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Deepak Chopra Interview Reveals the Solution to Washington Gridlock

Written by Philip Schawillie for www.policymic.com

 

On April 5, spiritual writer and public speaker Deepak Chopra presented his new book Spiritual Solutions on MSNBC's Morning Joe. I didn't expect to hear much more than what many would consider self-evident platitudes, when somewhere between the interview’s 5:30 and 6-minute mark host Joe Scarborough opined that today's generation is richer yet more miserable than the generation of the Great Depression because today's generation is more self-absorbed. As that discussion continued Dr. Chopra roused me from my smug cynicism by saying, "Stop looking at the world right now, even our politicians, through a Democratic window or a Republican window. We’re human beings. Look through the human window. Ask yourself, you know, what do we need, what do we want, and then go for it. Why all this attacking each other?"

 

Chopra had uttered a sentiment that I had held privately for some time but dared not voice in conversation, polite or otherwise. It was the feeling that if only we could see beyond the labels we impose upon ourselves and others, whether they be labels of ethnicity, nationality, religion, political affiliation, or stereotypes too numerous to mention, we'd learn that we share many of the same fundamental goals and dreams. Our disagreements concern the means of attaining them.

Chopra had uttered a sentiment that I had held privately for some time but dared not voice in conversation, polite or otherwise. It was the feeling that if only we could see beyond the labels we impose upon ourselves and others, whether they be labels of ethnicity, nationality, religion, political affiliation, or stereotypes too numerous to mention, we'd learn that we share many of the same fundamental goals and dreams. Our disagreements concern the means of attaining them.

 

Politicians all want peace, for example, yet differ on how to achieve it. Peace was the motivation for Ronald Reagan's military buildup, "peace through strength." Yet many saw Reagan as a warmonger, considering only the military growth and not its intent. Ultimately, the strategy helped end the Cold War, as the USSR's economic weaknesses sabotaged its efforts to keep pace. However, it's possible that different means may have accomplished the same end, or the USSR may have collapsed under its own weight. We'll never know. We can debate Reagan's methods forever, but there's one point on which we agree: The Cold War is over.

 

Watch the Morning Joe interview HERE!

 

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Bob - April 13, 2012
Deepak’s Teachings Reveal the Reason and Solution to Capitol Gridlock \n\nDeepak teaches the value of personal responsibility in all facets of life. In the USA system people give up personal responsibility to others in the form of representative government. Once personal power (responsibility) is given to a representative, it becomes concentrated and makes the representative more powerful because they have more responsibility. The more people they represent, the more powerful they become.\n\nThe only way to solve the gridlock in Washington is to take back personal responsibility. One way to do that is to vote. If enough people take back personal responsibility then change will occur that breaks the gridlock.\n\nNot enough people are taking back personal responsibility from their representatives and the evidence of that is continued gridlock.\n\nWashington State recently broke a lengthy budget gridlock by compromising to create a solution. The elected representatives feared that if a solution was not reached the voters would vote to take back personal responsibility from their representatives who might then find themselves out of office.\n \nThe solution to gridlock of any kind is to follow the teachings of leaders like Deepak Chopra who recognize the power of self or personal responsibility over everything else.\n\nBest…
Bob - April 13, 2012
Sorry, the Cold War would have been over with or without Reagan. And ask Iran and the Contras how peaceful was his intent. You need to pick a different example to prove Deepak`s point.
KarenGeorgetown - April 11, 2012
This is only one interpretation, even stated twice in the middle of the article :)Not really a solution, more a solace....
heartphone - April 10, 2012
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