Today we are talking about Politics and Spirituality. This episode deals with whether spirituality should inform our political action, the problem of voting the lesser of two evils, and introduces the Green Party.
I believe in the separation of Church and State. I also think it would be a good thing to have the separation of Business and State as well. Big money has a vested interest in controling our elections, and many times they don’t have the interest of the public at heart. They just want to make more money.
Spirituality is the cultivation of a deeper or expanded awareness of our union and interconnection with nature, and one another, because we are nature as well. This kind of consciousness is vital for politics to become healthy and focus on important values. For me, the environment is something that ought to be protected and respected.
Although I mention the Libertarian Party, the Justice Party, and the Constitution Party, I focus on the Green Party in this episode. This is because I believe that they have an important message and I appreciate their Platform. The following are their Four Pillars, taken from their website at http://www.gp.org/
Peace: “Our country’s long wars and worldwide military presence are immoral and unsustainable. Our military budget must be cut dramatically.”
Ecology: “The human cost of climate change is too high. We need to get off fossil fuels and on to renewable energy.”
Social Justice: “Falling wages and rising bills are hitting most of us, and the most vulnerable are hit the hardest. We demand a living wage and a real safety net.”
Democracy: “We demand public financing of elections, open debates, and more representative voting systems.”