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Cameron Cowan Of The Cameron Journal On 5 Steps That Each Of Us Can Take To Proactively Help Heal Our Country

An Interview With Fotis Georgiadis

Get out of your bubble. See out people who are reasonable and are willing to talk and have a discussion. Get off social media and talk to people, real people, about our world. I try to start those conversations with The Cameron Journal but we need more talking between people in this country.

As a part of our series about 5 Steps That Each Of Us Can Take To Proactively Help Heal Our Country, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cameron Cowan.

Cameron Cowan is a writer, thinker, and human being navigating the streets of Seattle. He writes at The Cameron Journal working hard to explain our world. He is the author of three books, What the Hell is Going on? A primer to our world in the age of Trump, Cast Iron: A Novel, and his short story collection, an unfinished coloring book.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you. Can you tell us a bit about how you grew up?

I grew up in Arkansas and then Colorado. I started in politics at a young age and served as a legislative aide at 17, one of the few highschoolers to do so, however, that also meant that I was unpaid. I also grew up playing music and I am a classically trained flautist.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

There was this series of books I read as a kid. They were called Bronze Days, Silver Days, and Golden Days. The whole series is about a Jewish family escaping the holocaust and immigrating to America. It is the journey of their lives and adjusting to being an immigrant and jewish in a new country. I’m not sure why but I learned a great deal from that series. I learned humility, to appreciate each other’s differences, and how to navigate odd situations.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life or your work?

The one I always talk about in business is very simple, “Learn to say no before you can say yes.” This was my most important lesson. You have to know what you don’t want before you can embrace what you do. It also helps me to stay focused because when opportunities come along I can look at my current life paradigm and where my focus is and decide if an opportunity is right or wrong for me.

How do you define “Leadership”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?

I don’t really define leadership. I think it depends on the situation, the culture and the people. I do think that leadership should take on a role of giving people the necessary tools and support to achieve the greater goal. A good leader will enable his team to do their very best.

In life we come across many people, some who inspire us, some who change us and some who make us better people. Is there a person or people who have helped you get to where you are today? Can you share a story?

There have been so many along the way. A few family members have been wonderfully supportive and have been there for me in some of my darkest moments. I like to think that I can always learn a little bit of something from anyone I meet. I made a music film with a street person and I learned about an entirely different way of life from him. He said the most insightful thing I had ever heard about love, “Sometimes, you care more about your partner’s happiness than they care about yours.”

Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. The United States is currently facing a series of unprecedented crises. So many of us see the news and ask how we can help. We’d love to talk about the steps that each of us can take to help heal our county, in our own way. Which particular crisis would you like to discuss with us today? Why does that resonate with you so much?

Where would I start? We have the war in Ukraine, we have inflation and deflation at the same time, we have a complete paradigm shift in our economics and our society. But I think that leads to a big threat that we have and that is fascism from the right. It’s pretty obvious that we are facing a Christian theocratic, nationalist take over in this country.

This is likely a huge topic. But briefly, can you share your view on how this crisis evolved to the boiling point that it’s at now?

There are many reasons but chief among these is the title of an essay I wrote called, “Death of the White, Christian, Heteronormative Narrative.” And in that essay I basically state that we as a country are used to living in a place where white, European people have most of the money and certainly all of the power. Everyone else has lived off the crumbs of their largesse and was expected to be happy about it. Success as an immigrant in this country was proximity to whiteness. However, thanks to demographic changes, this is all beginning to change. Barack Obama was a peak of that change. Much of our political problems began in 2008 and one cannot help but think that the election of our first non-white president had something to do with that. Fundamentally, America is asking itself one singular question, “Can we continue on as a country with more than one voice at the table?” This is a question whose answer, we will live into.

Can you tell our readers a bit about your experience either working on this cause or your experience being impacted by it? Can you share a story with us?

Covering our world is the center of what I do. It is not my job or my place to try to effect change on my own as such. My job is to empower those who can make change with the knowledge and intellectual tools to do so. I have the little things I do in mutual aid and supporting others where I can. But my job is not to change society; I hope that after you read my work you’ll go do it.

Ok. Here is the main question of our discussion. Can you please share your “5 Steps That Each Of Us Can Take To Proactively Help Heal Our Country”. Kindly share a story or example for each.

Get out of your bubble. See out people who are reasonable and are willing to talk and have a discussion. Get off social media and talk to people, real people, about our world. I try to start those conversations with The Cameron Journal but we need more talking between people in this country.

It’s very nice to suggest ideas, but what can we do to make these ideas a reality? What specific steps can you suggest to make these ideas actually happen? Are there things that the community can do to help you promote these ideas?

Besides group listening parties to my podcasts, I can’t think of anyway other than to remind people to keep the conversation going. Talk about our country and where it is going and how it we can make it better. Have the tough conversations, learn from each other, and then go make change.

We are going through a rough period now. Are you optimistic that this issue can eventually be resolved? Can you explain?

As bad as things seem right now, this is nothing by 19th century standards. America in the 19th century was a truly crazy place. We will get through this in some form or another. We can survive this and go on to build that more perfect union.

If you could tell other young people one thing about why they should consider making a positive impact on our environment or society, like you, what would you tell them?

Find one thing you can do to help make the world a better place and do that thing.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US, with whom you would like to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)

Monica Lewinsky did reply to a tweet of mine once and that was a highlight of the decade. I wouldn’t mind a cheeky luncheon with her.

How can our readers follow you online?

Please visit me online at CameronJournal.com or CameronCowan on twitter and Instagram.

This was very meaningful, thank you so much. We wish you only continued success on your great work!

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Fotis Georgiadis

Fotis Georgiadis

Passionate about bringing emerging technologies to the market