by Nick Andrea
Ok, so we’re in an election year, and it’s neck and neck. It’s nerve-wracking!
But actually, there is something that matters more than who wins the election this year, and that is where we’re going as a nation. There will always be a liberal and a conservative pole to any frame, or set of values, we live in. Any living system will organize itself that way. My goal, therefore, is not to focus on the either pole or the other, but to shift the frame itself. My goal is not to be attached to one candidate winning or the other, but to shift the consciousness of society.
I’d like to see a world where the political circus revolves around how to save a certain species, rather than whether it is necessary to or not; around the best way for society as a whole to provide for the basic needs of food, water, shelter, healthcare, and education of its public, rather than whether or not its citizens deserve those things; around how to build strong, mutually beneficial connections with other nations, rather than who is the next biggest threat.
My view is thus: if we are adopting a more universal concern for the welfare of humans, animals, and the natural world; if we are creating more connections, reaching greater understandings of one another, and solving more conflicts; if we are moving closer to recognizing our essential unity with one another and nature, then we are making progress. That’s what I’m voting for this November.