Culture Change e-Letter
As surely as the red sun
Rebelling against extinction
by Jan Lundberg
Some of us are not under the mass trance, but awareness only gets us so far.
The dominator machines are in our face without our having a say.
Elections are generally a sham. Armed force and
more subtle manipulation of human beings are on the rise. Mother Nature is
on the run.
What is a man to do about this? I feel I can do more if I allow myself
to go to a higher level of resistance. It should be done without looking back, although
have to give up something cherished. But what do I have to
lose? I'm already poor. I'm already liberated, but am still hemmed
in by phantom expectations of my own, of family and of society.
I will survive on my terms or not at all: that is my greatest freedom
(although it could shorten my life). That is my promise to the brilliant
red sun rising though my jet window. I reluctantly sit in a plane as it hurtles
though the wounded atmosphere.
The penalty of action can be prison,
torture, and death. Most common for the activist is a degree of material
deprivation. I point to these penalties because the middle way seems harder
and harder to maintain with effectiveness. Realizing this may be forcing
some of us into imminent action. We will not go quietly, nor stand aside
while life is destroyed not all of us anyway.
The rewards will include eventual vindication, perhaps as in Nelson Mandela's
experience. However, there may not ever be a recognizable political
victory for sustainability. That is why one's warrior path may be
of an entirely new variety. It must ring true to people tired of violence
and top-down rule. Whether it is hazardous for one's self-preservation is
not knowable before it is undertaken and developed.
We are far along the road of self destruction, but the delusion of the
dominators is that they are doing well. They may or may not admit
that their material well-being and "security" are at the
expense of the masses of people. In this time of despair and conflict, the
thinking person wonders about the wisdom of playing along too much with the
material survival game. "Getting by" is NOT about changing
society or eliminating domination. Dare we cut short our consuming and
oppression called "living"? What is the great unknown beyond
conformity and acquiescence?
In these times of vicious tenacity of the unthinking, unfeeling machine
represented by the ephemeral U.S. the thinking man and
woman wish to jump out of the boiling pot into safety and sanity. Not
being able to do so, as the world is one small, closed system, we are
cornered. With each breath, bite of food and sip of water we are
poisoned. Despite the rising cancer rate, countless millions are in that
river in Egypt (denial). What has become mainstream increasingly smells
like toxic excrement.
We have options to consider,
and it is up to each of us whether to take matters into our own hands. In increasing order of difficulty and
complexity, our response can be as a cell of one, an affinity group, a neighborhood, or a mass movement.
The justification to take serious
defensive action has been with us since the dominator system took hold and
commenced its violent conquest roughly 10,000 years ago. The
difference is that the world was, for most of those 10,000 years, still intact
and diverse. But this is rapidly ending. Those involved in ending
ecological integrity and human freedom in so many ways are everyone's enemies
including their own. There is a war on to kill you, me and the entire
Some believe there is no all-out war or
such an extreme threat, but they do not know about the workings of positive
feedback loops that throw the climate out of control possibly forever.
They don't know about the depleted uranium already let loose. Let them believe
what they like, although they should be shown the evidence and invited to join
the rebellion against extinction. One can dance in the rebellion and our
future society, as well.
The inescapable conclusion is that each
thinking person must reject the false comfort of the collapsing materialist
culture. When we acknowledge that the collapse has begun, we can give up
our chains and fears.
Warming Crisis Council and the Pledge for Climate Protection
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