While “Make America Great Again” is a political slogan in the U.S. right now, the fact is, every country wants to be great. Every country, every person, wants to be prosperous, safe, healthy. Who wouldn’t? So how can it be done?
In the U.S. the de facto message being sent out by those currently in charge of our country’s government and industries, and which has been sent out for quite some time, is that having a very wealthy upper class is what makes America great. That and having lots of exorbitantly priced weapons to attempt to instill fear in everyone else in the world. In the U.S. we have heard and still hear that our enemies hate us because of our freedom. Maybe there are some tyrants who hate to see people having freedoms, but I don’t think most of the common people hate others for that reason.
As for trying to instill fear in others: it is a fact that has been learned from the study of human behavior that primarily we try to kill what we fear, not what we hate. Therefore, the goal of instilling fear in one’s neighbors is not a good foreign policy. What country or people are going to benefit from having to be on constant guard against one’s neighbors? Simply being a good neighbor, openness, honesty, fairness, compassion, go a long way toward establishing a peaceful, sustainable world.
But back to the original question, what makes a country great? Is it having a wealthy upper class whose wealth is comparable to the wealth of other countries’ upper classes? Does it all work like a game of Monopoly? The country with the richest upper class wins? (Wins what?)
Almost every country in the world (every country?), has within it the edifices, or the ruins, of the temples and mansions/palaces built in the past by a very wealthy ruling class. If having some few very, very wealthy people in it, with everyone else serving those few, is what makes a country great, then there have been a lot of really great cultures in the world. Which leaves us with the question: If these cultures were so great, why did they all disappear? Were they too good to be true? I highly doubt that.
A widely ignored piece of truth in the world is that each country, like every person, has a spirit. A healthy spirit is essential to maintaining a healthy body. An unhealthy spirit portends the decline of the body it inhabits. The health of the spirit of a country is determined by the health of the entirety of the population who live within that country. The entirety of the population make up a country’s ambient spiritual/energy system. There is a great spirit present when a group of happy, healthy people are singing “America the Beautiful”. It doesn’t quite ring the same when those people are hungry, depressed, fearful, sick, homeless. Honestly, does that reality surprise anyone? The same holds true for any country’s anthem.
What makes a country great? The simple answer is that it is those thoughts, actions and conditions that contribute to making the spirit of a country healthy. What fills a country with citizens who care about their communities, their country? What makes them want to work, to want to invest their energies into the country? The answer is, again, a simple one: when they feel cared about and invested in by the culture, the country they live within. Like so many other aspects of human relationships, it’s a two-way street.
When the inhabitants, the citizens of a country feel ignored, abandoned, or even betrayed by the government and/or the industries (the dominant cultural powers) of the country they live within, how much love do you think they’re feeling for that government, those industries? And if that government and those industries have been promoting the thinking that it is they themselves, the government and industries and their actions which define the country, that country is in serious trouble.
In all cases, without the indispensable contributions, the blood, sweat and tears of the citizens, their parents and their grandparents any government or major industry would not, could not, exist. It is all the people who have invested their minds, bodies and spirits, their work, their lives, into building something they hoped, they expected, would be there to help sustain themselves, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their hope was that the institutions; the government and industries they helped make possible, paid taxes to, and quite possibly fought for, would contribute to improving their lives and their descendants’ lives. That reality exists deep and pervasively within the spirit of America and every other country on the face of the Earth.
The fact is, there is no industry, no wealth that exists in America today that doesn’t have it’s foundation in the work and industriousness of the common people of both the present and previous generations. It has taken every contribution by every person who has contributed for any greatness that exists in America, or any other country, to come into being.
If the top of a pyramid decides it no longer requires the health, the good regard, of the base of the pyramid, what is going to happen?
Indeed, the wealth that was built by many has been captured by a few. It may have been done legally. After all, legality is subject to those who control the making of the laws. It may have happened because too many common people weren’t paying attention. It may be that very many of the common people lust for the opportunity to do likewise. All those things may be true. However, is that what is going to make America, or any country, great? The unequivocal answer is “no”.
A necessary, indispensable, key component to making America, or any country, great is the recognition and honoring of the spiritual reality that pervades the entirety of the country and the people within it.