Thursday, May 23, 2013

Our politics need an infusion of enchantment now

"Enchanting Politics" , re-posted this month on Judy's Homegrown Blog, looks at local community involvement and an approach of service. Judy writes:
"The premiere expert in enchantment might be Thomas Moore, author of The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, among other books dealing with the soul. His definition of enchantment is: 'the transhuman voice or music rising from deep within nature or culture that seizes us with awe and spellbinding pleasure.' I have to admit; that’s about as far from how politics makes me feel most days.
Here is the problem: there is no soul in politics anymore. It is so devoid of anything real or essential, that it makes us cringe or recoil or even worse, it angers us."
While exploring a preferred approach for politicians, she suggests, "All of us eventually need to become political, if we are to have a life of meaning. "