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
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Syria: why the West meddling into a 3000 years old realm has failed
This is an excellent illustration of an ordinary, although well educated, person who is working now on behalf of truth and peace in the Middle East, and is blogging and speaking about this experience. This article is a transcript of a presentation she recently delivered at a New York state college where she was invited on a panel to express her views about current Syrian matters along with two professors from that school. She has been a frequent traveler to Iran and is a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Code Pink.
Note how her presentation differed from the two professors who have been subject to indoctrination and discipline throughout their academic careers.