Andrea tried to knock Bernie off topic throughout the interview by goading him into personal attacks on Hilary Clinton and discussing complex, inflammatory issues like gun control and immigration. She failed to unsettle him and, in the process, Bernie showed us how important it is to focus on what we want, not on what we don’t want.
Bernie seems to be the only presidential candidate with a clear understanding of what this country wants and needs in both its oneness and broad diversity. He seems to be the only candidate with the strength and wisdom to say “No!” to those who would make the country, and the world, their own. That leaves us with the question: how did we let the American ideal, “…one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”, become the fear-driven, “it’s every man for himself, eat or be eaten, kill or be killed” world that it seems to be now?
Instead of letting greed and corruption defeat us, why don’ we go on the offensive? Instead of letting value judgments of right and wrong, good and bad, control us from the outside-in, why not trust what works and makes us happy, which establishes a process of value fulfillment and gives us control of our own lives from the inside-out? Other questions like: what can we do today for the selves we’ll be tomorrow and, what do we want most for our children, ourselves and the world, open us up to new possibilities as well. They fill our minds with new ideas, hope and promise. We can refuse to let despair be an option.
As we think, we create. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, we know that the only way to change what we create, is to change what we think. What can be more exciting, or worth doing, than changing ourselves for the better to change the world for the better?
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
Instead of money, power and privilege, would love, truth and joy be a better measure of success? One isolates us in the material world of separation, scarcity and competition while the other not only acknowledges our oneness AND separation, it acknowledges our role in creation itself. Using love, truth and joy as a measure of success provides us with a moral compass. It encourages us to live for the love of Being and Creation, instead of run from the fear of suffering and death. It inspires us to find and express what’s best in ALL that we are.
How we define ourselves and the world around us, forms our intent, which, in turn, forms our reality.
In other words, we create our reality from what we believe about ourselves and the world around us.
If we don’t consciously choose the ideas we accept as beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations, we unconsciously absorb them from our surroundings.
If the ideas we accept as beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations create our reality, can we afford not to question them?
The more we love and appreciate ourselves, the better we treat ourselves and the world.
What can we do today for the selves we’ll be tomorrow?
The secrets of the universe lie hidden in the shadows of our experience. Look for them!
Affirm what you believe!