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Wendell George | ‘Hunger Games’ describes challenges we face

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The “Hunger Games” is a wakeup call. In this movie the majority of the people are so overcome with fear, so incapable of thinking for themselves that they blindly follow the dictatorial leader.

Is this Syria, Iraq, Iran or North Korea? No, it is here in the U.S. The movie is a replay of the conditions leading up to the revolutionary war in America. The 13 districts symbolize the 13 colonies that formed the United States.

The first immigrants to America were one step removed from an aristocracy. They wanted independence but didn’t know how to achieve it.

In 1744 Ben Franklin observed true democracy practiced by the Onondaga’s of the Iroquois Confederacy. Tribal members were independent but responsible for their own actions. The only time the leaders of the Confederacy became involved was for major issues like famine or war.

Ben Franklin was instrumental in getting the U.S. Constitution to include a federal (national) government like the Iroquois. The 13 states ratified the Constitution in 1789 but it had to be amended many times to include individual rights. Eventually the 19th Amendment passed in 1920 enabling women to vote. Native Americans couldn’t vote until Congress acted in 1924.

What kind of democracy suppresses half of their population?

The “Hunger Games” is the recent expose of our false democracy. A continuing narrative has been written throughout history. To mention a few:

Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom,” George Orwell’s “1984,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” and Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”

How do we establish a mindset that will support and guarantee a true democracy?

First and foremost we must collectively develop an attitude of oneness, not only within ourselves, not only with our companions, but with all life and, beyond that, with the universe.

It is a common belief among Native Americans that we are all part of nature so if we hurt one we hurt all. In a society of unencumbered democracy individuals are enabled to take care of their own. They are given the freedom to make their own decisions without forceful guidance from government or social organizations. In this environment everyone is responsible for their own actions.

In 1971 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced a sense of “instant global consciousness” during his return trip from the moon on Apollo 14. This is a shift in consciousness. He concluded that a new consciousness is needed to recognize that we have caused our own dilemma and, with a new perspective, we can come out of it.

Can we embrace this new consciousness? We must because our survival depends on it.

Wendell George writes Go-la’-ka Wa-wal-sh (Raven Speaks). He can be reached via email at His books are available at the local book stores, tribal museum and Amazon.