A couple of weeks ago I put some thoughts down about political and religious issues.
Do not questions about political issues mean we should be very attentive to the role of freedom of speech and religious issues also?
I hear a lot of noise in this world - but personally I have met very
few individuals who have the capacity and the determination to ask
fundamental questions. I simply asked what a Christed being would be
like - which I feel is a very essential question - particularly with
the political and religious backdrop (an insane backdrop built on fear
and organization - rather than what would be intelligent - ie love, individual responsibility and understanding and the right questions ) of our times. Asking this question does not preclude that one must have a belief in God. It is a very factual question, and surely an intelligent one.
I myself hold no beliefs. Except perhaps a belief in
my own abilities and the abilities of friends and perhaps also a
belief in the wisdom of the founding fathers and the excellent
Constitution that they brought us.
We live in an angry and bitter world - I would hope that our job as
commentators and questioners is to go beyond the cruel rhetoric of
that bitter world to give something authentic and profound in response
- how else can there be sanity and healing? Asking what a Christed
being is - to me is an essential question; it is a question which
destroys the idea of leaders and organized religion - it is an
intimidating question only because like the words "pussy",
"democracy", "freedom" etc- "christ" has sadly become such a loaded
word. But in the old greek it simply means "the anointed one" - one
who is blessed with understanding and insight based upon clarity.
This is not a matter of views - this is a matter of asking intelligent
questions and discussing them with insight and affection - ie I am
describing the process of intelligent discourse -whereby facts are
looked at and learned from and where opinions and viewpoints do not
enter. How else can there be mutual understanding and transcendence of
the petty realm of opinions?
The kind of questions I have raised may make you angry - but if you are - can
you ask yourself the serious question: Where is the division between
politics and religion?
Nepal is the largest Hindu country in the world. Officially. Because India has a secular Constitution. But come to India and you will see that 99% of the people believe in God blindly. So if one is realistic and clear how can one separate
religious matters from politcal ones. Politics means the brotherhood of man - but how can there be brotherhood without ethical behavior - and what is religion without ethical behavior - surely just an empty shell....
We can argue and get blue in the face about the injustices of the American government - but little will change because of our angry words. I am a realist and so I very seriously question the value of staged protests - the wars go on, the Bushs' get fatter and richer - is it not time to question in detail the approaches of the modern
political movement? I find more inspiration from good people who are helping the underpoverished in whichever way they can at the grassroots level (wherever they may be on the planet) - than those knocking on the doors of Capitol Hill petitioning change and more often than not getting nowhere.
Of course there has to be a two pronged approach and that requires political lobbying - but it does seem to me that so much energy is wasted in this field and I would be curious to hear if anyone has pondered this issue with any seriousness and
intensity...I feel this is a very important area of discussion.
The greatest political system yet evolved is the American constitution
which has in place the Electoral college system. How wise India would
have been to include the same (ie an electoral college system) in her
founding constitution - but, sadly (very sadly), she did not (such a
provision would have benefited the lives of countless millions for the
better). And in America today (at least in the last two elections) -
where the Electoral college system could have served justice to the
people - instead it ended up serving vested interests and little men
(Bush and co).
It might be good to have some articles on this very issue - articles
that go to the heart of the foundation of our problems. I, like
Lincoln, believe in the Constitution and revere the American
constitution - above all others - as the leading light in a dark and
Machievellian world. Why is it not used to greater effect? and how can
such a great nation allow itself to be the victim of a handful of
clever and ethically-bankrupt Texas millionaires? As Kennedy said we
need "men who can dream of things that never were." Not Machievallian
politicians who pull the puppet strings of power to profit their own
Surely, these are immensely important questions - the likes of which I
have not seen written about with any seriousness - except snippets in
It is interesting to meditate on the insights given by Mr Jiddu
Krishnamurti. He recognized the importance of democratic systems in
our lives. But at the same time he pointed to the facts. Democracies,
after a certain period of time, tend to produce a very mediocre
society (no matter how proud it might be of its increased freedoms -
this is an inescapable fact)...and this is one of democracy's great
weaknesses. It is up to individuals like us to question why that is
and to look to love for the avenues of excellence and compassion that
are needed to rise above such sad realities.
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