A Revolutionary Idea to Transform Today's Divisive Political Environment--Part I

Posted by: Rita George on March 09, 2016

Quantum science has validated for years that our thoughts, emotions, actions and words are creative forces; they create our individual and collective reality.  When we are ‘for’ something, we are creating a positive energy field where new creative solutions to problems can emerge.  When we are ‘against’ something, we promote fearful and negative energy which blocks creativity and innovation.  We attempt to solve problems from the same consciousness that created it. 

Each of us—politicians and voters alike—are responsible for the energy we express in our daily lives.  We are all responsible for understanding that our words, thoughts, actions and emotions are creating our present reality. The present political environment is divisive with people supporting the candidate who they believe can solve the ever increasing social, economic, cultural, and environmental crises.

Different schools of political thought either espouse:  revolution with radical change or evolution with gradual change. This black or white syndrome has captivated our country and is re-wiring our brains.  Many of us no longer seek the middle ground, or see the value of initiating compromise so everyone wins.   Blending both revolutionary and evolutionary change allows us to collaborate, cooperate and access innovative approaches to improving people’s lives and resolving crises.

Politicians could learn a lot on how to govern and create economic and social change from ancient wisdom.  They could resolve crises and transform the world by embracing the ancient wisdom of the Phoenicians—wisdom which is actually modern. 

What governing principles or philosophy were behind the development of the Phoenician society; was it revolutionary or evolutionary?   The true story of the Phoenicians has been revealed over the last few decades from new historical and archeological discoveries.

The Phoenicians positively impacted nearly every culture they encountered for thousands of years. We can learn many things from a small group of Phoenicians who lived in Byblos, Lebanon in 3,200 BC.  They were masterful at combining revolutionary ideas to advance the development of their society while, at the same time, being evolutionary in their day to day operations. 

The Phoenicians were accomplished merchants and traders. For example, the Egyptians who had been their trading partners for 300 years. Briefly, one day Phoenician traders returned to Byblos with a problem.  The Egyptians wanted to trade cedar trees for gold.  An Egyptian leader was keen on building a huge temple and needed the cedars which were plentiful in Lebanon.  The Phoenicians did not have the boats to deliver the cedars. 

A meeting was called in Byblos with all the members of the Phoenicians society.  It was decided that they could deliver the cedars if all their people pooled their considerable talents and resources.  They would participate as equal partners in the trading venture; thus, working in collaboration and harmony rather than conflict and competition with each other.  Together they would cut five massive cedar trees, transport the trees from the mountain to the seashore, build the massive boats to deliver their products and train the crew to successfully navigate the boats to Egypt.

A revolutionary idea was put forth that fateful day—an idea that would create pervasive and radical change in their society and one that was accomplished by peaceful action.

 

The Phoenicians established Seven Principles—the Phoenician Blueprint—which governed their society. The Principles are:

  • International Trade:  formed alliances with every culture and developed lasting relationships
  • Forming Partnerships Within and Outside their Society:  everyone was viewed as a friend/partner
  • Resolving all Conflicts Peacefully:  practiced peace vs. war; resolved conflicts with diplomacy and negotiation
  • Tolerating all Religions:  respected others’ religious beliefs, customs and traditions
  • Treating Women with Respect:   women were equal partners in business, civic, community, sporting and all affairs
  • Equality:  economy was inclusive; everyone prospers from trade; equal representation with one vote 
  • Privacy:  cultivated harmony rather than boasted about their achievements and material wealth.

The second part of this article is Politicians’ Can Learn How to Govern and Create Social and Economic Change from Ancient Wisdom—Part II.