We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Saturday, October 12, 2013

We, The People

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We, The People

We, the People, we are the Nation,

The Soul of the Land in manifestation.

We are the stewards of all she bestows,

We are the yesterday, glued to tomorrow.

We are the Temple, the priests and the flock.

We are the method; the vehicles; the stock.

We are the warriors, artists and scribes,

The teachers, the healers, protectors and guides.

We are the source of the outcome we seek:

The Light and the Strength and the Hope that we need.

We are the draughtsmen and builders of Will.

We are the answer; the cure for our ills.

For we are the Soul and the hand of our fate

And we are the banners and trumpets of State.

Albion’s creatures in Sovereignty’s land:

We are the People – we are the Command.