Why Bernie Sanders Will Become President.

By Jerry Alatalo

aaa-44Alphabet Talking about and revealing one’s spiritual beliefs is something not many politicians and not many people in general have an inclination to do. Perhaps this is due to the abstract nature of human beliefs or faith, or the lack thereof. Certain spiritual teachings suggest that attempting to “convert” others to one’s way of perceiving is an infringement upon those others, because every person must walk their spiritual path in their own unique way, to develop in their own way.

Three historical icons, Mother Theresa, Mohandes Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are among many other men and women historical figures whose spirituality, in the variety of uniquely developed expressions of deeply held perceptions and beliefs, changed human societies in some manner for the better. In the case of King and Gandhi, each paid the ultimate price, losing their very lives from assassination, for speaking on their deeply held convictions – for King at a far earlier age: 39.

Many others suffered the same tragic fate for speaking and acting based on some form or other of worldviews held in common by all religious traditions. Men and women throughout history, suffering death as the effect of spiritual cause, carried on through words and actions knowing full well that doing so put their very lives at grave risk. Perhaps there is the most profound, indescribable spiritual truth in the words, “greater love hath no man, but to give up one’s life for his friends”.

Is it possible that – despite world religions’ critical voices pushing against one another, at times accusing the other of being “wrong” and that “ours is the only, right way” – all religious traditions, where each could be perceived as one facet of the diamond that is ultimate truth – ultimate reality, represent the “right way” and are in fact part of the one “true” religion?

The French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) may have put his finger on it:

“All the philosophers of the world who had a religion have said in all ages: ‘There is a God; and one must be just’. That, then is the universal religion established in all ages and throughout mankind. The point in which they all agree is therefore true, and the systems through which they differ therefore false”.

It would be good if presidential candidates could agree to substitute one or more of their debates with discussions focused on personal philosophy and/or spirituality. Such an initiative would probably be welcomed by voters for the greater understanding of each candidate’s personal character, influences and worldview elucidated then received, and equally beneficial for voters in giving a fuller awareness of what motivates or guides each seeker of public office, and how each arrived at the place where their unique form of guidance became irrevocably part of their being.

It’s possible, even certain, that in both the world of politics and outside of it, greater levels of spiritual content in discussions among people would increase understanding, coöperation, generosity, shared vision, compassion, love, peace, happiness and joy.

Perhaps reaching that greater, higher level requires not that many words at all.

(Thank you to Freeman M at YouTube)

Bernie Sanders: Fighter For Justice.

By Jerry Alatalo

“The man, then, who faces and who fears the right things and from the right motive, in the right way and at the right time, and who feels confidence under the corresponding conditions, is brave.”

– ARISTOTLE (384-322 B.C.) Greek philosopher

aaa-9Alphabet While a political science student at the University of Chicago, presidential contender, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and other student social justice activists carried out an experiment to illustrate racial discrimination in housing in the Windy City. The experiment consisted of sending a black couple to inquire about renting an apartment, where they were then told, “I’m sorry, but all our apartments are rented and occupied”. Next, they sent a white couple to the same location, where the same person said, “Yes, we have plenty of apartments available. Let’s go take a look at them”.

After that, Sanders chained himself to a black woman in an act of civil disobedience to protest proven discriminatory housing practices in Chicago, in hopes of bringing about legal action to correct the situation. Sanders became arrested for that action; many are becoming familiar with the photos, and the man, as the 2016 campaign moves forward.

More Americans, and people from around the Earth, have become aware of Bernie Sanders and an extraordinary, rarely witnessed historical phenomenon has emerged, building with growing intensity. By the millions, people are coming to understand that the political revolution he talks about, based on the spiritual wisdom of all the world’s religions and philosophies: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you” – is a good revolution, carried out for the noblest purposes yet known to humanity.

What is occurring in America is nothing less than the birth of a new and better world; an undeniable, magnificent, perhaps indescribable major step forward and ascendant in human evolution. The descriptive word which may come closest to adequately express the true nature of what is occurring in 2016 is awe.

And… as the 2016 presidential race moves forward, more Americans are coming to realize that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – a man who has consistently stood and acted for justice, peace, equality and fairness his entire life – is the best choice to become the next President of the United States.

Throughout the history of life on Earth, such stupendous opportunities arise in periods that are very few and very far between. In 2016, the American people would be wise to recognize the magnitude of this – the absolute moral and spiritual rightness – of their, and by extension humanity’s, opportunity to build a truly new and better world… and wholly, joyfully, enthusiastically embrace it.

Future generations living on this Earth will look back on this moment, appreciate the profoundly wise actions taken here and now in the year 2016, and become filled with gratitude over the good, decent world their ancestors passed on to them.

(Thank you to Connor Aberle at YouTube)