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Another Core Problem

October 25, 2016

Does anybody actually believe that a people can have a history of genocide, enslavement, and ongoing oppression so horrendous that it must constantly be denied, and yet somehow not collectively suffer severe psychological consequences? Ghosts haunt. That’s what they do.

And a major manifestation of the hauntedness of our house, “America,” is our vulnerability to shame and shaming. We will be uneasy in our confidence in our right to exist until we embrace the common, and mutually supportive, humanity of all who live on this place of earth.

And that’s what this crisis in government is about. It’s a struggle to regain our collective mental health. Full extension of democracy.

We must replace guilt with responsibility—an ability to respond selflessly and healthfully.

We must bring our ghosts up out of chaos and old night, into a daily light of healing consciousness. All day. Every day.

Changes that produced our postwar crisis in governance, (1) an actual redistribution of power by way of polarization of wealth, (2) the perceived (and feared by some) redistribution of power with the demographic shift of majority along historical lines of interpretation of complexion, being joined by (3) global warming that puts a premium on natural resources that are increasingly scarce, such as water, also place us in a moment of sufficient magnitude of change that we can take advantage of it to promote, and perhaps effect, national sanity.

[Core Problems page one.]

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