So many of us have lived our lives placing unmerited value on the opinions of others while discrediting our personal truth and reality. Breaking the shackles of people-pleasing requires honest self-appraisal, a healthy dose of self-esteem, and an enormous commitment to self-realization.
Follow the leader. Just a child’s game? How about Simon says? For us they were playtime activity intended to teach interaction with other children. But, have you ever considered the ramifications of a 5 or 6 year-old being taught to follow a designated leader wherever that person leads or to do explicitly what Simon instructs? Of course not, they were just games for children.
What about adults? Life is not a game. Do you and I have enough self-confidence, enough courage to walk away from the herd trailing after a proclaimed leader when we know that person is dishonest and corrupt? Whether that person is speaking from the pulpit of a church or from a governmental office, do we have the cojones to say, “No, I will not follow you nor do as you say?”
Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Jr, Gandhi, Desmond Tutu were such men. They viewed their country’s status quo as unacceptable. Violence was not the answer; however, passive disobedience created movements which fueled social action that could not be ignored by national leaders with their trailing herds and toadying sycophants nor preachers with their ‘amen & hallelujah’ congregations.
It was called civil disobedience. In the months leading up to November 3rd, we should, each of us, consider what it is we are willing to do to press forward on a path which honors the validity of all citizens whether white, black, brown, religious or non-religious, gay or straight, wealthy or poor, Muslim or Christian. When our elected leaders ignore us, when our spiritual mentors speak untruths, our options as a nation dwindle. However, a greater power within each of us commands us to disobey government and religious leaders when that obedience would be illegal, unlawful and unjust.
The days of child’s play are past. A new era in American history is upon us and its future will be determined by whom we choose to follow and whom we choose to obey.
These words from CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by Henry David Thoreau are well-advised in today’s political turmoil:
The government, according to Thoreau, is not just a little corrupt or unjust in the course of doing its otherwise-important work, but in fact the government is primarily an agent of corruption and injustice. Because of this, it is “not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize”. WIKIPEDIA
I AM LARRY – worthy, unique, loved