In writing this essay I played with the ideas for quite awhile trying to fit them into
words which would convey my message. I wanted to write in a way which would inspire
constructive action in a number of directions at one time. The message in the essay is
simple - we each have incredible unrealized potentials which matter to us all and are
activated by a simple act of our individual "will" - we choose to change - we
all contribute to change.
What is the truth? - At some point this is a question everyone asks and attempts to
answer. Most attempt to answer the "question of truth" as if it could be
contained in some simple phrase we could repeat, some act of contrition, or through some
great journey of spirit. The answer for me came in a number of ways and through a number
of experiences. The search for truth boiled down to one of personal integrity, not
settling for less than sustained effort and a pure desire to do the right thing - in
everything. My truth came from the "doing" in life and learning through
experience rather than from blind following which resulted in only discovering that the
search never really ends - it only continues to unfold. Truth can not be contained in a
few words, a thing or some event - truth is reflected in everything, it is a process we
are standing in.
The "Secret Weapon"
In the course of events one of my awakening experiences happened, as many do, over
As we finished eating, our conversation was centered on the details and strategies for
winning an upcoming campaign. We talked for some time, going over several approaches for
dealing with the work ahead. Bob Bates listened with some interest, occasionally inserting
a line or two into the dialogue. At a point in the discussion Bates announced that he had
a "secret weapon", a weapon that the opposition could never overcome. A weapon
which would leave our adversaries in complete disarray and in an indefensible position.
Those gathered around the table leaned forward and listened intently, waiting for the next
words from the veteran organizer - the words which could only spell victory for our cause.
After some moments, Bates reached for a blank page of paper in the center of the table.
Slowly he turned the page over revealing the "secret weapon"... on the page were
written the words...The Truth.
I always think of this scene when listening to people proposing intricate and endless
strategies for achieving some grand plan. I think about this story each time I see media
machinations and endless manipulations of the public. Moving public opinion by
wordsmithing and controlling debate is how information is generally thrown our way by mass
media. In contrast, the simplicity of speaking what we believe is true and right can be
the most powerful weapon in pursuit of change.
Speaking the truth means a willingness to say what one believes, defend it with facts
and the integrity to modify our beliefs when provided new information. Remaining flexible,
tolerant of the approaches of others and sometimes having to admit our own errors are the
most difficult parts of the "secret weapon", but the most valuable parts of the
The Unseen Coalition
In the last two years, I have had the opportunity to speak to groups from many
different political, social, economic, religious and scientific backgrounds both within
and outside of the United States. In all of these organizations, I have found a common
thread. The thread throughout these very diverse groups are people with a common agenda.
They are the unorganized organized - the Organic Internet. They are a leaderless movement,
a revolution, a new way of thinking which is steadily gaining momentum as the direction
materializes in front of each person. It is the same revolution which has always been here
on earth. It is the search for individual truth.
These people who comprise the thread woven through diversity question those in
authority regardless of their credentials or position. They raise questions based on their
own individual analysis of the truth. These are people who are self assured and confident
in insisting on answers. These are people who are thinking, alert and willing to modify
their positions when faced with evidence which is compelling. They are not the blind
followers who unfortunately still represent the majority in our societies. These are the
"seekers" - those actively engaged in evolving beyond their current conditions.
The Chaos Theory of Human Interaction
Have you ever worked in a large organization of incredible complexity where the end
product most closely resembles a sort of oozing to the finish line in accomplishing its
goal? Large organizations function in a structured chaos which is generally full of
inefficiencies. In large organizations people seem to forever engage in activities to
correct, hide, forget or avoid some event which arises from their activity. It is like
creating "order-out-of-chaos". We accept that there are those people in
organizations, who by virtue of their positions, can create change by force of action.
What is also clear is that most of what matters in organizations is accomplished by the
working individuals in the organization and not by the Board of Directors. The world is a
place where order is a reflection of the collective actions of all participants. The
order, or lack thereof, is the creation of individuals acting in their own interests on
the basis of their values and beliefs.
Every once in a while the existing "order" is overturned quickly through the
simultaneous individual actions of many (For example: The fall of the "Iron
Curtain") or more often by the slower pace of individual actions. However, in all
instances change comes from individual actions. The smoothness or the chaos is determined
by the foundational values and the prominence that these values have in the individual
participants. The need to focus on "values" first, then "mission" and
then "means" is required.
A focus on the underlying values of each individual within a group will create a
smoother ride to the finish line more efficiently than any coerced or manipulated
activity. The recognition of the effort made by others, and tolerance for the varied
approaches, will build unusual alliances for creating change realities. Every change rests
with individuals deciding to do something different in the areas they can effect based on
where they are at the moment. Change does not require any other external motivator.
Tolerance. It is the recognition that each person has his/her own road to the truth. We
are not required to convince anyone that our road is better than any other or to stand in
judgment of another's path to the truth. We are only required to keep looking and
stimulating others to look also. This is the root of tolerance - Each of us is faced with
life experiences and circumstances which serve to open or close our vision. We choose how
we interact within the experience - learning and changing or getting stuck along the way.
Actualizing potential in ourselves and stimulating the greater potentials in others by our
own example is all that is really required.
Honesty in self-reflection is the beginning of change. Seeing the need and making an
effort to find solutions is required. There really needs to be only one simple rule - that
we shall not violate another's right to his/her free will. Out of this rule emerges
tolerance and the greatest respect for the other person - the recognition of their right
Accountability and Transparency
The idea of transparency starts with the individual. There are at least two
perspectives in exploring the idea of transparency:
Looking Inward. First, look from the position you occupy in self reflection. We
can look through our lives and see areas where improvements can be made. We can see those
flaws that no one else might see. We can begin to correct those things that create
problems and inefficiencies or not...it is generally our choice. It is usually a matter of
privacy as well. We do have a right to deny the truth and wallow in the place we are. It
is always our individual choice. Truth begins in the mirror.
Looking Outward. Secondly, transparency is the capability of truly discerning
individuals or organizations. The less accountable or transparent an organization or
individual, the higher its level of inefficiency. Organizational transparency yields truth
and usually demands some accountability. Individual transparency rests with the individual
who determines his/her level of visibility. Allowing transparency is the right of
individuals to accomplish or deny.
A common theme in much of our writing involves that which is hidden from common
knowledge and has to do with creating a more transparent society. We are committed to free
and informed dialogue which will increasingly prevail over the hollow words of
communications rhetoric surrounding most human interactions. There seems to be more
concern for maintaining existing power structures than for recognizing that the only real
power moves from the masses of people and not by the will of a few. We believe that
fundamental changes are possible but only if built on foundations of values that are
common to all and recognized.
Organizational privacy is different in that it reflects some collective standard.
Exposing organizational flaws also exposes individual flaws. All choices we make which
impact another requires some kind of accountability based on what is right and true and
what is fair and just.
The increase in societal complexity requires greater individual accountability, first
to ourselves, next to whatever higher sources of inspiration and guidance we access in our
search for truth and finally, to each other. At the same time, the security of individual
privacy must remain as the basis of all freedom. The right to self determination, in a
non-harmful way, is our foundational right from which all others spring. Our right to self
expression and full human actualization is our hope in expressing our individual creation.
All meaningful political, social, cultural, religious, or other interaction always begin
with the actions of individuals.
Walls Of Secrecy
Increasing the transparency of governments and organizations and exposing problems will
allow for greater accountability. Walls of secrecy in government are allowing a few people
to manipulate the outcomes for the many. The few have been able to hide behind what is
right and what is true - what is fair and what is just - in order to further their own
ends at the expense of the many, the mission is lost in the secrecy. The rights of life,
liberty and the pursuit of individual happiness are being crowded out by a more directed,
controlled and manipulated society. This is the wrong direction.
When people individually make decisions to change any aspect of their immediate
conditions, the effect of the decisions move through everything connected to that
individual. When numbers of people are doing the same thing, without any external
motivator, they all arrive at the same finish line in much finer form. Like the Internet
all are connected but are not waiting for leadership. They recognize that waiting for a
leader is not what changing the world is about. It is about individuals taking individual
actions, based on their unique effort at any given time, on a foundation of similar
values. The values are expressed in beliefs which vary widely and bring about division in
society. The underlying values are more important than the road traveled to find and
These new seekers are always willing to change in light of what is true. They are
individuals who first have discovered something about their own potentials and how to
develop themselves. They recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and strive to
overcome all obstacles. They are willing to admit error and benefit by it in trying to
seek and live a true life. Their hallmark is not necessarily success - their hallmark is
"sustained effort" - a willingness to try and a willingness to continue to try
even after failure. These individuals recognize that it is in honest effort that success
Another outstanding characteristic of these individuals is their willingness to
contribute to the improvement of human conditions. They work from a most powerful position
in this regard because they work from the point they occupy...the present life condition
they are in at the time. They are not waiting for "the right time", "the
right place", "the right circumstances" or "the right people to
help" - they recognize that all of this exists in the very moment they occupy and
only requires effort on their part. Truth seekers make things happen by acting on what
they believe is true and right in the instance and place they find themselves.
In the last couple years Earthpulse has noted several news stories about individual
people, despite personal risks, taking on adversaries in their pursuit of what they
believe is right and true. Truly free people must have the ability to move forward on
issues which are important to them individually and to us collectively. It is imperative
that individuals at all levels of organizations whether local government, science,
religion, business or politics begin to insist on transparency and protection for those
individuals who take risks in the public interest. To bring higher orders of transparency
and efficiency requires open discussion on important issues. Solutions rather than the
excitation of our differences and resulting conflicts must be foremost in our minds. A
focus toward solutions and changes which benefit individuals without violating or
exploiting others should be encouraged in every way. Honest disclosure should be the
standard when such is not the case. Justice should be possible in such a system and people
should not be left alone without support. We believe this is possible and know many
working toward the same end.
People in all areas of human interaction have had occasion to come up against
adversaries who would crush them to hide the truth from the rest. Most people yield before
the battle has begun. Most people turn a bind eye to what they know is right and for years
after are haunted by their decision to look the other way. On those rare occasions where
someone emerges through the clouds of conflict into the light of day with some fragment of
truth, the world applauds and says thank you or never notices in the first place, as the
individual again disappears into their daily routines.
Earthpulse gets occasional letters from individuals reporting on
"whistle-blowers" who become the victims of their effort to expose the truth.
Disclosure after disclosure brings to mind the dishonest nature of many who hold positions
of trust in politics, business, religion and science. The denial of truth serves only to
enslave us all by those who control knowledge. Safety nets which protect those who expose
the truth can be created without undue organization. Continuing abuses always result in
higher costs than exposing them and forcing change early. Hiding the truth and protecting
the villains while watching the messengers get slain is not the answer. There are plenty
of examples - nothing is exempt:
Business hides the truth about the risks or problems associated with its activities.
Examples in the business community most recently include the tobacco industry's denial of
the negative health effects of their products. They even enhanced the level of addictive
substances in cigarettes, resulting in more deaths in the United States then otherwise
would have occurred. Every day there are disclosures made for which a hundred more go
unannounced, undiscovered or hidden behind someone standing in front of the truth.
In politics it is a continual disclosure of endless scandals dealing with campaign
funding, special interest favors or the latest failure in personal ethics by some
In science there is always innovation and discovery. We think of science as a set of
beliefs grounded on facts. Much of science is really "hope grounded on dogma"
and represents just another regulation of belief systems. Religion means "to regulate
beliefs". So in the broad sense, science can be thought of as a religion grounded on
a faith in a group of theories thought to be based on "insurmountable facts"
which seem to change as our perspective on them changes. Much is routed through "the
guardian of the truth" arm of the particular science discipline in a way which tends
to inhibit change. These are groups of scientists protecting "their" science and
are useful but need the balance provided by openness. Most science innovation, when first
proposed, was rejected by the "official keepers of the scientific truth".
Nothing has changed historically. Moreover, it is very likely that today's science will
seem childish in many ways in the next hundred years.
The work of independent researchers disclosing the latest in health related discoveries
whether they be in medicine or environ-mental science are the source of numerous
reports.Additionally, there are always rumors and in fact, suppression of much innovation
in favor of maintaining the status quo for vested scientific and industrial interests.
These suppressed or restricted disclosures may be denying citizens opportunities to solve
many of the problems which we as a society face. They include energy, medicine,
agriculture and virtually every area of human interaction of significance.
In religion there is almost always some level of suppression. The suppression may start
by crushing of the human spirit as it is manipulated by the self interests or insanity of
cult leaders. It can also be from main-stream religious leaders who are frequently in the
news. These violations are no greater than any other except that we otherwise vest in
these leaders our most sacred trust - the welfare of our souls. The fact of the matter is
that the welfare of our souls rests primarily in ourselves and the choices we make.
The Current Fallacy of Justice
I have often said that justice has a direct proportional relationship to the size of
your wallet. It was said as a sarcastic attempt at humor and, like most humor, it is in
part based on the truth. Dealing with the court system, regulatory or elected body
requires resources. Those with the most resources have the greater likelihood of success.
Justice has more to do with your ability to move resources into your arguments than what
might be right or true. This is the case whether you are the victim or the perpetrator.
Society has created an upside down situation where the perpetrator becomes the victim
and the victim is victimized again, only this time it is by the system which is supposed
to support justice. The rights of presumed innocence, fair representation, justice and
accountability for wrongdoing are all fundamental. These fundamentals apply to both victim
and perpetrator. Public resources should serve the interests of both equally. Only when
there is equal access to the systems which maintain and create law can there exist true
justice. Individuals who assert that they have been wronged should be provided simple
means to test their arguments. People need access to juries with the power to change,
enforce and interpret law in the same way as the other branches of government are so
empowered. Juries need to assert their right to determine the effect and reality of law.
Public interest litigation and the right to bring complaints are equally fundamental to
justice. Methods must be found allowing for the least costly and least complicated
opportunities to be heard by a jury in an appeal for justice. The system should be made
less intrusive and more equally accessible not only when individuals have been harmed but
also when some larger community of interest has been harmed including the "public
(human) interests". The right of a victim to redress under the law has to do with
individual access to those systems of justice. To get justice as an average person you
must, under the current rules of the game, risk all of your resources in every instance.
In addition, there are also the personal emotional costs associated with solving the
There have been attempts at professional oversight by such groups as the AMA, Bar
Association, Teaching Practices Commission and other quasi-public or quasi-private
oversight organizations. These are the club rooms of closed files where the public does
not get to see the hearing, evidence or results. The veil of secrecy often evades justice.
Open hearings are the way in which justice is reached. It is in the open light of day that
the perpetrator and victim are on an equal footing. It is in the open that the truth gets
heard and acted upon by the public. There are of course issues of privacy, due process,
rules of evidence and fair dealing that must be considered. The opportunity for closing
off public disclosure should be very limited and be focused on protecting victims and the
What now happens at various junctures is that someone musters the courage of their
convictions, rises above the fear and risks, and screams from the housetops their version
of the truth. What happens then? Usually not what was expected. The powerful interest they
challenge is inevitably in control of much greater resources. The brief battle of crushes
the challenger and denies the world the opportunity to hear the truth.The method is
usually the same. The first step is to crush the economy of the individual so as to take
away his/her means of economic support. The next step is to cut off his/her communication
with others in their respective field by declaring the individual an intellectual heretic,
a disgruntled employee, a person suffering from stress related disorders or even worse.
Another ploy is to file litigation which ties the person into an economic noose from which
there is little escape. There are few people up to the task of continuing and there is
many a battle lost in the first volley.
The solution is simple and begins where this writing began - with each of us
individually acting on what we know to be true and right in the instance we now occupy. A
great deal is being accomplished in every effort and we are never alone. We must only make
an effort - We must try!