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 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 are enemies hate us because of our freedom. Honestly, I can’t think of anything more ridiculous. It is a fact that has been learned from the study of behavior that primarily we try to kill what we fear, not what we hate. Instilling fear in one’s neighbors is not a good foreign policy.
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 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 goes a long, long way 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 entirety of the population who live within that country. The entirety of the population making up the 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 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, essentially 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, 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? In most cases it was the indispensable contributions, the blood, sweat and tears of those very citizens, their parents and their grandparents without which the government and those industries would not, could not, exist. They invested their minds, bodies and spirits, their lives, into building something they hoped, they expected, would be there to help sustain their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Their hope was that the institutions; the government they paid taxes to and quite possibly fought for and the industries they contributed to building, would contribute to improving their lives and their descendants’ lives. That reality exists deep and pervasively within the spirit of America.
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 previous generations. The farmers, scientists, cooks, factory workers, shoemakers, janitors, clothing manufacturers, doctors, waitresses, musicians, nurses, teachers, store clerks, street cleaners, artists, loyal dissidents, police officers, construction workers, miners, dish washers, fire fighters, soldiers, railroad workers and those who have built the roads. 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? Of course the answer is “no”.
A key component to making America, or any country, great is to recognize and care for the spiritual reality that underlies the ongoing reality of the people.