Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Resonance and Danger of Ultra Right-Wing Political Movements

I have written earlier in November about keeping informed and aware, as well as maintaining a check on fear and anger by practicing acceptance, which is awareness without fear. Fear is a terribly powerful emotion that is absolutely from our short-term-focused egoic minds. Fear, more than anything else, will cover up the natural awareness of our Oneness, which is the natural state of our spiritual Selves.
This message is to provide you with some food for thought in order to assist you in dealing with your fear of what might happen under Ultra Right-Wing political movements across the globe, including under Trump.
Let’s start with a definition of right-wing politics from Wikipedia and a few other sources: Far-right politics often involve a focus on tradition, real or imagined, as opposed to policies and customs that are regarded as reflective of the current situation. Many far-right ideologies have a disregard or disdain for egalitarianism [believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights], if not overt support for social hierarchy, elements of social conservatism and opposition to most forms of “liberal/progressive” political action.
The term “Right-Wing Politics” is commonly used to describe ultra conservative populist ideologies known for extreme nationalism and opposition to immigration, as well as … fascism, … and other ideologies or organizations that feature extreme nationalist, chauvinist, xenophobic, racist, or reactionary views, which can lead to oppression and violence against groups of people based on their supposed inferiority, or their perceived threat to the nation, state or ultraconservative traditional social institutions.
Marine Le Pen leads the National Front, a socially conservative, nationalist political party in France.  Frauke Petry is the leader of the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in Germany. Britain First is led by Paul Golding. The intimidation tactics used by the organization include “mosque invasions”, where uniformed members hand anti-Islam leaflets to worshippers, and “Christian Patrols” outside mosques which stir up hatred and often end in violence. Most of the more-right leaders are not that rigid, such as Michael Howard, Iain Duncan Smith, and Nigel Farage. And now, of course we have Donald Trump here is the USA, who is excitedly supported by all sorts of ultra right-wing groups who find his message very reassuring.
What all these groups seem to have in common, within a whole spectrum of varying degrees, are distinct strands of very extreme social conservatism, extreme nationalism, chauvinism, and xenophobic, racist, or reactionary views of social values and of government at all levels.
Underneath all this, I believe, is a combination of frustration-anger-fear-disillusionment as a result of not “fitting in” with the new, emerging world many people perceive – and perceive with fear and apprehension. This is a global phenomenon.  This is not unique to the U.S. What is happening in Europe is happening here. People feel left out and overlooked because they have been left out and overlooked. [I am not referring to people who have been victimized by war or cheated by illegal activities, or destroyed by criminal acts.]
Another common thread the disaffected populace fails to understand is that their feeling of being “left out” is a function of their own refusal to adjust. So, rather than looking inward and dealing with the problem of their desire to maintain their cultural-social-political-religious traditions, they want someone to explain why it seems the world has gone off and left them high and dry. In short, the world is moving forward while they are steadfastly standing still. The result? They are left high and dry.
Any politician who speaks the language of their fear and anxiety will generate an emotional connection with these folks and will be rewarded with their trust – and their votes. These politicians also find themselves in a position to focus this emotional connection on whatever target(s) they choose.
That is, in my opinion, where the danger comes in. This is where we must be aware.
A positive political leader will attempt to focus this emotional connection on our commonality or Oneness and provide distinct, doable avenues of action to bring these disaffected folks into this new global community we now live in. The guiding principle is usually some sort of message of: “a rising tide will raise all boats” – not just a select few.
However, most politicians operate in a shortsighted, just-get-elected mode. They will use the emotional connection they have formed to focus their audience on whatever the politician senses motivates them: anti-immigrant nationalism, continued male dominance (it’s okay for men to have affairs, but not women; it’s okay for women to undergo difficulties in obtaining contraceptives to control their reproductive health, while ALL men easily can obtain Viagra to enhance their sexual performance – with whom?), and other reactionary targets – e.g., gays, women’s health decisions, law and order (with or without justice); building on the myth of the universal principles of Christianity (defined, of course by the biblical literalists) – as opposed to Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, humanitarianism or altruism, etc..
We can understand the frustration and fear of these many global citizens.  We can accept them as they are by being aware without fear. We also must be actively alert, aware, and informed as to where politicians are directing their audience to focus their stoked up and enflamed anger and fear. That’s what we can do.
To hate haters simply increases hate. To fear the fearers increases fear. To do nothing increases apathy, which creates a vacuum that will be filled by any organized fear-based activity. By not succumbing to our fear, we allow our spiritual light to shine. By fostering acceptance – being aware without fear – we are building the tolerance necessary for the emerging Oneness our globalization is fostering.
I hope this helps.
As I’ve stated before, “I have to understand, on a visceral level, who the “Me” or “I” really is when I am speaking or thinking. The “I” that says to myself, “I really need a newer, more reliable car” is a different “I” than the one that says to Spirit, “I can’t do this anymore; help me perceive things the way You see them.”
Although these messages are mostly for me, thanks for listening to me and getting to know me – warts and all. As always, feel free to forward this message to your friends, family, and those accompanying you on your spiritual journey.

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