Posted by: Michael George Daniel | November 19, 2009


To experience, and thus prove on a personal level, a single miracle seems to offer the benefit of proving the existence of them in a broader sense. Although, if they exist at all, there may be many different kinds of miracles, there is one form that occurs frequently enough as to be useful to prove the point.

Do you believe in miracles? What if you could learn something that totally shifted your perspective and you began seeing things, the world, completely differently? Would you be open to that? What if the most intractable problems of the world, like hunger and poverty, melted in the face of such a miracle? Could you even accept that?

The bumper sticker on my car is a saying from Chief Joseph, the renowned Nez Perce humanitarian and peacemaker, “It does not require many words to speak the truth.”

Chief Joseph from 1889

Academic and author Michael Parenti gave a talk in 2007, recently aired on Free Speech TV entitled Lies, War and Empire. In this talk, Parenti makes the point about policies of organizations like the World Bank and the World Trade Organization that, despite their stated good intentions, fail to provide fundamental improvements to persistent issues of social and economic justice, hunger and poverty. He suggests that all great empires, including the current empire of the United States, are intentional. Although often characterized as accidental, or the result of divine providence, in fact empire derives from imperialism and it is a conscious intentional activity.

It is frustrating to observe the efforts and money directed toward policies that have on their face the stated purpose of solving problems of suffering in the world only to have those problems persist and grow. There is something counterintuitive about this lack of traction.

Yet, miraculously, as Parenti instructs, if we begin to view the lack of success of failed policies, such as those aimed at creating economic justice, as deriving from an underlying intention to exploit and profit from those very same people at whom the policy is directed, an inherent truth makes itself known. When we concede the point that a very tiny strata of super wealthy, powerful and influential people and organizations have clearly and materially benefited from these same policies, it makes even more sense.

That this makes sense is revealed not just through the rational pieces of the puzzle falling into place, but also through a feeling sense, a certain intuitive order that accompanies the emerging logical construction. Together these elements form a powerful, paradigm shifting perspective.

It is in this shift that the miracle is contained. What were once perceived as difficult, virtually unsolvable problems can now be seen as symptoms of shadow characteristics of our institutions and culture. Truly, these are aspects of our self. Hope and beauty, compassion and fire spring forth from this realization.

The miracle of solving the world’s problems is not an easy one to tackle, let alone describe or convince another to buy into. Yet if just a measure of the experience can be conveyed, if a door can be opened in which the miracle of a shift in perspective in any arena of life can be offered, there remains the possibility of an expansion of the dawning awareness. And if it can be done for one, it can be done for many.

For the world’s problems can, thus, be seen as solvable. We can reveal to ourselves all that would hold us back. We can use this consciousness to illuminate a choice, an opportunity to choose the world, and our own lives, as we would have them. The miracle becomes the fact, born of dream and fantasy, yet just around the corner in our physical existence that we can have and be anything we choose if only we allow for the certainty of miracles.



  1. […] polices that lull the public into thinking something is one way when in reality, it is not? See my prior blog about WTO and World Bank policies that just don’t seem to work. Is there a similarity here? I […]

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