There are moments and times in history when an event that is real also becomes a symbolic event, a 'meta'-event, playing upon the consciousness of mankind in unseen ways, evoking responses that are pre-conscious or subconscious. This expansion of a moment in history is not about manipulation by the news media, nor about the direct appeal of a nation or people to possess a portion of the world stage. Rather, it is a reflection of 'currents of consciousness' that are global - passing through much of the world's population as it evolves into a greater understanding of itself.
Events that participate in this current - that send a 'signal' to global consciousness, may not be the most significant events to the world as a whole, though they may be. Rather, such events create an interaction with the inner meaning
of the event. They awaken dormant attitudes within us as we respond in some measure. The massive protest in the Ukraine is one such event. It may be given undue coverage by American media, as compared, for example, with the still present crisis in Iraq and in Darfur. It may be manipulated by American media for purposes of news sales or even by government spokespersons to distract from other issues. Certainly, our awareness of the drama in Kiev can only exist because of media itself - because of technological advancements which allow us to see, hear, and feel something 'live' taking place. But all this does not
add up to the 'signal' value of an historic event. The 'signal' value is the 'inner voice' of the event. It is life and God speaking through history, evoking a step-wise progression of the expansion of consciousness.
What is the protest in the Ukraine about? One young woman in the gathering in front of the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, put it this way when asked by an NPR reporter what the assembled crowd wanted. She said: "We want truth; just truth," referring to the purportedly widespread election fraud that had just taken place, resulting in the election of Viktor Yanukovych rather than Viktor Yuschenko, the opposition candidate. This is the 'signal' that comes from Kiev. It is the protest against deception on behalf of truth.
It is also a protest against government secrecy, on behalf of accountability to the people. To take it seriously is to begin to notice how accustomed we are, not just within the United States but within the world as a whole, to believe that governments will deceive us. The list of examples of accusations of deception, when
one begins to think about it, is quite long. Here are but a few:
Election fraud in Ukraine
Election tampering in the U.S.
Israel's intentions toward Lebanon, Syria
Iran's hidden nuclear intentions
Sudanese former denial of complicity with the 'janjaweed' and current denial of continued military action, despite a truce signed with the rebels
U.S. misrepresentation of intentions in conducting war in Iraq
U.S. misrepresentation of the nature of the 'insurgency' in Iraq as 'foreign terrorists'
U.S. intentions toward Iran
Russian policy toward Chechnya
U.S. intentions via "Patriot Act II".
Within this list, we are talking about questions raised concerning deliberate
deception - deliberate misrepresentation of facts related to the above. There are, of course, actions taken by governments that do not qualify as 'deliberate'. Rather, they should be called 'semi-deliberate', or partly conscious, partly unconscious.
The world as a whole is facing a 'crisis of truth'. It is facing within itself the tendency to accept and foster deception as a practice in order to insure that certain goals will be met. The public, both in America and elsewhere, have become accustomed to governmental lies and coverups. Some feel that this is more true in the U.S. than elsewhere. It is hard to say if this is so. It may be that it is more shocking when deception occurs within a nation whose history is so thoroughly based in principles of democratic government - government which involves accountability to the people.
What is important about the Ukraine, then, is not only to care about the people and their genuine striving for a more honest government, but to hear the 'signal' that we are being sent. For not only the election results are on trial here. The election results may be changed, they may be upheld. There may be more protest. There may be confrontation between opposing factions. But what is really on trial is our capacity to believe in truth and in the government of nations - to believe that truth and accountability to the people will triumph over the hidden and not-so-hidden agendas of a select few. This is of concern not only abroad, but at home as well. What is on trial is our determination to live in a world where everything is not just 'spin' - where hope and trust remain that a better world is possible. This is why the Ukraine speaks to us. It is
because it infiltrates both our fears and our hopes, our disillusionment and our dreams, so that we become more aware, however subliminally, of where we stand in relation to these issues.
If we have become accustomed to deception, we should take heart from the now visible protest going on in Kiev - not because it is necessary that we take to the streets as well, but because through this participation in consciousness, it is possible to reinvigorate our own ideals. And if it turns out that the protests do not achieve the results they seek at this time, but a different result, this will not change anything concerning the 'signal' that is being sent to mankind's consciousness. For the 'signal' does not only concern the immediate outcome of this particular situation, at this moment in history. It concerns, more importantly, the hundreds of thousands who have gathered together to stand for something. It concerns courage, and dedication, and hope, and risk, in braving both the extreme cold and the possibility of governmental reprisals in order
to express what they believe in. This is the 'signal' that the media sends out as it creates extensive coverage of the Ukranian post-election process.
The battle between truth and deception is not over today, nor will it be over no matter which side 'wins' in this present conflict. For the battle between truth and deception is also a battle between light and darkness. It is important for us to know this so that we can become more active in choosing to participate on the side of light. We do this by remaining aware, by holding God within our hearts, by listening carefully, by caring deeply, and by commiting ourselves to bringing greater truthfulness into our own lives so that we may stand for what we believe in as well.
"Analysis: Ukraine's poll drama." (Nov. 23, 2004)
"In pictures: Ukranian poll rallies." (Nov. 24, 2004)
"Ukraine state TV in revolt." (Nov. 26, 2004)
"Behind the scenes at Kiev's rally." (Nov. 28, 2004)