Death is the Driver

Death is in the driver’s seat. The engine runs on money. Its destination is extinction. Many, who decide what is to be done to run our world have been bought by corporations who would pollute it. This bias extends to news carriers, similarly funded  so that the severity of non-action is little heard. News on TV and radio is largely a distraction against real knowing. Who is getting a divorce, what film to see, where to eat, what insanity was lately uttered by the presidential candidate?

Corporations have no intrinsic morality despite being labeled “people” by the equally purchased Supreme Court. Their sole goal is profit. The corporate machine “wants” to drill for oil, to frack for gas (ignoring earthquakes), to carry oil great distance in pipes that leak and explode near schools and towns and drinking water. Machines are not programmed to care about the fact that the world is getting hot, hot, hot. Investors accepting the goal of selling oil want pipelines to move low-quality oil to the coast for processing and then sold to foreign investors who are selling cars which burn gas which will further heat us up.

The Standing Rock Sioux are protesting along with thousands of others, native and non-native. They carry no guns lest they be labeled dangerous and shot down. Mauling is in order. They are bitten by dogs trained to leap for the face. Their sacred sites and graveyards dug. They pray and lock their arms to machinery.  They beg corporate man not to poison the River from which 20 million drink. They are less drawn to the distracting culture than city dwellers. They live with and immediately notice changes in their land. They weep.

This is unlike our president who keeps selling the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) as an opportunity for job development, the usual reason given for incursion into the land  Obama says it is the best thing that could happen. Everyone, engineers, scholars, environmentalists, even his Harvard professor are begging him to face the facts and stop. The TPP represents corporations, within and outside the country, suing the US for money they could not make because the EPA has stopped them. The judges of this TPP court would be corporate lawyers whose decision cannot be disputed.  The “perp” will  pay the price. The country will be eaten alive  by predators. No escape.

Bill McKibben of 350. org says we cannot allow another molecule of organic material to be dug up  and burned. He says we have reached the point of no return. Jill Stein,power,  the Green party presidential candidate speaks of a world of full employment created by a green culture, powering all with sun and wind power, geothermal difference and moving tide, and  magnets, a returning to the rich life with full employment without destroying Mother Earth.  The corporatized government says she is unrealistic, that it can’t happen.  They  designate their sell-out as inevitable.

The automobile industry wants us all to drive. Trains are not given the funding to be cared for and their availability is restricted. They are not revved up as they are in Japan to be faster. The train that was supposed to have automatic braking mechanism when it went too fast around a curve, lacked it. People blamed the train. The other day a train pulled into a station full speed and smashed into a wall. The report given about the accident was “no report.” No one mentioned the lack of a device to halt the train should the driver fail to comply.  My guess is that money was missing to install automatic braking equipment  should  the driver have a heart attack, be drunk or be otherwise disabled. The train is labeled inefficient (slower than it need be) and dangerous. Automobiles get the vote.

Death is in the driver’s seat. It’s engine runs on money.

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Water Is Our Mother

Currently, the Standing Rock Sioux and Indians from around the world come together to fight for the preservation of Mother Earth in North Dakota are fighting not to have a gas pipe line go through their reservation and under the Missouri River, a water resource for millions. All oil pipes leak, often for a tremendous amount of time before the leak is discovered and then, regardless of feinted behavior to clean it up, an impossible task since the oil already released into ambient streams all over.

Long time thought vanquished, non-existent, “civilized” out of their earth connection, The Indian Nations are becoming visible and actively protesting. What else could anyone do if they see their mother being destroyed. If they see, which we city dwellers and impoverished others cannot allow? Or at least we can see but do not allow ourselves to react. Somehow, someone will fix it, the attitude of a child.

The Indians know better. We destroyed their villages, stole and destroyed their seeds, their means of survival to induce terror. We brought in whiskey which we knew they could not handle, along with small pox infected blankets. We called them terrorists. According to George Washington we have to exterminate them to protect ourselves.  We killed them and forced them to migrate away from us, the takers.

But they are not gone, not dead and still in relationship to Mother Earth. The call us to find natural ways to meet our needs in order save our Mother. They beg us to not poison our water and cut down our trees, to kills everything that lives for sport or “use.” They beg us not to convert every earthly thing and being into money so that a very few get most of it and the rest of us get little or none.

We are increasing supporting an environmentally tipped and unfair situation as if there is no other way, pulled there by ads on TV, radio, internet. Do we ask who writes these ads?  As in North Dakota, the will of corporations designated as people by by the Supreme court support is supported. Corporations are only programmed to make money. They have no conscience, no empathy. They are computer programs with profit as their only goal. They get politicians whom they have already paid to institute immanent domain to enact programs designated as for the public good which are not.  Why not disallow oil and carbon burning approaches which are putting the world on fire and move onto to wind and sun? Why not preserve our water? Why not for the public good?

Corporate decisions lead to the death of all living things including us. Indians predict a great extermination of humans in the not too distant future due to floods and drought and starvation and disease, due to using and murdering of what supports life. We cut the trees which create oxygen, warm and pollute oceans which breed fish and absorb CO2, heat the earth which melts the glaciers which will flood all that touches the rising oceans. We accept the loss of islands, of the water we all drink, of the plants we eat. Gone.

Do you think you will be one of the surviving 20 percent? The Indians beat the drums to alert us. Will we dance to that beat and take back our power to support life? Will we reduce our demand on Mother Earth to give beyond her own survival? Will we deaden our awareness of an imminent wipe-out with drugs and toys and stuff that takes us away from what is happening until it is too late?

 

 

 

A Friend Indeed

My new book Unloved Again has  just come out. I sent it to several people I know who wanted to read it. Asked them sotto voce (not too stridently) to please write a review of it for Amazon. They said yes, they would, then promptly forgot it. Most everyone in our current lifestyle has way too much to do. Forgetting is just a sign of mentally overstuffed shelves where the stuff we put up front gets pushed behind whatever comes next.

But not for my old friends Carole and Phil. She gave me her photo of a Ladakhi hillside with prayer flying aloft tall poles in the Himalayan hillside, which I used for the cover of my film “Healing Oracles of Ladakh.” I have Phil’s amazing painting of a Ladakhi woman, with a prayer wheel in her right hand a string of prayer beads in her left, looking up eyes closed in a mystic trance. They  have always been my friends, are friends to all. They helped the Dalai Lama find  a place to stay and where to speak when visiting their hometown, Findlay Ohio. They are there for me. They try to help. They remember.

They wrote a wonderful resume of my book. Said they gave it to another friend to read whom they asked to review. Before speaking to them, I was feeling kind of down. Seems that self-publishing takes a kind of dogged spirit I need to develop more of. Part of the load to bear is my experience of isolation while calling attention to the pain of childhood which invades and control our love life.  Their review invaded my loneliness and dispersed it.

They supported my need to ask what kind of true self would lead us to choose lovers who desert or mistreat us? What kind self would lead us to abuse others or to abuse ourselves; cause us to seek the perfect lover and never finding? What kind of self would cause us to think ourselves endlessly inadequate and unable to find someone who can love us?

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