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Hoodwinked by the Wizards of America Or Empower Ourselves:' The Choice is Ours

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Bob Dylan wrote and sang a song called "Blowing in the Wind" in the 60's. One of the verses states, "how many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky?"

How many times, indeed? I ask. To listen to this classic, visit:

While there is a difference in the temperament and intelligence of the two major presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the difference in how our country will go is negligible. George Carlin put our predicament beautifully when he said, "We have no choice; we have owners. They don't give a sh*t about you!"

He further states that our politicians are a farce. It's the "Man" i.e., corporations that own us.

As Dorothy in Oz found out, the Man, in our case the politicians and corporations, is a horrid joke. The movie, Corporation, put this beautifully when the writers listed the diagnosis criteria for sociopath and found corporations meeting the criteria! This is who runs the country. Psychopaths i.e., murderers, criminals, people that don't care about the environment and the people. Is that ok?

It's the "man behind the curtain" (corporations and bankers) that we need to expose. We need to send him off in his hot air balloon. The Wizard exists on the other side of the curtain, where the Wizard puffs and moans and uses his technology (a smoke screen) to scare Dorothy and her friends. He realizes he is full of fear, knowing that he is a big-headed mirage. Yes, he sends up a lot of smoke to a horrified Dorothy (the human Soul). Yes, our politicians and corporations are a mirage. To get this metaphor, in your mind's eyes, picture Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Both are personas that hide from our eyes the true Wizard, who is a farce sending out smoke and the image of a big head (no body, no heart). Yet, when Toto (Dorothy's dog, i.e., her instincts) revealed him, he was found to be a regular man like Rob Kall. All he really wanted was what Dorothy wanted, Kansas, i.e., home.

Yet, people in our culture fall to their knees for this man, be he in the form of a woman or a man. He imposes "shock and awe" upon his citizens as well as his enemies to keep us fearful, gullible, and compliant.

The Wizard is a farce. So are our politicians who are owned by the Wizard. While the "big headed" Wizard was scared of the Witch of the West (fear of death), he used her to keep his people in shackles. He also became a fear in and of himself. As such, he projects himself as a huge head emerging from magicians' smoke. Thus he states to the shaking Dorothy and her friends: the Scarecrow (brain), the Tin Man (heart) and the cowardly Lion (courage), that he would not help them until they killed the witch of the West (death, sunset).

Yes, Dorothy's "friends" (who are aspects of herself) appeared to be without the traits Dorothy needed to succeed in her task (not the Wizard's). Thus, it is the Scarecrow (intelligence) who comes up with strategies. It is the Lion (courage) who becomes courageous when needed, with tail in mouth. The Tin Man, (heart), the essence of Love, to the point that he cries at a dead insect and winds up rusting! How is it? Thus, all of Dorothy's friends reflect our courage (lion), love (heart) and intelligence (scarecrow). Yes, each one of these characters cried because they did not have courage, heart or intelligence. Yet, each one of them comes through for Dorothy through the power they thought they lacked.

The power is within us. We are all Dorothy!

As stated regarding the Wizard of Oz:

L. Frank Baum, the author of the book, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was a role model for compassion and empathy enabled through his own personal experience with pain and suffering. We observe this with each of the main characters in the Wizard of Oz as an outcome of their own experience with adversity. What did the Tin Man teach us? "Express how you feel, have compassion, and others will follow"leaders need to lead with heart as well as thought and courage, along with all of the other elements of leadership"so if you want to be a leader, recognize that having heart, more importantly, sharing heart -- creates a reason for others to follow you. If your passion is felt out in the open, followers will not only follow, but they will carve pathways through forests for you"creating passion about our ideas -- or having heart -- shows that we care about changing the world and making a difference"We need to have heart to create heart. And we create heart by developing our disciples" (Fickenscher, 2013, Loc. 647-659).

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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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