"Our real enemy is not the ones living in a distant land whose names or policies we don't understand; The real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable, the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable, the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable, the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away. They are right here in front of us" _Mike Prysner
"The chain reaction of evil... wars producing more wars... must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." _Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a
foreign enemy... The loss of Liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad..." _James Madison
"THEY" also are our neighbors with families of their own. Isn't it time to have open dialogs about the mentality of profit at all costs? When are we, the nation of materialism going to take our cognizant evolution into our own hands responsibly? What is the real value of money, of transaction, of an energetic exchange even of goods and services? What is our real value here, now in this life? Are we separate? Am I only a body? Do I just die? Is money the only means by which I provide for? The only way to shoulder or exhibit responsibility in a civil society? What exactly is this stuff called money? Paper... metals, inks, design... if it all sits on a table and I just walk away from it, does IT run off out into the world by itself intent on competing against, dominating over and destroying lives?!
Or is the medium of exchange imbued with OUR collective conditioning? What is that conditioning? Fear-based? Shame-based? Judgmental? Again, fear-based?
What does it take for us to drop all barriers, all shields, all inner myths about others out to take from us? When will we look in the mirror and see all that is happening we are part of every, single solitary bit through fear. Fear. FEAR. What is fear? Ego. What is ego? What we need to protect us so we can operate in the world.... If you can even begin to agree with this and stand naked in the mirror and deeply ask yourself, now what?
What if it is only about arriving into "adulthood" as an innocent, wonder-filled child, with intelligent, conscious thought? Capable of maturity and living in a supportive environment. What would that environment look and feel like? Safe? Mutual? Respected? No agenda. No reactionism. No clubs. No organizations. No affiliations. No outer identity. No designer label. Just naked. Everyone. At the same time. Laughing. What language do you do that in? Crying. Bleeding. Lonely. Hurting. Gleeful. Mischievious. Angry. Misunderstood. Frightened. Content. Peaceful. Tell me what it is going to take? No excuses, no reasons, just say what it is going to take. When? When is that perfect time EVER going to come? Who is going to be more perfect to make that moment ever come? I am fifty-five and I am still wondering this. I have been wondering this in one way or another since I was a very small child. The conditions or prerequisites to do this kind of change don't seem to be any different. Those requisites to create change from this fear of worthiness to a world where all is truly possible; all is truly accessible to everyone, no exceptions_ don't ever seem to change.
So, I am just wondering when we will open this door and talk about this dilemma of money, of transaction, of exchange out in the open? I am wondering out loud now because I have never had money of my own. I have had my father's money or my grandmother's money, or my mother's money and every great once in a while I actually have my own money and then a few months later I am unemployed again... no good reasons for this cycle. I am intelligent. Educated. Articulate. Motivated. Have dreams, desires. Responsible. Made sacrifices to my country, born the burden that sacrifice was to protect someone else's professional reputation. They have a family also...
So, when are we going to get down to money, value, self-worth without condemning, judging and competing against? When? When will it be ok for everyone to have enough? To be educated? To have health that is good for each one? When America? When? When?