||sanding drywall today
reminded me of dust-covered people fleeing the
collapsing towers. not a day goes by that i don't
think about it--planes overhead, tall buildings
are enough to trigger it. does anyone else find that
happening or is it just me?
sep 11 was a wake-up
call, but i wonder how many have fallen back to
sleep? "war on terrorism" my ass--it's about money
and power, in this case embodied by oil (and probably poppies). yet there
goes another flag on an SUV. i think the only hope
is to expand consciousness, get people taking
responsibility for their actions, understanding
that what they do makes an impact, both for local
environment (smog) as well as validating US foreign policy (the false
assumption that we need cheap gas). so i make signs to spread
the conservation meme. try it. it's fun and will
make you feel good as you watch people reacting--a
smile, a frown, a shaking head, a laugh--as a
glimmer of awareness breaks the roadworn stare.
|Do we want to
send the terrorists a message? Go for
conservation. Go for clean, home-grown energy.
And go for public health. If we reduce emissions
from fossil fuel, we will cut the rate of asthma
among children. Healthier children and a
healthier economy-how about that as a response
~Bill Moyers, http://www.commondreams.org/views01/1030-07.htm
...In the councils of
government, we must guard against the
acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether
sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise
of misplaced power exists and will persist. We
must never let the weight of this combination
endanger our liberties or democratic
processes. We should take nothing for granted.
Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can
compel the proper meshing of the huge
industrial and military machinery of defense
with our peaceful methods and goals, so that
security and liberty may prosper together.
...Disarmament, with mutual honor and
confidence, is a continuing imperative.
Together we must learn how to compose
differences, not with arms, but with intellect
and decent purpose.
~Dwight David Eisenhower, 1961, http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html
If a nation expects to be both ignorant and
free, it expects what never was and never will
— Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, http://www.jimpoz.com/quotes/freedom.asp
The Internet was the greatest unanticipated
transfer of technology to the lower classes in
~Terence McKenna, quoted
in Shaman's Drum #60, Fall 2001
We can all get more together than we can get
apart and this is the way we gain power.
~from The Unfinished Agenda of Martin
Luther King, Jr.