Thursday, April 30, 2015

Elders, Bullies & Gulags

Elders, Bullies
& Gulags

She hobbled in leaning on two canes, her hair soft, white and abundant, piled in a loose figure eight, yea, sloping toward infinity. She thumped down into the chair and stared at me with the unblinking scrutiny of grand age.

"How long have you been here? I've seen you around."

"Um, ditto. Not as long as you."

"Not hardly. You see those mountains? They rose up when I dug the Rio Grande!"

I guffawed. 

A man poked his head around the curtain, grinned, and hushed us; a filming was in process.

She had wonderfully sparkling eyes, an elder with long life experience and heart enough for wit.

It set me to thinking about maturation, the contentment of hard-won self-scrutiny, and of kindliness. 

Or not, as the case may be.

Lately, I've had an encounter and ending with an older but immature bully. This, while crafting a children's book about bullying, speaking of guffaws!

Not a great leap from my little life micro-ugly to governance gone rogue, bullying one's own people and launching wars.

Distract, divert and obfuscate power-greed in the maelstrom of chaos. But fear not, Darth Vader will bring order, Ordnung, compliance. The Boys in Blue, gone goth-black.

Strange military training of "law" enforcement, target practice to de-humanize targets. Tim Laden the CIA operative, dead repeatedly, caves, villages, buried at sea... and the mouths of Navy Seals magically sealed by opportune copter crash. 

Those fearing loss of control, need new scapegoats: Old bulls-eye targets no more, bring on civilians, the domestic irritants to absolute powah. 

A company with DHS funding came up with the "No Hesitation Series" to focus on civilians as "Domestic Terrorists." Not met with universal acclaim, but who ARE these control freaks, these bullies?

"There are seven targets in the series: Pregnant Woman, Older Man 1, Older Man 2, Older Woman, Young Mother, Young Girl, and Little Brother."

First order of business of Hitler annexing Austria, Stalin seizing power and Australia for goodness sake, was to confiscate hunting rifles from farmers. 

I have a classmate in Oz; his ranch is crawling with poisonous snakes. He never checked fence lines unarmed. He shot snakes. Don't know what he does now.

Criminals of course are not discommoded by gun confiscation; they'll always find sources. After Australia seized guns, murders and felonies increased. Criminals ran rampant, unchecked by citizenry.

If the government itself turns criminal, what then? Eighteenth Century writers in Europe and the American colonies had a lot to say about that, the so-called Divine Right of Kings and infinite corruption of empire.

Any wonder that history and civics have been expunged from gov-issue education?

“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


At April 30, 2015 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Two Eagles said...

Well, I won't say it's an untruth these human expressions of greed and fear, but I will say fighting within that loop is a fruitless exercise. As your Elder shows, the natural unfolding of Earth Ways flows through us as the primary force, the one that prevails. When we consciously step into awareness of that life force and align ourselves with Source then we re-connect with perpetual truth. Greed and fear and violence are recognized as a closed loop when we are aligned with Source. Consciously stepping outside the loop is a co-creative movement that inspires and locates us within the realm of natural transformation. Abandoning the paradigm based on power and control, there's no need to shoot the snakes on the fence line. We drop the need for fences. Thank you for showing us your trail beyond the loop!


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