Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Berkeley, California

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way
Miles.   Berkeley, California

Traveling to a New America  Berkeley, CaliforniaMiles, what’s your take on America at this time?

“My take on America is that we’re in a time when there seems to be a loss of hope among the American people.  There also seems to be a lot of mobilizations happening, both at the grassroots level and at the State level.  There are different ideologies moving very powerfully in opposite directions, and therefore I see my role as a graduating student to do what I can to put my knowledge to work to help those who need it.  I think it’s a time right now where there is a lot of opportunity to make significant change.”

You talk about diverging ideologies and divisiveness, and that’s a problem right now.  What’s going to change that?

“What’s going to change all this is true leadership, and by that I mean an individual or group of individuals who know how to move people, who know how to speak to people, who know how to get people excited and get people to want to do things, to move, to mobilize, to make change.  Someone who knows how to corral a crowd and get chills on their spine and get them to want to do what they can to assist this country and assist those who need it most.”

As I hear you say that, people on both sides of the ideological divides might say the same thing.  You talk about mobilizing towards something – what is that something?

“I think mobilizing towards a realization among the American people of what is really happening in our government, what is really happening at the federal level, and how are their lives truly impacted.  I think it’s this sense of what we need to do to educate ourselves.  We need to get more disadvantaged and underserved communities into college .  We need to help people re-envision what’s important to them, what’s important to the world, what’s at stake in the world, and to think about the world larger than themselves, instead of these sometimes quite irrelevant problems that are simply entertaining us along the path.”

If you had a vision of a great America, what would it look like?

“America standing up for the interests of the average person and not the interests of the billionaires and millionaires, not the interests of a particular population of people, but doing what’s right for the average person, no matter their ethnicity, no matter their class.  Working together to help those that need it, working to lift those out of poverty, working to help spread the message that race isn’t real, that it’s a social construct, working to get more minorities and under-served communities to college.  Working to unlearn racism, working to acknowledge climate change, and working also towards engaging arguments from a perspective where we don’t want to prove the person wrong, we don’t want a win, but we want to genuinely help understand the issues that are at stake, genuinely understand their side, genuinely understand the coal miners’ perspective, why coal is important to them and their community, and not just berate them, talk down to them and tell them what they’re doing is wrong, but learning to understand one another and learning to press forward as a nation with common interests and help everyone, not a particular population of people.

What’s your personal dream?

“I want to inspire people, I want to move people.  I want to inspire people and to propel them to want to do something with their own lives and to do something to make the world a better place.”


A New Myth for America BuddhismJames Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books that are opening the way to a new vision of ourselves, a new dream of America, a new religion for the world.  This year and next, he is traveling to towns and cities all across America, meeting people and giving talks, under the banner of “Traveling to a New America“.

To arrange talks, contact the author.

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