I would like this message to appear on every so-called ‘Smart Phone’ Screen in the world. Seven and one-half billion human beings, carelessly devouring their only home in this Solar System capable of supporting their kind of life. Do any of you humans pay attention to anything but YOURSELVES? The Oceans are being fished to extinction, the Insects we depend on to clean up the dead and fertilize our food plants and flowers are also disappearing, and doing so faster and faster every day. Our GREED for more, more, more, is making Earth resemble the surface of our MOON! We treat our own home like a trash can and an ashtray. There is not much time left for life on Earth as we know it. Earth itself has time, it’s life is figured in billions of years, while us humans have 100 years or less.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Living in cities has caused people to view life as concrete, road tar, and machines, and maybe a brave bird or two, and a weed in a crack in the sidewalk. Such a lonely, lonely life. Nature and its love of LIFE has taken billions of years to create the great beauty of all manner of life forms, and we, the people are going to destroy it all in less than ten thousand years. Tell me one Human who can create out of nothing~ as much as a single blade of grass, or a tulip or a redwood tree? Humans can create all kinds of technological wonders, build buildings to reach the sky, but you cannot create so much as a single blade of grass without NATURE! Nature is the creator of LIFE, and you and I my friends, Are busy creating a waste land out of Natures handicraft.~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you LOVE your children, why are you bequeathing them a ruined, barren planet? You obviously Do Not LOVE your Children or you would immediately get busy CLEANING UP THE MESS YOU HAVE MADE HERE ON EARTH! Got an unemployment problem? Put them all to work cleaning up and PAY them a living wage using the profits of the despoilers of this place, The Greed Corporations who care only for themselves and their obscene Profits. START NOW!
Our Intrepid reporter Mr. Ytinah Naes questioned our Great Leader on the rumors filling the ‘Fake News’ channels about his purported lying…Mr. Naes:” Do these accusations about you lying have any base in reality, Sir?” Great Leader: “None what so ever! I would never have the nerve to chop down a cherry tree, it was the old gardener we have. He did it, and he should be sent back to Mexico bandito land immediately.” “I am the greatest leader ever, you guys said so yourselves the other day I heard it on XOF so you know it is true, say it, say it!” Mr. Nyes: ” Yes Sir, you Sir are the Greatest Liar of all, if I say so myself, why you tell so many lies that they become your truth, thus we know for a factoid that you always tell the TRUTH.”
“Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a “Necessary Evil” it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less Evil.” Sydney J. Harris
I am awake now, I walk through the door my feet have shoes, socks, I take them off, throw them away, now I feel the real Earth, the Earth feels me. slowly, ever slowly I take root. My arms lift up to here, Here is the Sun, nothing but Explosion exuding Light, needing Shadow. Now I am branches, leaves embracing the explosion of love. The Sun is all sacrifice, a Sacred Sacrifice for Life to be Here, Now in this Place……….
My Roots expand, my roots embrace the whole Earth. My roots listen for the World to Speak. All around my roots, little murmurs, little cries. They whisper: “We are dying.” My roots ask “Why, Why are you dying?” Now the answer, with great sorrow comes to my roots, the World Self speaks…..
“Greed and it’s handmaiden Death stalk the surface, consuming everything that is. It is insatiable, a thing of no heart, no soul. Soon, too soon the Living Surface is turned to dust, a foul, evil wind stalks the land seeking ever to sate the endless hunger for more, ever more, but now there is no more, Greed has consumed even it’s self. There is an endless silence now, time passes, days, years, eons pass. Yet still the Sun shines with it’s Love, it mourns, but it goes on……
Earth, sleeps, sleeps and dreams it’s life dreams. A million, than a billion, now a trillion patient search’s…. This Death has happened many, many times in ages past and always Earth has slept away the sorrow, the loss of so much life must needs be assuaged and only time has the healing powers needed. The Sun knows no night, thus the sun is always newborn not even one Earth day old yet……
A million years pass, Ice covers Earth’s surface, another million years pass, then another and another, still the Sun shines out it unending Love, patient, ever patient, waiting for the dream to end, waiting for the object of it’s Love to awaken…..Slowly the Galaxy spins round and round bearing it’s many Suns, it is on an infinite journey,, on the way to Where?…..
The human race is gone, a memory in the mind of Mother Earth. She had given men the gift of self-awareness along with the gift of Free Will. But men abused these gifts, they failed to rise above their animal self, they failed to build The House of Mankind…..Some men tried, they made great music, created marvelous works of art, some had dreams of a future for their children, a world with no wars, a world of acceptance where all were equal and valued for their differences a world where what they saw was what actually was, a world without lies and deceits…..These men’s spirit lives on in Earths heart of hearts, thus they did not die in vain. The men of greed are just…..gone, they consumed themselves, for greed has no memory only appetite.
Now: Clouds cover the land, rain falls, nourishes the barren lands, There! A blade of grass. There! A worm. There! Creation, satisfying it’s love for it’s self. Now: A newness fills the Earth, a new experiment takes shape, the long dream is over. Now: All new life, not the same as the old, that experiment is over, done. The Sun beams on its newly awakened Lover……
I want this poem to not be real, I am a Lover of Life, whatever shape or form it takes, but we do not have much time left to write a happier poem. What is it to be? The House of Mankind, able to explore that portion of the Universe that is open to us, once we have come to ourselves. Or just The End? We, you and I, we must decide: Us or nothing, that is the choice before us…..
Get busy cleaning up the mess we have made of our one and only home: Earth. Step 1. Make the Oil, Gas, Chemical, and Mining industries hire at a decent wage millions of unemployed citizens of Earth and put them to work all over the planet and the Oceans equipped with the proper tools to make our planet livable again. Step 2. Stop all worldwide fishing, except for subsistence fishing, for at least ten years as the Oceans are 95% over-fished. Soon all that will show up on seafood menus will be “Jellyfish”… step 3. Make everything above the Arctic Circle and below the Antarctic Circle, off limits to Fishing, mining, Oil drilling, anything commercial at all. These areas are the most Sacred Areas on our planet! They are also the most sensitive to encroachment by humans. Step 4. Build the House of Mankind. Rid this planet of the weapons of War, and build ourselves a place of Peace to abide in and raise our children free of fear….. Step 5. Take the mega-billions of dollars spent on the pursuit of war and invest it in making sure every living thing on Earth has a place to live, clothes to wear, food to eat, and decent medical care. The example for Medical care is the Organization Doctor’s Without Borders Of MSF. I will publish more things that I would do in my next post. Would like Comments on this one, or else add your things to do…..
Greetings fellow humans. A new year is upon us, a new year means a chance to do something different, Such as: End Wars, Make sure every human being that is hungry gets fed. Rid ourselves of all those Petty Power hungry Tyrants. Learn how to clean up and care for our one and only livable planet/spaceship. Learn how to live the simple life. Love and care for each other, no matter the race, color or language they speak. Learn the difference between Service VS Slavery. Maybe turn off the so-called ‘Smart Phones’, the Boob tube, get a good book or two and read them. Tell someone everyday that you Love and Care for them. Pay off your debts as fast as possible so you are free of Debt Slavery…Shop Local as much as possible. If we continue on our present path, we will leave no future for the children we profess to love, when we should be leaving them an improved world. It is up to you and I, we, we, we must be the ones to change this course of history. We can make a Heaven of it, or, a living Hell, which on our present path is where we are heading. A changed New Year for All!
- To The President, Senate, House of Representatives, Other world Leaders, and all those of petty mind and tiny hearts. You all might try to take one minute out of your own lives and put on yourselves in the shoes of those people on this planet who are not so fortunate as yourselves. It seems to me that you have forgotten the teachings of that Man you all claim to believe in: Christ the Savior. You also seem to forget that all human beings are Guests on this Planet Earth, not the owners of it. Your stay here is limited to the max 100 years. A good guest treats his host with the utmost respect, is eager to help with the chores, clean up behind himself, and hopefully departs having made some improvement in his hosts life and home.
Your egotism and selfishness is hereby noted by your treatment of others. Most people love their home country, but it is hard to maintain that Love of Country when your leaders are oppressors who care only to enrich themselves on the backs of their countrymen… It is a difficult choice to make, that choice to flee the oppression and seek out a better, safer place to live, especially when one has their arms full of hungry children. It is also really hard to stand up and fight for your rights when the oppressor’s have the armies, navies and air forces, the bombs, the tear gas and you have only bare hands. Since our current President seems to be more concerned with missing his Christmas Golf game at his private resort, than with the well-being of those who he has the power to assist in their time of hardship and misfortune I say: “Sir shame on you, as you have shamed us.” I call on my fellow men and women to rise up and say with One Voice: “No More! Not one child going hungry or dying from lack of medical care.” “No More bombing of your own people Mr. Assad.” “No More testing of your latest weapons on the Syrian People, Mr. Putin!” I say: ” Let us trade Greed in for Compassion and true brotherly Love.” I say: “Let us stop spending hundreds of billions of Dollars on weapons of war, and spend it instead on improving the lives of all Men, Women, and especially the Children.” I say: “Shame, Shame, Shame on all those people who have surrendered their morality and their hearts in pursuit of that Petty God, the so-called Almighty Dollar. You all stand condemned! To all those who Lust after Power, I would remind you that you also are mortal, and one day you must stand before your creator and give an account of yourself and the life you chose to live here, as a guest on the Planet Earth… Merry Christmas, and God rest your souls, Merry Gentlemen……..
EGO And we said to Him, have you an ego?…………………………………………….No! No! Who, then?……………………………………………………………………………………Men! The cry rose high over the din of the woods:” ME! ME! ME! ” Men were lose on Earth. That was long ago; long, long ago. So they say who know by hearsay. Indeed, a meticulous study was made. The compilation of evidence almost reaches the sky. Nevertheless, we know by hearsay, or book-say, or professor say. What a day! Men were lose on Earth. The cry “ME! ME! ME!” in whichever language said inaugurated the beginning of mankind. Ah, me! Ah,me! And still he says “Me, no.” How is that? If You are mankind, how come no Ego in You? “Me” is not Mankind. “Us” is Mankind. When Me beheld many not-Me’s, the outgoing attachment US began its earthly career. At that moment I appeared; that is, mankind appeared and the building of mankind became the first covert and later the avowed purpose of human experience. Us? Did You say “US”?……………………………………………………We, not one or two;Many.
Does 1 know 2? Does 2 know 3? One hundred numbers are here; do they know each other? A million numbers? Do they know each other? How can they? Numbers are not self -aware. Only men know about each other in a clear way. Their self-awareness distinguishes between one man, ten men, one hundred men, one thousand men, one million men. What is more, they can be consciously interested and attached to each other; theoretically, up to seven billion or more, the number of human beings living on Earth at present. That is us in the fullest sense. Think about it. Seven billion like yourself on Earth now. Start where you are and go imaginatively to the people in the next town or city, and then go to the people in the next one, until you have reached all the towns and cities on Earth; seven billion, speaking different languages, following different customs, and adhering to different faiths. Seven billion; that is, Us in flux, because we move and because some are born and some die. Seven billion, that is the size of our family at present. Can you feel attached to all of them; vaguely, of course, to those whom you have not and will not meet? If you can, he will draw you away from the narrow ways of the Ego…..
An egotist burrows a way through his own body. That is a narrow path to follow. Mercy! An egotist sings a song to his own throat. That is cheap music to live by. Mercy! An egotist thinks in a frying pan by candlelight. That is a dark light by which to learn about a world. Sky and Sun are needed for that; but an egotist uses a frying pan and a candle. Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! For Whom? For all who feel and act and think from within the compounds of their skin. How else, you ask? Evidently a biologist questions our assertion. Indeed, the self looks at its body from eyes in it. It feels the body by nerves in it. It thinks about the body by a brain in it. Simultaneously, it looks at the world, feels it and thinks about it in the same way-from within the compounds of the skin. A man who conceives himself in this fashion has taken a good position from which to understand himself. But he disregards something of importance. What does he disregard? He disregards the immediate quality of his experience and the truth it reveals. In experience the self does not perceive itself as a brain looking out of eye windows, feeling by nerve antennae or thinking by word arrangements. When the self turns its attention on itself, it finds consciousness and identity reacting to the world from the features and qualities which it is. Self-hood has become sufficiently dominant to stand out as a distinct, conscious unit. The question to ask now is: “How engrossed is the self in its own importance?” It was natural in the beginning that a self-aware animal would become at least somewhat obsessed with itself as an individual. What happened as time passed? The obsession should have eventually lessened. Interest should have moved from the body, from possessions, from personal status; past the skin, over to other men and far places; and simultaneously inward into an enlarged self-hood, able to embrace mankind, the world and the stars… What, specifically, are the narrow ways of ego? In good living, Take and Give go together. Men give to others and they receive from others; and they enjoy both. This establishes a relation of mutual dependence and regard… This relation weakens and breaks when men imagine they do not need others as much as others need them; or that mutual regard among a limited few suffices. Now, Take gains a dominance over Give which may reach the extreme of taking as much as custom and law permit, and give niggardly except where it enhances the position of the giver. This attitude defines an egotist. An extreme egotist is a human animal who seeks in all feasible ways to enhance his own position with little or no regard for the detrimental effects his act has on others. In the egotist, one world becomes a reality, or a near reality; one world as small, inhumane and stupid as a few individuals. This world of the egotist must not be confused with the one world sought by Him in which the regard of all men for each other creates a bond of oneness. Take, in front, and Give, back there someplace, in service to Take, produce the narrow ways of the ego. When an instance of existence draws back from from surrounding existence, it narrows it’s scope to little more than nothing. That, Mr. Egotist, is you; little more than nothing, regardless of how loud the band plays your tune. No one is important by himself. He needs to mingle freely with other existences to gain importance. But how is he to mingle freely with other existences when he must preserve a grand image of himself as King, near-king, or should be king? The following offenses are charged against egotists: First, egotists lose the full significance of social problems by concentrating on their personal implications. When the full significance’s are lost, minor significance’s usurp their place. Superficial, inhumane attitudes result from this. Second, egotists have lopsided intelligence’s, which lean toward them at the expense of truth. Self-deception and misrepresentation cannot be avoided here. Thus a world already false through thru ignorance becomes falser by the distortions of vanity. Third, egotists are oversensitive to damage done to them and insufficiently sensitive to damage done to others. Justice cannot function while this attitude prevails. Because of this, human relations become unjust personally, socially, nationally, and internationally. In short, the self-love of the egotist fills the world with discord and hatred. An egotist, no matter how grandly proportioned in his own eyes, has to admit that the Sun is larger and brighter than he. If after making this sobering admission he can at times feel smaller than the Sun, there is hope. He will not have to pass the rest of his life falling into booby traps set by his own vanity. The booby traps prepared by ego ensnare their victim with high promises. Unfortunately, after initial bounces the egotist finds himself at rest in low significance. His worldly rise was accompanied by existential decline. A man has some sixty years to live. Not long, when one notices the quick demise of a year. Should the span contain seventy or eighty years, it is still a short time. With this in mind, the self may seek to aggrandize itself as an individual while it can. That only makes life shorter. Egotistic demands reduce the area of mingling. Self and world become less, and the time span is reduced by being limited to a content which pleases the ego… Do you want a short life? Obey your ego. The booby traps it sets will guarantee a short life, regardless of the years you live. An egotist needs a cleanser to clear away the corrosion consequent to narrow sentiment, abetted by narrow thinking leading to narrow values. He cannot, unfortunately, procure the cleanser at the supermarket, regardless of how super it may be. However there is help for him if he has conceded that the Sun is somewhat larger than he. Let him petition the Sun. He can do this by singing Hallelujah to it. He will then be singing to something big instead of something small, something outside of him instead of something in him, something lasting instead of something temporal… After he has earnestly placed the Sun above him in it’s rightful position, he will be able to sing Hallelujah to smaller existences; and it may be that eventually he will sing Hallelujah to blades of grass or crests of waves. From there to the acceptance of most, and later to the acceptance of all men, is two small steps. Men, after all, are one in being men; fortunate or unfortunate, accomplished or unskilled, wise or ignorant, in health or sickness, kind or cruel, egotistic or humble; one family sharing the exhilaration and distress of human existence… Are you ample in affection and compassion? Do you think and act so as to assist the advancement of people? Do you celebrate achievements which free the people from the oppression of exploiters? Are your heart and mind with mankind in its struggle to rise out of ignorance and the failings of incompleteness? If you do not excel in these, you are undeveloped where development is most needed. If you have these attainments, you will not place yourself high above others, an untouchable in reverse; your action will not be controlled by notions of great superiority and importance; great masses of people will not seem to be intolerable and unworthy of esteem… The sea engages our imagination, the sky challenges it….. The standing animal surveys his kingdom. “The Earth,” he says “Is ours. We the species of man are the first animals able to think and say that. No animal will rise above us in time ahead as we rose above our predecessors in life, for in us the animal denies himself.” Enough of animal. Something more, now. No higher animal will emerge out of men. It will be something different or nothing. The outcome depends on us… They amble along and forget. They worry and talk and forget. They speak beautifully about grand spectacles and they forget. What is it they forget? They forget they are the last animal and the first instance of conscious existence. Intestines, a blood pump, air sponges, nerve slime and brain pulp have summoned a ghost; more exactly, seven billion ghosts, making the Earth the ghost planet… Instances of existence had to announce themselves to other instances of existence. They had to shout “I am.” Existence not imbued with “I am” or an equivalent to it? Stay with the idea for awhile. Billions of Suns and planets; on Earth, billions of simple and complex organisms, and nor a single “I am” in the whole of it? The idea will not stay with you. It can’t. Your presence refutes it. When “I am” sounded in the Earth’s air, it proclaimed a new world for animals which would be superseded gradually by non-animal worlds of consciousness… Now the animal world weakens all around and in us, as ghostly selves seek to find a meaning in existence for ghostly selves. The dying is sad despite laughter, pomp, ornamentation, civility and make believe. An end is the saddest occurrence, unbearably sad when the end does not release a new beginning. Thus it is that the end of animals and plants and all the beauty they embodied had to and did inaugurate the beginning of identity and self-hood… Salute all animals and plants near you. They achieved your birth. Soon they will decline. Their drama comes to an end as ours continues. Raise memorials to them in your sensitivity. Remain true to them and to yourself as one of them, even as you leave their world into the self-worlds of consciousness… Some rise on extended wings and circle in the air. Others remain quiet and impassive in the Sun on the shore. Many centuries taught them their patience. The rumble of waves, the sweep of winds, day-breaks and night-falls, seasons, tides, fog, rain pertain to them as their plumage does. The world outside blends intimately with the world inside… When gulls and their brethren in life became men, the balance tipped. Inside assumed an importance it did not have. The magnification of “Me” came naturally as a consequence of consciousness located in an organism. The weak flicker of identity had to concentrate on it’s self in order to preserve itself. It thus converted “Mine” into the most meaningful aspect of existence; my body, my world, my children, my money, my position, my success, my sickness, my suffering, my mistakes, my misfortune. These “My’s” weakened the relation of inner experience to outer existence. They created separate inner worlds not much interested in the great outside. Men presently bogged down in egotistic pleasures have a way out. They can perceive the way and follow it when their perception is clear. Non-human animals lack this perceptory assistance because they lack the consciousness required for it. Men know! Not inwardly and without awareness of it! They know sufficiently well to talk about their knowledge and act on it. They say “Do this,” “Don’t do that,” and they learn how to do as they say… That makes an oceanic difference. Men may not be able always to follow the directive. A well prepared dinner can mean more than an eternity of stars when the dinner is on the table and the stars are in the sky. Nevertheless, a course can be charted and returned to when custom, momentary satisfactions and personal gain block the way out… Tell us about the course that annuls ego when the egotists are dissatisfied with their type of experience… The egotist now seeks to love more extensively, love for self expands into love for existence. When a man loves existence as existence, he loves men as men and he has ceased to be an egotist… Men can enjoy the sky because it is a sky; the ground because it is ground; mankind because it is mankind; ideas because they are ideas; love because it is love; sharing because it is sharing; that is the new experience which redeems the egotist… A pendulum swings to one side before swinging to the other. After that it swings in both directions. The self goes in, so that it may know and enjoy its small personal world. After that it goes out, so that it may know and enjoy mankind and the universe. When it succeeds in this, inner and outer existence blend as they do in gulls on the shore, but with a knowledge they lack… An acorn takes moisture and light and sends a sprout through the Earth up into the sky. Why does it do it? So that it may say “I am a beautiful oak”? It cannot be for that. The acorn does not know about itself. It does it in acorn fashion, for the sake of existence. It proclaims the motto “Unfoldment for the sake of Unfoldment.” The seed of a man evolves in a womb, in time, it is pushed into an environment, later to be known as the Earth. There it continues its development and learns about itself and the place of its existence… What for? So that a man may strut about like a monarch, or long to do it when circumstance prevents it? Not at all. Existence did not reveal a universe to men for them to ignore it. The inheritance makes demands. Existence revealed a universe to men for them to claim it. “How wonderful I am,” though permissible as an episode, must change into “How wonderful the Universe is.” The ultimate enjoyment of men cannot be less than mankind and the portion of the Universe open to mankind. When personal existence enjoys existence impersonally, it does not say “My sky.” It says “Sky.” It does not say “My friends.” It says “Fellow-men.” It does not say “My words.” It says “Our conversation.” The prophetic sky waits. The Oceanic cradle waits. Existence waits for itself everywhere, as it surveys itself. Men wait and strive, as time pushes them on to themselves. The beginning has been made. The advance continues. The culmination comes. The House of Mankind rises on itself to assume it’s sky-place………… ” Congratulations if you read this whole missive, there is still hope for you and for mankind. The reason I am quoting Mr. Esteve is because he says what I want to say only hundreds of times better than I could in my wildest dreams…I hope people realize what a real danger our Egotist in Chief poses to this planet Earth…..