Saturday, November 29


Of course it is all right to have an opinion, that's a good thing. Of course you need to be biased, that is only human.
But all of this is only helpful if perpetuated towards what already is established, of where we are now. And it remains to be asked: How are we waltzing into the future? A lot of questions are unanswered, also by a charismatic person like Obama, who just got to be the president-elect of the USA.
As much as I like him, I am realistic about one thing. CHANGE (his motto) does not come with a lottery ticket or a mandate from above. There is more to it. My hope for change, is that he stays independent and doesn't bow his ass to the ones lurking around the corridor of power.
I am not sure I completely agree with PLATO in present times (as is depicted on the statement posted image) but I do share a lot of sympathy for that sentiment.
In the end (the bottom line) it is the small efforts of you and I, those things will make all the difference.
Just go out there, do the best you can and then enjoy the brilliance of small steps forward.


Anonymous said...

Too true ... but still the wise know it is an unwinnable game.

Zee said...

Aggie -
I am not even done with this post - or so I believe, and you already commented on it?
But your hunch plows through the waters I had in my back-head!

Zee said...

Oh - Aggie, Sera seems to have made it back!

ANNA-LYS said...

It is a challenge to visualize Plato in the "New World". USA is not really an aristocratic society, neither a society that put forward the dialogue and discussion as the most important ground for understandings, knowledge and development. And the later is change. According to Plato citizens of a state should be educated, meaning well-trained and shaped in both soul and body, and not to forget this highly includes emotions. Democratic individuals in my mind can't be based on the "Money God".

A lot, a lot must be changed back to where intelligence is the highest attraction of all things, not materials and/or ownership.

Have a lovely weekend,


Bettina said...

Very true. I do also like the saying "Think globally, act locally". If we all do that, and all do small things, they will turn into big things.

I have great hope for Obama, but not in the way that I expect him to be able to turn things around in a few months. We all know that's an impossible thing to do. It will take a few years to heal some of the wounds the last government has created. But it's one step after the other. And that, I'm sure, he is doing. And on top of that, he's inspiring people, which I personally think, is even more important. He can do great work with his team, but if he can inspire millions of people to get involved- that's truly where change is possible.

We all need to be a part of it- we can't just sit around and expect one person to serve us change on a silver plate. Here's to hope, to inspiration and to faith.

lindsaylobe said...

Plato conceives that our good as a society is the aggregation of the good of all of its citizens who contribute to our wellbeing to the extent that those folk engage in politics where power resides.

But that is not so true to day, since the greater power rests with corporations notwithstanding the global meltdown.

But I think it also true; at the behest of their employees and managers many companies are actively perusing much more socially environmental responsible business practices. This was very evident to me when I was last at a recent conference about the new ethos towards more sustainable business. It does involve a huge philosophical step into a different type of thinking which can be summed up by the need to sacrifice more now (make less now) so that we can be more sustainable in the future.

So for sure, we need to take a more active interest in politics, just as we need to exemplify those some concerns where we work and play because in that respect it’s up to everyone.

Best wishes

gfid said...

change for its own sake is not necessarily a good thing. one of the clues to dysfunctionality in families is regular change... of residence, of occupation, of friends.... the same is true of governments, methinks. yet change is part of growth and adaptation as the world around us changes. the trick is in making astute evaluations of what actually has changed (and what has not) and what needs to be done to adapt to that (and what does not need to be done) what hasn't changed, and what doesn't need to be done are just as important as those things that have changed, and need change.

Seraphine said...

the corollary, of course, is rome wasn't built in a day. small steps in the right direction ultimately put one in the right direction. but things change and we have to side-step or reverse direction and eventually we get lost. it's the nature of politics. all we can reasonably ask of a leader is to redirect us towards the right direction, the small steps you talk about. it's how history is made.