Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Monday, February 18, 2013
House of Cards
This morning because it was too cold out (48 is too cold for
boy), I was doing my Tai Chi in the living room as my wife did her morning
exercise. We got to talking about the Kevin Spacey show, House of Cards, only
on Netflix, about a majority whip in Congress, which we both enjoy immensely.
Spacey’s character is a composite of Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell,
egocentric, power driven and only occasionally interested in what’s good for
his district or the nation. My wife and I are both political junkies and follow
politics closely. The show lays bare the machinations, motivations and deals
that lead to legislation and its passage – none of which has much to do with
what’s good for the people or nation.
We were bemoaning this reality and observed that it had
always been thus back to the Romans. Rich powerful special interests concerned
only with themselves and not the nation or its people, have always dominated.
Our current disappointment with this ‘natural’ state of affairs is that we
thought we’d moved a little beyond it, that in America at least the poorer, less
powerful classes had a chance to better themselves. Clearly this is no longer
true, tho it was true once. The less powerful poorer classes are losing ground
as is the nation as a whole. We used to be #1 in nearly all the quality of life
indicators, now we’re not.
Why? Has the USA
declined? Are we degenerate? Is God punishing us? Too much sex, gay rights and
women’s equality? I think not. It is not so much that we have declined as that
the rest of the world has gotten better and caught up with us. This coupled
with our refusal to innovate, especially in the realms of spiritual technology,
and our refusal to let go of outmoded traditions like the filibuster and
subsidies to big agra-businesses and energy extractive businesses is holding us
After WWII, when the world was devastated and laid waste,
and we were the only power, our shit didn’t stink. We had no competition so our
inefficiencies and outmoded traditions – our shit - didn’t matter. But as the
world has caught up – thanks in large part to our aid and efforts, our shit—our
inappropriate inefficient ways of thinking, doing and being, has begun to
This need not be. Don’t shit where you live is still good
advice. Churchill said the people get the government they deserve. If we want
to see a better, more effective efficient government, more in line with our
ideals, then WE have to change and demand it. We’ve got to see our shit for
what it is – shit – and manage it better.We’ve got to seek the Kingdom first, use the spiritual technology that
has always been available to us and work with the complex interconnections that
characterize contemporary real life and use our best to build a world that
works for everyone. Realizing that if you always do what you always did, you’ll
always get what you always got, we’ve got to stop doing what we always did and
clean up our mess, turn away from it and be more about what we want to be about
- our ideals.