As Below, So Above

NASA photo "Blue Marble"

NASA photo “Blue Marble”

If, as a neighbor, I am constantly attempting to, by force or manipulation of existing governmental systems, take resources from others’ property, impose my culture upon my neighbors, spy upon my neighbors and generally use physical force to get my way; how are my neighbors going to regard me? Will our neighborhood be filled with harmony and good will? This imaginary scenario is a microcosmic picture of what the U.S., and some other countries and political/religious factions, have become on an international scale.

In fact, there is a real-life case of a person generally behaving in such a fashion in a small town. It happened in Skidmore, Missouri. Apparently the townspeople conspired to kill the perpetrator. Despite there being many witnesses the case is still unsolved.  People don’t like to be bullied.

How many countries would like to see the U.S. destroyed? Is it because, as I have heard and read; “They hate our freedoms”? With U.S. corporations behaving like sharks in a feeding frenzy, coveting and taking other country’s resources and promoting war so the arms industry can maintain extravagant profits; does anyone really think the U.S. is hated abroad because we have a few freedoms?

However, maybe there is one freedom that does inspire hatred from others. It is the freedom to be as malevolently greedy as one would like. To take and take, by whatever means, until the world’s masses, including ourselves, live in an economic desert.

Clearly those who are practicing the latter freedom do not want regulation. Not self-regulation nor any other kind. And, again, it isn’t just U.S. corporations it’s a worldwide disease afflicting many types and sizes of organizations. However, these days the use of military force in support of malevolent corporate greed seems to be most widely practiced and heavily subsidized by the U.S. This reality does not reflect the concept of the United States that most of us grew up cherishing. What has happened?  And more importantly; what can be done?

A good place to begin is to endeavor to be a good neighbor.  Take a look at what constitutes a good neighbor on the local level and apply those same principles on every other level.  Right up to and including international relations.

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