Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again

Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again

by Glenn Aparicio Parry

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Overview

To recreate a whole and sacred America, it is important to piece together the forgotten fragments of history that are currently keeping the country divided. Just as a traditional Native American potter begins a new pot with shards of old pots—honoring the ancestors, bringing the energies of the past into the present—Original Politics reconstellates the nation as a whole out of the seemingly disparate shards from our origins. The most significant forgotten piece is the profound effect Native America had on the founding values of this nation.

Original Politics convincingly demonstrates how the best aspects of the founding vision of America were inspired, or directly appropriated, from living, Native American cultures: concepts such as natural rights, liberty, and egalitarian justice. Further, Parry traces the influence of Native America not only on the founding fathers, but on the ‘founding mothers’ of the nineteenth century women’s movement; as well as the nineteenth century abolitionist and modern ecological movements. Native America has inspired what Parry sees as the sacred purpose of the nation: bringing all the world’s peoples together on one soil in a harmonious cultural mosaic of unity in diversity. While there have been periodic setbacks (devolution) in our nation’s history, including today, these only serve as catalysts reigniting our sacred purpose. America is creating a new melting pot, and like the original vision, it will be a creation from the many into the one—only this time it must not leave anyone out. This includes the natural world.

Original Politics is ultimately about respecting all forms of life and all forms of political expression as different aspects of one whole. It is a reclamation project that brings people, land, and nation together as one. The overall effect of the book is profoundly healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781799931362
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, is also the author of the Nautilus award-winning book, Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature (North Atlantic Books, 2015), and an educator, ecopsychologist, and political philosopher whose passion is to reform thinking and society into a coherent, cohesive, whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the director of a grass-roots think tank, the Circle for Original Thinking. He earned his BA in Psychology from Allegheny College and went on to earn both his MA in East-West Psychology and his PhD in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit conferences from 1999-2011, moderated by Leroy Little Bear, that brought together Native American and Western scientists in dialogue. He has appeared in several documentary films, including Journey to Turtle Island by Spanish film maker Miryam Servet and SEEDing Change: A Retrospective of the Language of Spirit Dialogues, directed by Joyce Anastasia and produced by the Foundation for Global Humanity. Parry is a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Theosophical Society as part of a life-long interest in bridging the arts and sciences. His first career was as a rock and roll booking agent in Woodstock, NY. He has lived in northern New Mexico since 1994.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xvii

Part 1 Unitive Consciousness 1

The Peacemaker and the Tree of Peace 3

1 Original Unitive Consciousness 7

2 The Seeds of a Uniquely American Character 25

3 Native American Influence on the Founding of the United States 39

4 Preserving the Union for the Long Term: Overcoming Division Through Checks and Balances 57

Part 2 Dance of the Opposites 77

5 Dual Aspects of Wholeness 79

6 The Birth of the Modern Democratic and Republican Parties 99

7 Historical Influences on the Politics of Gender and Race Relations 119

8 A Country in Conflict: The Civil War Comes Full Circle 135

Part 3 Maximum Diversity 153

9 The Apocalypse: The Ending of Our World Order? 155

10 The Turning Point: The 2016 Election Amid Changes to Society 173

11 The Trickster President: A Necessary Devolution Before Evolution? 193

12 Fascist America or Sacred America? 217

Part 4 Return to Wholeness 235

13 Making America Sacred Again: First Steps 237

14 The Dream of Mother Earth: A Turtle Island Renaissance 253

15 Biophilia: Love of Life and Nature in the Face of Climate Change 265

16 From Politics to Love: A Journey from Fragmentation to Wholeness 279

Acknowledgments 293

Endnotes 295

Index 315

About the Author 333

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