Friday, February 1, 2008

FYI NYTimes:Soul and The American Dream

painting and drawing by marguerita

Reading today's NYTimes story The Presidency :Myth and Reality Combine ,kind of a picture about what we expect from a President.
"We expect competence and smart,but not intellectualism."
Not intellectualism?
"... now we demand a president who cannot only fix our pain but feel it, too."
"Lies and manipulations, the kinds of calculated untruth that are different from myths, have come close to owning the day."
Well,after living here in America, for 32 years ,being brought up with the idea of America the Truthful,the Sincere and Honest Values,I learned by observation and experience that that was all a myth.
The image radiated left in right of a warm,real and humane society,with humanistic goals,has proven to be a mask and a frightening deception,as much as I am still a believer in miracles.
Reading the line about that we do not expect intellectualism,only serves to solidify my conundrum,as here I believe we are in a culture shock that has caused so much strife in the last 200 years in the historical life of our planet.
Neglecting the mind in favor of material gains seems to have been so far a recipe for calamity.
As humans,the "homo sapiens" supposedly is to use it's Mind,Body and Soul to examine his and hers,daily actions,vis a vis the world. An interior monologue,a constant check with it's own conscience and a sense of dimension,a three dimensional view of what reality is in fact.
And this is for each one of us.Rich and Poor.
Young and Old.
Man or Woman.
To observe Nature and work along,watching life at it is minimal details,comparing our needs to our co-existing partners,the animals,birds,fish,plants,the Moon,Sun and Stars.
Understanding that we all share the Air,Water and be humble ,instead of acting out with that myth of conquering or competing with the Earth.
We need to understand that Carpe Diem,the knowledge,the acceptance that Death is our limits,our ruler and landlord.
We are here on a sharing passage of and time spending. Limited and conditioned to many factors,many times beyond our real understanding.
There is a mystery,many unsolved questions about who we are,where we come from and where we go.
Violence and supremacy is certainly not the way to go about.
So, here we arrive at the Mind.
The simple realization that this is reality.
The Earth gives us all we need to survive,on the condition that we maintain and observe a constant respect and care.
We need a certain order to co-exist,as Nature has clearly a system.
Just watch how Day and Night keep happening,as much as Man or Woman may dispute and wonder.
Man or Woman,Black or White or any color or gender will never be able to change that cycle.
We need the basic to survive. Food and Shelter.
Thus a President,a leader per se,should be a guide,with an intellect,to be able t inspire Harmony and Wisdom.
Intellect,is the capacity to think and be able to use Reason.
Denying this or not asking for that quality,is certainly avoiding soul searching, and certainly
a mortal ingredient for continuing and impending disaster.
A repetition of mediocrity and hypocrisy.
And War,Unhappiness and Disaster.
Do not Draw into Conflict,takes a good measure of soul searching and thought.
By the directives of the CEO book,so far we have witnessed a
bloody and terminal path to our co -existence as it has been proven.
So CHANGE,I believe is to look into this obvious alternative.
To accept the real meaning of Life.
A social conscience and a realistic and forceful outlook to be compassionate,mindful and intellectual.
Not in words,but in actions in fact.

Intellect 1

Definition: The part or faculty of the human soul by which it knows, as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; sometimes, the capacity for higher forms of knowledge, as distinguished from the power to perceive objects in their relations; the power to judge and comprehend; the thinking faculty; the understanding.

intellect 2

Definition: knowledge and intellectual ability; "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect"

intellect 3

Definition: the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination; "we are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"

intellect 4

Definition: a person who uses the mind creatively

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