Democracy Can no Longer be a Spectator Sport
Democracy Can No Longer be a spectator sport or political game. Everyone must participate to bring an end to violence and create a world of peace. It is an illusion and denial of history to continue to think that the threat of violence and use of war will ever bring about peace.
Yet for so long, our world has repeated the failed narrative that weapons keep us safe, and that small wars prevent big wars. As wishful and tempting that narrative, it has never worked. It has failed in ancient and modern history. History always shows that War Brings War and Only Peace Brings Peace.
The Seven Precepts of Ahimsa
The Seven Precepts of Ahimsa Nonviolence. Democracy and humane societies can no longer be a political or spectator sport. Everyone, every day must participate in Democracy to bring an end to violence and create a world of peace. While at first, we may not be consistently strong to act nonviolently in thought, word, and deed we can keep nonviolence as our goal and make progress towards it daily.
“When we change ourselves, the tendencies in the world also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do” Gandhi
Seven Precepts of Ahimsa
1, Education: Teach nonviolence curriculum in every University, Public and Private school in America.
2. Incorporate nonviolence into our Constitution. Have the knowledge and practice of nonviolence written into our National State and local Legislation.
3. Appoint a Cabinet-level Secretary of Nonviolence and Peace to the Presidents Cabinet. Do so for every State and City.
4. Understanding that the food we consume, how it was treated in life, and in death becomes who we are. And, what we feed our bodies also feeds our souls. Do not follow the crowd. Eat vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based eating. End the violence of factory farming and factory agriculture. Implement no-kill in America, upset the status quo, and end the violent euthanizations of millions of shelter animals each year.
5. Live in the real, not the virtual world. Practice daily mindfulness, yoga, or prayer on nonviolence and peace. Do so and you will live in Awe and Wonder each moment. As said by Gandhi, Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Living an intentional and creative life of love and nonviolence towards humanity, animals, and the planet.
6. Be a Nation of leaders, not followers. Start with yourself, only then can you lead others.
7. Leadership. Democracy can no longer be a simply political or spectator sport. Everyone, every day must participate in Democracy to bring an end of violence, and create a World of Peace. Peace will happen when led by a higher consciousness. We must choose only the best leaders. the highest consciousness and least egos.
LEADERSHIP – THE FOUR DEGREES OF LEADERSHIP
TAO TE CHING. VERSE 17
- When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists.
- Next s a leader who is loved.
- Next, is one who is feared.
- The worst is one who is despised.
- If you don’t trust the people,
- you make them untrustworthy.
- The Master doesn’t talk, he acts.
- When his work is done,
- the people say, “Amazing we did it, all by ourselves!”
So what can be the new story to replace violence? It is the story of non-violence. A new story that mankind is capable of resolving conflicts without violence, war, death, and destruction. . A story that consciousness, not threats of violence by insane Egos is more powerful than any physical weapons and threats of War.
With a higher consciousness and higher thinking, we must also act. We must live our life fully at the edge, with the highest respect for all living things and the avoidance of violence toward all life. Nonviolence is not appeasement. It is not settling. It is action!
We must not be timid but act fearlessly and decisively to change the world. At times this will bring us to the edge. We must be confident and prepared to go to that edge; jump and create wings on the way down.