Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In the Land of the Braves, Hillary leads The Way






I have been waiting more than a day before writing this piece, because once something of this magnitude happens, you have to absorb it within your own Consciousness and make it up along the way.

I had the privilege of meeting Hillary Clinton when I was a young Intern at CNN in DC back in 1996. I think it was my first "big assignment".

It was a celebration of the Presidents Interagency Council on Women, at the National Press Building in Washington DC.

I do remember the cerimony consisted in a documentary projection that lasted for a while. 

Hillary Clinton was facing the crowd but she was able to stay with her head turned back so that she could watch the movie screen without showing her back to her audience and she stayed in that position without moving for the whole duration of the movie.

I was impressed.

I never saw anything like that before. I am from Europe and there's no chance you could see something like this here, not at that time and certainly not at that level. (Not even now I would say)

That was my first lesson on Leadership: never turn your back to your audience. I won't ever forget that sense of respect she was able to transmit not only to me but to all the people who were there at that event.

I was so inspired by such a demonstration of energy I eventually did something you are never supposed to do, especially if you are a fresh CNN Intern and you want to make a career in journalism. Hence, I decided to join a line of women who were there to meet Hillary and shake her hand.

I was the last in line and she was almost leaving but once she saw me, she turned back and streched her whole body over a crowd control barrier only to shake my hand. She stretched her body so much I was fearing she was going to fall but instead she loooked me in the eyes and she said: "Nice to meet you".

She expected I would have said something back to her and I think for the first time in my life I did not know what to say as I was just standing in front of her in a contemplation state.

I was not embarassed nor was she I guess, but what really surprised me was her enthusiasm in meeting new people.

I think I was born with a couple of notions here and there on how human nature works and what really impressed me was the fact she was not playing a role but she was authentically and sincerely there. 

My encounter with her only lasted a dozen seconds but to me it was extremely enlightening because when you meet someone whose consciousness is so inclusive you always learn something new and you make a step forward into your awareness process.

Luckly my Producer did not see me while I was harassing Hillary Clinton but I couldn't do otherwise as she was just a massive flow of energy I wanted to see it closely whether that was real or not.

I have never been a celebrity worshipper but you can tell I am a Consciousness worshipper and I was completely dazed by that encounter because you couldn't ignore the energy she transferred not only to me but to the whole crowd who were there for her.

Back to present day, when I saw Hillary Clinton being portrayed together with the Pussy Riot, I can't say it didn't surprise me, but I was absolutely expecting something of that magnitude was going to happen as that's what I have been saying in my articles in the past five years.

I didn't know when it was going to happen and who would have made such a shift but certainly I didn't expect it happened that soon.

People who talk about marketing stunt just make me smile. I would like to tell them: "you can't be just a little bit pregnant", either you are with the Pussy Riot or you are not. 

As the Latins used to say "tertium non datur" ("no third possibility is given").

America is the symbol of leadership in itself, because of its exceptionalistic nature, its understanding of individual responsibility, its culture of bravery and its hate for tyranny. 

I think legitimizing the Pussy Riot was not an easy decision but it was one of the  smartest move in the history of U.S. politics.

In comparison, Richard Nixon's visit to China is nothing.  

I am not talking about the Ukrainian conflict, because this is a statement that goes well beyond that. Only a blind would see it as a way to respond to Russia. 

The extent of such a huge political statement completely depends on how You are going to see it and how you are going to use it.

You have to realize our planet is split in two different visions, you can call them dimensions, state of mind, whatever you prefer. 

On one side you have the arrogance and the dispotism of a few powerful people who just want to control the planet's economy. Controlling the economy implies controlling politics and that's the way it worked until today, when a giant bug entered the system and completely hacked it. 

This bug is called "visibility". 

In today's world everything and everyone are visible. You can't hide and you can't even run.

What happens is that visibility automatically involves a conscious judgement on the legitimacy of your behaviour. Are you behaving badly? Everyone would know it right away.

In today's world, if you are a leader you must be visible and you must behave accordingly to the core values we have reached today as a civilization, who constantly confronts itself throughout Facebook and twitter, otherwise you immediately become "the bad guy" and you get framed in that picture forever. 

No question about it. In today's world you can't mess up. Whether you are a movie director, a journalist or a world leader if you act badly you are a negative character. Period.

Not by chance and in more than one occasion, Republicans openly supported Vladimir Putin's aggressive policy, because he's visibile and apparently he is not afraid of the public judgement.

In response Hillary Clinton stands up for the Pussy Riot. 

Who do you think the majority of Americans and the rest of the world would stand for?

Despite my appreciation of Vladimir Putin's charming attitude and his enormous intelligence, ruling by fear and intimidation is so last millennium.

Especially in terms of leadership, because of the visibility problem that carries with it the sudden judgment not just of the Russian people but of the whole planet that cannot have other outcome than total disproval. Basically it's a losing strategy by definition. 

Although the verve surrounding these willing human beings might lead them to become creative. They can even decide to stage a planetary show to avoid the "visibility problem".

Although the problem is that staging something in the era of Consciousness is like trying to dam Niagara Falls with toothpeaks.

That's why former President George W Bush started to make paintings. That's the only form of expression he's allowed to. Kinda sad.

The only chance that President Bush has to get back to the surface is to completely change his position and his point of view.

Do you realize how different is today's world compared to the latest Bush Presidency?

The concept of bravery for example has been completely reversed and Hillary Clinton sealed this major shift in our planet's consciousness when she decided to sponsor a group of Russian hooligans whose American reference is Occupy Wall Street.

Being brave today means having no fear, because real awareness leads you to the knowledge that fear is the most primitive nonsense that only exist and tries to survive on the most remote regions of this disgraced planet. 

Consciousness defies fear in the very same moment it pops up. Why? Because Consciousness is Eternal while fear is based upon the concept of death as the end of everything which is a Neanderthalian concept.   

Personally I would define Hillary's move as the most revolutionary political statement that a Western leader has ever done in recent history.

The inspirational act of leadership made by Hillary Clinton is a clear direct message to the Koch Brothers, the Tea Party and those 13 people who think they can keep running this planet while staying hidden behind the scenes.

We know You. We know what You do and things changed as this is a changing world.

This is not a game anymore, otherwise they could have changed the rules, but they can't change the rules as rules today are supervised by the planet's majority. I am talking about the majority of people, because we can only have one majority. 

Our leaders make choices every single day. They are there to inspire Yourself. Making a difference it's up to You and Yourself only.

E Pluribus Unum




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Gianluca D'Agostino worked for CNN in Washington DC and for Associated Press in Rome and Tirana. Holds a Ph.d in Theory of Information and Communication and worked as Researcher at the Department of English at Stanford University. www.facebook.com/GLDAG  
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