I feel bad for rightwing America because it seems that Marianne Williamson has what it takes and many of her talking points are left of leftwing. But, and that’s what I want to emphasize, her main point is that measures and policy are not enough. We need to change on a deeper level for the world to improve. And that idea possibly could have come from a rightwing person too. Just, it didn’t.
Too many times, societal improvement has been tried while ignoring emotions and morality. Our (r)evolutions have been largely cosmetic. People need to change on the inside too in order for improvements to stay true to their initial ideals.
Still, she doesn’t hold of emotional change going instead of political action. For example, she tells us that the US owes the Black population repatriations for the slavery done to their ancestors. As long as that debt is not paid, racist society cannot be overcome and done away with.
I don’t want to help anyone get elected but I would love the US take the lead and open the floor to deeper arguments than just on the practical level. Maybe the US is the best country to do so, given its Hollywood and Facebook culture of fakeness and superficiality, and the present the best time to do so, given the moral bankruptcy of its present Presidency.
I am worried about one thing. As so many people persons who learned to give therapy, I don’t know if she knows the limit to that. There is no approach yet that could take care of really violent leaders who would just laugh at do goodies bringing them flowers. It won’t work with ruthless people like Hitler, Arafat or Putin. It would not work with violent mobs. I don’t know if she knows. She doesn’t talk much about her four Jewish grandparents or about Israel or Zionism. Does she understand that smiling at professional antisemites doesn’t work deep enough? I hope so. Maybe she had an abusive spouse – that could have taught her.
She may not succeed to become president. But at least, she should be credited for addressing these deeper aspects needed to improve the world for all and always. May that discussion never die down again.