But it won't be birthed unless we birth it...
Thanks for your message, Marianne!
I wonder if you might broaden the base of your serious and well-articulated critique of our current situation to include the perspective of the peoples of the Native Nations of this continent as articulated in the “Basic Call to Consciousness” of 1977. Originating in the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, drafted by the scholar John Mohawk (Seneca), and carefully reviewed and revised by the Haudenosaunee Council of Chiefs, this was a wake-up call to humanity: “The way of life known as ‘Western Civilization’ is on a death path, and its culture has no viable answers....The air is foul, the waters poisoned, the trees dying, the animals are disappearing. We think even the systems of weather are changing [remember this is from 1977!].... The people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concept of human liberation and begin to see liberation as something that needs to be extended to the whole of the Natural World. What is needed is the liberation of all the things that support life—the air, the waters, the trees—all the things that support the sacred Web of Life.”
Shared spiritual sociality—whether perceived in Confucian terms as forming one Body with Heaven, Earth, and the ten thousand things, or perceived in Indigenous terms as the unity and equality that exists among all our relations in the web of life, or perhaps even in Christian terms as harmony with the mystical Body of Christ (if that Body is understood as the community formed by all living beings created when all things were made through Him as described in the beginning of the gospel of John), or in terms of really any perception of the living truth of our equal belonging—has implications for all peoples and for an America and a world that has yet to be, and that is—as you say—still struggling to be, born.
Marianne, what you published tonight is an astute overview of the chronic illnesses that have damaged not only our nation but the world as well. You have voiced these concerns over the years. Indeed, we must focus our energies on several fronts using our collective intelligence: replacing our failed economy with a stable-state style one that's inclusive; governance, based once again on inclusion and ethics--with public financing of campaigns instead of dark money. Then, for the sake of our existence as a species, we must not tarry but realize the urgency of our situation--as the sounds of misguided warm drums beat even louder this evening. There's no argument, I think, that we are at multiple tipping points that must be addressed. Earth can no longer support the extractive growth required for the expansion of our economy because we only have finite resources. So all new economic and governance approaches need to take into account regenerative practices--policies that help all of life thrive and not just for a chosen few. Finally, Marianne, I think the greatest gift you bring to the people is your unique ability to unite people with loving truths and deep insights that are restorative and healing.
It takes courage to work on transformative change as you have been doing Marianne most of your adult life. Now we must support you and make a collective commitment to stay the course in order to avoid total societal and ecosystem collapse. We can and must evolve, and Nature has great examples to help guide us along the way to building a more loving, balanced, and harmonious society. Warm regards always, Joan Halgren.
Wow!!! Thank you, Marianne! Your heart-voice-spirit on the national stage is certainly needed. I was immensely grateful to you for your willing to stand up in the line of those willing to serve the country's leadership in 2020. You and Michael Moore are prophets among us. Bless you and take care!
Yes it’s up to us❣️Everyone with spiritual heart and wisdom needs to fully support Marianne and get her elected President!🦅🇺🇸
Thumbs up Marianne. You would make a fantastic president!
A vision of progress with your moral and spiritual guidance can really change this world for the better for all of us! I so believe in you Marianne and your message needs to resonate with the masses and I think this time around it will.
Amen! YES!!! Thank you, Marianne, you have my vote & I will continue to share your right minded, loving wisdom with many more💛
Just, WOW! 🙏
The most direct way to reduce fossil fuel emissions is to reduce consumption. At the moment, even as solar and wind power increase, fossil fuel emissions are also increasing! This is because energy demand is going up. Why? Think of all the container ships we see pictures of, and the stuff that is in them.
Of course, reducing consumption would slow the economy. Understandably, folks are terrified of this. Another Great Depression would be awful. Yet our current ecological /climate change trajectory is even worse. A friend of mine in India tells me that where she lives they no longer have relaxed outdoor social events with food, because it has become too hot. Here in Australia we had catastrophic fires across the whole continent… The trend is global, and worsening rapidly.
It’s tricky to work out how we can slow the economy without collapsing it catastrophically. I have yet to find a degrowth thinker who has thought this through well. Nor have I myself thought it through, to be frank. But I think a first step is to recognize that economic growth, because it depends on industrial production, is destroying our environment in ways that will make life hellish for coming generations.
Another aspect is defanging the wealthy, which you are already on top of. However, I suggest that fostering public acceptance of the need to live economically modest lifestyles is also critical.
Greta Thunberg will have reason to hope when she sees that mainstream society is committed to turning things around.
I like this painting of you Marianne. Compliment to Lewis Wortman!
Hooray for you, and for all of us who stand with you, and for you. This is such exciting news, especially for elders like me, who have waited more than 60 years to vote for a candidate other than "...the one LEAST morally repugnant." Do not underestimate the power of the people as we rise to claim the birthright of all Americans...To paraphrase the words of the late great Martin Luther King, "Let justice roll down like thunder, and righteousness like a mighty stream!"
Powerful, direct, honest and crucial. We are standing strong, being the change we want to see in the world. The government is not on the course to benefit the people but on it's self serving journey so we must turn to one another, to help and support those in need and speak our minds. A country where homelessness and poverty are now considered a crime, where unbridled rage, pain and hate lead to mass shootings. No, we will not give up. We will lead with LOVE and be ready to help with a better vision. Thank you Marianne.
Brilliant. There are so many layers of unconscious greed. I have been trying for 20 years to awaken people to the side-effect of ocean warming and its ultimate death due to our continued use of military sonar. Where to start? And, how can I help you break through?
With God’s help we can🙏❣️
Amen. Looking forward to hearing lots more from you, Marianne, including your announcement on March 4! Godspeed and much love. 💕
This is why I supported you in 2020 and why I always will. We need change. Big change. Very little is working in America right now, too many people are suffering in countless ways. This is not how our country is meant to be. Keep speaking loudly, Marianne.