29. Not For Women Only

The Women’s Marches and the the Me Too movement were an unexpected and historic surge of women speaking up and taking action. They exploded some  critical issues of our time into full view, with firm demands for legal consequences. These women don’t shut up and “just take it” anymore. The victimization of “the weaker sex” on so many levels, and the ignoring of it by the Good Old Boys clubs in every profession, starting at the top, are being called to account. These women are kicking butt & taking names. And toppling giants like dominoes in a row.

As more women claim their right to equal respect and equal pay, we all discover that women do have power. In the past we fell for the standard lies: that women should not have power or choice, and were wrong to want any. Black men, still short-changed and disenfranchised by societies, got the right to vote long before women did. Women died for that right.

There is still a prevailing attitude that women should always defer to men in important matters. This and the other lies that both boys and girls were taught in childhood, will continue to hold us hostage unless we see the truth, claim it for ourselves, and go for it. Now is the time. Humanity desperately needs a new paradigm.

Wars don’t work. (Look at the history of humankind and get a clue.) We clearly need a different way of problem-solving, instead of just endlessly problem-bashing with bombs and weapons of destruction. The abuse, rape, and exploitation of the Earth’s environment are the result of this same principle, the bully boss who feels entitled to take more than his share of everything.

This leadership style has reached the end of its usefulness to humanity, and now has crossed the line from abuse to destruction. We know that we MUST go another way, or else we are committing suicide/murder of our planet, and along with it, we will put an end to God’s amazing experiment: the creature with free will.

All of this boils down to a few critical choices between responsibility or careless greed, between ethical leadership or abuse of power, between divisiveness & isolationism or compassionate partnerships worldwide. This shows up in every area of life, from the lowest paying jobs to the presidency. Who and what do we want to be? I don’t want my country to be globally known as unreliable, irrational,  arrogant, insatiably greedy, untrustworthy, lying, cheating, running out on those who have been our friends and allies. Is that who you want to be? We have a choice.

I don’t like politics, don’t even like to think about stuff like this. But maybe if I had thought about it sooner, we would not be quite so deeply poisoned as a nation.

For women the greatest breakthrough in history is emerging right now, the discovery of a rigorously concealed truth: we have a choice. We don’t have to be what our parents, or even our husbands, told us. We don’t have to believe what they believe. We can and must weigh for ourselves the value of ideas, decide what is true for us, today, now, then choose the ideas that are true and discard the lies.

When we change what we believe, we change what we are willing to settle for, and that’s how we change the world.

How could this happen? Our democracy, that once was a lighthouse to the world, has become a dictatorship that is a growing cancer. We weren’t paying attention. We didn’t think. Too many of us don’t vote in elections, don’t bother, or do as my sister in her tiny Texas town puts it, “Everybody in town votes Republican” without ever questioning why. Then the unimaginably massive interference by a foreign enemy, crippled us by placing an egonamiacal delusional madman in the highest office in the land, where he is playing the presidency as a video-game of trade and war and despotism on the innocent faceless “people,” and none of it is real to him a all, and he doesn’t care.

The cost is becoming more than the earth or humanity can pay. Stand up and claim your country and your moral values. Killing is not okay. Locking children in cages is not okay.

With the uprising of social and political involvement, courage, grit and commonsense by women, changes in humankind are possible, and underway. Support them. If you are a man who really wants justice, don’t buy-into the power-people who simply lie the loudest and talk the dirtiest. What is the real value of that? It’s just noise, and their greed s killing us and even the planet itself. Don’t you care?

Women and men, trust your own mind. Trust your own heart, it knows what’s right. Stepping out of the shadows will be scary at first, but do it anyway. You are in good company.

Strong women and honest men of America, get up and stand up for the truth. We are really only one species on one very fragile and beautiful little planet. The Real News: This is all we have, and we are all in it together.

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