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Sun Apr 21, 2013, 04:41 PM

Pond Vibrations

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
Discredited
And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the color of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes -
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.
-- Bob Marley; War


This is a strange time. Maybe itís always that way. In a sense, every action results in an opposite reaction. Still, it seems to me that on several levels, the negatives are gaining momentum, and at a pace that the positives havenít caught up to.

There are exceptions, of course. The outpouring of positive vibrations in Boston is the obvious example. I continue to see where people question what motivated two young men to strike out in such a vicious manner. The answer is obvious: hatred. In the United States, And, on one hand, this country has not had much experience with the dynamic of this type of gross violence in its city streets.

On the other hand, in the past fifty years, there has been domestic terrorism aimed at specific groups of people. There were bombings of churches; the Weathermen; Tim McVeigh; the bombing of clinic that provide women with healthcare; and murderous attacks on people targeted for ethnic, religious, and sexual identity. So many people have the experience of being terrorized for simply being human beings.

I read about Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagelís comments regarding Israel and Iran today. Obviously, I do not know Chuck Hagel, but my impression is that heís not a hateful person. Yet, his level of being is that of an agent of violence. James Carrollís classic 2006 book ďHouse of WarĒ documents how being a cog of the pentagon changes even those who enter it with hopes of instituting change.

So long as people think they can defeat hatred with violence -- and I am not denying that human beings have the right to self-defense -- then hatred and violence will continue, with no end in sight. Yet, as overwhelming as the problems we face today seem, we all have the ability to stop participating in the hateful and violent ways that threaten (and often terrorize) the people around the earth.

Being non-violent and refusing to hate doesnít equal a silent acceptance of victimhood. It isnít that there is not a need for law and order, if there is to be social justice. Common sense gun laws are a good example. If the young man in Boston lives, he has the right to a fair trial; if he is found guilty, he should face the consequences.

Likewise, I believe that if there was real law and order, justice would demand that the Dick Cheneyites must face consequences. For it is that type of person who initiates violence and warfare on the global scale. And they rarely face consequences: they send ignorant young adults -- sometimes in large, uniformed (thus, depersonalized) groups, sometimes as individuals -- to carry vicious attacks upon groups no different than the good people of Boston who were watching the marathon.

These are some of the things I think about, while sitting out near my pond on a bright spring day. Iím enjoying watching both the fish and birds consume the food that Iíve brought out for them. Iím doing some writing, too (mostly on the book, but also this essay that I may post on DU.) And I have some dry firewood between the pond and cabin, and Iíll start a fire soon. Tonight, Iíll listen to the beautiful song of the peeper-frogs.

Tomorrow, I will be relaxed and rested, and return to the struggle for social justice.

Peace,
H2O Man

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H2O Man Apr 2013 #4
hootinholler Apr 2013 #5
H2O Man Apr 2013 #6
hootinholler Apr 2013 #8
G_j Apr 2013 #7

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2013, 05:31 PM

1. "justice would demand that the Dick Cheneyites must face consequences"

 


How do we do this?

WE must do this.

This is why they have become so brazen, no consequences so they brag on the TV that they are proud of what they did and would do it again.

Our country cannot heal until we reinstate justice.

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Response to DarkLink (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 21, 2013, 09:28 PM

3. I think that

Vincent Bugliosi's book on prosecuting Bush et al for murder still holds up. "All" we need is a brave DA to prosecute. Obviously, there would be efforts to derail such an attempt.

But it could be done.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2013, 05:33 PM

2. k&r...

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Response to spanone (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 09:39 AM

4. Thank you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 11:48 AM

5. Violence: the breeding ground of hatred

Now, let's go get those Bush bastards!

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 12:06 PM

6. I brought my

youngest to a doctor's appointment this morning. Now, I think I'll consume a large cup of coffee, and then go back out to the pond, and start a fire to heat up some stones. In the late afternoon/early evening, I'll be ready for a solitary sweat lodge ceremony.

A spring cleaning of the mind.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 12:26 PM

8. That makes me want to make a pilgrimage

To your lodge, to sit by the pond and share the pipe.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2013, 12:08 PM

7. K&R

thank you

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