Sour Grapes and Saddle Sores
The Desire for Political Change April 26,2007
In one way or another people are trying to change the world. Everyone has an idea of what they want to see happen. Some want to go back to the "good old days" when things were simpler, others want to keep things the way they are, and another group would like the rest of the world to be like they are.
" Can there be a higher desire than to change the world? Not to draw Utopian blueprints. but really to order change? To revise the misshapen, reshape the mistaken, to justify the margins of this ragged error of a universe? "1
Maguire has it right, look after where you live and work on the problems there. Remember no one is perfect, there are always things to be done to your self, your place of living and the world.
I watched an interview with Barrack Obama, Democratic primary candidate for president. The interviewer asked Obama if he thought he had what it takes to be president. Obama answered that it was a daunting task just to run for president and the the office of president was indeed a daunting task. There is no doubt that Obama sees changes that need to be made, and that he will make an effort to make those changes. What I hear from him is not a Untopian blueprint, nor is a "Blue Sky" notion. I believe that all of the candidates are in that same place, desiring to make changes that will benefit the nations.
You and I are not running for President, and I have a notion of what some of those changes are but I have neither the intention or the ability to make those changes. However, I can be open to change. I can read about the proposals of the various candidates and so put myself in a position to cast a vote for the candidate I think has the right idea.
What I think ought to be done is for everyone to work on justifying the ragged errors of our universe. All of us are aware of things that need changing and we must not leave those changes to people who are elected to public office, professional persons who are in the helping careers to serve the public, or the world of commerce. In fact, I see the need for activity by those of us who live in the edge of public life and see essential changes not for profit or for public approval but for the reason that it is our life.
We are not puppets nor persons needing to be helped, we are the people of the world in which every person is essential to its best operation. In other words, we are not special people, we are members of the crew. Another way of saying that is, "lose the me first." Look for needed changes and work at making them come into being.
1 Wicked, Gregory Maguire, p 241
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