The closest I may ever come to that halcyon and much vaunted ideal is my wife, Drie. She is an angel; a person who sees the world through eyes that see well. Much of what she does is for higher purposes, and what she works for and achieves is designed expressly for durability and the soul's prosperity. She listens to other's dreams and contemplates distances, points and dimensions that might fulfill them.
I woke early this morning; perhaps I sensed the light of the yellowed gibbous moon as it sank toward the conglomerate range to the west of our high desert valley. I must have dreamed in the manner that I walked yesterday; my mood turbid and shifting between melancholy and choler. Yesterday morning,I received an invitation to join an online petition to impeach 'Barack Hussein Obama', with the usually unnecessary appellation 'Hussein' repeated within his name over and over in the piece like a depraved wizard's cursing incantation under the headings of angry looking, pixilated screengrabs from video of Obama. The website described the 'high crimes and misdemeanors' committed by the sitting president and other, as a vitriolic conservative pundit called, acts of "malevolence toward this country, which is unabated."
Malevolence. Synonyms would include hate, maliciousness, spite, spitefulness, grudge, and venom. Unabated. 'With undiminished force, power or vigor.' Them there are strong and fighting words, folks.
I would argue, and without much in the way of need to present empirical, specific evidence, that those words do not fit, in any way, the situation as it stands. Such words simply stir strong emotions, especially those of people who are frightened or experiencing hardship because of events and situations beyond their control or comprehensions. People who do love their country, right or wrong, hot or cold and have done much in their estimation to preserve or promote what they see as her freedoms or purposes.
That's the purpose of these manipulating and in my view, evil-purposed individuals.
Yeah. Evil. I said it. But did I say 'evil individuals'?
There is a difference between purpose and the individual. As human beings, We naturally seek an equilibrium where we are the center of the universe, where we feel the ground solidly beneath us, where we are solid, central and stable. I do not fault these people for promoting what they might rightfully see as a status quo or dare I say, political correctness? I do strongly condemn their tendency to twist words, situations and ideas to portray what they wish to project on the minds of those who want, in their minds, what's best for this nation.
I am no fan of Barack Obama. I was no fan of George W. Bush. I voted for neither of the two main candidates in last year's latest folly of an election. But what is happening right now is the continuation of a process that will tear this country to shreds when there are ravening beasts circling the fold of this country. Whether those who would destroy seek to do so politically, economically, socially or militarily, I do not know, but all are possible in the current global environment. These who sow such twisted propaganda and vitriol as are on this impeachment site are contributing to what they least desire.
The end of America.
I can go at length into what I see as distortions of fact or principal within the arguments I read on the site and have heard from the mouths of dear friends, but suffice to say, they are emotional distortions that have rational explanations. Even if I don't agree with execution or reason, I can see reasonable and political rationale for most anything presented by the conservative opposition.
I don't like the direction that this country is headed. I haven't liked the way the country is headed since I was a youth. I saw the inevitable end of each stock market gamble and real estate speculation that's come around the bend for some years now. Am I claiming some sort of occulted knowledge or metaphysical seership? Certainly not, I only know when people are getting gain to the determent of their neighbor, making money from nothing or building on a foundation of financial dust. I understand the basics of 'capitalism' and know that no value or principled service or product is being produced by the current American economy, and that most of us are grasping at worse than straws to find stability and security in the current financial market that has been handed to us as salvation both temporal and cultural.
If the situation is dire, or the enemies within, why is it so difficult to surmise that the threat might come from both sides of the political fence, and that threat might not be 'malevolent' necessarily, but simply terribly misguided, as I see this ridiculous impeachment movement is?
What will happen if we keep thinking and acting in this vein, where our neighbor is seen as the enemy or another to simply soak money from?
I have to surmise that this is one of the most influential ways that we have we turned this supposedly enlightened world's direction toward such an inhospitable political and social hell.
And one hell of a hell it will become, if we keep on like this.
I wish I had a blog so I could link this article to it. You are such an amzing writer!
You do write well, my brother, and I agree that some individuals are so negatively focused and working overtime to drag the whole system down. I really feel O'bama is doing his best with what is given and I expect to see great things in the future that may change some peoples opinions of him. Keep your eye focused on heaven. Much love.
I wonder if we'd be better off not spending any energy on National or World affairs. Keeping tabs on the insanity in the collective is pretty taxing. Nice peice, keep writing! It's good for all of us.
Thanks for so eloquently stating this... We too are perplexed as to the current state of human kind so ready to judge unfairly...
Thanks, Brynni. You surpass me or are soon to do so, dear.
I really don't know what amount of real influence negativity has on the metaphysical aspects of life, but it's plain as to how much it influences real-time discourse and psychology within the meta-conscious.
Much is in flux in the world and nation, I can only hope that People would stop grasping desperately at whatever they think will cast blame on something or someone else. The discourse isn't so much related to solutions and collective progress as it is to blame and anger, as you know.
Great to hear from you, brother.
Perhaps a year or two of purgatory isolationism followed by a considered and truly compassionate renewal of foreign aid might do some good, but it won't happen any time soon. Too much rhetorical backlash would result.
I don't know. I'm only a rural teacher-guy.
Don't worry; we'll both have to keep writing if only to shore up the fragile wall against our ruin.
Thanks for the comment.
Eloquent? I don't know about that. Words on topics like this come more out of a desperation and a fervor to make sense out of my own thoughts and sheer frustration at my lack of options to affect this big world at our doorsteps.
I only hope that it helped to clarify your own mind on the subject...
Kia ora Adam,
Amene brother! I don't know what I can add to words I that seemingly could have come from my own soul.
I too as a young man had far too many questions about my country and where it was headed, and I just eventually left. I am not sure if that makes me a coward or a hero. I have discovered no nirvana here in terms of many of the same things I saw there, one by one arrive here. America has a long reach. I too am no big fan of Obama, nor was I of Bush or Clinton or Reagan. I thought back then and still do, that the honourable Jimmy Carter was the man far ahead of his time, a true humanitarian who took on an America hung over from another war, a recession, and the downer time that was the early 70's when our president really was a criminal. People laughed at me back then, and do now, but this man was, is, a real humanitarian wanting to take America beyond its own narrow vision into the world. People couldn't cope with that then, they can't cope with it now.
I am coming to the conclusion that all we can do is fight the bastards as best we can. It is determining just who the bastards really are that is the hard part.
Like your beautiful Drie I also have been somehow blessed with a wife who seeks beyond all this, and understands when it is time for me to go.
I just got back from the mountains and I built a fire by my campsite and imagined you and the Coyote were there. A very cool fire. Rave on brother, your words are needed.
Thanks much, Robb, for your perspective and echos of a similar heart. History repeats itself, they say, but I reckon it's more apt to say that behaviors repeat themselves as the forum or situation is left unchanged or unexamined.
We are a beautiful and terrible species.
I am honored and glad to be included in your thougts and rituals beside the fire, and can only say that the same happens for you and yours around our haunts...
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