p.s. I almost forgot to mention this:
Anger: You can probably hear the anger that underlies all this incoherent rambling. Yeah, I’m pretty pissed too much of the time. The anger comes & goes. It’s like riding a roller coaster. It alternates with grief. & horror. & resignation. & despair.
There’s also a ton of love (& joy … & definitely a lot of gratitude) underlying the anger & the grief & the heartbrokenness.
When you’re really paying attention to what’s going on (aware that you really only understand a fraction of it)
& when you realize that everything is very definitively not “all about me”
- or about money
- or power
- or status
- or looking good
- or who “dies with the most toys”
- the biggest nuclear arsenal
- ... or the biggest penis
It’s a pretty excruciating time to be alive.
Excruciating. Exhilarating. Sobering.
Challenging as hell, that’s for darn sure.
** lots of musings about patriarchy on the old blog site
Quotations that spring to mind:
“The accepted, official version of anything is most likely false. All authority is based on fraud.” – Kenneth Rexroth
“It’s antithetical to the definition of power in this culture that a person might derive power by service rather than control, but that’s the essence of midwifery.” – Elizabeth Davis, Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, quoted in Brezsny’s Pronoia
“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra
“The power within – the more you give, the more you have to give – will still be our source when coal and oil are long gone, and atoms are left to spin in peace.” – Gary Snyder, “Turtle Island”
“But you were saying men – ” “Right. They’re like egos on legs. Monsters. It’s almost pathetic. They just honestly don’t know other people exist. Specially if those people are women. You have to keep on reminding them. Then the nicer ones snap their fingers and say, ‘By golly, yes! – sorry – you’re quite right. My, my. Those things out there are people.’ But then they always forget again. Every time.” – the character Lally in the novel Prospero’s Daughter, by Constance Beresford-Howe
“What’s important is not what’s gone, but what remains.” ~ from the film ‘Home’
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran
“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl
Thomas Merton said it best: “Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” (quoted by Carolyn Baker in her book review of the Guy McPherson book Going Dark)
“When asked why the cellist is risking his life every day to play his cello on the street in the spot where 22 people were killed while waiting at a bakery to buy bread, the character Dragan says to Emina, ‘Maybe he’s playing for himself. Maybe it’s all he knows how to do, and he’s not doing it to make something happen.’ And he thinks this is true. What the cellist wants isn’t a change, or to set things right again, but to stop things from getting worse. Because, as the optimist in Emina’s mother’s joke said, it can always get worse. But perhaps the only thing that will stop it from getting worse is people doing the things they know how to do.” – from The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
“The dominant thinking on the left, I suppose, is some variety of a “false consciousness” argument, that the elite have pulled the wool over the eyes of the vast majority of the population, and once the latter realizes that they’ve been had, they’ll rebel, they’ll move the country in a populist or democratic socialist direction. The problem I have with this is the evident fact that most Americans want the American Dream, not a different way of life. Endless material wealth based on individual striving is the American ideal, and the desire to change that paradigm is practically nonexistent. Even the poor buy into this, which is why John Steinbeck once remarked that they regard themselves as “temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” – Morris Berman on the End of the American Dream (Nomi Prins)
“It is good to realize that falling apart is not such a bad thing. Indeed, it is as essential to evolutionary and psychological transformation as the cracking of outgrown shells.” – Joanna Macy in World as Lover, World as Self – Courage for Global Justice & Ecological Renewal
"4 Rules for Life
- Show up.
- Pay attention.
- Tell the truth.
- Don’t be attached to the results." – Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )
“Hoard each joyous moment that comes to you. No one knows how it will all end.” Háfiz
NTE (near-term extinction) quotes
** tons more other inspiring quotations in many different categories, here