There are, fundamentally, two realities operating simultaneously in the U.S.
The first is comprised of people who see division, feel anger and believe they have been subject to victimization by corrupt politicians. The second is comprised of people who see opportunity, feel optimistic and believe they are living through a period of abundant opportunity.
I understand both realities. Each perceives the facts through a particular lens.
One is predicated upon the past and takes little to no responsibility for how the present came to be. The other is focused upon the future with an understanding that we create our own reality by the effort and focus we are willing to commit to reaching our goals and manifesting our desires.
Generally, when I post, my goal is to bridge those two realities. I have always tried to acknowledge the former while providing examples or references as ways to move one’s thinking from victimization to autonomy. I’m pretty good at building those bridges if I do say so myself. I began this approach over 15 years ago with a radio show I hosted in Pennsylvania called “Higher Ground.” I continued in that style through subsequent radio shows and my writings because I saw the need for bridge building and believed such efforts had merit.
I think that time has passed. We have become a nation divided.
What I hear from those people who are still living a consciousness of victimization, also called lack of personal responsibility, is entrenched anger. They want vengeance. They want someone to pay for the state in which they find themselves. They want a king.
History is very clear on this issue. The biblical model teaches that every time the people asked for a king it ended with “Be careful what you ask for…you’re liable to get it.” Moving from religion to politics, rule by Divine Right, or force, ends no better. In fact, it was a king from which the Founders of this nation fled.
There is no good way to shirk personal responsibility whether that is in our personal lives, our business lives or the life of a nation. When we give up power there is always someone waiting in the wings, so to speak, eager to assume that which we abdicate.
When I talk with people moving through the second reality, the one full of personal responsibility and pregnant with opportunity, I find joy and hopefulness for the nation’s future. I meet people who feel empowered, through either their faith or their principles, with a certainty that they create their lives by the choices they make and even if times are challenging, there is always the choice to either submit or push on.
I think the divide between these two realities has finally widened to the point where bridging is no longer an option.
The victims can no longer hear the voice of optimism. They are comfortable in their victimization and prefer to await a knight or a king to the rescue. Well, the cavalry isn’t coming.
It’s time we reclaim the power of the individual. This can only be done by each of us, in our own time and by our own effort. Waiting for a political savior is living in illusion and denial. I much prefer to wait with those who are merely resting… before they get back to the business of responsibility for creating their lives.
If those who tire of blaming others for their plight awaken in search of their own misplaced power, I hope there is a bridge in sight. I’ll be long gone. I’m giving up bridge building for awhile. At the moment, there are none left except those who want to cross without paying a toll.
I hope to see you on the empowered side of the divide.