I’ve known for many years that America is so stricken with hypocrisy, it’s a wonder America is looked to by other nations’ people as a symbol of freedom. But then I realize America (or any other country for that matter) can’t help it.
In our current system, hypocritical behavior pays.
Despite it’s hypocritical position on so many issues, America can regain its integrity. And will. Our current situation, including our current political climate guarantees this.
That’s why I’m so optimistic, not just about the United States, but also the global community and Copiosis too.
Don’t throw the messenger down a hole. This isn’t Sparta!
Six years ago, a black religious leader characterized America’s hypocrisy exceedingly well before millions of viewers on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Minister Louis Farrakhan used the same moment to lambast Mike Wallace for pointing a morally judgemental finger at an African nation, while standing in a country with even worse moral conflict.
It’s some of the best 10 historical minutes on TV:
Today’s American society – it could be argued – is even more corrupt today than six years ago.
Why am I so optimistic again?
Because these kinds of situations always trigger deep transformations, transformations for the better.
Recently, another outspoken critic called out another American hypocritical statement, this one from American Diplomat Richard Haass:
Haass’ statement, to me anyway, is so out of touch and one-sided, if I didn’t have some understanding of diplomacy, I would wonder how such an experienced person in international affairs can make such a one-sided statement.
As Farrakhan noted, America has no moral authority to judge Russia for its acts of interference. There are so many well-known acts of American interventionism it isn’t even necessary to think about those we don’t know about.
We also know about the massive list of acts of regime change undertaken by America throughout its history.
Now, all this is not to say that Russia’s meddling isn’t call-out worthy. But one can make the argument that, in our current system, such acts should be expected.
Where does it all lead? I think I know
All this political, social and cultural finger pointing, both in the US and elsewhere, certainly has to end in some gigantic, thrilling, positive way.
I’m excited because I’m here to witness it.
It’s an awesome time to be alive folks. I hope you are thinking so.
But one has to ask: is it necessary to be both for freedom and peace while at the same time fomenting so much of the opposite of that? Is it possible for America to get her own house in order before pointing fingers at the acts of nations which, in nearly all cases pale in comparison to the US as a global meddler?
I think so.
But with our current system, particularly the political system, the likelihood of America rising to the occasion of its international potential seems dim to me. Not without a significant shift in national conscience.
Which is why I’m doing the work – both overt with Copiosis and in more subtle ways – to usher in the shift I know will benefit not only humankind, but the planet as well.
I’m confident of this because where I come from, this shift already has happened. It’s realization is only a matter of time.
And that too, is exciting to think about.