Monday, March 19, 2012

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Loss of Our Nation's Civility

There is a great deal of conversation in the press these days about the lack of civility in Washington. Politicians on both sides of the isle, especially the conservatives in each party, seem to have lost their ability to be civil and respectful.
The behaviors of our elected officials are embarrassing.
They have lost all balance. They are so locked in the absolute fundamental truth of their individual position and beliefs, they have apparently forgotten there is always truth to be found on both sides of any issue. Truth is always relative.
To forget this simple, civilized reality is a form of ignorance that our nation can not afford to ignore or tolerate. Ignorance is ignorance regardless of the strength of one's beliefs. Just because we strongly believe something to be true does not make it true.
The civilized concepts of respect, kindness, and civility have given way to angry sarcasm, name calling, and demeaning attacks on the character, ethics, morality and intelligence of anyone who dares to disagree with them.
The rampant level of primitive ego narcissism they are manifesting is turning our government into an adolescent high school food fight.
Drawing a rifle target on the chest of a political opponent and publishing that image in the public media reflects the same lack of values, ethics, and moral behaviors that middle eastern dictators are currently using toward those who dare to disagree or challenge their right to rule.
The values of free speech, the right to disagree, and the protection of individual freedoms are the ideals our nation is built upon.
Tolerating the rampant narcissism and primitive ego thinking process, or primitive ego consciousness, of our politicians is not a wise decision for us as voters to make. We are rapidly becoming part of an emerging global culture. We need to model a political process that reflects the higher ideals and values of our country's founders. The higher values and ethics of who we really are.
We are either a civilized nation in our behavior toward one another or we are not.
When we tolerate the level of incivility in our political process that we have been seeing lately, we are walking a very dangerous path toward violence and intolerance...a nation that has lost its moral and civilized grounding.
It's time to intentionally awaken and evolve our nation's collective consciousness. Our inner-child's primitive ego consciousness is simply not up to the task.
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