Michael Drew · September 05, 2016
Pendulum in Action, societal despair, Pendulum, WE Cycle

Contrary to what a lot of people think, we’re doing okay. The economy is better than it was a decade ago, for one thing, and crime overall is down. But tell that to the haters.

But it’s always been like this at certain times in history: the negatives outweigh the positives. And an interesting article by Sam Kriss on Slate explains why.

Of course, […]

Michael Drew · August 23, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, social cycle

If you believe the fuming of the political sphere, the world’s in terrible shape. If you read news, the world’s in terrible shape (no one reports on what’s not happening, but what captures attention – and good things are, in a way, not noticed by the media).

This is puzzling, but it’s natural: we want catastrophe. Unfortunately, this leads to catastrophic, or at least, pessimistic thinking. Which can lead to the kind of turn in society we’re seeing now, a change that Roy H. Williams […]

Michael Drew · August 16, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, political events

It’s said that a lot of people are tired of being politically correct. As if thinking of others, of not wanting to hurt others, has become such a burden that a number of us cannot bear to hold back any longer. We lash out at the Other, we become angry in the face of people who seem, somehow, to be different from us because of where they’re from or what they look like or what they believe.

This is puzzling, but it’s happening. This is a divisive time in the United States, as a recent […]

Bob Hughes · August 10, 2016
Pendulum in Action, politics, European Union

We’re not alone in the world. Despite what some politicians wish, or despite what some people think is the best way to protect themselves, we can’t cut ourselves off from engagement with other nations or other people. A lot of people blame foreign trade or immigration for every problem they face, be it unemployment or lack of opportunity. And they think that if they could just close the borders, the country – whatever the country – would somehow revert back to some better time when […]

Michael Drew · July 27, 2016
Pendulum in Action, live in ignorance, action to reflection

People tend to believe lies, if those lies reinforce ignorant beliefs or suppositions. One of the more telling moments in the recent referendum on whether Britain should remain or leave the European Union came from Michael Gove, a politician who wanted people to vote “leave.”

He said with a sneer during a television interview, “The British people are sick of experts,” meaning those who predicted that Britain leaving the European Union would harm the economy and the country’s standing in […]

Bob Hughes · July 15, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, register to vote

This is an election year. A big election year. And yet, and yet – a lot of people who are eligible to vote won’t show up at polling stations to vote.

Not because of difficult voter-ID laws (which are problematic and undemocratic). But because of either apathy or protest.

But votes count. Even if your candidate doesn’t win, by voting you’ve taken a small but significant action toward making your opinion matter. A lot of young people who supported Bernie Sanders didn’t vote for him […]

Bob Hughes · July 06, 2016
Pendulum in Action, stock market, referundum in Britain, fear of foreigners

Last week’s vote on a referendum for Britain to leave the European Union confirmed what many people have begun to see more and more of in today’s society: we’re living in fear. We prefer to close up than to look outward, to cast blame rather than to work with others, to point to foreigners and immigrants as the root of problems.

This is troubling. Despite whatever the small-minded may think, you cannot shut out the world and live better, safer or happier. You’re dangerously naïve to […]

Michael Drew · June 27, 2016
Pendulum in Action, political climate, We Cycle, referendum in Britain

In last week’s post on the change to our current WE Cycle, I spoke about how our beautiful WE Cycle dream of working together for the common good has lost some of its momentum, and more and more people are feeling that this working together has become a burden, a duty, an unwilling obligation and a terrible sacrifice.

You can see this in the current political climate, and the recent results of the referendum in Britain, where a majority voted to leave the European Union, casting into […]

Bob Hughes · March 09, 2016
Pendulum in Action, politics, presidential election

How many times do you tell yourself, “Well, that’s finally over”?

I thought that way about the Oscars, and I wasn’t even in the U.S. when they were broadcast. I’m simply glad I don’t have to read about them, or deal with the speculation or the ridiculous click-bait “cheat sheets” or ballots or takedowns on who was wearing what or who said what that pop up on news feeds or on news sites.

Unfortunately, people will already start to speak about next year’s broadcast or awards choices, […]

Bob Hughes · March 03, 2016
Pendulum in Action, freedom of speech, political party, WE Cycle

If you’re not on Facebook, you can’t simply un-follow or un-friend people who disagree with your political beliefs as you can on that site. Most people try not to engage in political discourse at the dinner table, but what about elsewhere, what about the workplace, or when do your private political views interfere with your work? This is a highly charged political year, and the shouting is only going to get worse. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, but what are the proper […]