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

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way.
Jan.  Fresno, California.

Fresno, Ca.  Traveling to a New AmericaJan, what’s your take on America at this time?

“That we’re in chaos. I find it very disturbing, because we’re segregated, everybody’s separating apart instead of coming together.  It’s very lonely I would think, because nobody’s communicating.  It’s hard to see progress when you have all these diverse groups separating from each other, and instead of looking at our common ground , our similarities as human beings, we’re looking only at differences, and it’s causing a huge divide in this country in everything, in work, in relationships, in politics.”

What’s going to change that?

“I’m not sure.  I know there are movements, I know there are other people who feel like I do, trying to bring people together, but I really don’t know.  It may take a catastrophe.  Our country often requires something like that.  I hope that’s not the case, because we have so many threats out there, the internet, all kinds of ways that can harm people all over the world, and we really need to be unified.  We need to be one nation, otherwise we’re going to be in trouble I think.  I wish I knew what the answer was.”

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

“We’ve gone for women’s rights over the years, human rights, minority rights, and I felt there was a brief time when we were all accepting of everybody, and that’s what I would like to see.  Working together again.  When neighbors were neighbors.  We all have remote controls, we push that button, drive into our garage, and never talk to anybody anymore, and I think some of our technology is moving us away from real communication with people, and we really need to be with people and listen to other people to get anywhere, to make things positive again.

“I wish there was less chaos and stress in the world.  More kindness.  Kindness is missing.  More people reaching out and helping each other.  I would love to see that.  That sounds a little Mayberry or something, but I think we used to be closer to all that than what we are today.”


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.

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To arrange talks, contact the author.

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