Happy New Year!
Good Morning and Good Day to thee all!! A bit late, perhaps for some tastes, for such greetings (either in the day or year… take your pick or both), but I offer the first [title] (usually) until the end of April, and the latter all day long, wherever I am! Besides, I’ve been more than a bit lax in my posting, so such Greetings are overdue anyhow! 😛
I’ve had many reasons and occasions as of late, to be an observer of the world around me. And a Beautiful, tragic, big bit of Life, is there, out there, to be observed! I am Blessed, that I have within the last 2 years, and for nearly 7 years before, been incarcerated! Not that there is anything of Good report in the fact of being imprisoned, but in some of the consequences thereof (and not including the Blessing(s) daily of remaining alive in a highly volatile environment)!
Case-in-point, I appreciate with delight the sound of birds, and the song of the wind through the leaves of the trees! And though I was a nature Lover before my incarceration began, having been deprived of so much as touching a tree (and for about half the time even seeing a tree was not possible), my appreciation for Nature is now a thousand-fold what it was, and I am no longer as comfortable away from Nature (“in the city”) as I was, either! It’s amazing the ways in one can be “broken”… and startling allthemore that we continue to go to such lengths with such glee, and a sense of pride that “justice” is being done!
It is astonishing to me, that we are so quick to judge, and so slow to understand. One would think of most “devout” religious/spiritual folk as being predisposed to the latter over the former… one would think! But reality paints a far different picture. Where is the understanding of not only religious organizations, but business and government conglomerates as well, when the inmate/convict is released back into a society that says it’ll give you a second chance, but the reality is so much lip service as to make recidivism appealing to the weakest and most powerless among us! Why fight the system, when you can ‘do what you want’ on the “outside” ‘til you get busted, then be given a (albeit for me most undesirable) routine/program to -again- do (or not) what you want, minus the “dangers and pitfalls” of trying to be a part of a system/society that not only rejects you, but profits from your/our poverty and recidivism! The entire system, benefits financially from our incarceration!! It/They depend upon it!!!
As it is the dawn of a new year, and as we near the blooms of Spring, it is time to reflect upon what it’s taken to get us here… what we truly hold dear and/or give importance… and decide what path we are going to take. As winter’s frost and dormancy give way to Spring’s fresh starts, and the awakening of that which has slumbered and survived through a cold, long winter, and all that has transpired in the dark times, comes to light as the days grow longer!
Rivers forged anew, Trees fell/survived, all of Nature begins with a shift towards Life, and away from death!
Where are we going? With all the amazing advancements we’ve seen in technology, we’ve not ever been further behind in our ability(ies) to relate one to another! Why is that? Any therapist/group worth their salt, is going to tell you the value of effective communication (rooted in effective listening)! And how utterly necessary it is to any sustainable relationship! So why have we fallen so short? Why, and how are we failing each other so miserably??? We are capable of sooo much more, if on no other level than empathy! There is absolutely no reason why we couldn’t divert every one of our scientific/technological endeavors, immediately, from Life threatening/endangering to Life promoting pursuits! Overnight!! No jobs lost, in fact, there would be a great enough demand for all positions, to employ every able-bodied man, woman, and child on Earth! …If we were serious about it. If we really wanted to end suffering on Earth. If we were serious about changing the direction we were going, and not repeating the mistakes of the past… but we’re not. We’re consuming resources and destroying/covering up our only habitat faster than She can recover!!
If you haven’t noticed, our Mother (that Earth we live upon) is screaming at us to STOP doing what has already caused irrevocable damages to our climate and ecosystems! If we wait any longer to act, we may not survive! And our connection to our Mother plays a direct part in our own Happiness, Health, and Well-being! We can have NONE of those without Her! We have/share a symbiotic relationship with every Lifeform upon this planet! When It/She/They are Healthy, so are we!! When It/She/They are barely hanging on to Life, so are we!! She provides the ONLY source of sustenance any Life form on Earth has!!! If we destroy Her, and continue to allow her to be raped for her wares, there will soon be nothing left for anyone/thing! And it is NOT because there isn’t enough now, it’s because we waste 2/3 of it all!!!!
I’ve plenty to say about the pitfalls of social media and technology, but little that hasn’t already been voiced by those “more professional” than myself. It is appalling to me that we, as a society, have allowed ourselves to be led to a place where it’s okay that we know longer teach our children the skill of writing! And communication/language is quickly deteriorating into a small collection of acronyms and emoji’s.
At a time when it is so very important that we communicate, and understand one another, there is little surprise to me that the adversary has so effectively crippled the very means by which we do so.
Make no mistake, there are no works of man that have not been infiltrated by dark forces! What are the end results of what we produce? Greed? Domination? Waste? Destruction? Death? If any or all of these receive a “yes”, you may “unwittingly” be working for the wrong side. Here’s a simple test: Does what(ever) you do promote, or discourage, Life? I’m not talking profit margins, or net depreciation vs. total value of output. Does your work, and/or do your efforts, promote the furtherance of all Life on Earth, or the deterrence of [all] Life on Earth?
You see, whether you choose to Believe it or not, we do have, and are a part of a symbiotic relationship with all the rest of the Life and resources upon this planet! When we act selfishly, we are acting to the detriment of the Life around us. When we act for the benefit of the Life around us, it is then able to act for our benefit!
We are but a miniscule part of a much bigger cog, but our intellect -should- afford(s) us the opportunity to help and encourage on astronomically grande scales, the Life around us! And we have in our (humanity’s) possession, the starts of several hundred, if not thousand such technologies available now!! …But instead, we’re using them for destruction. Or not using them at all. Wasting not only the God/dess given talent(s), but the Life(ives) it could be saving and/or making better! Example: Look up research DARPA and the FDA have done on a fruit from the Philippine’s called Sour Sop. A fruit 1000’s of times more effective at killing cancer than chemotherapy, but because they are unable to synthesize, and thereby profit from it, nothing has been done with it! In fact, they’d rather we not know about it at all, but, you know, that little thing called the Constitution (what’s left of it) and Truth in Reporting, they couldn’t not publish the research. Instead, they just won’t talk about it, and don’t make it any easier to locate!
Why then, when we could/should be making Life better for all, are we instead doing all we can do to kill each other and the planet we all live on??? What sense does that make? We’re smarter than that!!! …Right????
Though I know the Truth is “yes”, I really wonder about us sometimes. How could the joke of a man we have as “leader”, ever become elected? Well, Truth is, he wasn’t! But, that truth has been known from the start, and nothing’s been done about it… We couldn’t even get the criminal impeached!! We are the laughing-stock of the globe, people! Wake up!! Or the chances of doing so may quickly disappear…