Don't they ever learn?
People who read my work often say "gee, you seem really political" (for a 'spiritual' person, that is)
To that I might say, with all due respect, it depends on what you define as spiritual. To me, any definition of spirituality which requires us to suppress our reactions to pain, ours or others; to sublimate what we see and feel in order to reach some blissful state of 'nothingness', defeats the purpose.
I also made it clear in my many writings about the spiritual warrior that it was OK to feel anger about injustice, it was important to be strong when it came to defending the weak, and, you don't have to be patient with people who seem a little er, obstructionist :)
It is important for all spiritual beings to seek knowledge of the blocks that prevent them from attaining oneness, both of our own making and that imposed on us by others.
There are emotional and karmic blocks we have brought forward from other lives, there are material structures we and others create that also block us from enlightenment.
Those structures are in organized religion, psychological means of mass control, manufactured social trends, cultural memes, and the new religion of rational humanism. And yes, politics and finance. I reject them all, and work towards a new paradigm.
Some politically aware people warn us of a return of fascism, basing their views on 1930's era definitions. Still, there is a great truth to that and I urge you to check this site: The 14 Characteristics of Fascism
Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism.
The 14 characteristics are also written in point form in the article photo; I give them to you as reference points so you can see for yourself how close we are in fitting that model.
But I also, having studied history, political science, and economics, feel that those fields are too narrow in their vision of historical trends. We have been in a cycle of increasing fascism for thousands of years now, and unfortunately, our tendency to connect political terms with economic ones: freedom democracy capitalism, and communism globalism nationalism fascism, is fit only to be discussed by academics of the perpetual motion debating societies that make up what we call civilization.
In short, those models don't work.
Fascism is an overarching means of control by those who do not respect our free will, and if in establishing it they need to alter language, meaning and our chemical and neurological brain wave activity, so be it (that's all throat/third eye chakra any way)
Canada just elected a new majority government under Stephen Harper. We like to think we could never become a fascist country, yet, when you look at the 14 points listed here, and how he's ruled so far, you wonder how the sheep could ever have elected such a government.
We also have a clear choice, now that the mushy middle has been eliminated, as to what sort of world we want. And as more and more countries turn to fascism, we once again will have to make these hard, difficult choices.
But those choices are not only going to be political, but how we see things.
There is a way to free ourselves from these bonds on the mind, and that way is, the true spirituality that goes beyond those structures and intellectual models we create to try and make sense of the world.
There is a world that is way beyond ours, and for those who are interested, I am here to show a way.