The more I think about how the right wing has captured the religious high ground in this country, the angrier I get . . . which isn't very spiritual, but I can use the energy to spur me to action. The God of the right is a god of punishment -- it's the old testament, thou shalt not god. I swear, it's as though the old testament story is being played out over and over -- a war between the rich and strong and the meek. And didn't Jesus' message open the way for a new consciousness -- a consciousness of forgiveness. How can an authentic follower of Jesus condemn any one as "the other." Wasn't Jesus' whole message Love one another? Oy! I know Jim Wallis speaks about Jesus' message of love, but I don't here anyone else doing it. Where are the spiritual political progressives? Democracy, a government of, by and for the people is a very high spiritual practice. In order for democracy to create a just society, it requires a "we" consciousness. That requires what we all learned in Kindergarten -- sharing, kindness, patience. And all of those characteristics are aspects of spirituality. As the Dalai Lama says, "Kindness is my religion." And one thing that Thom demonstrates is civility, otherwise known as kindness. We really do need to practice random acts of kindness as a reminder that we're all in this together.

So, what I'd like to see on TV or here on radio/stream is someone talking about how authentic spirituality translates into political activism.


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LeMoyne 5 years 5 weeks ago

The Network of Spiritual Progressives has tried to start this movement rolling. Michael Lerner of Tikkun is one who has communicated politics informed by spirituality requiring foremost peace and justice. I feel there are many others including Bill Moyers where spirit is fundamental and goes softly bt firmly spoken - but all are crowded out or marginalized to special occasions in the corporate MSM. I think the MSM took a total pass on the USSF.

Just found Uncivilization from the British group Dark Mountain - they look to be motivated on many levels, including an eco-centric pagan spirituality.

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Sorah 5 years 4 weeks ago

Thanks. I've met Michael Lerner. He's very verbose -- and sometimes I think he's too heady and not heart-y enough. I'll check out the other links.

I appreciate the comment, LeMoyne.

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