Dif­fer­ent world­views — Dif­fer­ent futures

 

Imag­ine Amer­ica in 30 years when today’s chil­dren are rais­ing chil­dren. What kind of coun­try will Amer­ica be? There are now two dominant worldviews competing for the hearts and minds of American voters. Conservatism and the Republican Party have devolved into right wing extremism. Liberals and the Democratic Party have been inept at articulating or activating a cohesive progressive worldview. What we believe, how we think and what we do now will make a dif­fer­ence. We have to choose what direction we want for America’s future and work toward bringing it into reality. Imag­ine if we make these choices:

We’re one human fam­ily liv­ing together on planet earth instead of Social Dar­win­ism
World cit­i­zen instead of Amer­i­can excep­tion­al­ism
Diplo­macy instead of mil­i­tary inter­ven­tion
Sus­tain­abil­ity instead of envi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion
Com­pas­sion and empa­thy instead of  fear and hate
Tol­er­ance and uni­versal human val­ues instead of reli­gious fun­da­men­tal­ism
Power by edu­cated, involved cit­i­zens instead of big money
Cre­ative, crit­i­cal, sys­tems think­ing instead of ide­ol­ogy, myth and toxic cer­ti­tude
Qual­ity pub­lic edu­ca­tion for all instead of pri­va­tized edu­ca­tion for elite
Pol­i­tics of pur­pose and mean­ing instead of pur­suit of money and power
Democ­racy with oppor­tu­nity for all instead of plu­toc­racy or theoc­racy
Strong mid­dle class instead of obscene inequality

updated 1/28/13

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