How To Take Baby Steps Towards A New Reality

How To Take Baby Steps Towards A New Reality

If we were able to remember how we felt as a child learning to crawl, we probably would remember looking on with amazement at the giants we saw around us. This memory might help us when we are learning a technical skill, or a behavioral skill such as unconditional love, patience...

Emancipatory Spirituality: An Emerging Spiritual Orientation and Practice

Emancipatory Spirituality: An Emerging Spiritual Orientation and Practice

We are in the midst of an extraordinary upsurge of interest in the realm of the Spirit. Tens of millions of people in advanced industrial societies live at a level of material well-being that far surpasses the luxuries and comforts available to kings, queens, and nobles just a few hundred years ago. But many of these are in the vanguard of those who seek a new spiritual reality.

The Pledge of Attention: A Visit to Lady Liberty

The Pledge of Attention: A Visit to Lady Liberty 

There she grows now, so tall, the tallest woman you have ever seen. Green goddess in the harbor, bearing light and knowledge. Her grotto is the open sky, the water is her shrine, appearing to the faithful with dignity divine. Grave and peaceful, calm and holy, she stands at the nation’s door.

When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action

When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action

Amidst all the horrors taking place these days, I am inspired by the rays of hope that shine through. Ordinary people standing up for what is right (and against what is wrong). Baseball players, white and black, both teams, walking off the field in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. And today, I came across the video of the Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll...

How Trump Could Win In 2020, Without Cheating

How Trump Could Win In 2020, Without Cheating

From a longue durée view, it’s Trump who has the power to do the pushing, thanks not only to his deep pockets and ruthlessness but also to the deep support of two long-privileged groups in American life.

Women Arise: Be Seen, Be Heard, and Take Action

Women Arise: Be Seen, Be Heard, and Take Action

I called this article "Women Arise: Be Seen, Be Heard, and Take Action", and while I am referring to the women highlighted in the videos below, I am also speaking of each of us. And not just of those of us in female bodies, but to all the "rising feminine" in all of us, male or female.

How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts

How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts

The time is now! Voting in the presidential election will begin in many states in just a few weeks – as earlyas Sept. 4 in North Carolina.

Ancient Times -- New Times: It's Your Choice

Ancient Times -- New Times: It's Your Choice

Many people like to look back on history, glean from it what they can, and apply it to their everyday lives. This is done to avoid repeating past mistakes. There has been much benefit from this approach.

Is Voting By Mail Safe From Fraud?

Is Voting By Mail Safe From Fraud?

As millions of Americans prepare to vote in November – and in many cases, primaries and state and local elections through the summer as well – lots of people are talking about voting by mail.

Giving Birth to the Future and Achieving A More Life-Affirming Outcome

Giving Birth to the Future and Achieving A More Life-Affirming Outcome

I have heard women say, “I don’t know where to begin.” We begin with ourselves; we then work together to make changes on a local and community level and campaign at the national level, using the power of our government to introduce legislation requiring that corporations rapidly transition to regenerative, life-supporting practices in their business models.

With Trump In Charge, America Is Going Back To More Hostile Times

With Trump In Charge, America Is Going Back To More Hostile Times

In the face of mass protests against anti-Black policing and racism in the United States, President Donald Trump first dialed the country back to 1967 by tweeting an old quote from the surly police chief of Miami, who made it known to the activists of that era that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Twitter Labels Trump Tweets Disinformation

Twitter Labels White House Disinformation

In a landmark action, Twitter has for the first time attached independent fact-checking information directly to two tweets from President Donald Trump.

Why Women Leaders Are Excelling During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Why Women Leaders Are Excelling During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Since the beginning of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a lot of media attention paid to the relationship between female leaders at the helm of various nations and the effectiveness of their handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rebuilding and Rediscovering Community: Wholeness Can Heal Us

Rebuilding and Rediscovering Community: Wholeness Can Heal Us

Reconnecting with the Earth is simple. But just as initiations in traditional cultures demand some kind of dismemberment, staying reconnected requires breaking down the walls we’ve built inside and outside of ourselves, toppling old secure structures...

Are We Living In A Dystopia?

Are We Living In A Dystopia?

Dystopian fiction is hot. Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” have skyrocketed since 2016.

We’ve Got a Better World in Mind

We’ve Got a Better World in Mind

The climate is in crisis. Mass extinctions and mass migrations mark our days. Cities are running out of water or deluged by it. Inequality and polarization are political cronies, their twisted outbursts manifested as information warfare.

5 Ways Seniors Are Saving The World Right Now

5 Ways Seniors Are Saving The World Right Now

It's time to rethink the strength of our seniors. They're anything but fragile. They're stronger, smarter and more resilient than they're getting credit for. And right now, they're an invaluable resource we can't afford to overlook.

Why Did Women Vote For Hitler?

Why Did Women Vote For Hitler?

The rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in the 1930s came on the back of votes from millions of ordinary Germans – both men and women.

7 Ways You Can Help The Coronavirus Response

7 Ways You Can Help The Coronavirus Response

When a major earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, resulted in a devastating tsunami, people from all parts of the world contributed to one of the largest relief efforts ever.

5 Ways Businesses Can Contribute To A More Balanced Future

5 Ways Businesses Can Contribute To A More Balanced Future

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the very real imperfections in coordination among global governments and international organisations, many of which were already suffering from low levels of public trust.

Should Elections Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus?

Should Elections Be Postponed Because Of Coronavirus?

Local elections scheduled to take place in England and Wales in the first week of May – including the London mayoral vote – have been postponed as part of attempts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the UK.

Even in the Age of Trump, Why Facts Matter

Even in the Age of Trump, Facts Matter

Years ago, during a summer break from college, I was in the offices of a public interest advocate, a grizzled veteran of the fight for social justice.

3 Ways Public Health Has Saved Lives

3 Ways Public Health Has Saved Lives

The coronovirus outbreak has reminded us of the importance of public health responses in managing the spread of disease.

Getting The Courage To Show Up and Stand Your Ground

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Now is not the time for safe and credible creativity. Now is the time for new, edgy, and innovative ideas and experiments and creative, spiritual initiations that provide authentic and lasting growth.

The Invitation: Designing a Life That Works for All Life on Earth

The Invitation: Designing a Life That Works for All Life on Earth
We are living with a confluence of crisis points that affect us all. We may think we can hole up in our homes and get on with our lives, keeping everything that is unpleasant from affecting or harming us. It is inevitable, however, that in some way or other, the crisis will arrive at our doorstep.

Think The US Is More Polarized Than Ever?

Think The US Is More Polarized Than Ever?

It has become common to say that the United States in 2020 is more divided politically and culturallythan at any other point in our national past.

Stolen Elections Open Wounds That May Never Heal

Stolen Elections Open Wounds That May Never Heal

There are not many examples of so-called “stolen elections” in U.S. history, but the ones that had irregularities and were controversial, in 1824 and 2000, had an oversized impact on the decades that followed.

Is The US Paralleling How Ancient Rome's Republic Died?

Is The US Paralleling How Ancient Rome's Republic Died?

Along with the senatorial fealty that was again on display, there was another development that links the era of the Roman Republic’s transformation into an autocratic state with the ongoing political developments in the United States.

Why Some People Like Leaders Who Break The Rules

Why Some People Like Leaders Who Break The Rules

Many of today’s politicians appear to appeal to the basic human need for safety, presenting their versions of strong leadership as the best hope for order and safety in a fearful world of growing instability and risk.

If Truth Doesn't Matter, We're Lost

If Truth Doesn't Matter, We're Lost

Can any of us really have the confidence that Donald Trump will put his personal interests ahead of the national interests? You know you can't count on him to do that. That's the sad truth.

I Have A Dream (text & video)

I have a dream speech and video

The I Have A Dream speech is the crown jewel of the 20th century. Given before 250,000 souls on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it  is called the defining moment of the US Civil Rights movement. It is the speech by which all other great speeches must be measured. Its haunting rhythm towards the end of the speech has an almost musical sound and feel.

What Shaped Martin Luther King's Prophetic Vision?

freedom for oppressed 1 16The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance and victory speeches in 2008:

The Secret Origins Of Presidential Polling

The Secret Origins Of Presidential Polling
In the run-up to its January 14 debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the Democratic National Committee called on private polling firms to conduct more polls.

The Undeniable Benefits Of Reporting Negative News

The Undeniable Benefits Of Reporting Negative News
Negativity has become a key indicator for how newsworthy a story is considered to be, not only by the industry but also by us, the consumers. And many news professionals and news consumers will tell you that there is good reason to report bad news.

Young People and Activists To Change the World

Teens To Change the World
The events that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001, have made it desperately obvious that our world must be changed, or soon there may be no world to change at all. I am reminded here of the wonderful soul-searching inquiry of the Jewish tradition: If not now, when? If not me, who?

How Workers Can Force Progressive Change

How Workers Can Force Progressive Change
In November 2018, 20,000 Google employees across the world walked out of work. They were protesting the ways in which their employer had failed to address sexual harassment in the workplace.

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