Are You Ready to Make Some Waves?

I watch day in and day out the bickering, sniping, and spats between political sides, not only from politicians, but between friends and family, during this presidential campaign and it fills me with sadness for our humanity. We think we have come so far when, in reality, it’s just another form of racism. It’s just another battle of diversity. What happened if we all started working towards a solution instead of blaming each other for the problem? I bet the world might change!

Imagine that….

Two posts that I read today echoed my thoughts about the whole damn mess. Brice Maiurro, blogger at Flashlight City Blues, was poignant in his hope for humanity and how we’re missing the crucial point.

i know there’s a big battle going on out there for the american throne, but while people are out there trying to choose coke or pepsi, trying to sway the wind in the direction they prefer, i think we’re missing out on something important. sometimes i think we get so hooked on foreign policy, we forget the most miniscule of domestic policy. how to talk to one another. i’m not the first one to say it, and i won’t be the last.

It’s as though Civil War breaks out every four years with the presidential election. The system’s broke and crying out, “Fix me! Heal me! Hear me!” There is so much senseless bloodshed, tears given, hearts broken, angry words thrown that instead of paying attention, I want to bury my head in the sand. But I can’t and I shouldn’t and I won’t. It’s not a luxury you and I can afford.

Maiurro has a unique and refreshing proposition – what about 4 or 5 people running for the presidency? There are ideas, thoughts, movements for change that are not being heard in our country because of the duopoly of the Democratic/Republican system. Maiurro thinks it’s time to “mix things up a bit.” I agree. The system is broken and needs to be rebuilt.

Susan Daniels shared a free verse poem titled, “for my neighbor with the nobama sign,” at her blog, Susan Daniels PoetryA striking, moving piece of work that highlights the crumbling political system. It has become more than just two parties debating…it is now all-out war, and we are in the middle of the fight.

but this place where violence swallows speech
or speech is lost in fists cannot be my country
can it? do we need peacekeepers
to count our ballots & defend our polls?…

…but bullets through windows

or beating a man for his Romney sign
is not speech, or an issue of right or left

& again i am back to that line of blood
between voice & crime, treason

or incitement to treason

that line that is not politics but hate running loose
where guns & fists strike more pointed blows than fingers
flipping levers lightly behind drawn curtains,
such a simple thing, with more weight than blood & lead

Seems the demise of politics is striking a chord among the people. Maybe instead of assuming they know what we want, the politicians should actually listen. And we should listen and HEAR each other. It’s the least we can do to stem the tide of blood, before our humanity is completely lost.

Are we crazy for thinking we can change the world? Of course! But without the so-called crazies, the world will never change.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Sound familiar? It should…courtesy of our acting President. Regardless of what you believe or feel about Obama, he’s right about change. And you know it. Now all we have to do is live up to it.

As Mother Teresa put it, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Are you ready to make some waves?

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