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It's easy to forget, especially as July 4th approaches, how much trial and error went into the creation of American democracy; how much of what Americans now take for granted wasn't fully formed for decades after The warm and wise philosopher Jacob Needleman looked back at the American founders with this in mind for his book The American Soul.
He took apart the ingredients that grew this democracy up. And he found that every iconic institution, every political value, had "inward work" of conscience behind it. Every hard-won right had a corresponding responsibility.
It feels important to me, right now, to revisit the mind-opening conversation I had with Jacob Needleman back in Young democracies are struggling around the world and they're looking for instruction and models.
To rise to this occasion, we may need to remember and pass on this inward work as much as the outer forms of government that were long in the making. It's wonderful to be able to go where I want and do what I want and buy what I want, buy and buy, and get and get, and talk and talk, and I have no constraints.
We certainly need external liberty. But without the inner meaning of freedom and liberty, we have to ask, "Well, what is this freedom for? Jacob Needleman spent decades pondering things like time, the cosmos, love, and money before he turned his attention to what he calls, "the idea of America.
You know I want to start, you know, sort of where you start. You grew up in Philadelphia, one of these great places in our nation's history, in the history of our democracy, but you really had no interest in that aspect of American history.
Well I had no interest in any aspect of American history. But history was made for me so incredibly boring and so irrelevant to anything that I was interested in.
You know, all these people in wigs and buckle shoes and powdered wigs.
And my whole work as a philosopher was to try to make a bridge, find the bridge between this great vision — spiritual vision that was at the heart of all religions, and a bridge between that and all the real aching social, political, psychological, cultural problems of our era.
And some time ago, years ago, about 10 or 12 years ago, I realized one of the great aching questions of our time was: What does it mean? And considering the enormous, incredible impact and influence of America on this planet, this question had to be faced. And I gritted my teeth and went back to American history, thinking I'll just get a — I'll just look and see, you know, I won't be able to like any of it, but it's a question that has to be faced.
And to my amazement, I found a whole new meaning in life in the founding fathers of the country, in the origins of the United States and the people and also in the history as it went on.
Starting with George Washington, who I really gritted my teeth there. I said, "Oh, this is going to be really boring.
Oh, my God, the bad teeth, the cherry tree, who cares? You know, I think I'd like to just trace that story that you started learning, I mean — and as you — when you write and as you describe what you learned in this project, you know, when you talk about George Washington, you start to identify American ideals and aspects that Americans consider to be part of our national character, that really are given a new meaning by what you saw in the lives of these men.His latest book is a deep reflection on aging that offers a master's earned view of the large and the small, and how we're all vital threads woven together by life.
This book is a generous gift to all of us—and to our attempts at a truly human civilization. Healing the Heart of Democracy, The Heart of Higher Education (with Arthur. Truly dangerous opposition leaders are neutralized or eliminated one way or another.
Total control of the press and other media is likewise unnecessary, since a flood of managed and fake news so pollutes the flow of information that facts and truth become irrelevant as shapers of public opinion. Cynthia Farrar wrote the piece “Dinner with Democracy” as a reflection on the small dinner party she hosted for a range of unique individuals for the sole purpose of discussing democracy.
Although awkward at first, the group slowly grew together in appreciation for the arrangement and developed a deep understanding of the representative. The article provided a widespread and clear canvass of the Philippine politics.
It reflected our reality by tackling political issues such as corruption, distribution of the pork barrel, vote buying, and dependence of the poor citizens to politicians.
Everyone holds an equal moral worth and everyone should therefore be granted the same rights as others. This presents a real and genuine dilemma for any liberal democracy.
Finding a balance is essential towards the maintenance of a truly liberal democratic society. ) “Some of us teach ourselves and our children to love the superficial outer; our looks, hair, skin, clothes rather than the greater beauty that resides within whereas it is that inner beauty that really defines you and who you truly are.”-.