The revulsion of the British people to recent revelations about corruption, abuse and deliberate distortion of news within media conglomerates for corporate and personal gain, and its influence on political decision-making, has shown that the exertion of people-power can work.
While I applaud evidence that the voice of a community is heeded by its leaders particularly over issues to do with values of integrity and compassion, it is important too to retain discernment, at all times if we can but especially when the results of our actions will change lives and even change history. It can be difficult to foresee what these results can be and therefore what to do; it can be difficult too to detach from overwhelming emotion to see the reality of a situation, and it is easy to be swayed by mass hysteria stirred by persuasive voices and bias.
We have seen a number of examples recently of demands for change – protests on the streets of Greece, public service workers marching in London, rebellion in Arab countries, for example, and of course international calls to account of News International. Some of these protests have been escalated by manipulators and vested interest groups, others have come from the heart, and this, perhaps is the key to our discernment on such matters. It is wonderful when we take action in whatever way, direct or indirect, we are called to do in order to honour our innate principles of decency, fairness, and kindness on behalf of others. It cannot, ever, be wrong. If on the other hand we are moved to speak out for change or indeed to resist change for our personal benefit or gain at the expense of the greater good, then we have more to learn about our responsibilities in the societal group we have chosen, and also about enacting the important principle of discernment.
People-power can work, indeed, but it is something to be used with caution. Like a strong medicine it can bring about miraculous results but, used carelessly, it can be toxic.
More information about the seven key Principles of Life as understood and taught by me can be found here.