New Ideas

I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.  ~John Cage

Without changing our patterns of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems that we created with our current patterns of thought.  ~Einstein

Sam and I watched Michael Moore’s “Sicko” last night. After he has shamed us in the U.S. for our refusal to offer universal health care, and shown us the secure (and healthier) people in Britain, France, and Canada, Moore asks, “Who are we?” Good question.

We need some new ideas. But beyond that, we need to reconnect to the values of democracy, and yes, true Christianity (not the mockery some have made it, in which doublespeak is rampant). Jesus was all about giving to those less fortunate and not amassing wealth. What has happened to the concept of raising all boats, of pulling together for the common good?

I am sick at heart from the cynicism, the greed, and the lack of real statesmanship that I see in the political arena at all levels. Selfishness and ambition has replaced leadership and public service it seems. And our system is constructed to support that. What decent person with genuine concern for all seeks public office anymore? I believe a will to power should disqualify a candidate! How do we reverse this tide?

6 Responses to New Ideas

  1. Teresa says:

    I believe that a person can be a politician and still be good. He or she just cannot be perfect. I’m not really sure that anyone ever ran for public office who truly had genuine concern for all. People usually care about certain people, or groups of people, rather than mankind as a whole. That is why Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world.

    America can have truly good politicians running our country when we deserve them. The question to me is: how can we deserve them?

  2. quotesqueen says:

    Yes, that is a good question! Thanks for posting it.

  3. papaw arthur says:

    Bravo. I agree with your concern over leadership.

    My answer to turning the tide has to do with mainstream media. None of our original specifics of government anticipated a global media as we have today. Leaders have to look good on TV and must not have habits or past events that make the list of challenges the media manufacture.

    Winston Churchill, considered one of the greatest leaders of all time, did not project an image that would play to today’s media requirements. Chrchill drank 10 martinis every day of his adult life, which would have probably destroyed his career in today’s world.

    What we see in the media is a fantasy, not reality. Addressing this is my answer to how to reverse this tide.

  4. quotesqueen says:

    Agree, Papaw Arthur! How do we encourage the media to be responsible journalists again?

  5. papaw arthur says:

    Great question. I don’t really have a good answer. We live in a free society with a capitalistic economy. The media is driven to make money by providing what people want to see and hear. I would think targeting the consumers is the only way that could succeed. I suppose that means I need to change my habits by not watching or listening to what I believe is hurting our society and telling others I’m doing that. I’m starting right now! Really.

  6. […] Halpern, one of the country’s first public interest lawyers in the 1960s, has written a book, Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom. I have just read about it in an interview with the author in the March issue of Shambhala Sun, and was reminded of my earlier post on Activism, as well as the one on New Ideas. […]

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