As Memorial Day is here again and we begin our family cookouts, picnics, and other social gatherings to celebrate our freedom, I have a few thoughts to share. I’ll begin with a question: “Are we citizens of only one nation? Are we one nation under God? Or, are we many nations under many gods?”
It would be hard to find, in an average setting, an individual in the US that is 100% descended from the original inhabitants of this nation. Most Native Americans live on reservations where our warmongering ancestors forced them to live after taking their land away from them. The rest of us are blended with many races as our forebears had children with immigrants from many countries when the United States of America was being “settled” (do I even use that word? It was more like a hostile invasion and merciless takeover!) I, myself, have Cherokee, Irish, and English blood; and, as such, I am a member of many races or nations. My children are even more ethnically diverse, having a father with a mixed ancestry that includes a great-grandmother who was Polish.
As a blended race of human beings, we are global citizens. With our modern modes of travel, and our communication through the Internet and satellites, we are more connected than ever. But, in many ways we are more disconnected from God, one another, and the planet we live on. The Earth can exist without humans but humans cannot exist without the Earth and her resources. We take for granted that plants/food will grow, rain will fall to supply life-giving water, temperatures will be within a range that supports life, etc. And, our response to this splendor is to act like hostile gods fighting among ourselves and warring with other countries to see who can control the masses and the resources.
As we heal our own wounds, we become accepting toward others and feel safe to drop the weapons that dictate our “right” to attack those who do not agree with us. When will human suffering end? It takes a collective effort that begins within our own hearts and minds. We are not responsible for changing other people or for fixing what we don’t like about them or making other countries behave. War only creates more war, and the real war is within our individual minds.
We have fought and fought and fought and still do not have peace on Earth and harmony in our relationships. Our military approach to finding peace is through violence. That will never work. When one tries to control another through abuse or aggression, things only get more out of balance. For that reason, I’ve had to leave behind some friendships that caused me to either feel a need to defend my innocence or hear them re-tell their drama. I’m ready to embody love and let the past go.
Some people are waiting for Jesus to return or some spaceship to come and rescue them from the mess we have made on Earth. While I believe in off-planet beings, and feel that we need to recognize our galactic family and expand our “patriotism” to a universal level, I also know that we are the ones we have been waiting for. We carry the seed of Christ consciousness within us. We have the ability to shift our reality one thought, one deed, or one belief at a time. It requires us to see things differently and act in love rather than hate/fear.
How about we change the Pledge of Allegiance? What if we allowed our schools to teach children how to create peace instead of conflict? It might go something like this:
“I am a universal being of light residing as a global citizen of Earth–a conscious, sentient being. I honor all life and seek to be at peace with everyone on this planet. I will respect and use wisely the resources of Earth and seek ways to sustain the pristine beauty and balance of the ecosystem. I will uphold my responsibility to express my divine nature in authenticity. I live in this moment, expecting only good from myself and others.”
Or maybe we could just start living in accord with the pledge we already have, which was meant to show us the importance of connecting to a higher power, being respectful to each other, and granting equal rights to all:
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”