Here’s an email I sent to Dennis Kucinich several days ago; it contains a way of thinking that may help us change for the better peacefully, if we’re ready for it. In any event, it should help progressive thinkers get elected.
You’ve written that you’re exploring new ways to effect change once your term expires. It seems to me the least disruptive and most effective way to create change is for us to change the way we think, to change from within.
As you know, playing the competitive, I’m right, you’re wrong; I’m good, you’re bad; I’m smart, you’re stupid game doesn’t work. To change the way we think, we must disrupt our normal patterns of thought and reaction. The best way to do that is with questions that go right to the heart of who we are.
For the past several weeks, I’ve been developing policy-related questions for signs and t-shirts to share with members of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. While expensive, I think professionally printed t-shirts, hats, buttons and signs will attract more people to the Movement by giving it more of a mainstream look.
Here’s a sampling of questions and statements in the political section of The LifeSong Store at Café Press:
- To justify war for profit, do we create enemies?
- When a system rewards the rich and punishes the poor, can we call it legal?
- When a system takes from the poor to give to the rich, can we call it fair?
- When predators exploit victims, can we call it Democracy?
- Should money or principles direct our actions?
- Can we leave our future in the hands of deceit, pride and arrogance?
- Money, like blood, must circulate freely for society to survive.
- Should corporations be allowed to write laws at the expense of you and me?
- Is it caring to create more people than the earth can support?
- Question common beliefs for they shape our lives and the world.
These are just a few of the policy ideas that appear in my store with more coming as new ideas arise. People like you may be especially helpful in creating new and even more meaningful policy questions that encourage people to question commonly held beliefs. For example, coming up with an acceptable way to breach the overpopulation issue that doesn’t offend#160; anyone was a great challenge because of judgmental and defensive habits. It’s time to move beyond this separatist form of thinking and stop competing with each other. We need to start talking more in terms of “we” than “me”.
By changing core beliefs that define us as competitors instead of collaborators, we can create a peaceful revolution. We can be the change we’re waiting for. Here are two examples of ideas that will help us change as a society:
- We are one and separate.
- We are products of creation and creation itself.
- Compete for fun, collaborate for survival.
I know you’re busy, but if you can find a moment, please visit The LifeSong Store at Café Press. The blurbs under the product images add even more to the conversation. Clothing and gifts are a great way to spread the seeds of new ideas or ways of thinking. The LifeSong Store is as much a source of philosophy as clothing and gifts. Can ideas change lives and the world? They do all the time.
Thank you for your great and loving service.
Blessings of love and understanding be to us all,
Roger “Pete” Peterson – http://realtalkworld.com/
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“How you define yourself and the world around you, forms your intent, which, in turn, forms your reality.” – Seth
In other words, we create our reality from what we believe about ourselves, and the world around us.
If we do not consciously choose our beliefs, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If our beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love, understand and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves, and the world.
Blessings of love and understanding be to us all!
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of your experience. Look for them!