This letter is by Lynn James Edmunds, of Wallingford.
After five years of attempting to understand the structure that allows dysfunction of our governance, Clif High’s video caught my attention because his explanation makes a great deal of sense.
Most seem to accept the premise that we are a nation of divided people. But my life experience tells me this is a false premonition designed to gin up conflict. My contention is when we pursue politics as usual rather than seeking the true nature of our presumed great divide, something must be invisible.
Last week, in a letter published at TNR, I shared Clif’s “Rabbit Hole” in hopes of revealing evidence that we are not as divided as some would have us believe. It is so easy to point fingers at each other or accuse the opposing political party for our failure to see the reasons contributing to our conflict, not realizing we are being played against each other. However, the blame game only makes us oblivious to our greatest invisible weaknesses.
I believe we need to help each other manifest change through understanding how easily we might be controlled without even realizing it. Knowing how to identify the tools that divide us is key to being able to work together successfully for our common good.
It is so tempting to focus on issues presented to us each and every day; they establish the drama for the next crisis. Yet one of the primary reasons for our divisiveness is agendas are chosen for us rather than by us.
It’s really all about good people caught in a captured system, not fully understanding how or who is manipulating them. Until we create an accurate and collective awareness of how division is engineered, nothing will free us from a captured state of indentured manipulation.
Yes, ultimately there is an enemy not easily visible, quite possibly someone you never heard of, or even someone you thought was an ally. Perhaps seeing the invisible requires looking through a different lens. And although it has taken me a lifetime, I am finally beginning to see with more clarity what I could not only five years ago.
Lynn James Edmunds