Du30 may be right after all . . .
By Paul Lazo
After reading an article about US President Donald Trump, I suddenly had a sense that there is “light” at the end of the tunnel. Not that I have ever failed to see a “light;” but at least the light seems brighter now. I will attempt to summarize my views of the article whose link I appended at the end of this post.
I’d like to start by taking a step backwards and looking at our situation relative to the progress of humanity from a macro perspective. Humanity as a whole, at least I believe so, is progressing to the utopia of shared everything, abundance, peace and harmony. The advances in technology, Artificial Intelligence, et.al, will completely change our notion of work and how we relate to each other. It will allow humanity to evolve to abundance for all, peace and harmony. Some of you may not believe what I am saying, but I will still ask that you keep reading – no worries if you stop – and say Paul is full of B*. I feel it is important that I share some of my crazy notions.
Allow me to digress for a moment by saying that I am Catholic (I promise I will not proselytize) and I pray the Our Father 2 or 3 times a day, maybe more. More than 10 years ago, a colleague of mine expressed his view on the verse, “…Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.” He said that means that Heaven is here on Earth – of course that means we have to do God’s will, but that is not the point I want to discuss. The point is Heaven is not something “up there.” Heaven is here on Earth.
Having said that, let’s get back to how President Duterte, or “Du30“, plays a role in this. Our biggest struggle to create “Heaven on Earth” is our past. We have to be able to think and act in ways that do not come easy to us because of our past. Du30, I believe represents the worst of our past. Although his slogan of change is coming seems to say the exact opposite, his actions and statements point to the past, in fact so far into the past that it appears he is willing to become part of China.
Now, how can Du30 act as a catalyst to propel us forward towards abundance for all, peace and harmony?
At the rate he is going, he will eventually lay open all that is preventing us from moving forward. He will expose corruption. He will expose how being a victim and always pointing fingers at others is the answer. I can list so much more.
But, maybe that is exactly what we need.
As a people, we still have to confront our corruption and expose it for what it is. As a people, we still have to be able to look ourselves in the mirror and say “Damn, Paul, that was your fault!” We have to expose our habit of refusing to see the plight of the poor and our narcissistic behavior of “me first,” or crab mentality as others might say. Du30 will not clean this up. Instead he will display these behaviors to such a degree that I hope we will wake up as a people and realize that yes, Heaven is here on Earth, but we have to face the worst of ourselves and fix that first.
As promised here is the link to the article about President Trump: The Positive Reframe: Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era — but the End