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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Choosing Change

Choosing Change
Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:15 am PST by Jeff Jawer

Here in the U.S. we’re heading toward another election when the similarities between the presidential candidates on core issues are far greater than their differences. We’ve grown accustomed to the illusion of choice as supermarket aisles are filled with a hundred kinds of soda pop that are all basically carbonated water, sugar and flavoring. Consumers are flooded with advertising touting the benefits of various brands, as if buying Coke or Pepsi is a decision that really matters. The fault, though, does not lie in the stars or with the companies that produce and promote these products. The responsibility for making change and hard choices is ours alone.

Change is necessary if we are going to avoid falling into economic and cultural decline. It is also necessary for personal growth and, perhaps, our collective survival. It is unlikely to come from the upper echelons of public or private institutions, where leaders won't want to risk their comfortable positions by shaking the status quo. In these days of innovative Uranus in independent Aries, change must come from individuals like you and me.

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