WHO IS AMERICAN?
What is the Ideal Standard of Humanity?
Until recently, human beings did not realize they are an intrinsic part of the natural world. They are subject to the laws of nature. They are gifted with free will and can act destructively toward other inhabitants of the planet, whether these others are animate or inanimate. Yet just as the Founding Fathers of America wrote a Constitution to guide its inhabitants for peaceful governance, so too the Great Creator of the Universe, often referred to as God, has its own requirements or laws for the ongoing health of the planet. Human beings have been struggling for centuries to create laws similar to the American Constitution that will guarantee their (human beings’) ability to grow and prosper as freely as the other inhabitants of the planet. Trees begin as seeds and grow to their full height if unimpeded. All of the animals on the earth with the exception of human beings, are able to live and die naturally without an outside influence impeding, stultifying or destroying their natural progression through life.
Human beings, however, because of their great gifts are able to destroy not only themselves, but also other inhabitants of the natural world. As mentioned earlier, in the past they have done this without the understanding that the laws of the universe, like the Constitution for American humans are not to be violated without consequence.
The greatest thing humans have learned over the centuries is the need for reverence for life, something that’s intrinsic in the laws of nature which is always living even through catastrophic changes. Nature LIVES and has lived for a very long time with humans being the most gifted, the closest to the great Creator in terms of unimagined and as yet misunderstood capability and the intrinsic responsibility for that care and preservation which ensures natural growth, almost as partners with the great Creator and at the very least, as CUSTODIANS OF THE ONE AND ONLY PLANET EARTH.
Usually animals kill others for sustenance. Human beings need a reason to kill each other and also to mutilate the planet. Up until a couple of centuries ago humans, for the most part, killed each other in wars over so-called “possession of the land” or in defense of belief systems. They did not have the ability to inflict great harm to the rest of nature. After the Industrial Revolution, however, and the appearance of Capitalism, that changed. Tools were invented and refined with extraordinary speed and power. Humans were able to mine the resources of the Earth and the Sea and the Sky with total abandon except for the lure of money.
Money, an inorganic instrument, was created by humans as a tool to facilitate exchanges , in the beginning, to upgrade the barter system. Then came developing desires of humans awakened by the potential of anarchic or unregulated inorganic excesses that are sponsored by the as yet, misunderstood function of organic Capitalism. Organic Capitalism or that Capitalism that is proportionately attached to humans, has been overtaken by a mesmerizing drive by some humans to pursue money for its own sake, thus giving it their first allegiance over the God or the Creator of the Universe.
This so-called God of Money has now become the most dangerous threat to the survival of humankind and the planet. Why? Because it is causing the mutilation of the Earth, the Sea and the Sky and even the most sacred of all human priorities reverence for life. Whenever a life can be exchanged or sacrificed for money or a contract for Money, humanity itself is failing in its role of CUSTODIAN OF THE PLANET.
The American Constitution guarantees Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. When any of those guarantees are violated, the citizenry itself will need to take collective action to right the violation of NATURAL LAW before the Creator takes its own action.
Rev. Mary A. Mann, Ph.D., was born in Australia and is descended from early Queensland pioneers. Her father was an original ANZAC, a member of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915. Mary is a graduate of the University of Sydney, the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Southern California where she secured her Ph.D. in Communications and Theatre.
Her working career was in accounting where she became a Qualified Accountant in Australia and was the first Controller of the Pacifica Foundation in the 1970s.
Her academic career centered around her passion for finding out ‘why war’. Her first book on this topic, Anzac to Understanding included her father’s war letters and a social commentary on the global situation from the beginning of the First World War through the 20th century and it included the epic play ANZAC. The philosophy culminated in the book There Are No Enemies, a practical philosophy of life, which includes The Right of the Womb. Her theatre studies culminated in The Construction of Tragedy, Aristotle today in the theatre and she edited two editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book, 1978 and 1984.
Mary has been a member of Unity- and- Diversity since 1989 where she is now the Board Chair and co-edited the book Science and Spirituality with the founder of that organization. Rev. Leland Stewart.
She joined the Synthaxis Theatre Company in 1979. Her creative work includes Poems of Woman, editor of Mentoring Poems, four centuries of selected poetry, Tortoise Shell, taken from a journal of her great-grandfather documenting life in the early days of the State of Queensland, Australia, and under the aegis of Synthaxis, plays for youth and family audiences, Maria and the Comet and The Round Table, published as TWO FAMILY PLAYSand ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap, moving beyond guns and violence .
In North Hollywood, she is the co-host of Unbuckled No-Ho Poetry, a monthly poetry reading series since 2010, which you can view here:youtube.com/unbucklednohopoetry
Mary has been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who