Build Your Inner Fortress

Inside each of us is a wellspring of hope–and every corporation and body of government wants to extract that precious resource and infill with concrete. They want to use you and then build their empire upon your corpse, your skeleton, your flesh.

From birth ’til death we are a commodity to be tilled and harvested; all in the name of keeping a massive militaristic nation moving forward on the ever-rolling barrels of oil.

Cast off these chains that we have forged through the years; set yourself on a path to freedom. Liberate your mind, body and soul; liberate those who are dear to you; liberate the innocent.

Love yourself so that you can love those beings that surround you.

Take it back from the machines

We must take back what is rightfully ours. If we live like those the elite despise and treat with disdain, if we are satisfied with their cheap baubles and trinkets, their middling politics, their shiny gadgets, their mind-numbing intoxicants, then we will never force the power brokers to rethink their exploitation of the earth and its inhabitants for monetary reward. They will always be able to justify it by giving the people, giving us the consumer, “what we want.”

The time is now to let them know that what we want is not what they give us, not what they sell us. We want the earth and all its inhabitants to live without oppression.

We must be vigilant and we must take action; we are going to have to put it in their faces, rub their noses in it, and make them realize that we don’t want to destroy our home for a small bit of comfort; that we want to live sensibly and within our means as a species. I suppose an important question to ask yourself is just how badly we want it.

This is not a moral crusade.

This is a final prayer for the earth and its inhabitants. The mass extinction will include us; and how you live your life matters. Mine will be lived with strength and compassion. With dignity and love. I will pray to the god I do not believe in for the lost souls of this earth. To the gods in which I do believe, I offer nothing but apology and sadness for the terror my kind has bestowed upon them.

And what has it all been for, this destruction, creation and greed? Nothing more than baubles and comfort. And as Vollmann suggests, “who would deny the poor water-carrier, or the subsistence farmer, a little reprieve from their endless toil?” Not me. Hopefully not you.

And thus we ride into the darkness upon our petrol-fueled beasts.

We Are Too Late

We are too late. Climate change is real, it’s happening now, and it is out of control. Even if every nation were to stop emitting greenhouse gases today, we would still pass the tipping point.

Yet we must live with dignity. We must hold true to our values. Let us honor integrity, the lives of other sentient beings, and the beauty the human race. We are capable of producing wonders like history has never witnessed. Let us not be overcome by animosity, hatred and bitterness that scarcity will bring.

Let’s put away the narcissism; the smartphones; the social media. Let’s pick up books of poetry and make art; eat fruits, vegetables and share a vegan meal with friends. Have a nice, cool drink of clean tapwater. Rejoice in each other’s company with laughter; and relax the embrace of nature. Live and let live and fight against the evils in this world, for they are many and we the insightful are few.