By Larry Sparks, Eumanist
In these times of troubles, most Americans are unaware of the potential in our everyday decisions. The challenges we face are the consequences of the courage shown and the choices made by our ancestors and elders. Our decisions and choices are our gifts to our children and friends.
Very few people realize that in our era of materialism and ill reason, we have to go against our common sense in order to become more human human beings. We have the opportunity and responsibility to become fifty times grander than we ever thought we could be; the responsibility and opportunity to transcend the mundane and become the extraordinary. Out of today’s negativity, by the everyday choices we make, we can move to and advance our species to the next stage of human evolution.
We are in a revolutionary period where a simple act of picking up a piece of trash is a revolutionary act, a symbol of creating new human relations with our neighbors in beloved community. Out of this decision-making awareness and consciousness, we can once again regain our humanity by choosing not to destroy the planet.
We need a new Declaration of Independence from dehumanizing acts of hate, lust and violations/violence of all kind. We need to meet the challenge of Martin Luther King Jr,’s ‘s call in the last three years of his life to create beloved communities by making a radical revolution in values and taking a stand against militarism, materialism and racism. We need to go beyond Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention in which he continued to define our identity, self-worth, and relationships by the consumer madness of the “great middle class.” If we continue to view our human identity that way, we will continue to destroy ourselves and the Earth.
I call myself a Eumanist, a humanist with an E. By acknowledging that we are our “brother’s keepers”, we recognize that we are only one of the many species who reside on Planet Earth. Without this respect and recognition we become damaged human beings like the guy who says, “I don’t care, I’ll be dead anyway.”
What are the organic ethical and sacred principles that will guide us through the 21st century? How do we join and bring to life, as our mentor Grace Lee Boggs and her late husband Jimmy Boggs envisioned and to which they dedicated their lives, the noble quest for a renewed America, an America which we can all be proud to call our own?
I love America but hate some of the things that are done in my name . Grace is constantly reminding us that we are all works in progress, always both being and becoming. To quote Teilhard de Chardin, ”Nothing is constructed except at the price of equivalent destruction.” (The Phenomenon of Man, p. 51)) Hope doesn’t just happen! Join this world-wide movement to enrich our humanity.
As Obama becomes involved or even corrupted with traditional electoral politics, we need to join in the mission to rebuild, redefine and respirit Detroit, Michigan, and our Beloved USA, so that we can live in the world in a new, more sharing/caring non-idealistic way, guided by, envisioning and finding new ways to meet our potential as human beings , battling/resisting any violation of that quest.
Won’t you join us, your neighbors, in this new participatory democracy and citizenship?