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War

   Sat, September 23, 2006 - 12:29 PM
I haven't written here for a long time. I've been more active elsewhere-- mostly in the "Politics" tribe and somewhat in the "Burning Man" tribe. Still, this is a forum which spreads far and wide, and I would do well to use it to express myself.

I am tired of defining things through war. Sure, there are disagreements, even outright hatred-- but to continually define things through war, disagreement, hatred, conflict-- it is not an inevitable result of reality. It's a choice that we collectively, and individually, make.

I do not believe in a war on terror. I do not believe in a war on drugs. I do not think of the challenges that surround me as things to be conquered so much as untangled. If I shout at you, it actually makes me harder to understand.

Real change works much slower than blunt force, and it's harder to see the effects. Reality becomes a collection of the decisions one has already made instead of the immediate manifestation of your decision today. It is built, not created.

I find it completely unncecessary to define myself as being "against" something. To say that I am "against" coal power for example is not correct, or at most a soundbite. Issues are more complex than that. That's how Congressmen can say "they don't care about security" when a colleague refuses to support some security bill with an anti-jobs rider. Someone things aren't black and white, they're purple.

But often, in dim reality, purple seems black. And black seems absolute. Unless you wait for sunrise.

Wow, hippie shit! I really like these kind of rants-- I like the way the words slither on the page like snakes dipped on paint, thrown onto a canvas. Tastes just like mechanically separated-- chicken.



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Sat, September 23, 2006 - 1:01 PM
Thanks for using your brain for something worthwhile.
Sat, September 23, 2006 - 2:56 PM
Yeah, what you resist persists right?

Thanks. Good read.
Sat, September 23, 2006 - 3:33 PM
War is still war no matter how right you. No war has ever been fought by two side who both thought they were right.
Sat, September 23, 2006 - 3:36 PM
Or I should say every war has ever been fought with both sides thinking they were right and in the end it's just war no matter how right you are.
Sun, September 24, 2006 - 7:03 AM
snakes on a page!
the art of war is something we can all aspire to.
the ripple effect begins right here, right now,
in our everyday choices.

Are we peaceful when we go out?
Do we treat all people with equality?
Are we leaders, role models, mentors?
How do we want to be remembered when we die?
Sun, September 24, 2006 - 10:12 AM
what can i do, what can i not do
this year i've had a renewed effort of trying to put my money more where my ideals are.
i still buy gas--but i nearly always go to arco which is supposedly less socially bad.
i nearly always buy milk from straus diary which gets its power from cow shit.
i buy cage free eggs
i bring my own bags to stores
i vote
i bury my head in the sand to not be depressed about what our country/corporations are doing in the name of profit.
Sun, October 8, 2006 - 10:02 AM
Occupation
I went to see George Lakoff a few weeks ago (iIf you don't know who he is, I seriously reccomend looking up a few of his books) and he said that if we want to get the US military out of Iraq we have to stop calling it something that it is not. Lakoff reported that he suggested to Democratic congress members that they talk about ending the occupation, but they responded that no one would want their child to be a member of an occupying army. well, duh and that was exactly Lakoff's point. The war in iraq ended back when George W. Bush landed on an air carrier with that dreadful Mission Accomplished sign. From at least then on, if not earlier, we have been occupying Iraq. it's time to stop the occupation. Don't even dignify it with the word war.