Friday, July 24, 2009
Imagine that you are the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
Imagine what it would be like - what you would hear, see and experience.
Now imagine that - maybe because your kids told you what you were doing was destroying a prosperous future for their friends - you decide to change the way Goldman is doing things.
So you leak the government's manipulation of the financial markets to the press (you know all about it, since Goldman has been a big partner in that manipulation) , and you turn Goldman into a credit-creation factory for the people of the United States . . . loaning the states the money they need to plug their budget shortfalls - and loaning money to rebuild America's manufacturing - at next to zero interest.
Can't imagine it? Don’t believe that such a selfish monster could turn around and do the right thing?
I understand, of course.
We are fighting against tremendously selfish and powerful elites.
But unless we can imagine a guy like the head of Goldman Sachs changing, we will not even be able to think of a way to reach someone like that.
It is easy for us (I'm including myself here) to think of ourselves as warriors for truth and justice, and to think of the meat heads like the guys who run Goldman as inhuman monsters whose destructive intentions are set in stone.
They are certainly bastards who have looted the country and manipulated the economy for the sake of total domination and control, and obscene levels of wealth. (And - obviously - it might take massive pressure from the people in order to bring them down and throw them in jail.)
But, as I've previously written:
Our failure to face the shadow side of life has allowed unscrupulous characters to muck things up.
That's why we're in this mess: we haven't been willing to face the shadow side of things. We've wanted to keep our hands clean, and so we've let others do the dirty work.
Righteous anger is essential for enlivening our efforts for truth and justice. And thinking of the idiots who are ruining our country as bad-to-the-core helps rally our righteous anger.
But the truth is that even they have a heart and soul buried deep down and encrusted with thick ice by decades of disuse.
Even they could be reached by people with the right approach.
I don't know if its a confrontational approach or a gentle approach . . . use your imagination and see what you think would work.
A basic military principal is that you have to know your enemy in order to beat him.
I strongly believe that an outgrowth of that principal is that if we can imagine a way to reach our enemy, we have a chance of actually reaching him or her.
I would invite you to try visualizing a change in heart of the enemies on other issues, as well. For example, the chief warmonger realizing that peace is in his family's best interest.
This essay is written for an audience of atheists. But if you are spiritual, the importance of imagining victory is even more evident.