I was deeply challenged by that. I feel sick about the many ways in which I have contributed to the sleepiness and have been wondering what I could do better. A few things have wakened me up a bit and then, this morning, another call to be awake and watchful from Simon Duffy at the Centre for Welfare Reform.
If you don't know the work of the Centre then you really need to check them out at www.centreforwelfarereform.org
'We fell asleep. We forgot that they don't take care of us, we take care of each other. We forgot that it's the rich who need the poor, not the poor who need the rich. We forgot that politicians work for us, we don't work for them. We forgot that government doesn't innovate, people do. We forgot that government doesn't create wealth, people do. We forgot that government doesn't know best, people do. We forgot about citizenship, we forgot about families, we forgot about community. We confused good with big. We confused achievement with wealth. We confused love with control. We forgot that the Welfare State was made by us, that it belongs to us and it needs to work for us. it's time to wake up.'
I'm grateful for this powerful statement...a blow of sea-air through my foggy mind...
In his poem 'A Ritual to read to each other', William Stafford says that