An Outline for a Study into
"Overcoming Political Disillusionment"
Outline of Considerations and Study for
Bringing Back the Dis-empowered Would-Be Voters, & the Burnt-Out Idealists,
Bolstering the Movement of Thinking Activists,
and Returning to Democracy

Section Links
   Introduction to Page (just below)
   S u m m a r y   Outline   for "Overcoming Political Disillusionment"




Expanded
Outline
for
In-Depth
Study

       Introduction to Expanded Outline for "Overcoming Political Disillusionment"

I.     Bringing Back the disillusioned, Dis-empowered, & the Burnt-out

II.    Common Sources of Burn-Out For Activists & Would-Be Activists

III.    Spotting & Healing the Pain That Dis-empowers; Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

IV.   My Beliefs about Preventative Health Maintenance - Individual, societal, and governmental

V.   Spotting & Exposing the "Politics of Pain" (manipulation, hopelessness, & dis-empowerment)

VI.  My Beliefs about Preventative Health Maintenance - Individual, societal, and governmental


   Related Web Page Links
   References (extensive, on separate page)
   Author/Artist/Editor/Bio, Contact, Copyright, Disclaimer & Home Page Info
   WHY Poly-Psy? See Poly-Psy Home Page




INTRODUCTION to POLY-PSY
Before going on to this page's Introduction,
for a prerequisite, you might want to consider the pages described just below:


   "Poly-Psy Citizen Healing Page
Discussions & Charts on Political Activism, Empathy, Apathy, Healing & Recovering Democracy"
Thumbnail of Activism & Healing Chart, Chris Pringer - click to go there
   "Political Activism, Apathy, & Healing"
Cause and effect patterns related to conscious choices for change toward sustainable living on the planet (a long term project)

Introducing a study in current "Poly-Psy" (not just "Poly-Sci") with 3 graphic flow charts

Thumbnail of Intro-Overview Chart, © Chris Pringer - click to go there
   Overview Chart for Introducing a Study in Poly-Psy
What brought us to the *current crossroads* Socially and Psychologically; Citizen Roles and Choices
Thumbnail of Beliefs, Paths, & Service Chart, © Chris Pringer - click to go there
   "Beliefs, Paths, & Service"
Visually relates various philosophical origins, coping styles, roles in active citizenry...
      Includes the essays: "Healing the Citizenry" - guides pragmatic discussion for recognition of our current situation, examination of related cause-effect patterns, transitioning out of political apathy, and making conscious choices for change toward sustainable living on the planet - a long term project (Fall 2002);     "An Introduction to Subjects in 'Poly-Psy'" - about Poly *Psy*, not "Poly-Sci";     "A Re-balancing Transition Process for Healing Governments" - Daunting Questions about designing effective structure & process - 'ism's & not ('08-'10);     "The Economy as Artform and not Science" - a compassionate view ±?" (3'09); and      "'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition..." - Clarifying where the definition has come to be re-defined to apply in limited ways and directions (4'10)



Why these "Poly-Psy" charts and essays?
               Because our government has been greatly influenced by the 60-80% of the citizens NOT participating.
         We (speaking of Americans over the last five centuries or so) have allowed/created our current condition -- in terms of various attitudes, beliefs, and values - and some interesting times wherein we re-defined certain values and qualities, including "empathy". And this implies, therapeutically speaking, we can therefore can *heal* our socio-political condition by changing those attitudes and re-clarifying some values over more time. That implies potential for a form of continuing *preventative health maintenance* curriculum at schools and colleges. Paradigm shift tension, anyone? How much are we ready for? But doesn't every writer asks that question - or just those who want us to "bridge" - to encourage exploration of our potentials and what we perceive as our limitations?
          Many writers note the incredible degree of short memory and denial that is going on in America. Perhaps that is because we want so strongly, even tenaciously, to believe in our "good guy" image of ourselves - certainly more than we want to acknowledge our attachment to our standard of living. "Our national denial" happens apparently because of that. Well, I believe it essential to the planet, considering the power of the United States, that the citizenry wake up, suffer the inevitable heartbreak, get a hold of ourselves and heal that, get real AND learn to use our anger constructively, and get in charge of what we can be proud of, and create much more of same. An elaboration on "Trends, Memory, Tracking, Trust, and Forgiveness" can be found here.
         All in all, the Poly-Psy charts page provides a good introductory, if not prerequisite, to this ("OverComing Political Disillusionment" outline/study) page.
          More at the above Links




You may know before you begin that there are a number of links for getting active at/via
   Christopher's Political Page
for putting to good use any energy this page may stir up,
as well as for the PolyPsyArt, the 911/Mid-East Conflict section, and essays such as
"The Four Governments" and "Getting Real About Conspiracies"




INTRODUCTION to THIS PAGE

( As noted just above with the thumbnail links, the better introduction to the study of the *concepts* on this page, might be the chart-illustrated discussion, "Recovering Democracy at the Crossroads - Political Activism, Apathy, & Healing." For some it may be a prerequisite. )
          That said, *** the following will be more specific to this page: ***

          A democratic government is only as effective as its people are in electing true representation. What do we do when most of the people just don't want to bothered with politics? We end up with... well, what we have now. Very few Americans would consciously condone, let alone cause what too many of our representatives have allowed if not paved the way for, in many 3rd World nations, especially those with resources, particularly those with oil reserves. How has this gone on? Well, I needed to have an explanation, and that's a big part of why I put together the "Overcoming Political Disillusionment" page.
          Paradigm shift tension, anyone? How much are we ready for? But doesn't every writer asks that question - or just those who want us to "bridge" - to encourage exploration of our potentials and what we perceive as our limitations?
          Many writers note the incredible degree of short memory and denial that is going on in America. Perhaps that is because we want so strongly, even tenaciously, to believe in our "good guy" image of ourselves - certainly more than we want to acknowledge our attachment to our standard of living. "Our national denial" happens apparently because of that. Well, I believe it essential to the planet, considering the power of the United States, that the citizenry wake up, suffer the inevitable heartbreak, get a hold of ourselves and heal that, get real AND learn to use our anger constructively, and get in charge of what we can be proud of, and create much more of same - before the forces of international corporate-based fascism take the reins.
          I do my best here to break up the implied challenge into managable chucks, including various aspects of citizen awareness and motivation and government responsibility. I also toss in selected quotes and special notes here and there.
          There are two outlines for "Overcoming Political Disillusionment" - one a brief summary, the other extended. This page egages what might be called a cross-discipline approach ... for well-being of the mind as well as of the government of society. It is designed for an honest look at the current state of American politics, a thorough scan of the elements of psychology as related to democratic participation, and a presentation of Healing considerations and resource links related to the above - for both individuals and society. I suggest solutions that do have precedent and a track record of commendable, albeit rarely immediate, results. I will be adding to this page as more and better resources come to my attention, and so I welcome your input.

          And the political input - just "extrapolations of right-brained logic"? Nay, we have facts and a Reference page with links to those far more the Sherlock than I.
          Should we have faith - in spite of the facts? In the "My Beliefs" section, I posit how we can, and back that up with a few more links. I hope this page helps generate some ideas for bringing back "retired" activists or bringing in potential activists, and provides some references and links for continued revelations. Realistic goals for well-being, while certainly not original, are certainly better than what we seem to setting course with now.

          Thank you again. You may want to keep your browser's 'Back' button handy - as you cover the material here you'll come across a great number of resource links for the avid curiosity. I invite you to read critically and email me at PolyPsyArt@iinet.com with suggestions for making this page more clear, effective, meaningful, or just letting me know where you found it not so.

          -bcp, October 13, 2002 and February 17, 2003

 

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The biggest difference between the Russians and Americans was that Russians recognized that "the Party Line" was propaganda from the ruling elite, and Americans who receive "the Mainstream Press" fail to recognize it as "propaganda from the ruling elite" and mistake it for "reality."
- Bill Moyers


Overcoming Political Disillusionment
and Bolstering the Movement of Thinking Activists

S U M M A R Y    O U T L I N E


    INTRODUCTION
              In getting to the base of disillusionment, I will use the most currently pressing political issues to illustrate 1) the current state of politics in this country, 2) the elements of psychological disillusionment and 3) it's healing. I will also suggest how we may 4) re-instill faith, hope, determination, and raise an effective democracy in our society -- in spite of the current tendencies toward dictatorship. The healing can only come about through the acknowledgement of the political condition and psychological effect. I will do my best to be accurate about the degree to which these exist, where they exist, and why.

        I    Bringing Back the disillusioned, Dis-empowered, & the Burnt-out (inspite of the points made in Section V - see "Expanded Outline.")
A    ... attitudes play an important part in the healing and preventative maintenance for sustained well-being under challenging conditions...
B    Nurses aren't the only ones who suffer from "burn-out" ...

       II    Common Sources of Burn-Out For Activists & Would-Be Activists
A    Activists risk burnout by striving for the worthiest intangible goal(s) and/or tangible goals perceived, but increasingly perceiving (due to an overworked mental and emotional body) that now the increasingly more difficult work is accomplishing increasingly less towards the originally perceived goal(s)...
B   A true leader empowers others to believe in themselves and become more than they are, to help make a difference in their world...
C    ...Even if a sophisticated method of dis-empowerment was in effect, there would still be ways to make the system work... primarily through awareness and exposure... and a certain amount of correction enforced into the existing system... faith and preserverence toward the healing and preventative maintenance, and sustainability of effective democracy and the balance of powers in and around government.

      III    Spotting & Healing the Pain That Dis-empowers
A Un-earthing inner talents & resources; Preventative Health Maintenance (Body-Mind & Basic Physical)... Ones talents and resources, and especially ones gifts, have generally been found psychologically associated to one's conscious or unconscious pain(s)...
B Re-Education towards Re-Establishing faith in individuals and in the democracy than Can and Should be brought about by Citizens - even if that entails greatly increased and continued vigilence, responsibility, active questioning of and appropriate demands upon authorities, and hard work.
C Applying solutions on personal, relationship, communal level... How one defines certain values, and manages one's believe system in that regard may make all the difference... a strong faith, one that will persist through the darkest of months and years, will be most helpful...
D Thinking Globally, Acting Locally (w/ Global Effects)

     IV    Boundaries & clearings of Toxic Emotional Energy (Preventative Health Maintenance)

      V    Spotting & Exposing the "Politics of Pain" - That is, exposing manipulation that has resulted in political dis-empowerment, manipulation that has been done (consciously and/or unconsciously) through the following:

A Re-Defining Co-Dependent Pity by calling it "Compassion," Whereas on the Contrary, we know that compassion acknowledges the potentials of the individual
B Re-Defining Calloused Toughness by calling it "Courage," Whereas on the Contrary, we know that courage is strong enough to include flexibility in direction, speed and means of attaining goals, vulnerability of the ego and consideration of one's own falibility
C Re-Defining blind faith by calling it "Citizen Awareness"
D Re-Defining Responsibility by calling it "Whining"
E Re-Defining Pain by calling it "Essential for Good Business" if the suffering was primarily endured by poor Americans and 3rd World peoples and then creating more pain for whomever "whines" about it (eg: "Cry and I'll give you something to cry about")
F Re-Defining censorship of the media (through the Monopolisation/control of the Media via 5 individuals own ALL media of US, vs hundreds of owners 20 years ago) by calling it "Informed Citizenry"
G Re-Defining World Dominance by calling it "World Leadership"
H Re-Defining the manipulation of citizens into giving up civil liberties by calling it "Security" and "Justice"
I Re-Defining Absolute Power (Dictatorship) by Calling it "Presidential Authority"
J Re-Defining insanity by sending the clear message that "the appropriate response to insanity is [a response which would, under any personal circumstance, be recognized as insane]
K And as above is accomplished, so is the Re-Defining of political dis-empowerment by calling it "democratic process"

     VI    My Beliefs about Preventative Health Maintenance (Body-Mind and Basic Physical), Preventative Political Health Maintenance, and about Faith in Our Potentials (Individually and communally/globally)-- And yes, they are positive, and realistically proactive, in spite of the above noted challenges - no one said it would be easy, right?


Christopher Pringer
October 2002

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"...a cynic is just a disappointed idealist in disguise,
a dreamer yearning to dream again..."
- Al Gore

"Stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense and believe you can achieve things which are impossible."
- Maryanne Radmacher Hershey
 
"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke

"It's my opinion that never before have we, as a nation, stood in greater danger of losing our individual liberties as we are today"
- Frank Serpico, whistle-blowing ex-New York City cop, regarding government's anti-terrorism measures

"Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change."
- Robert F. Kennedy "
 


E X P A N D E D    O U T L I N E


    INTRODUCTION

          A primary motivator for this writing is the fact is America has one of the lowest levels of citizen participation -in how our government represents itself to us and to other nations- on the planet. We as Americans and/or as Global Citizens are facing problems regarding the sustainability of life on the planet, and we are in dire need of utilizing very different and more effective means of cooperatively solving those problems with other nations on the planet. In order to do this, there needs to be more citizen awareness and more citizen motivation towards participation. To get there, we must deal with the basic problems that have blocked this motivation: disillusionment, thence hopelessness, thence dis-empowerment.
          I have included much here regarding "Common Sources of Burn-Out For Activists & Would-Be Activists," including selected references to some of actions of our government that have most contributed to the desease of apathy (section II). (Just in case you haven't been there yet, a very good introduction to this outline, to the overall study of the concepts on this page, would be found in the chart-illustrated discussion in "Political Activism, Apathy, & Healing" - also by the author and at this site.)
          In getting to the base of disillusionment, I will use the most currently pressing political issues to illustrate:
   1) the elements of psychological disillusionment,
   2) the current state of politics in this country that results from this state and is increasingly fostered by it,
   3) the healing of disillusionment on both individual and collective levels. I will also suggest (primarily with sources and references) how we may re-instill faith, hope, determination, and raise an effective democracy in our society -- in spite of the current tendencies toward dictatorship.
          These solutions have precedent and a good track record with individuals in personal growth and therapy, and it is individuals which make up the citizenry that can make our government truly representative of our highest values. The healing can only come about through the acknowledgement of the political condition and psychological effect - individually and collectively. I will do my best to be accurate about the degree to which these exist, where they exist, and why.
          I don't know many healing practitioners interested in politics, or politicians interested in healing, or in the pragmatic psychological how-to's of re-instilling faith, hope, determination, and raising an effective democracy in our society -- in spite of the current tendencies toward dictatorship. The exception to that might include Dr. John Hagelin of the Natural Law Party(?) And I've often said that if the Natural Law Party and the Green Party were to combine, we'd have quite the potential for healing many systems on the planet, and start us (the entire planet) well on the path of sustainable cooperative living.
          In any case, they or any other health-oriented political party will accomplish nothing if they do not have a healthy base of support. We do not now have that, and that is what motivates the assembly of these pages. How about high school and college level programs that at least begin to raise the questions basic to these issues? One question to consider as you read: In light of the information presented here and on the introductory page, "Recovering Democracy at the Crossroads," how might we meaningfully define these terms: "Awarness," "Citizen" and "Citizen Action," "Patriotism," and "Responsibility." More questions, put forth in a different way, specifically for the most productive results, are in the "Questions Prayer 4 World Peace."


          I    Bringing Back the disillusioned, Dis-empowered, & the Burnt-out (inspite of the points made in Section V.)
A    Lets take heath care workers to begin with real examples. The proverbial overworked nurse in particular, is well known for suffering from burn-out. It comes - basically and psychologically - from striving for the worthiest intangible goal(s) and/or tangible goals perceived, but increasingly perceiving (due to an overworked mental and emotional body) that increasingly more difficult work is accomplishing increasingly less towards the originally perceived goal(s). There are effective healing regimens for this condition, but attitudes do play an important part in the healing and preventative maintenance for sustained well-being under such challenging conditions.
B   Nurses aren't the only ones who suffer burnout, since the above noted challenges can be encountered by most anyone working to realise ideals. What about those who strive to accomplish worthy tangible objectives for whole nations, or even to help bring about the realisation of certain intangible ideals for same.
          In the next sections, I will exlain how one might (indeed, how too many already have) become politically disenfranchized and/or psychologically distanced from the world around him/her, feeling disempowered to effect the world in any meanful way, to 'make a difference,' (thus driven to seek fulfillment in other areas of life. I will exlain how this has happened inspite of the long-term ramifications if everyone were to do this), and how too many have become apathetic about the power given up by so many - to those few who would gladly take it and use it for their own purposes. On the other hand, if you have been led to read this, you may already know by your own experience, or by that of someone you know, some ways of how it has come about and the feelings associated.
 
       II    Common Sources of Burn-Out For Activists & Would-Be Activists
A   I will restate here what was said above. Activists risk burnout by striving for the worthiest intangible goal(s) and/or tangible goals perceived, but increasingly perceiving (due to an overworked mental and emotional body) that now the increasingly more difficult work is accomplishing increasingly less towards the originally perceived goal(s). Activists strive particularly to cause the realisation of intangible ideals for whole societies or nations or even the whole planet, as well as to accomplish worthy tangible objectives for same.

B   A true leader empowers others to believe in themselves and become more than they are, to help make a difference in their world. He also encourages the availability and provision of currently viable information towards development of useful priorities and goals. The false leader takes other's power, thwarts any directions that would threaten the false leader's power or objectives, and keeps his followers in the dark about real and worthy objectives. The easiest way for a false leader to take other's power is to cause others to either believe in himself, or to believe in in-effective objectives (eg: material gain or impermanent wealth, status or very basic emotional satisfaction, a certain amount of power that is still not threatening to the false leader, or some combination of the above.
 

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Questions for Disillusionment

          Here are some Questions to or about that 60-80% of Americans that do not participate in voting or other socially responsible activities.
          Each of the below questions might be followed up with these three questions:
                1) To what degree is this attitude consciously held?
                2) To what degree are the ramifications of such an attitude consciously realized?
                3) What percentage of people would answer "yes" to this question, and what percentage of people would answer "no" ?

          ¤ To what degree have our youth and otherwise immature or impressionable people been influenced by, and/or taken on the values of, the attitude of "Winner-Loser" comparative name-calling? (This is the attitude that has led some people to call less fortunate or less advantaged people "losers." The attitude seemed to become pronounced in the early 80's with the "wins" of venture capitalism that caused so many people to lose jobs and homes, and which seems to have continued from the "If you've got it, flaunt it" era of Reaganonomics.)
             
[Ref: the OJ Simpson debacle in the early 90's, initiation of the "InfoTainTment & Scandal-4-profit" TV industry, including various "Gladiator TV" series with emotional blood competition & "reputation-destruction derbies" for money and fame [quotes & refs mine]. While genocide of brown people for oil in Iraq didn't even hit a national nerve. ALL related to that worthiness issue - "Who's more worthy of God's Love?" (sick). Who says inquisitions or the crusades have ended? - 11/23/13]
          ¤ Do you believe that all those who are suffering -- who are also without access to resources to address that suffering -- are only doing so because they have been responsible for that suffering during some time(s) since their birth?
          ¤ Could their be gradations of personal responsibility for one's suffering, for one's society's suffering, in particular or various ways? And to the degree that is so, could we not address some or much of that suffering, and in a way that would not just be "feeding an addiction to hand outs"?
          ¤ Is it conceivable that people with callous attitudes about other's suffering, who also wield great power in the world through giant corporate activities, continue to cause and/or greatly increase the suffering of others, particularly in 3rd world countries?
          ¤ Do you think that many people in the 1st world nations have been convinced that 'the sacrifice of thousands or even millions of people (especially in 3rd world nations) are justifiable in order to continue a "suitable" standard of living for the rest of us?
          ¤ Do you sense that very many people apparently hold such attitudes while the same people call themselves caring and conscientious, as well as moral, righteous, and/or spiritual?
          ¤ Do you feel it is just information and re-education that people need, or do they need to emotionally awaken to some parts of themselves, parts that learned long ago to protect themselves from feeling certain kinds of pain (in self and/or others), not to mention keep them from communicating such pain?
          ¤ If and when given to community or planetary service, how might we be a sounding board for, and help provide resources to others, when they are ready to begin their awakening to the deeper meanings of such as the above questions.
          ¤ How might we similarly serve when their heart breaks at the realization that we (Americans, or at least those we chose as leaders), have not always been the "good guys" on the world stage, and maybe too often have been, or have given up our power to, the "bad guys", and consequently are beginning their heart-healing processes?

          The answers to these questions might determine much about our society. Who knows but that the consideration of these questions by enough people just might begin a process of healing, one step at a time as we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit? Granted it might likely be a very long term process, but one which I believe must begin soon - if we are to heal the planet of apathy and of the results of that apathy.

          We (progressives) might begin by setting example in self-questioning.
 
Disillusionment on the Personal Level

          I think re-education of the brainwashed is the key. But how to accomplish this I'm not sure. Mass media & "Homeland Security" still have the upper hand.
          Warmest regards ... ~ David

My Response to that:

          [I agree for the most part, and] People shut down about something when they've been hurt enough to give up hope... They feel bad enough about it that the memory gets shoved under sooner or later, and they use the energy (that otherwise would've been used for the original concern or desire) for something that doesn't bring up the pain again. This also helps keep the pain "safely" buried.
          (Some would say that the soul uses the various earthly levels of ones awareness -the “body-mind”- to unconsciously "store" the energy until the personality is ready to deal with that issue and heal it). This is classic denial, although a little more specific type, and this description includes the body-mind's involvement. And we've all done it, at least in small, relatively insignificant ways -- unless you're a Jesus this life and have never given your power away to anyone ever. Anyway, when we heal that ... well, that's what [this] is all about, as related to how and when we've given up our power to create and maintain a government to represent us ...
Handling Disillusionment

How well one can handle disillusionment might be
DETERMINED BY the amount of stress AND contradiction that
one can handle in life, but MORE SPECIFICALLY BY:

          ¤ the degree to which one can consciously live with injustice by others upon self and others, even though one has very high ideals about societal fairness, and how long one feels one can postpone the gratification of eventual justice; eg: conflict between a) one's having what one wants and needs and b) the recognition of the implications of truths?
          ¤ how likely one is to feel so disheartened about feeling/being not able to do something about the pain, that some kind of pain-denial coping mechanism is initiated ?
          ¤ how much early training (via life challenges) one received and converted into stress handling and problem solving capacity - or counter to it, leading to lack of confidence regarding ?
          ¤ how much permission felt to feel and express emotional pain, look into it's deeper sources ?
          ¤ how likely is one to even extrapolate as to how others may respond internally and externally to such pain
          ¤ the capacity for "cognitive dissonance" ? - cognitive dissonance is the ability to simultaneously hold (consciously) in mind two concepts that are both "true," yet contradict one another; emotional dissonance is similar, but has to do with conscious awareness of two equally strong yet opposite feelings about something.

Have you ever heard that one's greatest strength
is also one's greatest weakness?

          It's just one of those interesting paradoxes that philosophers toss about, but Consider:
          How does a person withstand great amounts of pain within themselves, or when sensed within people they love, or within their next door neighbor? I understand those can each have very different answers. But does it not have to do with a certain kind of toughness or strength that one gathers so that one can "just get on with life"? I would answer that "Yes." However, have you known people with certain situations when s/he invokes that strength so strongly or so often -- perhaps for a lifetime -- that it becomes a hindrance to him/herself and/or to others? Do you believes that we all work best when we all work together -- not necessarily next to each other, but in one accord, as opposed to working in discord)?
          Do you see the connection here, especially when you consider the increasing effect of one person's actions and even lifestyle on another, regardless of the distance between them? Do you think that the best solution to the planet's problems is to rate the value or worthiness of different kinds of people and then ration out the planets resources according to that rating? Of course that is a rhetoric question, but do you see how that relates to the type of nationalism and patriotism that seems to have been communicated so much in recent years?

-cp

C    I believe there has been a key relationship between how the American people feel about engaging in active citizen roles, and the actions and communications of our government, or of various elements within or associated with it. How government actually does exist in our society does so THROUGH the belief systems of citizens. However, they do not all *function* as most of us would prefer they do. In actuallity, it functions partly in fantasy, partly in disguise, and largely by default in leu of citizen participation, in what I call The Four Governments.
          The notes/links on the Political Reference page would strongly indicate that we have every reason to believe that the current administration has a modus operandi, indeed a history, similar to that of the more sophisticated mafia's we've heard of. However, it is most apparent that the level of sophistication in this mafia is infinitely beyond what we may have conceived, let alone attributed to key members of one or more bodies of government, particularly the executive body. Whether or not this mafia has been purposefully creating a negative effect on the motivation and psychological capacity of citizens, is not necessarily the issue. The point is that no government, let alone its means of operation, can survive without citizen support, either active or passive.
          I have a certain amount of respect for the blindly naïve patriots - whose poor hearts it would break for them to actually realize the truth of the above. And ,if we are to heal, they will break eventually (as mine did). And then they'll get mad and want to do something about it, while dealing with the inner processes that go on in the meantime. Or they will withdraw for a time, maybe a lifetime. This is another set of folks for whom I wrote this page, although it will probably be some time before most of them will be ready for it. The sooner folks get through any disillusionment, the quicker we'll be back on our democratic feet. Because if people aren't participating, it's not a democracy, and of course, we all work best when we all work together.
          [The later note reminds me of a most impressive set of webpages by a daring leader, including "We Are All In This Together". What's impressive, besides the content, is the background of the originator of these pages. "William C. Gladish earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Indiana University. He received an Air Force officer's commission in 1982 and served on active duty for over ten years as a pilot and navigator. In 1992, he completed a master's degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of many professional military programs, including Air Command and Staff College. He has served as an assistant professor and has received numerous leadership awards from the Air Force. He presently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel (select) in the Air Force Reserve and continues to study the impact of large corporations on humanity and the environment and their threat to the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" -- A pilot no less! Holy Cow, AirForce Gaia! -bcp]

Anatol Lieven has an excellent analysis of the current U.S.-Mid-East political situation in his article in the Oct. 3 *London Review of Books*:

The final three paragraphs sum it up:

          "None of these fantasies is characteristic of the American people as a whole. But the intense solipsism of that people, its general ignorance of the world beyond America's shores, coupled with the effects of 11 September, have left tremendous political spaces in which groups possessed by the fantasies and ambitions sketched out here can seek their objectives. Or to put it another way: the great majority of the American people are not nearly as militarist, imperialist or aggressive as their German equivalents in 1914; but most German people in 1914 would at least have been able to find France on a map.

         "The younger intelligentsia meanwhile has also been stripped of any real knowledge of the outside world by academic neglect of history and regional studies in favour of disciplines which are often no more than a crass projection of American assumptions and prejudices (Rational Choice Theory is the worst example). This has reduced still further their capacity for serious analysis of their own country and its actions. Together with the defection of its strongest internationalist elements, this leaves the intelligentsia vulnerable to the appeal of nationalist messianism dressed up in the supposedly benevolent clothing of 'democratisation'.

         "Twice now in the past decade, the overwhelming military and economic dominance of the US has given it the chance to lead the rest of the world by example and consensus. It could have adopted (and to a very limited degree under Clinton did adopt) a strategy in which this dominance would be softened and legitimised by economic and ecological generosity and responsibility, by geopolitical restraint, and by 'a decent respect to the opinion of mankind', as the US Declaration of Independence has it. The first ocassion was the collapse of the Soviet superpower enemy and of Communism as an ideology. The second was the threat displayed by al-Qaida. Both chances have been lost -the first in part, the second it seems conclusively. What we see now is the tragedy of a great country, with noble impulses, successful institutions, magnificent historical achievements and immense energies, which has become a menace to itself and to mankind."

Review by
Mark K. Jensen
Associate Professor of French
Chair, Dept. of Languages and Literatures
Pacific Lutheran University
email: jensenmk@plu.edu
http://www.plu.edu/~jensenmk/

Current Reviews, FRENCH NEWS Journal Articles at
"The Military, the State, and the War - and Related FRENCH NEWS (Great for Comparison!!!)
and
Current Reviews, US News Journal Articles at
"The Military, the State, and the War" and Related US News Reviews


D   A sophisticated method of dis-empowerment is to teach (disinform) others to accomplish goals in an unrealistic way, or in a way that would fall short, once sufficient complications were consistently added into the path of accomplishing those goals. EG: Teach that government works in a certain way, when in fact, it has been transformed or corrupted to actually now be working in a different way, such that a) the ways taught to work that system don't work very well anymore, and b) the ways that actually do work the existing system are now primarily workable by those with the new keys to that system, that mainly being access to certain knowledge, pathways, and large sums of money. Please note: Even if this sophisticated method was in effect, there would still be ways to make the system work by the original ways, primarily through awareness and exposure of those new keys and a certain amount of correction enforced into the existing system. Or maybe I should have said primarily through faith and preserverence toward the healing and preventative maintenance, and sustainability of effective democracy and the balance of powers in and around government.
 
      III    Spotting & Healing the Pain That Dis-empowers
A Un-earthing inner talents & resources ; Preventative Health Maintenance (Body-Mind & Basic Physical).
   Ones talents and resources, and especially ones gifts, have generally been found psychologically associated to one's conscious or unconscious pain(s), as revealed by personal growth work or therapy. (As infants, we respond to repeated stressors and trauma internally so as to cope as best one can, creating a *coping mechanism* to do that. That coping mechanism begets *skills,* and the skills eventually beget *gifts*. More on that is at "...Understanding the Pattern Triad"- About Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path.) In the "My Beliefs" section (#F below), I say more about why anyone should consider personal growth work or therapy, and a brief practical note about the actual purpose of pain and the dynamics of emotion. And especially in/via the essay, " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split, An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context"; On the socio-political aspects of pain, and the far-reaching implications of that; pro-active resources for individuals and communities. And the "Empathy Movement" section below that.

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      "Talented"

        We can COLLECT things, facts, perspectives, concepts, thoughts, feelings...
        We can BLEND, bend, calculate, even DESIGN things, facts, perspectives...
        We can digest, metabolize, catabolize, and ASSIMILATE...
                and even metaphysi...philo...epistemolo...semanti...conceptualise   (!? smile )

        We can contemplate, introspect, meditate, resolve, INTEGRATE...
        We can REALIZE, die, rebirth and BECOME who we truly are (meant to be)
                How so ?
        We can create, use tool kits, even inner ones that create all the tools for all the above.

          "A journey of 10,000 miles begins with the 1st step"     -- Lao Tsu

          "The only constant in the universe is change"     -- paraphrase of ancient precept

          "Souls are permanent, although changing form in death and rebirth, until eventually becoming One with I Am That I Am, All That Is"     -- paraphrase of The Law of Karma

          "You can't heal what you can't feel."     -- Ida Rolf ? Ron Kurtz ? Alexander Lowen ?
              [ words of a gestalt bodyworker, no doubt   smile   -- cp, Nov 2012 ]
       

B Re-Education towards Re-Establishing faith in individuals and in the democracy than Can and Should be brought about by Citizens - even if that entails greatly increased and continued vigilence, responsibility, active questioning of and appropriate demands upon authorities, and hard work.
C Applying solutions on personal, relationship, communal level
   Again, attitudes play an essential part in the healing and preventative maintenance for sustained well-being under such challenging conditions. How one defines certain values, and manages one's believe system in that regard may make all the difference. I do not propose here that any particular spiritual belief is more suitable than another. I do believe, however, that a strong faith, one that will persist through the darkest of months and years, will be most helpful. Short of this, sources for burn-out may include most any persistant trial or threatening period of bad leadership and poor representation.
D Thinking Globally, Acting Locally (w/ Global Effects)
   Some of the most intelligent and dedicated people on the planet have developed "sustainable" solutions for the planet. The term sustainable refers to a large scale process, program, or function that does not deplete any important resource from the planet, and generally adds resources to the planet (including bio-organisms), or in any way upset the planetary environmental balance. The Apollo Alliance Project would seem to be providing a not only a positive vision, but realistic SOLUTION PLANS for a sustainable planet? More great resources for solutions are presented at the Bioneers Collective Heritage Institute of Santa Fe, NM, with sample article links at http://www.bioneers.org/features/now.html, including "The Hidden Connection: A Science for Sustainable Living" by Fritjof Capra.
          Other resource links are listed in the section "Favorite Solutions, Recovering Democracy, Peace Education, Attitudinal Change & Healing" at the Political Reference Page:


...The technology is here now. Solar, wind, and hydrogen technologies are infinitely better proven than any Missile Defense Shield and they will give us true national security by removing the choke collar of OPEC and our own Oiligarchy. The only energy crisis is the energy to make the transition happen faster.

These soft technologies also lend themselves to localization and decentralization. They can be democratic by design. Power to the people is not an abstraction...

This Rare Historical Moment - Without social and economic justice there can be no peace with the Earth

      -- Kenny Ausubel, in"Conscious Choice"
 
     IV    Boundaries & clearings of Toxic Emotional Energy (Preventative Health Maintenance)

Related Resource Page for personal alignment and clearing in this regard: "Questions for Boundaries -- "Positive Response Questions" (PRQ's) designed specifically for learning and affirming effective communications of position, intention, & message; Maintaining clarity for appropriate connection, direction, & protection." Another more generally applied set of questions for enhancing one's overall awareness potential is "Questions for Inner-Resourcing" - The Use of Personally Applied Invocative Questions (Invoc-Q's) designed specifically for affirming optimal appropriate information sharing, integration, & access throughout the mental, emotional, and physical bodies.
 

      V    Spotting & Exposing the "Politics of Pain" - That is, exposing manipulation that has resulted in political dis-empowerment, manipulation that has been done (consciously and/or unconsciously) through the following [for most statements made below, please refer to the essay " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening..." for the psychological aspects and references, and the References page for the political backup]:

A Re-Defining Co-Dependent Pity by calling it "Compassion," Whereas on the Contrary, we know that true compassion also acknowledges the potentials of the individual
  If there is not compassion, then there is not strength, because strength also means capacity to be sufficiently sensitive to the true needs of self and others, to be vulnerable to the pangs of love, and to be willing to acknowledge the power, capacity, and purpose of another in pain. Strength without compassion is false strength, or toughness.
   How might we have gotten so calloused?
    Leading question: What happens when someone knows how to feel sympathy or pity, but not compassion, when a friend is in pain? Then pain becomes associated with toughness, weakness, and/or pity. This is because with Strength we may pay respect to the martyr quality, but with pity we fail to acknowledge the potential of the individual and/or the opportunities available to that individual. Eventually the inner response - 'the pity thing' - becomes frustrating and painful or begets the fear of feeling pain, of self, another, or both. That will often be followed by false strength, or toughness, which in the presence of pain becomes a form of cruelty.
    Put another way, when a friend is in pain, and you can't feel compassion or pity, and thence true strength (born of passion or compassion) then has no real anchor, then your resulting toughness will tend to be read as not caring, since you wouldn't consciously know otherwise what/how to feel or what to communicate about the other's pain, and your presence is felt as distance instead.
  Social Implications:
    If you have a large percentage of a community not knowing the difference between pity and compassion, and therefore confuse toughness with strength, then it is left with only being able to respond with pity or toughness when pain is up. Then an aloof society is presented, maintaining perhaps the image of strength and compassion, but still responding with pity or toughness. Pity mixed with toughness can easily come across as condescending, and toughness alone communicates apathy or cruelty to world nations in need.
B Re-Defining Calloused Toughness by calling it "Courage"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know that courage is strong enough to include flexibility in direction, speed and means of attaining goals, vulnerability of the ego, and consideration of one's own falibility. "Toughness" was essential when developing our nation, like a survival tool for a very young kid out on the streets. We forced ourselves to ignore our pain, physical and emotional, in order to establish ourselves as independent and capable, in order to "win" and be "successful" in the world. Many of us taught that to our youth with the injunction "Cry and I'll give you something to cry about." The underlying message (to those expected to carry on this tradition) was "don't feel pain, or least for God's sakes, don't communicate that you feel it unless you can't continue in a fashion suitable to carry on this tradition."
C Re-Defining blind faith by calling it "Citizen Awareness"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know when questions to authority are backed up with documented proof of extreme conflicts of interest between the White House administration & corporate interests related to current (9/11 & Iraq-War) issues. It has often been called "Paranoia" whenever anyone begs to differ on such questions. Just as Germany allowed a Hitler to reign, blind faith is not the appropriate attitude when 1% of the people have 95% of the wealth and media in it's control...°
D Re-Defining Responsibility by calling it "Whining" as relates to (above noted) survival tools regarding courage and pain
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know that there were many essential questions (asked by various Congressional Representatives) re: the Iraq-War question, War Powers, and Homeland Security employee rights related legislation that continue to go unanswered. Also, there is so much documented evidence of corporate abuse of workers' rights, yet so seldom is there any effective address of such abuses that whistle blowers legal defense associations have been set up to provide protection and encouragement.
E Re-Defining Pain by calling it "Essential for Good Business" if the suffering was primarily endured by poor Americans and 3rd World peoples - and then creating more pain for whomever "whines" about it (eg: "Cry and I'll give you something to cry about")
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know there has been the Open Selling of the values of corporate globalisation as noted here, including re: success, winning, whining, and pain. This began in the 80's with Reagan-promoted flaunting of wealth and leveraged-buy out values and the resulting job losses and homelessness of millions of hardworking people. In the 90's, the destruction of various individuals' reputations was viewer-rich entertainment on prime-time TV. As a result of our attitudes about these values (as noted here and above), as well as about courage and compassion, most people are in denial of the pain of the poor here and especially in the 3rd world -- which is probably the biggest reason we have enraged so many people enough to want to do terrorist activities against us. If you read 3rd World countries' newspapers, or even the newspapers of the minority groups in the US, you might get the idea that, when they are in pain, what they really get from the American government is the communication of either condescension or apathy, if not cruelty as well. On the other hand, they see the American people as well meaning but very naïve.
   The purpose of pain in the body is to tell when one is in dire need of something, when one needs to do something different to regain homeostasis, to be capable of survival. The purpose of emotional pain is similar, but relates to our need for relationship and the cooperation necessary for us to survive as a family. And since there is no major religion on earth that does not teach the acceptance of all humans as our greater family, it is important that we heed our very real pain related to the pain of the people of other nations, and to the pain of the injustices they endure at the expense of our current means of maintaining our standard of living. I am referring especially to our dependence on oil when we are more than capable of developing other means to do so - and ever-increasingly so since the 60's.
F Re-Defining censorship of the media by calling it "Informed Citizenry"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know, simply by reading foreign media, that our national focus has been on maintaining our individual and national isolation through the Monopolisation/control of the Media (5 individuals own ALL media of US, vs hundreds of owners 20 years ago) & thereby it's Mis-use. "Weapons of Mass Distraction" is the appropriate term of refererence as coined by Jeff Cohen, author of "Myth of the Liberal Media."

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      Re-Defining  extremism  by saying "That's what THEY do":

          Whereas, on the contrary, we might consider this prose and the interpretation below it:

          "Opposing Extremists' separate lonely self-destructive in unsurvivable desolation, each in magnetism-drawn connection with purpose found in each other's ferver building ego-hot-love-hate magnetizing downward spiraling ecstacy... Ahrg, where's the ice?!"
          -- from the "Machiavengelicals Exposed" page [page since revised & renamed to "Structure and Dissolving Extremism" 2008-'10; Jan'14]]

                EG:   An extremist probably wouldn't survive without his opposite(s) - they support each other by their actions and communications, even need each other in spite of, and actually DUE TO, the degree of hate they have for each other. We learn in therapeutic process, that issues never resolve until there is forgiveness. Both forgiveness of the other and oneself for having held [and felt the related] emotion[s], AND, perhaps most importantly, [of] those role models that helped create the event(s) that led one to feel and then "believe in" the anger, fear, and hate. Even as if that was the message ones Higher Power intended in the first place. But that is a confusion of the emotional body due to mental/ emotional abuse, often accompanied by physical and/or sexual abuse. It requires a certain amount of insanity to set that kind of thing off in the first place, you know. The "authorities" allow the societal setting for that by encouraging (overtly or not) the stigmatization of those who engage in therapy, even if only for personal growth enhancement. [By the way, you might want to check] the "Empathy Movement" section of the Chalice Integration Art page.
        [ Posted at Facebook by yours truly, 9/14/12 ]

G Re-Defining World Dominance by calling it "World Leadership"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know about the blueprint for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana,' that was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century, was written in September 2000. For years, the American government has been Justifying the Demonisation of any key opposition, sanctioning least ethical actions, and then justifying pain of "collateral damage," even while all other peoples & nations see it for what it is (Scapegoating & Bullying)...°
H Re-Defining the manipulation of citizens into giving up civil liberties by calling it "Security" and "Justice"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know that the most high ranking individuals in the current administration and CIA have, for many years, had large invested interests in corporations that were doing business with various Middle-Eastern concerns, primarily in oil and arms. The records of these business and military dealings, put together with their strategy for foreign and *domestic policy as related* to the above noted Sept.2000 document, "Rebuilding America's Defences..," indicate that their interests with regard to this area of the world have much more to do with a 'global Pax Americana' and forthcoming profits, than with protecting American citizens, let alone their rights.°
I Re-Defining Absolute Power (Dictatorship) by Calling it "Presidential Authority"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know that our government was founded with the essential principle of maintaining a balance of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, and that for the President of the US to ask for an imbalance of those powers, particularly in the president's favor, is an obvious abuse of those powers, and a most frightenly dangerous precedent that such as even been requested, let alone deliberated as strongly as it has been. Senator Byrd and Congressman Jim McDermott are a few of the heroic elders of statesmen who elucidated on this issue before their piers. [Documents available]
J Re-Defining insanity by sending the clear message that "the appropriate response to insanity is [a response which would, under any personal circumstance, be recognized as insane]
   Whereas on the Contrary, any person of learning and intelligence would know such responses (as in the case of the Iraq-War question) have always created more insanity, not to mention turn most every nation on the planet against us, leading to greatly enhanced likelihood of terrorism against us. Another insane response includes implying and fomenting the belief among followers of various fundamentalist churches, that we can hasten the day of 'Rapture' (when said that Jesus will save the righteous in mass) by hastening (bringing on and/or allowing) the Mid-East conflict to escalate to "Armageddon" levels...°    It would seem to me that someone is trying to convince us that Jesus needs to rescue us -- because he doesn't believe in our ability to learn and grow by exercising Free Will, and that we can't learn to become responsible to choose our own directions, even by the hard way. Do you know what psychologists say about such a "rescuer" ? A rescuer is one of three roles that compose the (pathological) martyr personality -- along with the roles of victim and persecutor. And I have a most difficult time trusting someone, especially a self-proclaimed Christian, who would call Jesus a pathological martyr. I have an even more difficult time trusting someone who would "train" or condition others in his charge to be rescued - by a policy that is obviously designed to either bring on such an armageddon or actually accomplish the ideal end of impirialism - world conquest.
K And as the above is accomplished, so is the Re-Defining of political dis-empowerment by calling it "democratic process"
   Whereas on the Contrary, we know that we have one of the lowest voting records of any democratic nation on the planet, indicating a certain hopelessness in the capacity to effect change in our government means and directions, thence a destruction of faith relative to what we have been taught should result. And that is why I have put together this outline, with my and others' professional knowledge, beliefs about, and suggestions for our remedying the situation -- at least in the long run, since our progeny does matter to us.


"I don't believe in covering up a neurosis or acting like it's not there ...
I believe in using it for a secret weapon"
-- Barry Sonnenfeld director of Men in Black I & II.

Yeah? You mean like using it to fight the greatest battles within ourselves?
-- yours truly


Feeling helpless to change something doesn't mean it's not happening. Feeling is only one of the senses determining change, it's causes and effects. One Implication: Disillusionment can result in Denial - for protecting our psyche - until what we feared and denied comes to pass. Finding out facts and acting on them lessens the damage of fear, prevents denial and often also the feared circumstance. Political Implications: You figure it out! But if you add some anger-venting, you can then call all that "Pre-Poly-Psy-ventative Maintenance".     - Chris Pringer


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     VI    My Beliefs and Findings about Preventative Health Maintenance (Body-Mind and Basic Physical), Preventative Political Health Maintenance, and about Faith in Our Potentials (Individually and communally/globally), include the following:
[not necessarily put in order of importance; many born out of 18 years experience as a therapist]
A I believe in preventative health maintenance & that body-mind awareness the most cost-effective health insurance there is. For elaboration please see Quotes section.
B I believe in preventative government maintenance when that government is democratically run, implying capacity for, and effective application of, foresight by government representatives, with particular emphasis on the quality of "sustainability" with regard to intangible, as well as tangible, resources. Before we can achieve Planetary Sustainability, we have to attain 'Citizenry Sustainability.' A military revolution - large enough to make any difference - will also reap more pain, confusion, and denial. More than we can heal to regain sufficient capacity for planetary healing - before Global Warming takes the rest of us. We're going to have to outsmart that unevolved part of us - and those who represent it politically. That means we vote with our our dollar and our pen or keyboard, and maybe with our feet - as well as with the ballot.
C I believe that the U.S.A. does not currently have, effectively, a democracy - because we lack three critical elements: an informed citizenry, representation effectively responsible to that citizenry, and broad citizen participation. For elaboration on that please see "The Four Governments." (Defines the four main roles that seem to exist in American politics -- in terms of function or Dysfunction -- and a typology of those engaged in those roles, what they seem to perceive, and what they do or don't do.)
D I believe that we can develop an effectively run democracy in the U.S.A. and that we should work to that end - or rather, to that beginning - and then maintain that.
      -- Christopher Pringer

True Majority Principles:
(See the "10 Principles" page at TrueMajority.Com for a full description of each principle)

      1. Attack poverty and world hunger as if our life depends on it. It does.
      2. Champion the rights of every child, woman & man.
      3. End our obstructionism to the world's treaties.
      4. Reduce our dependence on oil and lead the world to an age of renewable energy.
      5. Close the book on the Cold War and end the nuclear nightmare forever.
      6. Renounce Star Wars and the militarization of space.
      7. Make globalization work for, not against, working people.
      8. Ensure equal treatment under law for all.
      9. Get money out of politics.
    10. Close the gap between rich and poor kids at home.

 

EI believe that inspite of the current situation (as noted here), that the one strategy necessary to achieve an effective democracy is to "Act the Part," that is, to keep letting our "representatives" know how we feel, by participating in the election process, maybe even carrying a sign now and then. Dictatorships are eventually created otherwise - however they may be labeled officially in that nation.
F I believe that we have the potential to achieve optimal individual health as well as optimal political or government health. EG: I have faith in this: I know that God is willing to help us to achieve this to the degree that we put forth the effort, but that He/She won't do our work *for* us. I believe that we are all capable of such faith, given application of Re-Education as necessary along the above points and any therapy necessary to realize same.
 
G I believe that there is nothing wrong with anyone having needs for personal growth work or therapy, and that the same goes for any two or more people in relationship (including whole communities). I say that especially since much, or all of it, usually is personal growth work nowadays - which might also be called "insight application work". This need for growth follows from our having *human* (eg: fallable) parents, doesn't it? How is it we have developed a stigma on someone's desire - or need - to improve oneself? Is it that comparison, more/less worthy thing? It wouldn't hurt us to heal THAT for starters, would it? Do you think there could be a relationship between this and nationalism and that this has effected our ideas about patriotism? (Ref: see above section, "Spotting & Healing Pain...")
 

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A note about pain, emotion, and just being human

          Pain is never just something in the mind - so long as we have physical bodies and emotions. Pain comes from experience, whether current or past. Humans often go through tremendous work and pain in order to suppress already traumatic experiences. We engage great creative activity to insure that those memories are locked away until we are ready to engage with them. In any case, most psychologists would agree that we are designed to do that, and we do it exceedingly well. That suppression of energy effects the bodily systems in various ways and to varying degrees, particular to each individual and his/her experience(s). IE: Mental dominance is one general style, comprising a great set of complex mechanisms, to provide such protections.
          To be human is to have mixed emotions, some or all of which may be feelings arising from emotional storage, and any of which that we may not be aware of. This is true in the long term and not just on a momentary basis. One who practices personal growth (at least one with a Gestalt viewpoint) is one who tries to know his/her ulterior motives (also a universal item of baggage) and other tendencies, so that s/he will not act on them, consciously or unconsciously, or "project" them onto others. And those are a few more things we are all capable of having and doing when not aware; projection (such as blaming or scapegoating) can happen when one unconsciously feels the need to distance oneself from some inner quality. Those people that we define (accurately) as "pathologically impaired" have more of this emotional storage and/or greater amounts of "charge" to the emotion(s) stored, and do more projecting and acting on ulterior motives.
          --bcp
PeaceFlagEarthChalice5a-cr-Adj2a Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12
"Patriotism Better Defined for 911, v5a" with Ecumenical Logo Set, Balance Scale, Peace Flag, Tree & Flower of Life, Dove & Transition Mandala midground, Intertwined Hearts and Chalice Tapestry 8A1 background", Chris Pringer, 9/11/2010, rev.9'12. At my Art Gallery my artwork can be viewed at full resolution, and is available in framed or canvas prints, greeting cards, & more.

H I believe that the first thing we need to do to achieve optimal individual health as well as optimal political or government health is to see and admit to our past and current mistakes and shortcomings (here is where some of the re-education comes in - particularly regarding our government's history since 1960), to forgive ourselves for all that, and then get on with a new life. If that sounds familiar, it should. I believe in the principle of "As Above, So Below," as it applies up and down the hierarchy of communal structure as well as up and down the spiritual, psychological, and biological hierarchy(s) of human beings. EG: When one heals one's heart, this not only effects the capacity for health of other organs and systems in one's own body in a positive way, but also the capacity of others in his/her community to heal their hearts as well. (Not convinced? See the research of the "HeartMath Institute.")
I It's a heartbreaker sometimes when looking at things - even "looking up" can be a pain sometimes, but I know that denial doesn't help us... Some days I feel knocked down, but I eventually get back up again to do what I can. I believe that no good work or sincere prayer is ever wasted [as per the law of Karma], even though it sometimes seems to take forever (maybe additional lifetimes) to get some kind of result. So... For my own peace of mind, I just keep writing letters to reps, or writing/editing webpages, dropping seeds in other ways, etc... Even considering the amazing enforced ignorance about the global warming and environmental imbalances and their long-term implications... Maybe if enough of us believe we can, we will help repair our planet in time to keep it from continuing the downhill direction it seems to have been going the last 20 years.
          More esoterically speaking: [If given the reality of Re-incarnation...] If it has to be a brand new planet when I come back again, or to this planet in the "starting over" mode - because the current one got screwed, well, so be it - While my emotional body would be tempted to convince me all was lost, I hope to be able to say I did my best in my own small part in the advance of the evolution of mankind.
I More pragmatically speaking, and just to summarize the intention behind this Outline, I believe that we need to take an honest look at 1) the current state of politics in this country, since the healing can only come about through the acknowledgement of the political condition and psychological effect, 2) the elements of psychological disillusionment and dis-empowerment, 3) the means for our healing attitudes and repairing the means for democratic participation, 4) the means for re-instilling faith, hope, determination, and raising an effective democracy in our society -- in spite of the current tendencies toward dictatorship.


Christopher Pringer
© Oct '02, Feb '03

 

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  ChaliceBridge.Com Updates page, PolyPsy section
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  Christopher's Political Page
with the index of links for Poly-Psy Arts
My attempt to provide intelligent commentary and considerations for solutions as well as political awareness, that we might better see, understand, and utilize opportunities to jump in and make things better when we can. Not too stiff for a grin now and then. Anchored in the pragmatic, certainly for the long run. Includes insightful quotations, perspectives based in Buddhism, Humanistic Psychology, Ecumenism, including     "The Four Governments,"  and     "Memory, Tracking, & Forgiveness" Credibility and *HOW & When* to Trust",     "From Marine to Veteran for Peace" (Bio). Well Organized, with     LOTS of Resources for the Socially Responsible Activist. Related (Older) Page:     "Stopping The Mid-East-Wars - Activism & Post 9/11 Issues".
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  "Getting Real About Conspiracies."
I emphesise this link here because we may be tempted to become despondent due to some of the "news" (so-called) that is circulated for the purpose of dis-empowering citizens. In this case, if it sounds too bad to be true, it likely is. But how to know? This section was written to help with that question.

  The Political Reference Page
Annotated links (so you get the gist of the story while deciding which link to click) A Would-be Endless Collection of annotated links that document much of the history relevant to current events -- organized by sections. Includes "Favorite Solution sites" for positive oriented resource pages (extensive, on separate page at this site)

Questions For Disillusionment
Selections from this page, plus the exclusive placement of
Guidelines and a class format for "Overcoming Burnout for Activists," and "The Development of One Questioning Mind," my pre-sentencing testimony at the trial of the "Seattle 12," arrested for sitting in at our senators offices as we tried to convince them not to give in to Bush's drive for the power to declare war any time he saw fit. Includes "Questions for Personal Empowerment" -- question-based affirmations over colorful tapestry Background.

 
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  "Thresholds, Changing Trends, and Learning from Extremism" at the page, "New Information & Facilitating Paradigm Shift Potential." Initiating with a slightly eclectic introduction, the writing provides a fair amount of the scholastics and background research on "Threshold Effect"," and "Classic threshold models - the two most pertainent - as well as a few related uses for this variable that is useful for recognizing, assessing, and predicting key events and trends in processes. Trends being the operant word, since the current times 2015-2016 have been especially remarkable for their unpredictability. Also includes a pertainant review of Granovetter's model in Malcolm Gladwell's article, "Thresholds Of Violence" -- about the "school-shooting epidemic," "The Power of Context" and "The Tipping Point." As well as some implications - but with considerations for practical application, including for how to take all this in - AND references, including an extensive list copied from the Wikipedia page on Conscience. Finishes up with a summary assembly of context usages of "threshold effect" at the site. [New, June 2016]

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   The VIRTUAL u.s. Peace Academy @Seattle
Is here and now to inspire the creation of the *real* UNITED STATES PEACE ACADEMY. Courses are now being set up to be taught in the Seattle area [Spring '07]. In the interim the VusPA is here for students choosing alternatives in peace, to facilitates resources and connections to institutions of higher learning for lasting global peace. In utilizing this site, young people can also create a vital and permanent record of their sincere desire and choice to learn and wage the arts of peace, rather than the art of war as taught at the military academies - as well as establish Conscientious Objector Status. Includes the - "James George Peterson Library at VusPA - Suggested Courses and Books, suggested/sample outlines; prerequisites, etc and The Economics of War & Peace - Part III - Considerations, Innovations, Accountability, Solutions, Resources (2008)
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Provides the most long-term applicable, if not most recent postings on what's going on (as regards peace & justice, & citizen effectiveness, including action resources) - Planetary in scope: you can join the list or just peruse the Archives without joining. The list was created in the effort to help us better see and UTILIZE opportunities to jump in and make things better when we can - while maintaining our psychological and spiritual capacity to do so - and to help keep the PolyPsyArts web site current.
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This list is a "Newsletter" style list; NOT the kind that allows members to send email to other members. (It does NOT make member email addresses available to anyone, So members do NOT receive email from anyone but myself.) List Description is elaborated at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/PolyPsySp. To subscribe, send email to: PolyPsySp-subscribe@lists.riseup.net. You can type the same in the subject and body areas of your message. Thank you, -Chris Pringer, ListOwner/Mgr


 
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   "Resource Access Prayer Chart for Economy

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24 prayers as of Dec 2011, Universal in approach,generally invoking Divine assistance, calling for citizen awareness & courage, truth, justice, accountability, related healing, learning, & balance, etc. They include a resource-connecting prayer chart for the Economy (Jan'11) , two that are specific to global climate healing, one to Iraq & Middle East, two for comprehensive planetary healing in general, two specific to media communications (latest Dec'10), and more. Page includes background and related information, links, and printing/downloading tips. (Yes, of course it's free, as I believe prayers are meant to be.)


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   "Q's Prayer 4 World Peace
     
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    "Archangel Prayer for Iraq-MiddleEast"
     
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   "A Global Climate Healing Fantasy and the Spirit of It All" On Sacred Earth Background. PDF versions available for Printing (is 2 pages long)
   
World Healing Prayers over Sacred Geometry Graphic Backgrounds

The "coverage" (via prayer text) provides a virtual summary of our current world challenges - hints to opportunities to gain the momentum we need to heal/transform the planet and mankind.
   
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     Broad Spectrum World Healing Prayer


Pages On Preventative Health Maintenance & Related Awareness:

       "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"
Physical & other levels; Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to explain a complex but common experience in an understandable fashion. includes short essays, "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?" (therapy may locate, or bring awareness to, what is already there, but should not add to it), "Touch-Sensivity of Muscles...", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective", "Internal Separation And Healing", & [added Aug 2011:] Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain.

       " 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split, An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context"; On the socio-political aspects of pain, and the far-reaching implications of that; pro-active resources for individuals and communities.
Related, at same page:
       "The Empathy Movement" introduced with, "In September of 2012, The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion initiated a discussion, preparatory to much greater things, laying the groundwork for much greater things worldwide". Hopefully more in-depth and socially applicable trainings will stem forth from this project - with widespread growing results that make the difference needed. This section includes reference links as well as my own ideas for that.

       "A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)    A perspective on an approach to and regard for life, one's past and present, as well as a basis for personal growth and/or therapy. I could've called it an integrated 'Gestaltist-Humanist-Buddhist-New Thought' perspective. (You could say these are my main sources, from among the various "schools" of psychology and correlating approaches to application of therapy.)

   "Questions for Boundaries"
Effective Communications of position, intention, & message, Maintaining Clarity for appropriate Connection, Direction, & Protection

       "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work - A Flow Chart..."
A practical visual tool to complement & help complete other self-help perspectives & presentations a re-hash of gestalt perspective & ancient truths created to work for new applications (revised 8/02)

       "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process"
The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including "Body Awareness and Communications, as Related to Body-Memory and Integration", "Muscle Q & A", "Insight Please", and "Sticky Muscles" (adhesions due to..).

   Eclectic Poetry and Art - Love and Healing the Planet

       "My Cells My Children" & other metaphorical prose for a 'Body-Parenting' Approach to Mind-Body Integration
 

 




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