Has it occurred to you that the world needs courageous, principled leaders? What if we are the ones we have been waiting for?
I think at any given time in history, there have been individuals alive on the planet who held to their own moral compass and were not unduly swayed by events and rhetoric of the day. Some of these individuals had to stand and raise their voices in dark times. I think at times these individuals had enough impact they probably helped the world avoid great tragedies. At other times, for one reason or another, these individuals may have been ineffective and the world plunged into periods of savagery.
Examples of this savagery are the rise of the Third Reich in Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s. I think it's generally accepted that the Third Reich systematically violated basic human rights and engaged in genocide. These events have come be known as the Holocaust. The colonial period of the Americas was a similar time when colonial powers and related business interests engaged a fleet to sail to Africa, capture Africans, and transport them in sub-human conditions to a life of slavery in the New World. This period ended to some extent in the United States Civil War, though the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s in the USA makes it clear that African Americans were not guaranteed American civil rights when their freedom was proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
As I think about the ebb and flow of human history, I am comforted by Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “When in despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won; there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.”
I believe Mahatma was correct. The direction of humankind has been towards spiritual evolution and a related expanding, encompassing understanding of human rights. I think the reason this is so is that if we quiet our minds to the numbing influence of our various cultures, we may hear and experience a divine call. The divine may work through us and open our hearts to new possibilities. The messages and impulse of the divine call are probably very much the same across time and culture.
I think I was born a social activist. I have wondered if it is possible to be an effective activist and not pay a tremendous personal price in the process. I have come to the conclusion that it may not always be possible to avoid the personal price. As I look back on my heroes, I see Jesus who walked in the shadow of Roman brutality and preached Love. For his amazing ministry, his peers crucified him. I think of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of a land where all God’s children would be welcome at the table. Dr. King, of course, was killed by a sniper’s bullet. I think of the slight, unarmed Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Mahatma, who persuaded the heavily armed British to give up their colonial interest in India and depart. And again, Mahatma died at an assassin's hand.
I think it is pretty difficult for activists to be unaware of the potential price of activism. I call those who follow their conscience and risk everything conscious angels. I bow deeply to you all: past, present, and future.
As I think all this over, it occurs to me that we social activists need a course in effectiveness. If we choose to risk health, wealth, family, and friends, we might want to proceed with our best chance for being effective and living fully in the bargain. My studies on these matters suggest that early death, dismemberment, or obliteration may reduce personal effectiveness and might want to be avoided. So I have begun to write a textbook for present and future conscious angels. I am reviewing historical times when the world plunged backwards into savagery and identifying individuals who attempted to stop the reverse. I am looking at their actions, circumstances, and the forces arrayed against them with an eye to identifying why they were ineffective. I am also looking at times when the world may have been poised to plunge backwards into savagery and seeking to identify conscious angels who were successful at influencing events to prevent the descent into darkness. Again, the question with these "successful" angels is about their actions, circumstances, and the forces they opposed. Maybe we can identify some trends so we can be more successful? Do you think there might be a reason why the name Nelson Mandela is familiar to many and the name Helmuth Hubener is not? I will post details and a theory about that in the near future under the Angel Bio's section.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. You would not have gotten this far in the text unless you have the potential and interest to be a conscious angel yourself. I bow deeply to the divine presence in you.
Mike Coday Chehalis, Washington USA - April 2004