Saturday, May 11, 2013

Good Government

I have some ideas of what I would like to see happening in my community with respect to government. I love how one of the "green" parties — the "greenest" one I can think of — is running in the upcoming provincial election. Perhaps not at all sure they will win, but running with integrity, because they believe in change — massive change — that they know is needed to reclaim democracy from the hands of corporately-owned governments.

I appreciate their love of the environment, never wavering, always committed to preserving our pristine community, considering we are each wise stewards of the earth. I love that they are aware that the earth sustains all life forms and that whatever we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.

I love that they know every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. I love that they desire public participation at every level by directly including citizens in decision-making processes.

I love it that they know that violence is self-defeating, war must end, and crime must be rooted out at its cause. I love that they know punishing crime will not solve or end crime, as punishment does not heal a wrong.

I love that they know that instead of people being subservient to the economy, the economy — when run with love and integrity — naturally provides for human needs within the natural limits of the earth and that local self-reliance to the greatest practical extent is the best way to achieve this goal.

I love that they know that the ethics of cooperation and understanding easily replace the values of domination and control.

I love that they know that all humans celebrate the biological diversity of the earth and the cultural, sexual, and spiritual diversity of the human race.

I love it that they realize power must be returned to local communities in order to be reasonably managed with integrity.

I love it that they know global sustainability and international justice can only be achieved when responsibility is shared at all levels of society.

I may be called an idealist by some, nevertheless, my ideas of what I would like to see for our future are valid. More than that, some cultures have lived successfully for thousands of years aligned with the planet, until they were introduced to so-called modern-day "progress." which is anything but progress.

I'm interested in knowing what kind of a future you would like for your community?

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