Especially now with what we are witnessing in our economy, our growing militarized police state, the erosion of our civil liberties and privacy, our inept governance, a growing unstable world, and the dumbing down of our children, we must stop for a moment and question ourselves. Do we know the difference between democracy and liberty? Our forefathers knew full well the differences.
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” –Benjamin Franklin
The world is becoming more and more unstable every moment. Either we adapt and overcome by making cooperation primary and competition secondary or we are doomed to perpetual wars and threats that are draining our revenues, polarizing our governance, and robbing us of future by the useless destruction of our youngest best and brightest citizens who are being used as cannon fodder. We’ll have to turn the tables on our egos, our so called leaders, and even our loved ones. We’ll have to outgrow being indifferent and get used to being different. We’ll have to awaken and clear outdated, multigenerational patterns that need interrogation and then integration at a higher vibration.
Start by questioning everything, especially yourself. Meditate on everything, and then let it go so you are free to create something new. Do it to the nth degree. Question yourself so hard and so ruthlessly that your bones ache with doubt and your soul trembles with uncertainty. Question why you tolerate and defend unjust, inept, and corrupt systems of human governance. Interrogate your ego. Cross-examine your soul. Then take the answers and apply them to the natural world. Like Walt Whitman said, “Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book; dismiss whatever insults your own soul.”
A well-armed lamb is a lion in sheep’s clothing that has the potential to trump the wolf. “The price of being a sheep is boredom,” wrote Hugh Macleod. “The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with care.” Or we can choose to be the wise lion and really become a force to be reckoned with. Part of “fixing” the world is understanding how the world is put together, and that requires knowledge. A well-armed lamb is a wise lion that cannot be ignored. This type of person knows all the rules, but the rules don’t know them. They are artists par excellence. Their medium is human flourishing. Their canvas is the human condition. Their stage is the world. And nothing can stop them from performing. Paraphrasing Picasso, they’ve learned the rules like a pro, so they can break them like an artist.
Democracy’s failure as a form of government is surpassed only by all other forms of government, but that doesn’t get it off the hook as an utter failure. Besides, we don’t even live in a democracy anymore. We live in an especially greedy form of oligarchy known as plutocracy, and WE ALL KNOW THIS.
It is time to get out there and start questioning the unhealthy, unsustainable system that is systematically screwing everything else up. Practice non-violence and civil disobedience. But be prepared. Cops will hate you. All the spoon-fed comfort-junkies will hate you. All the blood-sucking bipartisans will hate you. Your right-wing conservative family will hate you. Even your left-wing liberal family will hate you. All the haters will hate you. But you know what? The only people mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie. Speak the truth anyway, even if it pisses off everyone you know. Like Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” And the only way to do that is to be brutally honest with the truth.
It’s time to fall in love: in love with the moment, with the universe, with your fellow man, even your enemy; a deep, carnal, agape love that shatters all love-molds. It’s the kind of love that sheds the clunky armor of invulnerability and dons the spiritual flexibility of absolute vulnerability. It is the kind of courage that rises up, draws a line in the sand, and declares to all forms of corruption and tyranny, “You no longer have permission to imprison what I love. I am no longer a slave. Nor will I allow you to enslave others.”
This is Freedom.
This is Liberty.
This is what John Lennon “Imagined”. It is time to join him, is it not? Thanks Gary “Z” for kicking my ass.