Thank you for posting this. I don’t think most American citizens realize just how utterly violent the structure that maintains their status quo really is-and has to be because hierarchy by it’s nature requires violence to maintain.
I have been called both too radical and reformist but I
think I am more “all that and the kitchen sink too”. I believe that to fix the problems we need to change people, ourselves, our families and communities from the inside.
You can’t turn a nuclear bomb into a toaster- at least
not without melting the metal and even then who the
hell wants radioactive toast?!?
But I promote All positive change because every improvement on any level that helps alleviate
suffering is worth it.
As we all continue to connect to one another and all
living beings we will naturally develop better ways to accomplish things.
I believe that the revolution and destruction of the
violence based top down hierarchy that is
colonization, globalization, fascism-the “modern,
civilized way of life” will come from our hearts and be
for the most part non-violent.
But I also believe it will come about much faster than anyone suspects. Just like India with Ghandi, and
the fall of the Berlin wall, the Arab Spring and so many other unexpected shifts-except that this will be
deeper and more widespread.
MLK once said “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only
Love can do that.”
Love is the most powerful thing in the world. So I
share this not to drive anger at those who create or continue hierarchy and oppression, but to encourage
awareness. And to encourage everyone to focus
more on our LOVE for our communities, families,
friends, children and even those we have never met.
I think more about those who loved Trayvon and all
like him pointlessly murdered and all those still living
who need not share such a fate if only we can heal
our circle and make it whole again.
The anger comes naturally we don’t need to
encourage it. But it has to drive something stronger
and deeper if we want to create real change.
When I was young I was overcome by the anger and
could not understand when my elders told me much
of what I just wrote here.
Over time I have come to that understanding thru
much resistance and struggle. I respect those who
disagree and wish no offense to any by sharing this
but I could not share the facts without sharing also
what I have learned.
I feel no one will need create more violence to counter the violence discussed in this article. Not
only because as Audre Lourde told us so long ago
“You cannot tear down the Master’s house using the
Master’s tools. ” but because Creator and Gaia are
very likely giving us the hard push toward growing up
When humans are forced to struggle just to survive they can choose two paths. One is the hierarchy
violence one we are on that is obviously destined to
fail. Those who continue to choose this path will
receive what are now known as “Darwin Awards”
they will weed their inferior genes out if the gene pool
Those who survive the next century will be those who recall the oldest teachings and return to living with
respect for all living beings. Who live from love and
act with a little magic called altruism which is what
actually allowed this species to survive the normally
harsher climate of Earth and proliferate.
I believe that in most communities, indigenous, settler, African, mixed the strongest thread in our
tapestry is love and respect. It is what makes us who
we truly are. Those who act from hate, fear, greed
etc are aberrations.
Colonization is a sickness caused by the aberrant taking over. It is time to heal.