The Love Ethic – Politics As A Spiritual Journey
“What we don’t engage we cannot transform.” Marianne Williamson
Less than a week ago we had a national election in the United States. As I saw it, as women and on behalf of the environment, we potentially had a lot to lose. This is why I was so stunned by some women I talked to that had decided not to even vote because it appeared they lacked the passion and motivation to really get involved in making an informed choice.
Some said that their vote wouldn’t count anyway because of our antiquated electoral college system, or even that they lived on the West Coast and it would already be decided before they could even vote. There wasn’t even a thought about their own community issues and elected officials. Has “politics” disillusioned us so much that we have become apathetic?
I have to admit that I have been one of those disillusioned ones and have left the arena of politics for others with a stronger stomach. At the same time I realize that this is avoidance which results in a lack of change or transformation to the very systems and beliefs that are making us unhappy and imbalanced. As individuals, as communities, as countries, as a global society.
Many individuals feel that if you are following a spiritual path then politics is something to be avoided. If Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and many others throughout our time here on Earth had thought that quite a lot of transformation and change would have been completely left undone. The quote above by Marianne Williamson invites us to ENGAGE with what she calls the “love ethic” in all that we do on behalf of what is important to us.
If we really want a change to happen in our political systems, a shift in how we steward this planet that shares it’s riches with us, a change to a peace ethic instead of war, or whatever else is vitally important to you, then we really DO need to become engaged and make it a part of our spiritual journey.
In other words “take a stand for another possibility”. If we do not engage, transformation is truly not possible. Women in particular have a lot of power to create change in this realm – change that is desperately needed. This beautiful older woman in the picture above has taken a stand. Her bare feet upon the bark of a tree engaging with her own and nature’s life force on behalf of another possibility. What is it that you want to take a stand for? You are never too old…..your actions in whatever unique form DO make a difference!
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