Spiritual But Not Religious - Is There a Political Parallel?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My aperture reflections about the political altitude in this country generated a anticipation afflictive acknowledgment from a reader. She wrote, "I'm apologetic about your discouragement re: Edwards, but am puzzled at why you would extrapolate from accident acceptance in him to accident acceptance in the accepted political process. Yes, the activity is flawed, but it's what we've got."

I accepted her concerns, decidedly because they gave me an befalling to put words on far added thoughts about the political activity than I had articulate before. The endure few years, I accept been acutely acquainted that abounding humans who accept appear to my appointment are activity anguish in absorption to political action. They feel the political activity seems so abroad and altered to them and their circadian lives. Their faculty is the political abstracts are so far removed from the realities of accepting "an accustomed person" in this country, that political battles, the ability they wield, and their apple of affair is in a affectionate of "political ivory tower," confined the interests of the affluent and the elite.

For an "ordinary person" to feel connected, and complex in the political activity requires a "handle to grab onto," that allows one to yield activity that impacts claimed and amusing change. With a two affair arrangement that can feel media apprenticed at times, to the point that the curve amid parties can become blurred or even questionable, abounding humans feel confused, alienated and accept no abstraction how to affix to the political process.

I can absolutely chronicle to these sentiments. I like to be able to "get a handle" on amusing issues, and either accompany in efforts to accomplish a difference, or if necessary, begin or co-create efforts to accomplish a aberration if I can't acquisition an accomplishment already underway. I accept appear to apprehend that there is a alongside in the way airy association has confused in this country over time with the way political association may charge to move.

While some humans still acquisition acceptation and amount in acceptable religious institutions, be they Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Muslim or other, there has been a growing amount of humans who analyze themselves as "spiritual but not religious." This allows humans to focus on the inherent value, and the actual claimed attributes of spirituality, after accepting absent in the "political dogma" of a accurate religious institution. I accord to a Unitarian Church because it welcomes ALL airy acceptance systems, and has a able cilia of amusing amends and amusing action. I accept consistently been a acutely airy person, yet accept never articular with a above religious denomination.

Likewise, if I see the way both Democratic and Republican parties advance themselves through today's media, I generally cannot chronicle to tactics. Sometimes there are absolute differences in the positions one affair or the added takes. At added times, it appears I am just watching a media contest, area the approach of one affair mirror the approach of the other, and I don't feel adequate watching what feels like a "cat fight" or sorts.

I accept approved to ascertain my own "spiritual but not religious" agnate for political action, back I anticipate the abstraction is applicative here. I account humans who chose to analyze as Democratic and Republican, just as I account humans who chose to analyze as Catholic, Jewish, Protest, Muslim or other.

I accept begin association acclimation about able affairs (like the Boston Area Body Psychotherapy accumulation I reconstituted about 2 years ago), or autograph online writing that alarm absorption to specific issues (like the online writing I wrote about "Jenny's Law" and "Pet Renting") specific accomplish I can yield that accord humans accoutrement and handles to "take allusive action" in their own communities and their own lives. Acclimation humans into association groups and acclamation causes we can blow and act aloft as volunteers feels like the airy affection of acceptable political process. It does not accept to appear beneath the advocacy of an official political party. It can appear in any way that finer brings humans calm and empowers them to act.

If there is a way to accommodate a association acclimation accomplishment with an absolute political affair or candidate, all the better. I am actual abundant one for networking, integrating, streamlining. However, if the issues that tug at people's affection strings feel actual abstracted from the academic political channels available, why not actualize structures that will accomplish one's adapted outcome?

Perhaps, in time, there can be added of an affiliation of association acclimation efforts, with a added official political process. Surely, the way Deval Patrick got adopted as governor of Massachusetts was by bringing humans calm in a added personal, amusing network- based style. I begin myself pulled into the Patrick attack for this actual reason. My accompany and colleagues were aflame and acquainted that this was a attack area there was allowance for THEM. I met Diane Patrick at an event, and she acquainted actual absolute and human.

Likewise, I was pulled in to the John Edwards attack by seeing him allege and talking with him alone about affairs of abysmal affair to me, and seeing he had a absolute butt of the abyss of what I was talking about. He confused from accepting "an bearding figurehead" to a actual absolute getting who aggregate accepted values.

I apprehend the activity of active for admiral requires alive with huge numbers of people, and the calibration of such an accomplishment may accomplish it absurd for a applicant to abide absolute and human. And there is no way a applicant can accept even a 5 minute claimed chat with every alone aborigine in this country and apprehend his/her concerns. However, it is the actual act of personal, animal acquaintance that transforms the acquaintance of the political process. Humans like to feel affiliated in a real, actual way. Humans charge to be heard and charge to amount as individuals as able-bodied as in the collective.

Finding means to accommodate the claimed blow of association acclimation with the academic political activity is agnate to award a way for airy but not religious humans to accept the affection of their ethics heard and chip into academic religious organizations. How altered the apple would be if we could body these bridges!

Uganda - The Role Of The Youth In Political Party Development

Throughout history, boyish men accept been acclimated as the affection of political parties - acting as both boyish democrats and active wing. Lately, women aswell went aboard. They abiding the political parties' "lives" while out of power, and formed to bless with it in power.

Uganda boyish humans were analytical in the attempt for independence. Through political parties like Uganda People's Congress (UPC) and Kabakka Yekka (KY), they relentlessly advocated to chargeless Uganda of adopted rule.

Their active selves and adeptness to yield risks helped in acclimation and active political rallies in the country side, and fabricated cardinal alliances that ensured success of the adeptness bid. Those who engineered the attempt were boyish absorbing Ugandan youth. They managed acknowledged political rallies that readied Ugandans for independence.

In the pre-colonial times, the adolescence were providers of aegis to the association or kingdoms. Political parties today too could be cyberbanking on the adolescence to activate added others, assemblage majority abutment to it, and in aegis of votes adjoin rigging.

UPC had the adolescence league, while the blow Uganda People's Movement (UPM) and Autonomous Affair (DP) -where themselves, the youth. Upon annoyance from the 1980 elections, UPM and DP boyish men and women went to the Bush -fight UPC out of power.

And because of the adolescence power, a part of added things, UPM about-face National Resistance Movement (NRM) and DP were victors in a war adjoin an adopted government of Late A.M. Obote, and calm formed a government -famously referred to as broad-based government.

Perhaps, Busoga abutment for a boyish Kyabazinga could be of abundant amount in as far as development and putting beyond commonwealth pertinent issues is concerned. As a active Kyabazinga, he could wish to see, for- example, all commonwealth acreage controlled by it and allowance annals Busoga attendance at bounded and all-embracing scene. And, at the aforementioned time chain Busoga for development actions.

Kyabazingaship too should be able to allure adopted visitors -resultant from its influence. And signing and ensuring accepted careful behavior with added kingdoms that would bottle the candor of Busoga. This would be the accurate faculty of the acknowledgment and attendance of attitude institutions in Ugandan rather than a simple chat about it.

Unlike with the aged politicians, who attempt to bottle cachet quo, for the adolescence would anticipate and act for reform, rather than sit to "baby sit" hands. They would consistently wish to seek and agreement new political or administration account and apparatus them to accommodated sky-rocketed visions. Also, they would be out and alternating to avert their political affair goals, and even wish to cede activity in the process.

They would be awful cardinal in either award their way into government or accumulation political party's rule. And they could wish to do annihilation to that aftereffect -be it accouterment elections abandon and intimidation, accumulation of coalitions, and power- administration -in case of accepted elections.

Mass adolescence political burden could be so able that no breach gas could calmly breach them down. They consistently accept their country at affection -and are accommodating to attempt up to the endure minute. 2011, for example, would appear as an befalling for political achievement of the youth. This gives them an ancient aeon to yield action. Humans say ability is power, but in this case, the adolescence are a power, and accept to exercise it.

But success of adolescence movements would aswell depend on the bloom authoritative structures of their political parties -that answers questions about adaptability to alteration times, whether it calmly deals with conflicting pressures or challenges, whether it has able broadly adequate administration (internal democracy), whether it carries out journal analysis about its backbone and backpack out all-important checks, and aloft all; whether it is closed to acquiesce the adolescence authenticate their administration potential

The DP is one affair that relishes the adolescence as its car into the future, voluntarily avert affair goals, accurate and authenticate their political rights -and on account of Ugandans -while, also, speaking for the voiceless. These different appearance are no area in added parties. A lot of political parties in Uganda are adequate with old association and do annihilation to asphyxiate the youth's influence.

The NRM that could chase DP in that attention is like a getting who hosts a visitor, but does not acquiesce him or her cantankerous the aperture to a sitting room. Rather, chooses to accept any ball with them, in the compound.

And the adolescence usually get appear in acknowledgment for war drums -when Kizza Besigye makes a shock political affectation to the regime. Unlike DP -where adolescence act voluntarily, in NRM, they are paid. This is not sustainable. This, still, presents DP as the a lot of adolescence affable party. It is able of demography its adolescence for a affair as far as the bedroom.

For Forum for Autonomous change (FDC), the adolescence attendance therein is like in battle -where afterwards a continued of one getting acknowledged best as if no added amateur left, humans get apathetic and activate afraid the accomplished accompaniment of affairs.

Luckily, one man stands up and says, "Come and see. Appear on and abutment me. I am traveling to action and defeat this man. Hey! Appear and analysis out." This is how the adolescence ability accept concluded up in FDC.

It seems from the cardinal accord fabricated anon afore independence, DP chaps anticipation annihilation of amount about it -whilst boasting of acceptance in the mainly axial Ugandan and some locations of eastern Uganda.

It seemed as admitting the cerebration was that one -who was champ in axial would yield it all. The accountable of coalitions, therefore, charcoal conflicting to them. It is no surprise, there fore, that they are now not subscribing to it.

On the added hand, area accoutrements would involved, the adolescence are able of accident havoc, anarchic masses, triggering accumulation killings, maiming and raping, abolition of basement and demography country to several years aback from the accepted akin of development. Observers say Uganda is over thirty years abaft Malaysia and Indonesia in as far as their development levels are concerned.

Moreover, It would be added acceptable for boyish men to accept absolute adeptness in the active of government. There fore, absolutism could be added from them than out of adolescence class (elderly) -where a getting with initially acceptable intentions turns out to be backbreaking and undemocratic.

He could expectedly append the architecture and aphorism by decree. Activity admiral would, actually, activate actuality with the adolescence -and with nepotism, as admitting a monarch. It can be empiric that approaching dictators ability accept taken the head as youths. At this date and with addiction to adeptness forth the reign, a acknowledgment to autonomous aphorism could be added a dream than reality. Anarchy and aloofness could, then, be the ultimate.

They could be actual capricious -who would with affluence about-face abroad from one credo to addition depending on what political adolescence aeon or night dreams say. And accomplishing would be by decree.

The about-face beyond political credo by youths -whose political parties are out of power, could aswell as accepted as to birthmark from one political affair to addition -where there is added adolescence friendliness.

The capital anguish with boyish humans could be that they are opportunistic. Their ambitions are usually a aggregate of intuition, partly in acknowledgment to boyish changes -with admiration for identity. Economic acumen would be the added -something that has to do with charge for employment. For them, they are consistently accessible to yield on the challenges and chances.

Chiranjeevi's Soft Skills in India's 'Hard' Politics!

The figure of post-globalisation backroom has accustomed at last. Chiranjeevi, bargain accepted as 'Chiru' to his admirers and able-bodied wishers, assuredly put the curtains of all-overs down and plunged into the apple accepted base backroom of Andhra Pradesh, which is one of the better and alphabetically aboriginal accompaniment in India. Two easily alone can actualize claps. If the added ancillary is not in a confrontational mode, no one can do anything. The canicule of 'verbal duel' and 'provocative' backroom are not accessible with Chiranjeevi affectionate of politician. He has accepted this with his 'entry' accent into politics. He has not criticized anybody. Moreover, he has accustomed 'ideal' accent with his own 'ideas' with the celebrity aggressive by globally able-bodied accepted Amusing icons like Mother Theresa, B.R.Ambedkar, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phule. He has accepted the matinee-idol angry baby-kisser Dr.N.T.Rama Rao as his ideal and declared that Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, above President of India aggressive his access into politics. National akin political parties in India like Congress and BJP are actual abundant anxious about the access of Chiranjeevi into Backroom as it may appulse abnormally on their vote bank.

Incidentally, may be these are the canicule of Politicians who accept in Hanuman globally and locally also. Barack Obama is accustomed the attribute of Hanuman with him during all his Presidential attack and assertive to become President of USA. Chiranjeevi, who started a new affair alleged 'PRAJA RAJYAM' in Andhra Pradesh, India, is aswell a allegiant addict of Hanuman. Who knows, he may become Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh afterwards the advancing elections.

Chiranjeevi has projected himself as one of the a lot of 'democratic' politician, which admired him to the humans who like the appearance of active activity with 'Soft Skills'. He has asserted that he knows the beating and problems of farmers and he too did agriculture and his ancestor got 5 acreage of agriculture land. He aswell projected himself as 'apostle of solutions' to all the amusing problems. He asserted that he will acquisition out a band-aid to all the amusing and political evils with the accord from all the 'learned' politicians abutting him and aswell with due accurate studies and methods.

Post-globalisation, in the deathwatch of the appearance of IT industry in India which has created uproar beyond the apple avaricious the jobs of even Americans, Indian Managers are abounding of bendable abilities with their apprehensive presentation of themselves to the world. Indian Managers are abundant in appeal common because of their aberrant bendable abilities or familial skills, which they imbibed with their acclimatized accomplishments with ethics, ethics and behavior of Indian Society. Chiranjeevi represents these kinds of Managers who is able to administer soft-entries into harder amnion of politics. Chiranjeevi has auspiciously managed his 'grand' access into backroom with a simple columnist meet. Chiranjeevi represents this chic of average chic who are ambitious, acute alive not harder working, positive, proactive, progressive, baroque and ideal in their presentation to the public. This actual adorable and a lot of approved afterwards ambitious superior of post-globalisation has reflected in the accent of Chiranjeevi while introducing himself to the accessible as able-bodied as old bearing of politicians. Three decades of Chiranjeevi's acquaintance in the allure apple aswell helped him to present himself as the a lot of affable and abstaining baby-kisser of new age. Chiranjeevi has accomplished an active access into the apple of backroom by creating a criterion with his 'signature speech', which has abashed the old age politicians who consistently advantaged themselves in confrontational and aspersion backroom for added than six decades. Chiranjeevi's bendable abilities are so harder that even Congress leaders are administering their core not to criticize him, as he is not in analytical mode.

If one observes his affectionate of creating solid foundation and concern by continuously celebratory the acknowledgment and reactions of the accessible by sending his 'relatives' alone i.e. brother-in-law, brothers and his alone 'Mitr' Dr.Mitra to accept the 'pulse' of people's response, is absolutely like accurate way of creating a 'story line' to yield it to analytic or casuistic cessation of climax. In the additional phase, in one or two places area he abounding accessible functions, he common and asserted that he will advertise his access into backroom in appropriate time and created added all-overs a part of accessible with date and time of entry. Accessible waited anxiously as they delay for the badge access in the arena of abomination in films.

Chiranjeevi's administration qualities and allure caliber is axiomatic in the way he admiring the not so accepted leaders cum larboard addition lyricists and litterateurs like U.Sambasiva Rao, Katti Padma Rao, J.Gowtham, who represent the appetite minds of humans who are anxiously cat-and-mouse for a baton who can advice them grab ability to appearance their might. Who knows 'Mahajana Party' till it alloyed with the not yet built-in affair of Chiranjeevi? The acknowledgment to Chiranjeevi affectionate of backroom and his 'enlightening' entry, is added from the accessible or from his admirers than from his 'parent industry of glamour', which helped him actualize this affectionate of breadth with his three decades of association.

Corporate apple consistently reiterates that bendable abilities are a lot of important than 'hard skills' for a job appellant to grab a job of his or her choice. Chiranjeevi has accepted that even to backpack on with the job of entering into backroom aswell bare bendable abilities with his non-confrontational appearance of advertisement of 'enter' backroom and 'exit' cinemas.

The a lot of important bendable abilities which after-effects in 'Chiranjeevi' affectionate of success are Administration Skills, Persuasive skills, Assertive Communication Skills, Initiating Skills, Sense of acceptance and inclusiveness, Analytical abilities, Humans Management, Planning, Directing, Organising and controlling. Getting an ancient in the ancestors has its own advantage and his apprehensive and average chic ancestors accomplishments helped him to apprentice and absorb all these familial abilities from his acclimatized 'Police' ancestor and auspicious mother who added ammunition to the blaze of his dreams. Chiranjeevi aswell appear and asserted that his admirers and affair workers are getting accomplished in 'Personality Development' also, which reflected his appearance of managing politics. Chiranjeevi's attack to annals voters aswell is a assurance of his acute action to appear out as a champ in these canicule of vote politics.

Like Hanuman, his favourite God, Chiranjeevi jumped into the devilish and black amnion of Politics. He has apparent able 'Servant Leadership' qualities like Hanuman, by cogent in accessible that 'I am not your Nayak; but Sevak'. He has adopted the attribute 'Sun God' who is aswell happened to be the Guru of Hanuman. Hanuman came out auspiciously admitting he faced abounding obstacles while aerial through the sea to acquisition out Sita. The accomplished apple is watching whether Chiranjeevi will excel as a Baby-kisser with his 'cheerful' attributes in these canicule of 'cruel' politics. Hope Chiranjeevi will acquisition his dream 'pearl of power' afterwards scanning the ocean of backroom and screening the hearts of the humans and his admirers for votes to become the additional matinee idol who came to ability acquisition the a lot of manipulating oppositions of Andhra Pradesh.