Marianne Williamson Rocks!
Last Thursday night Marianne Williamson rocked Boston with a talk that was profound, inspiring, moving and funny. I had a few impressions that followed me into the next several days as my mind touched on the memory. One was the image of the lionesses encircling the the cubs to protect them while they ate. What does a lion cub need protection from? The males, who would steal the food from the cubs and let them starve. Look at the state of child care, education and cultural opportunity for human kids and you will see starvation, while women pop antidepressants or otherwise refuse to get flustered. Women need to stand up and claim their rightful place in the balance of male and female sensibilities. Our society is way off balance in this respect. I don't think this necessarily means suppressing male sensibilities (constructive ones anyway), as some men seem afraid. But I think it means that women need to find the ways to inject more female sensibility into our world. They need to organize themselves to become the growling, hissing circle that protects our children as they consume the nourishment they need to grow into an enlightened adulthood.
Another image that haunted me was the image of the convenience activist. The baby boom generation did a tremendous amount in their youth to reform our culture and our society, to move from dysfunctional to functional. But they stopped at functional and all to often only continue their efforts when it's convenient. Of course, it's not just their generation that seems mired in apathy and futility. It's all of us to some degree. Marianne quoted Eisenhower: "Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage."
One man in the audience asked Marianne if she would consider a run for president. Marianne said no, that she was happy being able to say anything and not have to worry about the polls and the media. I think this not worrying is exactly what would make her a good candidate. I'm not certain that she is the right person to lead the country, but I do wish that those who run for president would speak their minds instead of pandering. Where are the philosopher-statesmen (and -stateswomen)?
I video taped the show, and I'm going to try to figure out how to transfer it digitally to DVD. Then I'll see if we can get permission to sell them to benefit the Peace Alliance.
Exhibiting political will is important; when the people want something, they eventually get it.
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