Hubris

No better cage

For the snowball effect

than pride left unchecked

like a runaway train

Momentum only grows

and the destination

is long gone

and destruction is inevitable

just a matter of time

before the whole thing derails

for what was a force

of strength

is all but lost to chaos

all that’s left

is the crash

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Joseph Chang

We are carried away by the hubris of the politicians mad with power and lying to suppress our fear. Know that you are afraid that the destruction our country pours around the world has now come home to us. It is us who have to put on the brakes. We cannot do it individually but only as a mighty “we,” an “us,” “noi” in Italian, as Pope Francis just said it on HuffPost. See the speech. It’s wonderful. 

His Holiness Pope Francis – Huff Post

 

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Allow Yourself to Feel

I saw a polar bear struggling on the ice, falling, pulling itself up, then falling again and again, finally giving up and staying down. This was not characteristic of the species, a majestic animal that thrives in that environment, but man had made the bear weak. I wept and wept, thinking of the dying species—not because of some sort of natural selection, but because of our chemical waste, our need to extract from the land and use the land on which to spew pollutants (it costs money to extract them), because of our lack of caring for life. I cried some more.

I told a dear friend about my tears and he said that polar bears are the only animals that will kill humans simply for pleasure. I laughed with him but part of me felt how humor, and even facts, keep us away from feeling tragedy. People do it with dry facts, with marijuana and alcohol and mood-altering drugs, both legal and otherwise. Boy, are we ever prepared! This is a sarcastic remark. It means the opposite.  

Perhaps the fact person and the drug taker would be overwhelmed by feeling. Perhaps our culture has taught us to feel ashamed of weeping or shouting. Shhhhh. Keep it in. But we need to fully feel. Feeling our pain, our terror, our loss, keeps us present and within the realm of reality.

For example, we need to know what our bombing is doing to the rest of the world—children with burned faces, eleven-year-olds working in factories or in mines. What has so long been denied, ignored, subverted by dry facts or humor, is increasingly happening to us.

Turn your eyes away. But blindness does not protect you. And how could using devices to keep us from feeling make anything better? It is childish, magical thinking. The psychopathic politicians use your fear to control you. They promise you protection while they covertly doom us all. They are greedy users who are making sure that they will have much more than enough. The more we are taught to feel ashamed of showing feeling, the more likely we will fall into their pit of robbery, disease, and death.

Know that bad is coming. See it. Feel it. And be prepared. Figure out alternative ways to maintain yourself (and your family if they are with you). The ability to feel the pain all around us is a sign of strength.  Seeing reality for what it is keeps us from putting our faith in politicians who make false promises. It makes us self reliant. It helps us create extended families we call friends who will work collectively, share the pain, the joy and the fun of the job of creating change.

Terror and Surrender

Our Congress is like a bunch of hungry doggies on a leash held by corporations. They follow the corporation’s pull, they obey their orders: sit, stay, attack, pass this legislation, often written for them explicitly. In return they get a lot of milk bones made of dollars which feeds their campaigns and assures they retain their “power.”  The corporations, recently labelled “people” and granted rights real people lack, are actually puppets held on a string by international trillionaires,  a bunch of gangsters out to rob the world. These are people without a country for whom everything is a product to possess.

You might wonder how some humans became so detached from the value of living  things, how they became so greedy, selfish, angry. Perhaps it is a genetic aberration not detected in the cradle, something, if recognized, could be quarantined or otherwise addressed. Perhaps it is something spread by our tendency to copy. Small children copy what their parents do in order to fit in. This copying the so-called grownups who are not evolved creates the possibility of an enormous demise of most everything.

You should question why 60 percent of our US GDP goes to war. We are an empire fighting so-called enemies to get their oil and minerals and trees and slave labor …. We fight to fill the need of the trillionaries whose desire for power is insatiable. Trump’s latest investment in military tools is 80 billion. This amount would pay for all our school expenses, for health care, to repair bridges, roads and tunnels, to take care of almost every common need for the mass of our citizenry, not just the rich and powerful.

Rome fell when it was sucked into an empire driven life. The US is on its way to same.

Are we forever going to fall for another person’s lies when they ”run” for office, vote for someone we did not choose to run who, like Trump, promised to hold onto Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and to rid the swamp? Is it fear that makes us believe in lies ? Is it fear that turns us into children, holding onto our pretend-parent’s hand? Is it fear that keeps us from knowing the truth?

Time’s Up

Now the Republicans have voted to take it all away. The “it” in question is all that money can buy, as well as having more money in their bank accounts. The “it” represents all that earth contains that they can take and make their own. The greedy and powerful have done this little by little over time but now they want it all. They hide their entitlement under the illusion that newly acquired money does good for the poor, but more often call the poor lazy, enjoying joblessness rather than working a 40-hour week and not making enough to basic their basic needs.

Why do the obscenely rich need more? It has nothing to do with growing the economy since the absorbed money will only hoarded in off-shore accounts or used to buy other companies, not to create more jobs, but generally resulting in job cuts to increase revenue. Taking away jobs and potential to earn money will destroy the economy since the middle class needs money to buy its products. The rich seem to promote the feeling that they are a better species than the poor but secretly fear the opposite is true.

The “takers” get to wear a crown of money. They are the new aristocrats. How did we , the majority get into creating royalty, people we are supposed to serve and worship? Is it the child to parent experience reemerging? The rich have a castle on the hill with armed guards to keep us out. We slave for a pittance thrown our way, live in tiny houses or in one large structure divided into sections by families.

You can look at this vast demotion from a positive perspective. We can become a group instead of solitary individuals entranced by shallow TV programs or by newscasts touting war. We learn how to meet our needs when the social system fails. Money now lacks meaning since there is nothing left to buy. We can hate and rob our neighbors for having what we lack. Thinking and acting this way enforces out true poverty. We can do it otherwise.

The newly created royals attempt to get us to turn against each other, white against black against gay against Latino against trans… Getting us to divide and attack each other keeps them safe. The royals are frightened of people impoverished by them. Even slave masters slept with a gun beneath their pillow. It wasn’t enough to separate people speaking the same language, to keep them from learning to read and to work them from dark to dark. It wasn’t enough to insist they all came here on slave ships and had no skills despite the growing evidence that Africans sailed and inhabited the Western world a thousand years before the purported birth of Christ, as researched in depth by Ivan Van Sertima and David Imhotep. It wasn’t enough to lie about black history so that the current “owners” can claim divine right.

We need to think of ourselves as a loving population, to figure out how to grow food, to create natural medications from herbs and plants to share our skills, to trade services and goods. We need to store the food we grow. We need to turn away from the worthless classification passed down to us by the rich. We need to create a life we can enjoy with friendship and mutual support as its basis. We can make music and dance.

 

Submissive Women

It is unusual that I can make it to a tenant’s meeting in my apartment building due to the late hours I keep in my career. But having some time off from work I was able to make it. The man in charge, a very big man with a big voice led the discussion. Occasionally, though, a second man on the panel, spoke up. There were a few long-winded residents, particularly a woman who loved to argue yet could not come to a conclusion. Sprawling, inconclusive speech is both a passive-aggressive attack on the listener as well as a sign of inadequacy in the speaker.

What was extremely noticeable was that the elected women on the panel mostly said nothing. One questioned about the cost of some parts spoke about getting a low price on a construction job. For this she was complimented by the top man. She was the most outspoken of the women. But what it came to bringing up new matters, from the women, there was not a peep.

I found their silence very frustrating and very typical. Women do not take an independent position when men exert their power. Is this our training in our society (and in many societies)? If you speak up, you are labeled unfeminine, a bitch. If you do not speak up, you are labeled passive, unable to take a leadership position. It is your learned subservient role. On Nazi Germany under Hitler, it as the 3 K’s for women, Kirche, Kuche and Kinder (Church, cooking and children.)

How did this come about and why do we let it continue? Women are more than 50% of the population. Where do they put their power? Iceland threw out the bankers who were ruining the economy with their risky self-serving investments of their client’s money and put women in charge. You may not know it but Iceland is considered to have the most intelligent population in the world. It takes brain power to make independent decisions.

I know how to feel afraid that I don’t fit in. Women take the mike but do not make sense, who ramble aimlessly sounding incompetent are part of our learned role. We are supposed to sign in awe when Mr. Man fixes something. Women do not go for the sciences, to math, to physics or computers because these are in man’s world. Who decides? How do we distinguish between innate gifts and the role that was assigned us?

There is only 1 way. Go do the forbidden thing, read the topic, learn the skills your interest requires. Work until you get it. Giving in supports having an inadequate self-image. Abandon assigned roles. Don’t fit in with woman’s dodo image. Speak up but speak precisely to your point. Celebrate individual, creativity. Celebrate your life.

 

 

 

Submissive Women

Went to a meeting in my apartment building the other day, unusual for me to be able to attend since my work outside the building usually keeps late hours. The man in charge, a very big man with a big voice generally led the discussion. Once in a while, a second man on the panel, spoke up. There were a few long-winded residents, particularly a woman who loved to argue and could not come-to- a conclusion. Inadequate speech is both a passive-aggressive attack on the listener as well as a sign of inadequacy.

What was extremely noticeable was that the elected women on the panel mostly said nothing. One questioned about the cost of some repairs. One spoke of getting a low price on some needed item or construction job. For this she was complimented by the top man. and it’s true she was the most outspoken of the women. But when it came to a discussion of affairs already way or bringing up new matters, from the women, not a peep.

I found their silence very frustrating and also very typical. Women do not take an independent position when men exert their power. It is in our training. In our society (and in many societies) f you speak up you are labeled unfeminine, castrating, a bitch. If you do not speak up, you are labeled passive, unable to take a leadership position. In your learned subservient role. In Nazi Germany under Hitler, it was the 2 K’s for women: Kirche, Kuche and Kinder (Church, cooking and children).

How did this insanity come about and why do we let it continue? Women are more than 50 % of the population. Where do they put their power? Iceland threw out the bankers who were ruining the economy with their risky, self-serving investments and put women in charge. You may not know it but Iceland is considered to have the most intelligent population in the world. It takes brain power to made independent decisions.

I know the feeling of fear, of being afraid you don’t fit in. I wonder at women who take the mike who do not make sense. Sounding incompetent is part of our learned role. We are supposed to sigh in awe when Mr. Man fixes something. Women do not go to the sciences, to math, to physics, to computers, because these are a man’s world. Who decided? How do we distinguish between our innate gifts and the role that was assigned to us?

There is only one way. Go do the forbidden thing, read the topic, learn the skills your interest requires. Work until you get it. Giving in supports having an inadequate image. Most people under estimate the time they take to learn to understand and do something. Don’t listen to anyone tell you how long a project takes. Work at it until it is done to your satisfaction. Abandon assigned roles. Don’t fit in with a woman as dodo image. Celebrate individuality, creativity. Celebrate your life.