Someone in my family recently shared a perspective with me, and it gave me pause. I invite you to read this perspective. It may align with your view of things, or it may not. Either way, it’s expressing something that’s important to see. For it’s the kind of perspective that millions of people throughout the United States, and maybe around the world, are aligning with.
So first, let me share the message in the email. Then I will share how I responded. After that, I want to share some additional perspectives from the Pathwork Guide.
Here’s the email:
This is the most interesting thing I’ve read in a long time. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming.
This democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print.
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: ‘A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.’
‘A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.’
‘From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.’
‘The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years’
‘During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage’
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: ‘In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country.
Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…’
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the ‘complacency and apathy’ phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the ‘governmental dependency’ phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
So if you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message. If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.
Sharing Another Perspective
Here’s how I responded.
Hi [Loved One],
Thanks for sharing this. It offers an interesting perspective. My own personal experience has been somewhat different.
When I lived in Atlanta for 25 years, I had several opportunities to have hispanic people working in my house and in my yard. They worked on the drywall in the basement, the pine straw in the yard, cleaned the windows, cut down several big trees. I saw them work hard, doing jobs many other people don’t want. They used their income to care for everyone, young and old, in their families.
This reminds me of the time we toured that huge milking farm in Wisconsin, and the owner told us his workers were all Hispanic. They were reliable and hard-working, he said. He didn’t think he could operate his farm without them.
Meanwhile, in Western New York where Scott and I live, which is largely a white, republican community, the painter we hire struggles to keep up with the workload because he can’t find anyone to hire who is willing to work. Same for the lawn mower maintenance shops around here. We are currently mowing our acre of yard with a push mower while we wait to get our riding lawn mower fixed. The guy at the shop told me he is just one guy, because he can’t find anyone to hire who wants to work.
As the Pathwork Guide teaches, everyone must learn self-responsibility. And those in power, who are arguably a little further along in their personal spiritual development, are expected to take on a little more responsibility. For they are asked to help those who are not yet as developed.
But when they use their power for their own gain and at the same time don’t work to help those with lesser means—when they make millions and billions of dollars for themselves but won’t support giving the average worker a livable wage—they contribute to apathy among those who are being oppressed. Then they claim they are a victim of those who won’t take responsibility.
Everyone at both ends of the spectrum needs to learn self-responsibility. And then those who are further along must also develop compassion. Those are the two qualities that a two-party system attempts to balance. When both are not present, the system does indeed come apart.
Shining the Light of Truth
In the center of every human being there is a light of truth. And it burns in perpetuity. It is not possible to extinguish this light, but we can certainly cover it up.
When we are in connection with our own inner light, we flow with the living, breathing, moving truth of our being. We know ourselves. When we are living from our inner true self, we are also then connected with that same source that enlivens everyone else. From here, we can sense our oneness.
This place in our core is what the Pathwork Guide calls our Higher Self.
There is another part of ourselves that the Guide calls our Lower Self. Like the Higher Self, this part is also highly energized. But in our Lower Self, our wiring has gotten twisting. So now instead of resonating with the truth, we light up at the sound of untruth.
On the surface, it may seem there are as many perspectives in this world as there are people. But if we dig a little deeper, we’ll find the common denominators. And one of the signature common beliefs we all hold in our Lower Self is the notion that “it’s me against the other.”
With this belief embedded in our Lower Self—the part of us that blocks our inner light—we take on a fighting stance: It’s me against the world, and I am going to win.
Hidden in this position is the idea that we are somehow “less than.” To make up for this untruth, we attempt to show the world we are “better than.” This is what shows up as pride.
In truth, some people are further down the road of finding and aligning with their inner light. But the goal of the journey is the same for everyone: to align with our inner truth. In this, we are all equal.
To be further along on our spiritual path does not mean we are better. Or as the Guide so eloquently framed it: Which is better, the adult or the child?
Being further ahead simply means we are asked to hold the light for others.
Meet all the parts of the self, from Spilling the Script (read online for free).
Learn more in Pearls, Chapter 3: Exploring the Spiritual Nature of Political Systems | Listen to podcast