Monday, 23 March 2009

What Do You Want?

“Now my question for you: Do you think that those people who are not willing to take drastic action-whatever action is necessary-in order to make sure the planet remains habitable are reachable by any means? If they will not fight back with all the world at stake-literally, physically, in all truth-when will they ever fight back?”

(Endgame Volume 2 - Resistance. p.526)

I think many people are reachable. It’s all a matter of changing their mindset. I know some people would rather die than change their stance on a certain topic, but I’m encouraged by what I see around me to believe that not too many of us are like that.

I was listening to a podcast interview with the artist and sorcerer Alan Moore this weekend. A magickal practitioner is often worth a listen, as their worldviews are frequently interesting. Unfortunately, Alan Moore’s worldview is also appalling. He’s one of those (and I’m going to use nasty language here) Ceremonial Magicians who seems to have detached himself from the Earth.

Land, Sea and Sky seem to mean nothing to him, as he encourages his listeners to ride the Technological Culture. I wanted to yell at him “Where to, Alan Moore? To the destruction of the world? Because that’s where it's delivering us. ”

I find it’s quite common in this culture for people to be so habituated into anthropomorphic thinking that the word ‘life’ literally doesn’t mean anything other than human life to them. But, since I used to be so deep into this civilisation myself that I tended toward that way of thinking, I hold out some hope that others can be reached.

Our communications with others still wearing the hoodwink and the nosebag should, whenever possible, be designed to shake them out of their well-worn ruts of thought. Perhaps they, too will start to question, start to wonder, and start to agree with us. Even if, as with many Buddhists and Pagans, they have so much invested in their vision of evolving humankind, I believe they can be persuaded to look at the solid foundations of reality as well, and to realise that we’re destroying them very rapidly indeed.

“What do you want?”
(Endgame Volume 2 - Resistance. p.534)

I want a world where the land is not encased in concrete and steel; where fully-grown trees are not transplanted into new shopping malls as prisoners in cement blocks, already dying.

I want a world where air is good to breathe, for those of us who need it, and where water is not poisonous. Where food is not seen as a commodity and human and nonhuman people are not portrayed as property.

I want a world where creature, plant and human interact in a planetary web of existence: sometimes killing and eating each other, sometimes helping and healing each other.

I want a world where trust is not one of the first things we lose as we come into existence; where the race is for the entirety of Life to run, and to win. Where we create together – microbe, songbird and human being – the incarnation which benefits All of Us.

I want a world where immanence is not secondary to transcendence, if it is mentioned as a positive at all ; where mankind is not continually striving to get off-planet, out-of-body and away from Mother.

What Do You Want?


  1. FREEDOM!!

    For All.

    And the only way Freedom will ever be possible is: for this culture of death to disappear once and for all; and with the re-emergence of Traditional Egalitarian Indigenous Cultures for those who are members of such cultures; and with the emergence of new cultures, and tribe/communities of re-humanized or re-wilded free, autonomous and responsible individuals, families, groups of families, of likeminded people.

    Well, in my view anyway.


  2. I'm sorry, but as an avid observer of humanity, I have come to the conclusion that MOST humans lack the brainpower to grasp the interconnectedness of life, the effect that mere littering has on nature, or the souless destruction that concrete is capable of. "Does that thing have a hemi?" is what passes for the quest for knowledge I have witnessed of my fellow redneck American, and thanks to our vaulted American education system, the future indeed lools bleak, for forgiven or not by whatever diety, they know not what they do, and any attempt to enlighten them only invites violent response. I indeed embrace the idea of plague, for that is the only kind thing that could mediate this creature so capable of such beauty, yet murders.

  3. There's an old saying, origin unknown, that goes something like: whenever you visit a place make sure you leave it in better shape than it was when you arrived. I want our generation to leave this Earth in better shape than it was when we arrived.

  4. So, my inspiration right now was to order Lierre Keith's book -- The Vegetarian Myth. What? Agriculture is worse than grass fed beef? Well I guess I will be enlightened. At least she is not an 'enlightened expert'. I once volunteered at our local conservation place. The person who was running it told me to pull out all the thistle. So I did. Then not more than a week later another amateur naturalist talked about how a certain butterfly bred and fed on that thistle the first wonderful conservationist told me to pull.I was in shock and could not bring myself to return. I just sometimes wonder just who the f--k to believe. Rhondda

  5. I always feel you ask the right questions and say the rights things to keep me thinking.
    Thanks for posting.
    Stars Above,
    ~Celestial Rose.