We have the opportunity to open up our scope of imagination and reach for a better world which will treat all people with dignity and respect. Edward Snowden's actions open up a much larger conversation about the relationships between citizens and their governments. Martin Luther King in his 1964 "Big House" speech anticipated that one day the world would begin to see itself as a family which has inherited a big house and must now find ways to occupy that house in dignity and peace and freedom:
"Our hope for creative living in this world house that we have inherited lies in our ability to re-establish the moral ends of our lives in personal character and social justice. Without this spiritual reawakening we shall destroy ourselves in the misuse of our own instruments."
I believe that Edward Snowden has taken a step toward that vision. He gives us an opportunity to see it for ourselves. He gives us the opportunity to ask what we would do if we were in his shoes? Are we ready?
The song "True Colors" by Tom Kelly, John Kenneth Wetten and Billy Steinberg best reflects how I feel about Edward's Snowden's desire to be true to his heart:
"...If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there
And I’ll see your true colors
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
Added September 5, 2013
"Those who awaken never rest in one place.
Like Swans, they Rise and leave the lake.
On the air they Rise and Fly an invisible course.
Their food is Knowledge. They live on Emptiness.
They have seen how to break Free.
Who can follow Them?"