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Social Transformation through Meditation

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Social Transformation through Meditation


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Imagine watching TV without commercials. International democratic communism is my social ideal. It would be built from the ground-up, through an interdependent network of intentional (or tribal) communities in every country of the world.

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Every self-determined commune would receive public funds to develop its own educational philosophy and curriculum for the children living in it. Every intentional community would grow most of its own organic food.

But to get from here to there, we have to do more than get our news about the world through alternative media. We have to do more than passionately share what we have learned with others. More important than being politically active is meditation. We can never have true outer peace unless we have inner peace.

Great scientific achievements have been made using the tool of thinking. But at higher levels of reality, all thinking obscures beauty; it prevents the experience of sacred serenity, boundless joy, and bliss in each Now moment. If we can just sit with choiceless, transpersonal, and nonconceptual awareness for a few minutes a day, without judging or evaluating the thoughts that pop up--a fountain of creativity can spring forth.

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Meditation can help our society advance to a higher level. Meditation should be taught to our children and encouraged in public schools that should be decentralized.

Roger Copple will be 65 next month in June. He retired 5 years ago in 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly 3rd grade, and also middle and high school special education in Indianapolis. He now lives in Bradenton, Florida. Roger is especially interested in political theory and U.S. foreign policy. He also enjoys playing chess and tennis, walking every day, and doing insight or vipassana meditation. Roger grew up in a United Pentecostal Church family and remembers going to church 4 times a week. His parents have always voted Republican. Roger's website: www.NowSaveTheWorld.com

 

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