Truth = I am still high from the weekend!!
As previously noted, I am not a person who has “hope” anymore. I’m more about action & solidarity than about hope. (I also really love this quote: “If you need to feel hope, you’re courting despair, and if you court despair you will stop working. So try to wean yourself from this need to have hope. Try to have faith instead, to do what you can, and stop worrying about whether or not you’re effective...Worry about what is possible for you to do, which is always greater than you imagine.” ~ Oscar Romero)
No matter what, though, I am still susceptible to being inspired & buoyed up by my fellow humans.
Amen to that!!
Lies, Secrets, Fear: these are the things the people in charge work with. They lie, cheat, steal, conceal. They want us to be filled with fear.
& many of us are!
- We’re afraid to speak up, afraid to stand out
- Afraid to listen to our own inner wisdom
- Afraid to tell the truth
- Afraid of losing our precious belongings, our privileges & entitlements
- Afraid of falling out of the middle/monied/privileged class/es, in some cases, I suspect.
Fear keeps us small. Keeps us isolated, & alone.
I had a few fearful moments on the weekend in NYC. (Having to ride the subway alone from Manhattan back to Brooklyn on Saturday evening gave me the willies, frankly. The subway in NYC is a whole world away from the one in Toronto!? Luckily, I was given good advice: ask for help! I did, & got back with only a few minor glitches.)
There were some moments of discomfort, frustration & exhaustion. Two nights with almost no sleep (first on the bus ride down, & then on the 2nd night, a fellow sleeper-on-the-church-floor who kept rolling my way) + mega-miles of walking on Saturday didn’t help the old energy level much.
But you know what? I refuse to let fear (or petty inconveniences, dramas or irritations) rule my life!
& even though I’ve come to accept that the HR (human race) may not have an awful lot longer to run, I’m going to keep right on doing what I do.
The sheer joy of doing work that matters, surrounded by people who care, & who inspire.
What else? I realized a long time ago now that I am not really here for me. There is no living only for myself when we’re so very clearly all in this together. There is no individual “salvation,” if you will, in a world utterly fuelled by our inter-connection.
One of the chants you hear at any march/rally/protest is this one:
“The people, united, can never be defeated. The people, united, can never be defeated.”
(It always feels awesome to shout this out in the company of 100s or 1000s of other human beings!!)
Climate change (in any one of its myriad manifestations) or nukes or toxics or the vanishing plankton in the ocean may (likely will!) succeed in combining to “defeat” us as a species.
The corporate rapists/pillagers & dishonest/corrupt politicians may (continue to) “defeat” us one way & another.
But here’s what I realized today:
As long as we’re united, it’s not defeat!
So let’s keep working together, loving, energizing & inspiring each other
As we work (& play!) in these oh-so-challenging times.
We cannot be defeated!
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “The people, united, can never be defeated.”
“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”
“The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.” – Rosa Luxemburg
“You must locate your deepest private feelings – philosophical, religious, spiritual – and then decide to live out these beliefs in a commensurate way, in public, as much as possible without compromise.” – Marv Davidov, peace activist (quoted in Nukewatch Quarterly, Spring 2012 issue)
“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.” – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), German-born American physicist
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein [more Einstein quotes here]
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell, US folklorist & expert on mythology (1904 – 1987)
“Once you know the difference between right and wrong, you have lots fewer decisions to make.” – Joseph Campbell, quoted in the biography A Fire in the Mind – The Life of Joseph Campbell by Stephen & Robin Larsen [more JC quotes]
p.s. I did a posting with a list of thoughtful pieces about so-called NTE, or near-term extinction, a few months ago. It's here.
** lovely Auden poem about needing to love each other, or die, here (in a posting I did about Occupy Toronto back in Nov. 2011).