WOW!!! The Summer of Peace 2012 has started with many incredibly wonderful performers, speakers, and interviews! I have listened to almost the entire program, from the Voices for Peace festival and conference the first weekend (June 22-23), through the first week of interviews (until June 29). All I missed were parts of the festival and conference.
Besides the comments concerning the Voices for Peace event (and some from Facebook), I have not seen any discussion posts pertaining to the SoP interviews! Wow, again! So, I have taken it upon myself to start us all up. Whether I continue to keep up with the many interviews (and this forum topic thread) or not, at least I am making this contribution.
Although there are many discussable issues, the one that leaped up for me near the beginning of the presentations on Saturday, is that of responsibility. Specifically, one’s responsibility to oneself and to others (at various levels, including smaller communities of people, all the way up to the national and planetary-wide levels).
In fact, it was an interaction and surrounding comments between Marianne Williamson and a questioner that catalyzed my thinking. To the extent that my memory and notes are accurate, the questioner wondered if the wealth of a few individuals would be enough to solve immense problems, hinting (to me) that a redistributing of wealth would be something to consider. Marianne said that the amassing of wealth is not the problem. She also said that (a redistribution of wealth) was against some spiritual principles.
To that I ask: Do those spiritual principles really argue against a more extremely graduated (or progressive) tax policy? Might there also be some spiritual principles on the other side of the ledger?
By the way, I was not the only listener with such a thought. Georgia Kelly (Praxis Peace Institute) said that she disagreed with Marianne on this topic. There also seemed to be additional support for this “social activism” cause among other speakers in the afternoon session.
Perhaps it was the incompleteness of my notes and attention, but I did not find a whole lot of direct discussion of this subject among the teleseminar participants (during the following week), but certainly Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox would likely also be in the “social” camp.
WAIT A MINUTE! What is this talk of “camps?” This is the Summer of Peace! Peace, as in harmony, reconciliation, bridges, and that kind of good stuff! And to think that today I posted an even more one-sided commentary (elsewhere on the web). At least this time, I can attempt to create more peace and harmony!
So, while I am not going to “take back” my opinion, I can emphasize that I may be wrong or not adequately aware of all of the relevant dynamics in this situation. Will you assist me, you good people reading this?
THANKS AND PEACE!!!