kind in our interpersonal relationships.
But more than this is required: As responsible citizens, we must consider it our civic duty to maximize democracy (in the ways described above) and do the things that promote world peace and world happiness (as described above). Democracy, of course, can only work if the citizens are well educated. Thinking in terms of what is best for the world and the planet is better than only thinking of what is best for ourselves and our own country.
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Roger Copple is 64 years old. He retired 4 years ago in 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly 3rd grade, for half of his teaching career and high school special education during the other half, mostly in Indianapolis. He now lives in the Bradenton, Florida. He hopes to make a contribution to society through further study, reflection, writing, and meditation. Roger can be emailed at rogercopple|AT|gmail.com Email address" target="_blank">rogercopple|AT|gmail.comEmail address ; his website is www.NowSaveTheWorld.com