Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How Do You Score?

We found a fun quiz from Slate that invites you to "Spot the difference between the Christian social conservatives and the Islamic fundamentalists." The quiz presents a quote, and then it is up to you to decide whether the statement was made by an Islamic Fundamentalist or a Christian Social Conservative.

The quiz points out that hierarchy-conservators are pretty much the same, no matter what religion they use as a shield.  It is easy for us in the U.S. to condemn Islamic radicals, while we are trained in our hierarchies to view our own hierarchy-conservators as merely having differences of opinion.

Both of us took the quiz separately and answered only 5 of 9 correctly. Give it a try and see how you score!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One by One - Down They Go

We can be encouraged and excited by terrific examples of people who skillfully expose hierarchy conservators and therefore quicken the death of outdated ridiculous hierarchies.

John Franklin Stehens's open letter to conservative political pundit Ann Coulter hits the target.

Stephens, a 30 year old man with Down syndrome, is responding to Coulter's comment about Romney's performance in Monday's presidential debate: "I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.",0,1303808.story?fb_ref=fb_widget

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yeah Julia!

Women around the world are telling each other to watch this video; that's why it has gone viral. We join the voices.

Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Austraila, takes on political hypocrisy with a tremendous speech that is so worth watching - we did more than once.

Here in the United States, our politicians are courting the women's vote, and Romney especially will flip-flop and say anything to act like he's supportive of women. Wow, we need a Julia Gillard here on our side of the globe.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rest Assured, You're Covered

According to Mitt Romney, we're all really covered on health care, even if we aren't covered.

Romney says that no one will be dying of a heart attack because everyone can go to the emergency room and be treated. "We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don't have insurance," according to Romney.

Again, Romney is again treating us to a sample of top-of-the hierarchy clueless perspectives. As more of us break our programming and stop listening to people at the top, more of us will support leaders and comrades more capable of creating the lives, the country, and the world we want.

Mr. Romney has lived his whole life with all the resources he could ever use, even with elevators for his cars. And he evidently hasn't needed to learn about preventative care, and the fact that going to the emergency room is a last ditch ultra-expensive solution, if you make it in time.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Powerful Programming

This week's Presidential debate has left us questioning if Obama believes that it's really O.K. to separate himself from and take on people at the top. Obama appeared to have been on the defensive, not choosing to stand up to Romney, who clearly comes from and represents the 1%.

Obama's picks for his advisers, cabinet, and Supreme Court may show that he thinks that people who go to top-of-the-hierarchy elite private schools are the best leaders. We noticed when he said that he and Michelle are lucky to have been able to attain the "best education" in the country by attending Harvard. What does that say about what he believes about the other 99% of college degrees and the diverse experiences and perspectives of the people who earned them?

All of us have been programmed from birth to believe that those on top know more and are more capable, and Obama is no exception to the influence. But has he learned to separate himself from the top enough to champion another agenda?

On a recent Jay Leno program, when asked about Romney's 47% comment, Obama stated that a good leader would govern for all of the country. Does he realize that if anyone compromises with the top of the hierarchy, all you will get is more hierarchy? There's one good offensive theme for the next debate.