|after Raúl Corrales Forno, “La Caballería” (The Cavalry) — Museo de la Revolución, La HabanaAdd caption|
The sort of anger I have is banked, like a great heap of coals under a skin of sawdust. If I get more fuel, more anger, I stoke it; I know that violence breeds violence, injury, injury. Feuds never end. Outright anger and terror stupid and ineffective, whether from the streets or the government agencies.
The anger is against the stupid way people in power handle problems, like spoilt children, like idiots. I have frequently called governments knaves and fools and I mean it. There are good, current, de-bugged solutions to every modern problem. It needs only slight research to find at least 3 or 4 solutions to any social concern (drugs, homelessness, smog, pollution generally, employment, etc., etc.)
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Yet these are not researched, not adopted, not even known. Our leaders do not act as though they want to help solve any problem but that of manipulating society so that they can stay in power, even if that means starting up a civil or external war to do so; to divide our society with ‘votes.’
We can all see it; we should all be angry, all in action with all our bodies out there. I am also angry that I have had to put down the work I love to do — watching natural systems — to do work to prevent the loss of these systems. In other terms, I can’t spend time with my family, because I have to fight, to give them a chance of survival. I am furious, and will stay angry while I am alive and I will work at real solutions until I die with sidelong glances at my beloved natural world. And I hope all our kids are angry too; their world is laid waste by fools, for greed or power. Fools.
Angry too that we have failed ourselves, have not used our wits, refuse to believe that we are heavily engaged in the last war of humankind; the battle to stop ourselves killing the world. To take on the guilt and go for the the job.
First feel fear
Then get angry
Then go, with your life, into the fight.
Scared, but more angry than scared. That’s it.
We are all suffering from our own Perceptual Filters (our unique experiences, thoughts, and beliefs that determine what we allow ourselves to perceive). And all humans like to feel as if they were correct regarding any topic. So the determination of how the electorate will feel about this topic seems, to me, to have more to do with our individual and cultural Perceptual Filters — and our awareness that they even exist.
Once one is aware of Perceptual Filters, you are at choice about exploring your own and those of others. But until that moment, we are all convinced that our perception is the one and only “correct” one.
I was raised during the Communist scare, and so most my age still carry that absolute fear of anything that could even slightly be called “Communist or Socialist.” Both are “boogyman” terms. And the media is only all too willing to present [Bernie Sanders] as a “communist or socialist” instead of the Democratic Socialist that he actually is. (Think Scandinavian countries.)
And while Sanders is asking us to look upon historical leaders (and all leaders) with a nuanced understanding of the context of the times and our own perceptual filters — which he demonstrates in this instance — many are not yet there.
Does that make them wrong or merely subject to their own perceptual filters?
So what do we do about this?
1. Consider exploring Perceptual Filters.
2. Consider stepping beyond simplicity and instead embracing context and nuance.
3. Seek out verifiable facts.
4. Perhaps most importantly, ask questions and listen to each other for understanding. What is the core of the concern expressed? What solutions would you suggest? Do you have evidence that those solutions have worked? If so, where, when, and under what conditions?
5. Finally, value each person’s genius more than trying to make anyone wrong.