The love of my life has subtly indicated that the title of this blog “The Class Warfare Blog” is divisive and is unlikely to bring people together. I completely understand that sentiment and told her that I chose that title over “The Scum Sucking Pigs Are Ruining Our Country Blog.”
I agree with her that we need a “change of heart” to be able to truly address the real problems in front of us. I am a trained meeting facilitator. I know how to bring people together, people who do not trust each other, who do not want to be in the same room together, to address common problems. I know and have used techiques to do this that have been successful at even the highest levels of international diplomacy. But they can’t be used until people come together with the intent of addressing those problems and solving them.
And I recall a story (the details of which may be foggy at this point) but it involves a Southern Californian man who attended a workshop with an Indian guru who preached a doctrine of universal love. Skeptical at first, after several days of the workship, a convert was born. On the trip home after the close of the workshop, the man, feeling filled with love for one and all, was confronted by a neighbor’s dog which clearly did not like him and which he had feared in the past. To embrace this new way to look at the world, the man approached the dog and was attacked, severely damaging his face. After an extended stay in the hospital, the man noticed the guru was holding another workshop in town so he went and confronted him.
“Look at my face!” he said after telling his story. “That dog has disfigured me and my life is ruined and it is all because of your stupid workshop!”
The guru laughed and laughed and said, “Silly man, the dog didn’t take the course.”
The monied interests in this country are solving their problems at our expense. They do not see that we have mutual problems. They think we need to address our own problems ourselves. The fact that they have drained away or subverted many of the resources we need to do this is not their problem.
They are individualists.
Until we can bring them to the table, we can’t even possibly engage in an effort that will change their hearts. We can’t do that until we are strong enough.
We are collectivists . . . by necessity. If we do not learn to work together they will continue to solve their problems, their ways, and even a cursory examination of the outcomes so far indicate that those solutions will not be good for us and our children.