The Growing Egalitarianism. . .

During the month of April, 2012, I posted the following posts, regarding the growing egalitarianism in the world, on local journalists’ blogs. I am publishing those posts, this evening, on “Mary Elizabeth Sings,” in order that readers of my blog might consider the ideas about which I have written.

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Posted, April 25, 2012, in response to another blogger’s comments:

“It is not a matter of ‘bash(ing) the wealthy because they have too much money and power.’ I have no problem with others having money and power, if they so wish. I do have a problem with allowing the voices of the many to be less than the voices of the few, especially in America with the tenets upon which our nation was founded. Below are a couple of posts that I, initially, posted on another blog, earlier this month, which may explain my thoughts on egalitarianism in greater depth. It may take, not simply decades, but centuries more, for the world to evolve as fully as possible in the direction of egalitarianism. After all, the Magna Carta was signed in the year 1215.”

Posted, April 12, 2012:

“My interpretation is consistent with yours, but with a differing slant, if you will. I have written often on this blog that I believe that the world is moving toward a more egalitarian consciousness from an older, hierarchial consciousness, as evidenced through the formation of America herself, based on the premise that ‘all are created equal,’ the end of slavery, the end of Jim Crow, the right of women to vote and have rights equal to men, the creation of the United Nations, the break up of the Soviet Union into smaller, relatively self-determining states, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Liberation Movement, and the Arab Spring, among many other illustrations.

In the numbers given above, the same demographic groups who were in support of John Kerry in 2000 have widened their margins in their support for Obama in 2012. This change – or evolution as I see it – is more than simply another choice between two men, such as Kerry and Bush or Obama and Romney. It is the result of the continuing progression toward a greater egalitarian consciousness throughout America and the world. The last demographic group to break from a hierarchial view of others is the American white male of middle years and older. Many white males, of that age bracket, throughout the world praise Obama as the U. S. President and they agree with his vision. I know firsthand from having had conversations with male family relatives who are French natives.

Why do American white older males continue to hold strongly to their increasingly anachronistic hierarchial views of power and, thus, do not support Obama for attempting to transcend that vision? The answer is obvious to many. White males in America have been at the top of the ‘power chain’ since our nation was formed, and power does not relinquish itself, easily. Hierarchy and power go hand-in-hand. Equality and egalitarianism go hand-in-hand. The world is changing. Our Founding Fathers were men of extraordinary vision. They knew that it was inevitable that the world would change and evolve. George Washington was not known for being a visionary, as much as he was honored for his pragmatic wisdom. Through his wisdom, Washington by his act of voluntarily relinquishing his power, after having won the Revolutionary War to return to Mt. Vernon as a private citizen, equal to all other citizens, became a visionary. He made that same choice, deliberately, a second time when he refused to run for President of the U.S. for a third term and relinquished power, once again, to return Mt. Vernon as a private citizen. I believe the Father of Our Country made those specific choices so that Americans would emulate his wisdom, well into the future. Washington demonstrated by his actions that the better way is not to seek and glorify self-interested power, but instead to honor service to one’s fellowmen and women. The world is evolving in that direction because the world is developing a more egalitarian consciousness, and the numbers, above, demonstrate that reality to me.” =================================================

Posted, April 23, 2012:

“I was pleased with the election of President Obama not because he was the first black president, although that would have been sufficient enough to be pleased. He captured my imagination because of his vision. I suspect it was Obama’s vision that, also, captured the imagination of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee when they awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the current issue of Newsweek (4/23 & 30/12), Robert Caro, author of several volumes of LBJ’s life, contends that LBJ was a better president than JFK because LBJ was able to get Congress to pass legislation that Kennedy had only expressed the hope of seeing passed – specifically, Civil Rights legislation.

So, was LBJ a better president than JFK? I think that that possiblity is more to be doubted than Robert Caro admits. JFK captured the hearts and minds, or the imaginations, of Americans. LBJ sealed the deal. However, the ability to capture the imaginations of others is no easy accomplishment. To many, Barack Obama has that same gift that Kennedy had – the ability to inspire others and to forge his vision into the nation’s collective consciousness. Perhaps, Obama is setting the stage for a changed America, and a changed world, in this century. Perhaps, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee saw that dynamic force within him – already in movement – beyond the deeds that would fall, thereafter, as a result of the change in consciousness, precipitated, in part, by him.

And, Obama’s vision is an egalitarian vision, the same vision that Jefferson’s mind encompassed. That vision is the antithesis of Hitler’s vision of hierarchy, based on power of some over others, which is the vision of any autocratic ruler, or of any authoritarian government, whatever the label.”

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“The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

Oslo, October 9, 2009

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html

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