Golden Rule As A Basis For Revolution: Namaste: If Not Now, When? Chapter 27

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Chapter 27

The Golden Rule As A Basis For Revolution

We the people of the world are under relentless attack by the United States of America. I say we the people of the world, as opposed to just the United States, because the United States Government is the enemy of all of the people of the world, not just us.

If we are to stop the United States Government, and we are uniquely positioned to do so because we literally live in the belly of the beast, we are going to need the assistance of all of the people in the world. We are all in this together: We are one planet and one people.

For the first time in history, we the people have a realistic chance to reach across boundaries and bridge the chasms of language, religion, and culture that have separated us since we were a small tribe in South Africa approximately 200,000 years ago and moved away to explore and settle the world. We know from the available mitochondrial DNA evidence, that each one of us is descended from a common maternal ancestor, whom we call Eve.

Brothers and sisters, now is the time for us to take a giant leap forward together and claim our heritage as the Keepers of the Flame.

The United States Government has been reduced to a corrupt shell by bankster billions, privatization, and the pay-to-play game. The government can neither afford to fund the insane goal of imperial hegemony through never-ending war, nor fund the explosive growth of the delusional paranoid surveillance empire without destroying itself.

There is no reason for the United States to be at war against anyone, foreign or domestic; and the terrorists it so desperately claims to fear are people like us who retaliate when agents of the United States Government slaughter their innocent brothers and sisters with drones for money.

The United States is a rogue nation committing war crimes and crimes against humanity on a daily basis. Its conduct is unlawful, morally repugnant, and intolerable. Those who do not speak out and resist its vile and atrocious behavior with every fiber of their being are complicit and deserve world condemnation.

There is no middle ground.

There is no third way.

Compromise is not an option.

Whether we like it or not, we are responsible for what our government does.

We are warriors and warriors do not run away from responsibility.

There is no reason for the United States not to restore Ma’at and conduct its affairs with its citizens, other governments and the rest of the people in the world in a civil and respectful manner according to the Golden Rule. Terrorism would cease to exist, if it did.

In Chapter 6, entitled Golden Rule Applications, I wrote:

If we tweak our hypothetical relationship between two emotionally healthy and well adjusted adults, however, and make one person an addict, treating that person the way they want to be treated by supplying them with alcohol, for example, enables and reinforces the addiction to the everlasting sorrow of both people and their relationship. Plug in narcissist or any other major character disorder, including the discovery that your darling “Lovey” is a serial killer or even worse, President of the United States, and you will readily make the connection. This type of situation may be resolved by a negative expression of the rule; that is, refraining from doing something to another person (enabling the addiction) because you would want him or her to refrain from enabling your own addiction. Under either formulation of the rule, the action taken or avoided is driven by the desire to be of service to another as opposed to acting selfishly. One must, of course, be ever vigilant to the infinite number of ways in which a selfish outcome can be disguised by an ingenious mind as acting in the best interest of another person or the common good.

As followers of the Golden Rule, we must refrain from supporting and enabling the money-addicted people who run our government because we would want them to refrain from enabling our own addictions.

We are in this together. Whosoever harms one of our brothers and sisters in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, or somewhere else, harms us.

To live up to our duties and responsibilities to each other under the Golden Rule, we must protect ourselves and our brothers and sisters around the world who are being harmed by our government.

This is the best of times and the worst of times.

We all know why it is the worst, so I need not explain it further.

We need to open our eyes to recognize the golden opportunity we have to change the world forever for the better.

We will change it because we are warriors, our cause is just, and we will never give up.

If not now, when?


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My real name is Frederick Leatherman. I was a criminal-defense lawyer for 30 years specializing in death-penalty defense and forensics. I also was a law professor for three years.

Now I am a writer and I haul scrap for a living in this insane land.




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2 Comments on “Golden Rule As A Basis For Revolution: Namaste: If Not Now, When? Chapter 27”

  1. masonblue Says:

    Just so there is no mistake, I am talking about nonviolent revolution.
    Violence begets violence and that is not a solution.

    Do y’all remember the Kitty Genovese case in New York City? She was stabbed to death in the bushes in front of her apartment building and not one of the 38 people who heard her screaming and pleading for her life called the police.

    I believe we the people of the United States are like her 38 neighbors who listened to her scream and plead for her life and did nothing.

    The ethical question is do you have a duty to do something and, if so, what?

    We cannot call 9/11, obviously, and no one is going act on our behalf. If our government is going to be stopped, we are going to have be the ones to stop it.

    If I were Kitty Genovese, I would want someone to help me. How can I ignore her screams when she is the one attacked, but expect assistance when I am the one attacked?

    If I do not want to be treated a certain way, I have a duty not to treat others that way. When my government is acting in my name and slaughtering others without justification, which is something I would not want done to me or someone I love, how can I allow that to continue without violating the Golden Rule?

    This is an expansion of the Golden Rule, but a much needed one, in my opinion.

  2. George Vye Says:

    Sorry, Fred, its not just the kleptocrats who are the problem, its our rapacious species. Humans are a plague species and the ecosphere will be better off without us.

    The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialisation, ‘Western civilisation’ or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate. Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation.
    ~ John Gray, Straw Dogs

    Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic organism, or like the cells of a tumour or neoplasm. We have grown in numbers and disturbance to Gaia, to the point where our presence is perceptibly disturbing … the human species is now so numerous as to constitute a serious planetary malady. Gaia is suffering from Disseminated Primatemaia, a plague of people.
    ~ James Lovelock

    All species expand as much as resources allow and predators, parasites, and physical conditions permit. When a species is introduced into a new habitat with abundant resources that accumulated before its arrival, the population expands rapidly until all the resources are used up.
    ~ David Price, Energy and Human Evolution

    “The kind of growth Western culture has experienced over the past three hundred years would be considered a sign of gross malfunction in any other context. Healthy growth is paced differently – it does not absorb or destroy everything living around it. It is cancerous cells that grow and reproduce rapidly in total disregard of their connection with surrounding cells. From this viewpoint technology would have to be regarded as a cancer on human culture, Western culture as a cancer on the human species, and the human species as a cancer on terrestrial life – a cancer that may in the end be treated by radiation and radical surgery at the same time.”
    ~ Philip Slater, Earthwalk, 1974

    But I admire your value system.

    Regards, George

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