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Beware of the "Carte Blanche Syndrome"

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As our government continues to fumble and bungle, to thrash out aimlessly toward supposed goals and aspirations, as disparity and polarity mount, and as disillusionment grows inversely proportional to trust, as the jobless numbers mount, as legislation is randomly enacted, and as fingers continue to point at each side by the other with no solutions to dispel the blame, it is fairly safe to assume that the wrath and feelings of helplessness of the people will be expressed come November. The environment of the Gulf, the slaughters in Afghanistan, the inertia of immigration measures, and the shrinking of stability and contentment, the increased unpredictability, the dissipation of security will no doubt be capitalized upon by all factions and political hopefuls.

A word of caution must be uttered. Those who will reap the benefit of our current collective frustration and who will ascend to office to replace those no longer trusted or believed, may carry the mistaken belief and the delusion that they will be so welcome, that they will be given a "blank check" to carry on their own agenda and that the distaste for their predecessors will be so great, that the newcomers' misdeeds, should they be overlooked, will be totally tolerated and accepted. Then we will have more of the same. And history will sorrowfully repeat itself.

Until those who rise to greatness, who are truly aware of why they were led there, regard power as opportunity, and adhere steadfastly to the highest degrees of unselfishness, compassion, and sense of obligation toward those they serve, we remain in a circular path. We can no longer accept mediocrity. The days of the scapegoat should be allowed to disappear. No longer can it be previous administrations, groups of minorities, segments of industry, nor can there be rash, desperate actions that victimize and punish without any rational direction toward a more viable alternative.

Again, a cry for spirituality, moments of reflection, and an inner (and upper) questioning as to what really IS the best for all concerned, the most benevolent outcome? Maybe our educational system should include courses in ethics, yoga, meditation, and metaphysical healing. Maybe the required reading should be volumes from Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Anthony Robbins, and the multitude of others who shape our hearts and souls as well as our minds. And certainly our political leaders should devote more time to inner reflection than campaign funding.

How does this come about? There have to be enough who want to lovingly carry the message and not be ashamed or embarrassed to admit their reliance on these beliefs. It is amazing how many more people are delving into these approaches, and whose lives are more peaceful and orderly, as are those whom they affect. The media might also consider adopting these standards, taking special pains to REPORT news, not create it, not twist, not shape it, not spin it, and not alter history and the natural order of life to suit private or prejudiced agendae.

No, instead of a blank check, how about a full heart? It can start with a kind word, opening a door, letting another driver proceed, or a loving prayer. And watch it spread. Again, a serious time out to ask, no matter in what capacity you find yourself, what is best for the people I work with, work for, and who depend on me?

Try it! What have we got to lose?

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