*Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group
By Victoria Lynn Hall
This week Kerri and I decided to have our meeting on a different day in the hopes of seeing some new faces and we were happy to see the new to Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group but otherwise familiar face of our friend and fellow contributor, Lorie Michaels.
We were also joined by Michael Harrington who told us what really stood out to him about this post were these words:
“In every political disagreement we are seemingly left with only two choices. One that is clearly marked poison and another that someone has rubbed off the incriminating poison label, but what is inside (an elite corporatist-driven politics that is slowly, but surely becoming dangerously disagreeable to the average American’s well-being) remains.”
As Michael remarked, it seems that every election cycle the warning labels are rubbed off of our poison choices. The most recent exception he could remember to this was a campaign he worked on, George McGovern’s in 1972 –
“And we got beat so bad,” he recalled, then added, “but that’s okay…it wasn’t ever about winning, it was about standing.”
And then he asked the rest of us, “when was the last time you witnessed someone attempting something impossible politically?”
Marianne Williamson’s campaign was the first thing that came to mind, though it saddens me to say that we live in a world where the person who, in my opinion, has done the most good for it, was such a long shot to become President of the United States. But I didn’t truly know how much of a long shot she was before she ran. In fact, I didn’t know a lot of things then that I do now because she ran.
So many incredible things I didn’t know were possible happened to me because of the Williamson campaign that I can’t possibly look at it as a failure. However, had Marianne not been willing to fail, had she not had the courage and the confidence to try what others surely told her was impossible, I and so many others would have missed out on so much.
As I told the group, I think one of the many things missing in politics today is a willingness to fail. It seems to me these days that politicians try to figure out what’s possible before they even ask themselves what’s right or just or what will help create a world that works for all of us. Their need to win comes before any need to stand for something ethical, virtuous and true.
People consumed with winning as the only possibility they pursue will either win or lose. But people who stand for something; who pursue an ideal they may not realize, create new paths and paradigms with their efforts even when they fall short of that ideal.
Imagine the possibilities if more people chose to stand for their ideals instead of merely trying to win.
What makes some people willing to try and fail while others are more likely to pursue “success” at all costs? Perhaps it’s their mindset. Read this article on Brainpickings to learn about Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s research on The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives.
In Kerri’s original post and during the meeting, she talked about the episode of Ask Jesse below, where in some ways we talked about what isn’t possible, at least with the way our government is run now. Kerri told us that while some people, including myself at times, see Jesse as pessimistic, he actually makes her feel optimistic by how he breaks down and defines the problems that are standing in the way of the solutions that are possible:
Something I didn’t know was possible until recently; the pure joy of watching a young girl balance chickens on her head:
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A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.
Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.