When John Lennon wrote the anthem "Power to the People", I was a young man searching for a life of meaning... a life of radical engagement... and great possibilities...
Now, quite a few years later and with John Lennon having been murdered long ago, these same compelling thoughts continue to pursue me... settling down somewhat into place, the richness of a life of contemplation and action has found something of value to say...
"Personalism Unleashed" on this website succinctly states the core principles of a truly radical philosophy -- and unless the dominator paradigm is challenged to its core, nothing will significantly change. As far as I can see, the central christian doctrine of "Original Sin" (which Yeshua never mentioned), is the root of both our personal and social problems -- if you want real change, you've got to get down into this root-system and begin to cultivate a radical difference. So long as people believe that their essence is "bad" and needs "saving" -- so long as people let other people control that "saving" through manipulative theologies and practices -- so long as the simple and beautiful Yeshua of Nazareth is distorted into a "god of power and might" -- so long as power and greed dominate every aspect of what is passing for "western civilization" -- we will never fully experience life as it is meant to be lived!
We were created for the expression of infinite possibilities in Love, Beauty, Community, Justice, and Peace! We were created to be all-together delightful! But look around -- how fearful, how depressed, how angry, and how sad we are... if you want change, you've got to actually change your mind... and pick up and use the power that you have!
It is well past time to let go of our collective fear of changing course... the economic system of predatory capitalism that has the total allegiance of this "christian" country is nothing other than a Planetary abomination! The complete merger of corporations with our political system is nudging us closer and closer to fascism -- our government is now of, by, and for the most powerful of the corporations (and those who have pledged their souls to its advancement). Power to the People means: a complete and immediate ban on all private contributions of money or anything of value, to all politicians in or running for any state or federal office. This ban must include all individuals, corporations, political action committees, super political action committees, lobbyists, unions, and every other private source of money or thing of value. Corporations are not people and money is not free speech!
As this is an occasional blog and not an essay... more later... but remember: if you really want change, you've got to dig deep, within your mind, and then all about you... remember too, you have been created for radiance and total delight! Your core is always beautiful, worthy, and great: right now!
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.