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Thank a feminist today!

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Today I share my birthday with International Women’s Day.  Gladly.

I consider myself a feminist and I truly believe that deep down, everyone is (unless you really enjoy suppressing and controlling women, I guess).  The concept of feminism, however, has been bandied about like it’s some kind of crazy, man-hating moniker.  If anyone knows me, they know I love men.  Giggity!

You don’t uplift women by suppressing men.  And if you do, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!

The world has been lopsided and unfair for millennia.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  All ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations… all the things that make us who we are, belong here on this planet and should be treated thus.

To all of the hard work, sacrifices, suffering and pain (emotional and physical), and even death which has afforded me more opportunities than I am even aware of, I am eternally grateful.

Thank you suffragists, thank you bra burners, strikers and marchers.  Thank you mothers and grandmothers, sisters and aunts.  Thank you visionaries for seeing the world from the future and helping the rest of us get there.  Thank you feminists, both female and male.

I know we are still fighting for equal pay and reproductive freedom (and even freedom from fear and bodily harm in all parts of the world).  The path has been laid out and the end game is clear.  If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, I believe that first line would read, “All humans are equal, and thus have the same rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Simple and inclusive, just as life should be.

My kind of princess.

My kind of princess.

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It’s the end of the world

It’s the end of the world…

Sort of.

Just as Lennon once said

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Same goes for the world we are living in.

It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time.  I’ve known since I was a child that things are not what they seem.  I discovered I was being lied to over and over again – by religious leaders and other “authorities”.

I’ve always believed in UFO’s, not because I’ve had any real experience with them, but because I know that this can’t be all there is in this amazing universe.  After seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a kid, I wanted to be one of the ones boarding that ship at the end.  If ever given the opportunity, there is nothing on Earth that could make me think twice. (Sorry, Neil.  You can come with me, though.)

I learned about the Mayan Calendar and its end date prophecies back in college.  I’ve gone through several phases since then.  Starting with fear and ending with fear, but not the same fear.

At first, I was afraid of dying or suffering if our system collapses.  What will I eat?  How will I survive?  I considered all kinds of survival options (shelters, figuring out the safest place to be, etc.) and I read everything I could on the topic.

Years later, I got a little more zen about it all and figured, Que Sera Sera.

But as that date is almost upon us, there is a small fear creeping back in and this is it.  What if nothing changes?  What if nothing ends and it all just keeps going like this, back and forth from better to worse, but essentially the same?  I just don’t know how much longer I can pretend to play this game anymore.

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What game, you may ask, am I playing?  The same one you are.  I just know it’s a game and you don’t.  The movie Inception had this one line that summed it all up (not just the movie, but All of It) and it flew by most people unnoticed.

Your world is not real.  Death is the only way out.

We are all sharing a collective dream and it’s time to Wake Up.  That’s why shit is getting so crazy and extreme.  You haven’t gotten it yet so it’s time to violently shake you awake.

This shake may not come in the form of a worldwide cataclysm but it’s already apparent that we will not be allowed to go back to sleep.  More shootings, more diseases and traumas, more financial meltdowns until we get the fucking picture.

This is the old model of doing things and its time is over.

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We are all ready to be adults and responsible for ourselves and others.  What’s that model look like?

There are no shelters that will save us from ourselves.  It’s time we face ourselves head on.  For some, this will be a traumatic and scary experience.  For others it can be a relief.  But whatever happens, go with it.  Just like a fever and vomiting can help your body rid itself of a virus that’s causing it harm, whatever happens next is clearing you out for the next big thing.

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
 

~ Rumi ~

 

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Don’t worry.  Don’t be afraid, Ever.

See you in 2013.

 

Dystopian Fantasies

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I watched the new Total Recall movie today, and I was really struck by something.  As I see it, there are generally two forms of imagined dystopian futures that literature and film and other forms of entertainment have put forth.

One is the fascist and bleak view that governments and/or corporations will treat the entire planet like some third world dictatorship with a small elite attempting to subjugate and control the rest of the population with unending wars and limited resources.

1984-style

The other is a complete breakdown of society wherein gangs of armed thugs run rampant over the land taking what they want and killing whoever gets in their way.

Mad Max is in da house

Make no mistake, shit is breaking down.  If you don’t think so, I’d like to know what rock you’ve been living under.

What if there was a third option for life after the shit hits the proverbial fan?  What if, without the constraints and reigns of civilization, people chose en masse to return to a more manageable way of living?  Perhaps something akin to tribal societies or communes/co-ops.

If we don’t end up destroying our ecosystem before our structured way of living begins to breakdown, what if we all just said “fuck it” and let it collapse?  Most people have neither the need nor the desire to have control over other people.  They just want to live their lives.  That’s why the ruling elite have been nicknamed the 1%.  It’s not just about the concentration of wealth.  That’s really how many there are of them.

And yet, they have all the say in how things are run and how stuff is divided up.  If the rest of us could figure out this food, air, water deal, what then would we ever have to fight about?  Not their profit margins, that’s for damn sure.

You don’t fight because it’s in your nature.  You fight because someone has convinced you that it’s your only option.  Someone has created a reality wherein fighting is normal and natural and has always been so.  But if you don’t subscribe to the nonsense that humanity is only a few thousand years old, what were we really like before written history?

Archaeology isn’t the truth or authority on anything.  It’s just a bunch of educated guesses based on minimal evidence and through the eyes of a civilized human being.  They keep revising their opinions about dinosaurs for crying out loud.  You don’t honestly believe they’ve got prehistoric people figured out yet!

I’m always amused by people who think religion or science or any other human system has it all figured out.

The death rattle of our current incarnation of civilization will be a long and protracted one if we continue to cling to this unfair and unsustainable way of living.  Opt out and explore other possibilities while you still have the time.  Those ice caps will eventually quit melting, when they’re all gone, that is.