As if the year 2012 wasn’t already slated to be a milestone year in terms of economic turbulence, protest movements, climate change, storms on the sun, the end of the Mayan calendar and the potential for massive change affecting virtually every sphere of human activity, there are also elections for president of the U.S. and 468 members of Congress.
Democracy may be the best form of government that the human mind can come up with, but with its contentious elections and parliamentary machinations, it simply raises conflict from the physical to the mental level. And the current polarization in the U.S. Congress along with “attack politics” in the Republican Party presidential primaries simply illustrate how vicious this mental conflict can become. Indeed, in some legislative bodies, such as South Korea, delegates occasionally do resort to actual physical combat!
The poisonous atmosphere in the Republican presidential debates has some conservatives worried that the surviving candidate will be so tainted that the Democratic incumbent, no matter his alleged flaws, will look good by comparison. While U.S. politicians traditionally suffer from low public approval ratings, recent antics have plunged this rate into the single digits.
Notwithstanding all of this, I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame the individuals who hold these offices for the mountain of problems that afflict the nation. Charlie Reese, a former columnist with the Orlando Sentinel, recently wrote in an article titled “America under the heel of liberalism:”
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President and nine Supreme Court justices…are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not directly traceable to those 545 people.
I think this view is extraordinarily naïve. Human governments are merely the reflection of the people who elect them. A wise news commentator once said, “The chief cause of problems is solutions.” As long as human consciousness remains at an earth-bound, materialistic level, its politicians will function as little more than problem-solving technicians and the resulting “mind-made world” will be the exact same mess that we have now, no matter who’s in office.
But does human consciousness have to continue at an earth-bound, problem-solving level? Could the temporal control systems of the mind-made world be replaced by something we might call “spiritual government?” This obviously would require a wholesale change of human consciousness, a change acknowledging that this world can never be run by “good” ideas concocted by human minds, but can only survive and thrive when a creative process is acknowledged. This has nothing to do with religion or human concepts of God, which are just inventions of the mind. It has everything to do with the elemental creative power operating the universe and which simultaneously forms the spiritual core of every human being.
Yes, you and I, as representatives of this universal creative power, are responsible for spiritual government on this planet, and as our consciousness changes to fully accept this cosmic identity and role, then beauty, order and true government are returned to the Earth. Yes there is a need for leaders and facilitators in this process, in other words, for divine politicians. But these wise administrators of the creative process will emerge by a natural and spontaneous process of Self-selection, certainly not by human elections.
Writer and educator Alan Hammond beautifully describes the true politician’s role in these words:
Man’s affairs are organized quite naturally through a governing hierarchy of leaders, and here we may glimpse the true role of politicians in the social body of mankind. They would be the primary control points whereby the cosmic power might effect its purposes in the affairs of mankind on earth, the means whereby affairs spiritual and secular might be one, the means whereby God’s dominion in man might extend through man as God’s dominion in the earth.
What a magnificent role the true politician has in the scheme of things. But a true politician must be a true human first. And when we as individuals are governed and govern our affairs with divine character, then and only then is the way open for the appearance of the divine politician. You and I must lead the politician back to his true role.
I can think of no better year than 2012 (a leap year!) in which to radiantly accept our political responsibilities and accelerate this process.
Jerry Kvasnicka, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, has had a varied career as a youth minister, a radio news reporter, a writer and editor for several magazines and journals and a custodian with the Loveland school district. He has lived at the Sunrise Ranch spiritual community in Loveland for 24 years.