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There is one experience that brings joy or happiness to every living being. The experience of love.

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Books

Book Of Secrets

Book Of Secrets
2005 Nautilus Book Award Grand Prize Winner! New York Times Best Seller! Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets...

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)

Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy Tanzi, MD (Hardcover)
Learn about Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center's Super Brain dietary supplement - Ayurvedic Brain Support NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Super Brain by Deepak Chopra, MD & Rudy...

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)

NEW Spiritual Solutions by Deepak Chopra(Hardcover)
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life's Greatest Challenges ( AUDIOBOOK Available )  "Great advice directly from the master on virtually any subject, it just doesn't get any better...

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Ten Poems to Change Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a dangerous book. Great poetry calls into question not less than everything. It dares us to break free from the safe strategies of the cautious mind. It opens us to pain...

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)

Soul of Leadership (Hardcover)
ABOUT THIS BOOK Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.      Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites...

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)

GOD: A Story of Revelation (Hardcover)
“God is an empty term except through the revelations of all the saints, prophets, and mystics of history. They exist to plant the seeds of spirituality as a direct experience rather than a...

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui

Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui
ABOUT THE BOOK: Feng Shui is the ancient oriental art of enhancing and harmonizing the flow of energy in your surroundings.  Over the last twenty years, Karen Kingston has pioneered the study...

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)

Brotherhood - by Deepak & Sanjiv Chopra (Hardcover)
BROTHERHOOD Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream DEEPAK & SANJIV CHOPRA   “BROTHERHOOD is an uplifting account of sibling affection and success, and of the promise and infinite...

Joyful Wisdom

Joyful Wisdom
ABOUT THEBOOK: Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first...

Events

 
 
 
February 17 2013

The State of the Union as Rorschach Test

Category:  SF Gate

Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 70 books with twenty-one New York Times bestsellers. FINS - Wall Street Journal, mentioned that Chopra’s book, The Soul of Leadership, as one of five best business books to read for your career. Chopra is an Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he teaches the course, The Soul of Leadership.

It was surprising how President Obama's State of the Union speech went down. Immediately afterwards, television pundits offered clashing descriptions: prosaic, bread and butter, Clinton-like, an extension of the liberal agenda outlined in the Inaugural Address, uplifting, aggressive, and so on. More than many Presidents, Obama has become a lighthouse and a lightning rod at the same time. He is the object of projection from all sides.

What I heard was something really unusual: inspiring sobriety. The speech laid out an agenda that was far from leftist. It was a considered assessment of social needs, postponed priorities, and a difficult future. In this regard Obama departed from FDR, who was struggling to restructure a collapsed landscape, from JFK, who was launching a new era of power, and from Bill Clinton, whose laundry lists of programs came at a time of rising prosperity.

Obama spoke to an anxious nation by sounding upbeat and optimistic. He has little chance of getting much legislation passed. In the face of bitter partisanship even over pro forma matters like getting his cabinet appointed, he decided not to cloak himself as the happy warrior. He was more like the ideal citizen, a responsible patriot who wants the best for everyone.

It's amazing that the speech didn't exude discouragement. In a different vein, it could have come from Cassandra, the princess of Troy who was doomed to know the future but never to be believed. Every point that the President made, if enacted, would benefit all of us. He is intelligent, adult, informed, far-seeing, and willing to embrace both sides of the aisle. He knows better than anyone else how irrational, ill-tempered, and reactionary the opposition is. But he chose his tone of inspiring sobriety for a good reason. America won't move forward until everyone comes to their senses.

The Republican response, delivered by Sen. Marco Rubio, was a classic case of burying your head in the sand. With widespread disgust at Congress, a new generation of voters that wants government to make a difference, a resounding defeat last November, and talk of Republicans rethinking their message-- none of that mattered. Rubio smoothly delivered the same message that came from the Republicans a month into Obama's first administration: We are the party of no.

Obama will no doubt surprise us by how much he achieves against this background of opposition, division, and angst. There is talk that the Senate is quietly working out deals on the toughest problems that face us. But the real issue comes down to that now familiar phrase, the tipping point. The country has probably reached one. The reactionary right is on its way out. But they hold enough power and have indoctrinated enough people that getting off in a new direction will be painfully slow. Obama will have to use all his gifts to push the pedal and convince Americans that there is dawn rising over the next hill.
The State of the Union as Rorschach Test

Top comments

  • I find it incredible that America continues to accept a congress that refuses to do the work of the nation, and constitutes a fatal obstruction to needed change, progress and transformation. With the rate of technological discovery and the complexity of problems to be addressed is it not clear that a few people - politicians at that - are no match for these challenges? With today`s tools for communication and collaboration it is possible to analyze, concept, and prioritize from a broader spectrum of experience and expertise. As the nation`s population ages, and more people escape the Wall Street illusion of money at all costs, they are more able to focus on what kind of a world we are leaving for our children and grandchildren. Wouldn`t setting the sensibility bar and solution options bar with our best and wisest be the conversation we should be bringing forward using these tools?

    Insight // 2013-02-17 17:33:50 // //
  • If you are truly enlightened you should not judge either side. I am disappointed in Obama. He has divided this country more than anyone. We need a leader who will work on issues and it should not matter if you are liberal or a republican. Look at other countries where there is no freedom. We should be happy with what we have and strive to make a difference without the finger pointing.

    Disappointed // 2013-02-17 19:30:08 // //

 

 

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  • Well said, as usual. I`m amazed by the number of people who don`t see it this way. Karma.

    Yes // 2013-02-24 15:44:47 // //
  • The problem I have is that Obama makes these lofty speeches and later you find out he does not do what he says and I do not trust either party to let the government have so much contol. Government should be limited at the federal level and let the states run their governments.

    Tess // 2013-02-23 17:16:06 // //
  • pathros, Obama has never been bi-partisan, it`s his way only. Wake up.

    knitnpurl // 2013-02-23 09:17:08 // //
  • Well this is the fall of a system, eventually very soon;ILLUSION OF capitalism, politics, school system, police, (how we thing and invision the world) will diseapper, to let people be free from anything. Maybe with some struggle. But peace and love will blossom to the mist of light and happyness..

    eric jouis // 2013-02-22 08:36:49 // //
  • President Obama tried to be bi-partisan the first four years, bending over backwards to the republicans who don`t like him being President or the Senate being democratically run. These next four years will be more democratically run from the White House and we will take back the house of representatives in 2014 because of right-wing stupidity.

    pathros // 2013-02-19 14:24:31 // //
  • I wrote this in 2007: Just how comfortable are you with being continually programmed, and thus exploited, by self-serving, hierarchy climbing, industrial/financial/political/religious scam artists? Have you yet recognized the influence their cynicism has had upon your values, your culture, the workings of your government, and your relationships with your fellow humans and other beings? Personally, I am grateful knowing that some of us are extremely uncomfortable, to say the least, with this perverse turn about of the true and lasting values, to which many of us were introduced when growing up. We have discovered, or have always known, that these values abide in our loving hearts, are addressed by conscience, and demand our allegiance. If, with patience, compassion, and determination, we remain attentive and intent on taking our stand on truth in our roles as tenant-caretakers, nothing will prevent heart after heart, and thus the world itself, from undergoing a glorious transformation.

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-02-18 14:51:50 // //
  • the screen is blank,i can`t read it,where else can i see it?? regards paddy.

    paddy // 2013-02-18 06:07:53 // //
  • It` s refreshing to hear someone of Dr Chopra`s importance voice my own thoughts on this subject. I find my life, at this point in time, rather frightening. My husband is recently retired on a small pension and I have a $70/week PT job and my social security. We have tremendous debts that we managed to whittle Down to about $15,000 but at 68 and 66 with The small income we have and with The necessities of home and food and Other every-life expenses.. We are already Struggling and now we find out that we Have an extra $400 to pay in Federal Taxes. What are we to do? We have both Desperately been trying to find jobs.. For over A year now..we`re sure it is age discrimination, Although we cannot prove it.

    Meg Barr // 2013-02-18 00:10:16 // //
  • I see all colours layered and combined to a deep well. Black is also the absence of light. But here all the light of layered tasks presents a heavy mask. Addressing what he does at all, is the proof of a strong man. One by one treating these tasks will lighten the burden, disperse the layers and begin to reveal glimpses of the light now masked at the end of the tunnel.

    onceuponadog // 2013-02-17 22:11:20 // //
  • If you are truly enlightened you should not judge either side. I am disappointed in Obama. He has divided this country more than anyone. We need a leader who will work on issues and it should not matter if you are liberal or a republican. Look at other countries where there is no freedom. We should be happy with what we have and strive to make a difference without the finger pointing.

    Disappointed // 2013-02-17 19:30:08 // //
  • Fortunately, the gulf between the new guard and the old will rise above the fray when those standing in Obama`s shadow are brought to their knees-before coming to their senses. A pragmatist in office will always have the winning ticket-

    cgerard143 // 2013-02-17 19:29:20 // //
  • I find it incredible that America continues to accept a congress that refuses to do the work of the nation, and constitutes a fatal obstruction to needed change, progress and transformation. With the rate of technological discovery and the complexity of problems to be addressed is it not clear that a few people - politicians at that - are no match for these challenges? With today`s tools for communication and collaboration it is possible to analyze, concept, and prioritize from a broader spectrum of experience and expertise. As the nation`s population ages, and more people escape the Wall Street illusion of money at all costs, they are more able to focus on what kind of a world we are leaving for our children and grandchildren. Wouldn`t setting the sensibility bar and solution options bar with our best and wisest be the conversation we should be bringing forward using these tools?

    Insight // 2013-02-17 17:33:50 // //