Talk about a rock and a hard place. On one side I want to come down on security forces, on the other, I know that the world has escalated to massive violence, and so casualties are always possible. The loss of life, the loss of career for a politician who fails to deliver safety; dear prices based on where you're standing.
The biggest problem for our safety is for Americans and other developed nations to accept some basic humanitarian math. If we accept some danger into life, then we are truly living. If we understand there are risks to moving forward, then we will not choke ourselves with fear or worse, cowardice. Of course, adopting an adrenaline junkie mentality, living for the rush of danger, is not the key either, to dealing with life. It's true that maybe we can't stop the extreme thinking anymore than we can stop the extreme weather in the near term. In the long term though, if we hold steadfast, like trees to the ground, like the sky to our circumference, we can grow past these extremes. The believers in peace will win out over the slaves to violence. Seriously.
The class, gender, race, religious, natural resources war is now normalized. I'll tell you how I know, and it's not just through media study and applied reasoning. It was declared to me, personally on the top of a new condominium tower under construction along the Hudson River. It was there, standing on this building, waiting for the planes from a nearby base, sending prayers to the Pine Barrens, that a man said something hard to me. On the day of 9/11/2001, this union worker watched me fall to my knees just as the second tower went down. I'd heard about that, people falling to their knees, but here I was somehow, in my own slow motion movie-moment of shock. After I recovered myself, this man who lifts and hauls and builds these walls, he says to me, this not-a-banker-not-a-politician regular guy, " Well, kid, Welcome, you just witnessed the beginning of World War III." Since then, I've watched the war grow from its own seedling into quite the weed.
What consumed me then, for many months was that we need to be awake; diligent in fighting the spread of poverty, ignorance and extreme imbalances. I also wanted to have a really good time and feel kind of fabulous "saving the world." I wonder if they use terms like "self-deluding" in my file. I might.
I am sure I have a file of some sort on me somewhere. I'm sure that if you send this out on social media, you will, too. It's not because I'm special, it's not because my words are that powerful that this will happen. You and I are part of a system, and that system is woefully and wonderfully out of balance. The corruption, the prisons, the sheer dehumanization blamed on technology but not hardly on ourselves, this is all a bitter pill and it is, widely available. Global. Over the counter. So, now as I stare at page upon page of chirping and banter about the NSA, I watch Turkey burn. The first, the only, the one real secular Muslim state is going where, exactly? It's going into the pill, I guess, right next to Syria.
Time and time again I want to write about politics. I want to give you the my-eye-has-seen details; share my intuition, but usually, I keep it to myself. I channel it into my poetry, photography: my art. Then a time comes when I think, maybe it's time to just "say" something, even though plenty of others are saying it as well, lots with links and facts and figures, etc.
The world is dangerous and hard and that is unavoidable, however, imposing danger and hardship on innocents is not the province of anyone. No man, however powerful, has made himself. Even a man on the verge of cloning whatever he wants into existence comes before the building blocks of reality, of physics and minerals. To be rich is not a crime. To be poor is not a crime. To be curious and daring is not a crime. To take so that no one else may have, to change the world by fiat, to force others to assert their dignity rather than to humbly respect and accept their dignity: that is a disease of the power hungry mind and culture. These are the dimensions of our current hubris. It's our lowest common denominator.
It's kind of charming and it's terribly dangerous and to be honest, like a bunch of addicted and angry babies, we're stumbling toward the end of the passing trends of a philosophy that will no longer serve us. From our understanding of God to our understanding of science, we're getting schooled on what our blindness to half truths can get us.
It has gotten worse, now let us make it better. Bitterness is in the Water and in the Earth for the next few hundred years at least. Let's make these transition years as good as they can be. We have to weather electronics eating ants and super bacteria, just for starters. Let's get it together leaders, and understand where we are.
As paradigms collide, this is our greatest task, to be here fully--presently; to occupy this Earth as citizens, as stewards, as fully empowered individuals. Those types of stewards-workers-servants-people are not right or left, those types of people are so beyond what is portrayed on the screens of any existing media.
Attention Major Oligarchs, Senators, PMs and sundry titled Others: I don't want to rule the world and truth be told, most people don't. What I want is to be given the space and ease to rule myself, as is my Earthly birthright. This is why I would love to see a transparent government with checks and balances, with new unpaid positions and no massive outside contractors. This is why I'd like to see more reasonable taxation and less bullying of citizens. This is why i'd like to see a slew of advances that would make it easier for more of us to make art, not war.
So what's going to go into my NSA file today? What's going into yours?