I received the following mail today from my friend Sunny Genz, an amazing person who I believe in and is running for State Representative this coming election year. Please read!
I am the candidate with a greater vision. Some of you may know this about me, but many of the voters do not. In order to be successful in the November election, I need your support. I will have to send mail to the 16,000+ people in my district. I need to have literature to leave with them when I visit their homes. I would like to have yard signs available for my supporters. As you know, political campaigns are not publicly funded, but must rely on private donations from individuals. I will need to raise thousands of dollars to meet my campaign goals.
I have made it easy for you to donate to the “Sunny for A Brighter Future” campaign.
I have a paypal account so you can contribute online with a credit card. All you need to do is reply to this message and specify the amount you would like to contribute. (If the amount is $50 or more you will need to include your home address for my records.) You will be sent an invoice for your desired amount via email. (Maximum of $1000) Please open the email and in just a few clicks your donation is complete. Only reply to this email if you are making a donation (email@example.com). If you want to send well wishes or personal comments, please compose a new email. Know that I am grateful for all of you, with or without a contribution!
For those of you who do not already know: I am a proud Democrat running for Seat12B in the Idaho State House of Representatives.
Another way you can help my campaign locally is with a letter to the editor (Idaho Press Tribune or The Statesman). Thank you for your support!
Here is the greater vision I had in mind when I awoke this morning:
We will create a world that works for everyone. We will let go of old thinking. Idaho will be known as the state that leads by example. We will create communities that are sustainable, loving and compassionate.
We will utilize new technologies to move forward into the next century. We will do this knowing that the only real limitations are those we hold in our minds. We will shift our thinking to allow for the change to unfold in a way that all can embrace. Change is good, and inevitable. “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
Our attachment to excess material wealth will fall away as we learn to appreciate the greater gifts this world has to offer. Our communities will be cooperative and inclusive. Each and every individual will have opportunities to develop their potential, and the power of human potential is so great, we have only to tap it to discover the greatness. Knowledge will be shared freely and those who wish to learn will not be denied due to lack of financial wealth. We will understand the absurdity of withholding information, and will grow to understand that knowledge is the greatest wealth, one that is meant to be shared. We will discover that schools without walls have their place in our new society. Children will be allowed to explore their world, to learn and grow in a more natural way. To spend time in the outdoors and with elders sharing stories and ideas. We will create learning resource centers where there are no standards or grades, but the passion for learning can be embraced by those who seek knowledge, wisdom, and hands-on experience. We will embrace our humanity and love of learning in a flexible, non-judgmental, and non-compartmentalized way that the current educational approach does not typically allow.
How will we create a greater society you ask? We will begin by building green. That means in a way that is in harmony with the natural world. There is great integrity in being in balance with the environment. We will realize we are not separate from the living world in which we inhabit, but a part of the system. We are organic beings and we will come to understand the natural flow of organic material, to us, and from us, in a beautiful cycle of life. We will not only build green with energy efficient designs and sustainable non-toxic materials, but we will utilize renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power. We will begin to drive electric vehicles that are sensible and safe. We will utilize human power in a way that enhances our health and well being. We will create a network of paths that flow smoothly throughout our community, allowing easy access for all.
We will create community gardens that are in harmony with the natural setting. We can conserve our water with drip irrigation systems and grow a variety of diverse plants, knowing that biodiversity among agricultural crops helps to ensure healthier biota. We will learn from the wisdom of other human cultures, and as information begins to flow freely without a monetary attachment, all will benefit. We will create community centers where safe food storage and food preparation classes will be held and community cooking and food sharing will take place. We will trade seeds rather than buying seeds from big corporations such as Monsanto. We will learn to grow without dependence on fertilizers that are petroleum based, as we raise our food organically, and enrich the soil with compost.
We will eat food that is not heavily processed; without additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. We will not consume the great amounts of saturated fats that are clogging our arteries in today’s lifestyle; but will learn the value of healthy eating and will understand how to nourish our bodies in ways that enhance our quality of life, rather than diminish it. Our wellness clinics will be accessible to everyone. Their will be dietitians, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, naturopaths, herbologists, energy specialists utilizing practices such as reiki and acupuncture, as well as doctors trained in western medicine.
We will create a justice system that utilizes mediation and peaceful resolution practices. We will practice restorative justice. We will release the many who are imprisoned in this country for use, possession or sale of illegal substances. We will address substance abuse in a way that is compassionate and practical. We will not label these people criminals, but will instead offer compassionate and effective means of rehabilitation in order to free them from their addictions.
We will encourage and support the development of companies that create products that contribute to a sustainable society. For example; businesses that create human powered vehicles or renewable energy technology will be valued, and non-profit service based community organizations will be enhanced. Here in Idaho I believe we could create a productive industry with the use of industrial hemp. We have the land to grow the raw material to produce cloth, paper, and rope. We could open paper mills, textile mills, and clothing companies. People in the community could work reasonable hours, no more than 6 per day. I believe people need more time to spend with their families and time to enjoy life through recreation and social activities. Non-profit organizations will be supported, allowing them to value their staff and more commonly pay stipends, rather than relying so heavily on volunteers. Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute to their community in a meaningful way. Everyone will compensated fairly for their contributions.
We will teach our children peace, not violence. Plato said that what we show our children; they become. We will choose to show them beauty. I am so disappointed that I am raising my children in a society that produces games that simulate mass murder, movies that demonstrate violent and murderous acts on a grand scale, and a federal administration that advocates the use of heavy artillery and high tech weaponry to inflict death, destruction and devastation on other human societies who share our planet. If we show our children violence, they will learn to be violent. If we train our children to kill, they will become killers. If we teach them the value of cooperation and sharing they will learn to practice these virtues. If we treat them with respect, they will learn to respect themselves and others. If we allow them the freedom to grow and blossom into their own unique expressions of the divine, they will share with us their unique gifts and talents and the world will become a much more beautiful place.
We need to first shift our thinking. We need to recognize and understand our own power to create our world. We must understand that we reap what we sow. It is done unto us as we believe. If we believe in a world that is full of the wonder, joy, and peace, and know that this world is possible, so shall we manifest our world. A world that excludes no one! A world that is full of compassion, love and happiness, a world that we all deserve. Please do not limit yourself with negative thinking. We have the power to choose the future for ourselves. Each one of us is precious! We are all valuable. Each one of us has power, and together we can do it. Si se prede. Opportunity, options, and optimism! Sunny for a Brighter Future!
Peace and Love,
I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.
This is the way of Peace: Overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. — Peace Pilgrim
It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. — Eleanor Roosevelt