After Resurrection factor in the actual
- Bradford writes;
Now we wake up one morning, just after Resurrection and discover that our
askew perception of how the world is off by a tad, that our perception that
doesn't link with reality, that keeps missing my meters and gaps, suddenly
the headlines were what we truly imagine in our hearts. Such things are just
the way we have a slightly off set picture between the ideal and the actual.
The actual is very flawed, but we sense the ideal just next to it. We think
we are crazy, but we are not, it is the tilt of the world that tips the
scale off balance and we, we are the balancers of the real. So why not the
real becoming as we picture it in our hearts.. just next to the lie... is
the real. Which real do you see? (I see this, but it is not my writing)
Back from the future -- a living possibility of what
we might become.
Imagine reading this in tomorrow's history books --
then ask yourself, how
may I contribute to this possibility?
It was incredible.
It would be termed the second American revolution --
this time extending far
beyond the borders of the USA.
This revolution was global -- and even more
importantly, it began as an
inner revolution -- a revolution of values, of
perception, of priorities --
a revolution of the heart.
Catalyzed by the tragic events of September 11,
2001, millions upon millions
of American citizens began to wake up from a long
and deep slumber.
It was as though the collapse of the towers of the
World Trade Center
symbolized a deeper, inner shattering. As the twin
towers of separation and
selfishness crumbled within the hearts of so many,
an invisible but potent
energy began to be released -- in greater measure
and proportion that at any
previous time in the history of this young nation.
Some called this energy compassion -- others termed
empathy, a sense of connectedness -- even love.
Whatever one might call it,
this mysterious force was called forth so fully and
powerfully in the
aftermath of these horrific events that every aspect
of life in America --
and around the world -- began to transform -- and
The changes were not widely apparent at first
because the upper echelons of
governance and media, allied with those who had been
profiting from war and
weaponry broadcast a different message -- a message
of fear, of violent
retaliation, of an absurd and almost cartoon-like
absolutism that was incapable or unwilling to
explore any of the intricately
interwoven complexities underlying these events that
were apparent to most
who dared to think. In fact, this hysteria brought
the entire world to the
very edge of suicidal self-destruction -- but this
was not to be the end of
humanity -- not yet.
The 'mainstream' media, so-called 'opinion-makers'
spokespersons completely missed the far greater
story that was emerging
within the hearts and souls of so many. They were so
busy selling war and
isolation and violence that they had no interest or
inclination to look to
the people's hearts and discover what was really
It was only a matter of time until the breakthrough
occurred. This deeper
story -- a story of hope, of possibility, of a new
role for America in the
world -- began to break through -- one conversation
at a time.
One article at a time. One website at a time. One
courageous action at a
time. One letter to an editor or Congressperson at a
time. One prayer at a
time. One simple kindness at a time.
Soon, an initially dim and flickering candle's flame
burst into the Statue
of Liberty's radiant torch, now casting a brilliant
light that would help to
illumine every nation, every village, every land,
every child, woman, and
man on this sacred planet earth. It was as though
America awakened to its
deeper destiny at last -- to be a beacon of hope for
the world -- and to
unleash its massive wealth and power only and
exclusively for the good of
It was astonishing -- breakthroughs -- on a scale
that would have been
considered utterly impossible even a decade before
-- in human rights,
education, civil liberties, governance, foreign
policy, children's security,
domestic policy, worker's rights, environmental
justice -- began to occur at a pace and with a
spontaneous ease that would
be remembered for centuries.
Nonviolent actions in service of a peaceful world
cropped up everywhere.
People began to reclaim their power and put their
money and actions where
their values were - many for the first time in their
Suddenly, the public conversation shifted from war
and violence and revenge
and retribution to the promise and possibility of a
deep and enduring peace
-- not only for Americans, but for every citizen of
the earth. The illusion
that security could be attained through military
means simply dissolved --
like the Wizard of Oz exposed in his utter
insignificance at last.
The once-popular illusion that economic systems
created to serve money,
rather than designed to support life, could ever
result in abundance for all
-- shattered like broken glass.
The fantasy that fossil fuels and nuclear energy
were even feasable
alternatives in an age of unprecedented ecological
challenge -- utterly
collapsed, its blustering promoters exposed in their
moral nakedness like
the Emperor in his new clothes.
The idea that the purpose of life is to consume, to
buy, to invest value in
material objects to the exclusion of depth
connection with Creator,
Creation, and Community -- simply died -- like the
Marlboro Man when lung
cancer tamed his masochistic machismo.
The dissolving of so many illusions, like the
melting of thick snow after a
long, dark winter, revealed buds and blossoms of new
This transformation of the United States did not
stop within its own
borders. Invasive engagement in the affairs of other
nations was halted
Short-sighted policies that did not serve the good
of the whole -- all
humanity and the whole of the earth -- were
A new level of ethics, morality, and fully inclusive
spirituality emerged to
guide all national decision-making.
Finally, the United States Of America stood as a
true model for the world,
beginning to tithe its ideas, resources, creative
energy, technology -- to
the world's peoples.
This 'great giveaway' -- modeled on the Native
American traditions --
involved tens of millions of volunteers both at home
and abroad -- serving,
helping, teaching, supporting, listening -- working
together towards a
single goal -- a world that would work for every
Not for a select elite group, or for a single nation
or group of nations at
the expense of all others -- no, those days of
selfishness were over.
Not from a standpoint of ethnocentric and arrogant
cultural dominance, but
from a willingness to share, grow, learn, and create
together did this
massive initiative spring.
Like the Peace Corps, this spontaneously emerging
Life Corps dramatized and
made tangible and practical something so many
Americans had been feeling --
a deep desire to help cocreate a better world, a
'growing up' from the
self-centeredness of immature adolescence to the
servant-leadership of mature adulthood -- a
deepening sense of national
purpose true to the ideals first set forth at the
very beginning of the
American experiment. America, at last -- was living
out the true meaning of
its creed -- and bells of freedom began to ring to
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