Awareness of our global oneness has always been a spiritual feeling for me. As a result, I've always appreciated the ecological activists' phrase, "Think globally, act locally." But I never thought this idea applied to politics. I've long felt that my vote is meaningless and that nothing I do or say will really make any real difference. Wow, was I mistaken!
"Global Sense" by Judah Freed turned around my whole concept of what it means to be a global citizen. Now I understand that what I think in my head and what I do in the world every day changes life on earth for everybody.
I was especially hit hard by Freed's idea that those of us with global sense who act from our conscience actually have more power in the world than all the presidents and kings and dictators put together. He says that by each of acting on what we know inside is right, from the products we buy to the the politician we elect, our combined strength (without any central organization) is enough to make all the power addicts on earth quake in their boots. I like that. I never realized before that I am so powerful.
The book also helped me to see that "government by the consent of the governed" means I have the right to change my government's policies. If my government is making laws without my consent that violate my "natural rights," such as the USA Patriot Act, then my government is no longer morally legitimate, according to Tom Paine, and therefore loses its right to govern. This idea shakes up my mental blocks. I'm not in favor of a revolution (nor is Freed), so this means that my vote is important. More than that, this means I have to closely monitor the actions and policies of those I elect to make sure they stay accountable to me! Seems like we all need to do do this.
Another idea that really hit home is that my personal growth is the key to democracy and world peace. The book says I have to manage my personal freedom responsibly if I want to enjoy freedom in the society. The books says that if I want peace in the world, I have to cultivate peace within myself. This is common sense, but it never occurred to me before.
So, if you want to read a book that will change how you think and feel about yourself and your power in the world, I strongly encourage you to read "Global Sense."