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  •  It is not over yet. The traditional methods of (9+ / 0-)

    changing our government, marching, sitting-in, charismatic leadership, voting the rascals out, have not worked so far, because the tyranni in our midst have out-worked us. But there is a way forward, and it involves a variation of the methods I just listed.

    The difference is generational. Our population is made up of four different generations: Guardians, age 25 and under, Experts, age 26-50, Generalists, age 51-75, and Sages, age 76 and up. Each of these generations are in a position to contribute certain things to the improvement of our nation's systems. Each generation has different experiences, different immediate goals, different obligations and commitments, and different resources. But they do have a shared definition of the common good.

    Without going on too much and be accused with hijacking this diary, just let me say that the technique to galvanize these generations and get them to each contribute what they can has been used before in our history, and it was always successful and made important changes to our national life.

    The people who call the shots today, have very adroitly convinced us to complain to each other about what is wrong with the government, which they control and will not change. So we spin our wheels.

    But, what we should be doing is talking to each other about what it is that we want our government and our other systems to do for us. And as we hold that conversation we should not invite the men and women who rule the nation today. This conversation should be ordinary citizen to ordinary citizen. Once we know what we want, the way to get it will be obvious to us collectively.

    The people who rule us today, have nothing to contribute to America's future. They have had their chance, now it is our turn.

    I know that the reader of this comment, should there be any, might be frustrated that I did not go further, but I am not yet ready to do it. But there is a method for carrying on this conversation and it is technology-based. But, more important, it is generation to generation to generation to generation. That is the key. All of our generations need to talk to each other, define goals, define tasks, assign duties and deliverables, and out of this will come a new America.

    This has happened before, on a large scale, and it worked. We just didn't think of it in the way that I described it here.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 01:27:59 PM PDT

    •  What you are describing, hestal, (8+ / 0-)

      is the political monasticism that Berman describes and which I mentioned in my comment above.  It involves intentionality and meaningfulness and appeals to greater numbers as the self-destruction proceeds.  It's a way to generate the feeling of community once again and to combat what Berman sees as our greatest difficulty - a society in danger of losing its humanity.

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