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— A Statement of Conscience and Fundamental Values
— In this time of such a resurgence of popularism and nationalism with so much polarization based in fear and self-interest, it is very challenging to know what or who to vote for. Generally, people are voting against whatever they perceive as a threat whether it be to their jobs, national identity, or change in general. They are voting against uncertainty and for self-protection. It is entirely natural to vote for ones own self-interest, but in the political world which inevitably plays on our fears this is all that seems to be offered.
I believe there is a more essential question: What do we really want to vote for? What can we vote for that creates a unifying ground for our human spirit? This is far more than a political statement or some form of outer advocacy, it is a statement of conscience and fundamental values upon which our political choices then can rest.
My team and I came up with an intriguing idea. We propose to invite you to answer a question from your soul’s wisdom, “What Do We Vote For?”. We invite you to submit your answers to this question to us as concisely as possible — what you can write in one sentence — and we propose to post your statements on my Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram. We plan to boost some of these to see if we can start a group sourcing of conscience and wisdom, not just my voice, but OUR voices. Let’s start a ground swell around a new vision of voting, voting with our hearts, with our essential intelligence, for the priorities that all our political and policy decisions should be based upon.
I hope this intrigues you. I know that when I am invited to contribute a short essay for some event or program, or feel called to write a post, it gives me the opportunity to feel deeply into what really matters to me and write from my heart. It is restorative and a way of honoring truth as I understand it.
Please leave your heartfelt statements in the comments below and join us in this way of expressing enthusiasm for life.