Which of the following best describes your thoughts regarding the United Nations?

A. I don’t think about the UN. It’s just one of those institutions in the background of life have always been there and has no relevance for me in my day-to-day life. I got more pressing matters to think about… I’m not exactly sure why you’re writing on this “UN kick”… I’m surprised I’ve read this far in your article.

B. It was a great idea when they created it but the UN has never quite lived up to its original idea and vision. I still believe there is some potential usefulness to the United Nations, it does do some humanitarian good, but it could do a whole lot more.

C. The UN is a bad idea and it needs to be disbanded. I don’t agree with its political positions. My country needs to pull out its support.

There is no “none of the above”… you might have a slightly different opinion, but I suspect that one of these choices comes close to your thoughts. Pick one.

In my last article, I outlined how we are spiritually evolving and a potential vision for the future. I also described my belief that the United Nations is currently one of our best options to serve as a tool to assist us in moving up that evolutionary path. I recognize you might not agree. I’d love to hear your opinion.

If you believe as I that our thoughts create what we see in life, then you might consider that our thoughts about the UN have played a part in its level of success. How can it be a tool for our spiritual evolution if our beliefs about the tool range from ambivalence (choice A) to disappointment (choice B) to distrust and hatred (choice C)? No matter which of the above opinions you hold about the UN, you and your thoughts play a role in its potential success.

It seems that the loudest voice comes from those who would choose item C above. Recently I searched Twitter posts looking for any comments on the United Nations. The bulk of the tweets fell into two categories. There were a lot related to actor Don Cheadle being acknowledged by the UN for his humanitarian work. (This probably relates in my opinion to our fascination with celebrities, but that’s another topic.) The other category of tweets were variations on the theme of distrust, dislike and hatred of the UN.

These strong negative emotions regarding this global institution (as expressed by primarily American voices) point to some of these issues as their concerns:

  • America has financial issues and the UN costs us too much money.
  • The UN is too liberal.
  • The UN is all talk and no positive action.
  • America is the strongest country in the world and we don’t need to listen to the opinions of those other countries.
  • The structure of the UN is all screwed up giving too much power to countries that don’t deserve it.
  • The UN is a front for a movement towards “world governance” (just like the European Union and the talked about” North American Union”) where we are going to lose our power to a small elite group.

I want to be perfectly clear, whether or not any of these beliefs are valid is not my point here. My reason for describing the most vocally negative opinions (which I personally believe represent only a minority of Americans) is to highlight the high degree of fear about the UN that exists in parts of our culture.

Although we could analyze the reasons for why people would choose A or B above and how holding onto ambivalence or disappointment holds us back from creating a UN that can be a tool that truly “unites nations” and moves humanity in a positive direction, it is this strong emotion of fear that may be our greatest barrier to lifting the UN to its highest possibilities. As Roosevelt said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.

When you as an individual sense that you are acting from fear, it’s useful to pursue the underlying beliefs that are giving rise to the fear. By bringing these subconscious beliefs into our conscious awareness, we can hold them up and examine them. We can see if the beliefs still serve us or not. Then we can make a conscious choice. In many cases the old belief that gave rise to the fear is seen to be invalid and we can make a new and better choice, one no longer driven by subconscious fears. If America were a person who wanted to heal its fears, then it would have to look at its underlying cultural “collective consciousness” beliefs and determine if they still serve us. (Of course as always, the first step would be to move out of our denial that we are operating from fear. No healing is possible while we continue to point at our reasons “out there” as our justification for our beliefs and continue to deny that fear is our real motivation.)

So why is there so much fear? Is it fear of change? Is it fear of the unknown? Is it fear of a loss of control or power? Is it cultural hubris? It’s probably all of these and more. What you think? I would love to hear your opinion.

Next: a few thoughts and some questions for all of us on how we can move forward.



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