Moving Beyond War and Empire
"We suffer from the considerable gap between our idealized self-image as a democratic, peace-loving nation and the reality of our history of genocide, slavery, discrimination, exploitation of working people, and imperial expansion."
The U.S. "empire's hierarchy of dominance creates an illusion of order and security. Feeding on its own illusions, Empire becomes a kind of collective addiction - - a psychological dependence on domination, violence, and material excess."
"We now have the means to end the five-thousand-year era of Empire that has reproduced hierarchies of domination at all levels of human organization"... including our schools, businesses, governing bodies and churches.
Unfortunately there are still many "leaders of the most powerful U.S. institutions who pursue Empire as a holy mission and are prepared to use every means - from lies to assassinations to perpetual war - to block progress toward justice for all and to roll back the gains already achieved."
"A necessary part of the work of the Great Turning is to neutralize their power by exposing their lies, methods, and imperial agendas."
"Our overriding purpose, from the beginning through to the present day, has been world domination - That is, to build and maintain the capacity to coerce everybody else on the planet: non-violently if possible; violently if necessary. But the Purpose of the United States Foreign Policy of domination is not to just make the rest of the world jump through our hoops; the purpose is to facilitate our exploitation of foreign resources." - Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General
And to top it all off:
"The greatest single assault on the environment comes from one agency: the Armed Forces of the United States." Barry Sanders - The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism.
Despite its status as top polluter, the Dept. of Defense has a blanket exemption to commitments made by the U.S. to curb greenhouse gas emissions. (www.projectcensored.org)
More than 2000 years ago,"the great Greek philosophers reasoned that the good society is one that supports every person in their journey to the full realization of the highest potentials of their humanity and, in so doing, reproduces the conditions of its own healthful function." David Korten
"A global cultural and spiritual awakening is building momentum toward the birthing of a new era of Earth Community based on a radically democratic partnership model of organizing human relationships .... " Raine Eisler
... This awakening gives us cause for hope."
Let's pray that soon, very soon we'll experience a cultural shift beyond war and empire.