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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Day 3 - Does my profession prevent me from being a Politician?
If a person were to come up to us and ask why we are not a
politician - a very common response would be one that explains how we are not
politically savvy enough to "deal with politics", or that we don't
have the qualifications, or that you don't know the system well enough for that
kind of responsibility, or that it's simply not "for us".
In the current system a "politician" requires a
certain background, a certain set of "qualifications" that give them
some necessary skills in order to survive and be able to manage the absurd
"profession" of being a politician in our current system.
In the current system - due to the massive amount of people
not participating as a REAL politician - it has become necessary for those in
political office to present themselves as being fully able to address all of
the problems of their constituents, and faithfully represent and speak on
behalf of them - while at the same time having to work within a political and
financial system that DEMANDS loyalty to those with money at the expense of
those who don't. The politicians who are good at their careers are the ones who
are best at convincing the public that they will honor their public promises
for change and reform, while on the other hand convincing the financial powers
and ruling elite that nothing will change.
Sometimes a "compromise" can be made by professional politicians
where a few good policies are put in to protect a few people and
sometimes a few of the big financial abusers get a slap on the wrist but
overall no real change is ever done.
It is not the fault of the system or the politician that
today's politics are all about manipulation and covering up fraud - the
majority of people have a vested interest in keeping things stable - even if it
means the people have to be lied to on a daily basis to make sure that we do
not have to contend with a reality where things are NOT okay - where things are
NOT "in a state of recovery" - where things are actually
deteriorating at an alarming rate.
Note that the few politicians who do make a stand - who make
a REAL difference despite the potential political drawbacks to their "career" - the few REAL
politicians active in the world right now within the current system who are telling it like it is and demanding that people take responsibility for
changing the system, the ones who do not see being a "politician" as
a profession or career, but an obligation and responsibility - are the ones who
make the REAL difference. Yet they do NOT get elected to high
positions of power - they do NOT become officially recognized
or positively promoted in the political main-stream. These are the
"politicians" who FAIL according to the current system because they
did not fit the "qualifications" of a career politician - because
they could NOT be bought - they could NOT be silenced - they had INTEGRITY -
and they were very dangerous to the system.
Fascinatingly, people tend to idolize these few REAL
politicians and turn them into celebrities and shining exemplars instead of
actually taking responsibility for the political message such rare candidates
share - and in turning such REAL politicians into a celebrity instead of
an actual example of responsibility, we as a society do a great disservice to
We place our hope and aspiration in wanting these rare candidates
to WIN - we want them to compete and get elected into office so that they can
get to work on fixing everything - we often attach them to popular mandates
that range from a vague "Green is good", to the very energetically
charged "End the Fed!", and we then expect these candidates to change
the entire system ALONE on our behalf, when the world system itself is a
multidimensional and extremely complex system that is created and constantly
being reinforced by the REAL political power in this world - the power of
majority acceptance and allowance, and general apathy and aversion to responsibility
for the greater whole.
We, the REAL politicians of this world, hold massive
pageants and popularity contests to see who are the best candidates to speak on
our behalf, make decisions on our behalf, and protect us from the very system
we are all co-creating, and then we become disappointed when these individuals
step into the role of public political leadership and they end up essentially
powerless and spend their time managing public relations and doing the bidding
of corporate and private interests, contending with a public that has not
become politically or economically conscious or mature, cannot handle many personal responsibilities, are not aware of the actual extent of our global problems, and is being
systematically herded and emotionally controlled through media and rampant
consumerism to at least benefit the ruling class and prevent the masses from self-destructing through apathy.
Our "professions" - our educational backgrounds -
our "qualifications" as REAL politicians in this world are NOT what
jobs we've had, what experiences we have with writing policy and working with
laws and judicial process, or how familiar we are with tax codes or financial regulations.
These are skills that one is able to learn and utilize - these are methods
through which we can apply and express our political responsibilities - but to
believe that our jobs or our education somehow disqualify or remove our
responsibility as REAL politicians in this world is simply not true and is a
very damaging and limiting acceptance.
Each day we influence countless people in our lives by the
words we speak - by the principles we live and stand by and hold ourselves to
be examples of.
Each day we make policy and economic decisions based on the
information and understanding we have and we do our best to make the best
choices - often having to make mistakes and make adjustments along the way.
Each day we do our best to function within a broken economic and monetary system and have to make great compromises - often to the complaint of our families and those we are responsible for - in order to keep things stable as best we can.
Each day we bear witness to the economic tolls of our
financial/monetary system and how it affects all of our relationships and all of our decisions and all of our potentials.
Each day we must live and survive within the current state
of our environment and the eroding relationship between mankind and earth which has been corrupted by mass consumerism outpacing the earth's ability to sustain life.
Each day we manage relationships and put on fake personalities to be accepted and to be able to navigate a world that has become
detached from self-integrity in favor of self-preservation and self-interest.
Each day we do what we must to survive and endure, as we
attempt to hold on to our core principles and good intentions even though we
must contradict them on a daily basis due to the system that we must work with - wanting to do good things and perhaps making up for the things we have had to do in order to survive, but having to constantly compromise in order to maintain stability and money.
Each day we make the SAME decisions and take on the same
dimensions and challenges and must ask and answer the same essential questions that any "politician" must. What separates us from
"politicians" is the mere acceptance that we are somehow not
qualified to speak about and take responsibility for our daily concerns and
social issues just because we don't have the right "job" or the right
"education" - and that this somehow means we are less personally affected by the consequence of political decisions, or have less qualification to speak on these issues - when we as the majority have the MOST to say and the MOST at risk for not saying it.
So when you see a person who is demonstrating a personal
will and intention to take responsibility for this world system, to educate
themselves and others in their journey as a REAL politician - do not simply ask
what they do for their job or what their educational background is or what
qualifies them to take on political responsibility - it is exactly the same as
Within this it is to understand that you do not need to
become a career politician - you ARE a politician and you are simply rusty
because you have allowed your political responsibility to be handled by only a
handful of candidates, who created a political language and specialized
education to communicate with each other - a language that we now must learn.
Thus far I have been taking the time to lay out the general
tone of this blog - to educate as well as clarify for myself along with anyone
interested in walking with or at least FOLLOWING this Politician's Journey to Life - as
to what real politics imply - what a REAL politician is - and by now if you
have been following you will be able to see that it is NOT about what I do,
what my "profession" is, or how this compares with you or anyone
else, because only YOU can assess for yourself what your political
responsibility is and to what degree you are ready, or willing to become ready
The blogs to follow will begin to take on more specific
points as well as introduce ways of looking at the current issues so that we do
not "take sides" or lose ourselves in the fake politics of the
current system, but develop a multidimensional way of seeing the various
social/economic/environmental issues in a way that career politicians cannot -
and as we build upon this kind of perspective and understanding we also begin
to see just how much influence we actually have.