It has been so long since I’ve written in this blog, I’m certain that I will have to relearn all of the tools. There have been new ones added in the interim, so that should prove an adventure. Why—I have asked myself often—why have I been struggling to write, while others seem to be able to go on ad infinitum about trivia? Could it be that there is a difference between the popular (Honey Boo Boo—what the hell is that?) and theoften-obscure truth? I had been indulging my depression at the state of things in the world, seeing people tossed about by their fears, nations groaning under the weight of corruption.
Samhain has come and gone. The new year. The wheel turns, and so do hearts and minds. The Crone reminds us that nothing is ever what it seems, that we need to cut through the illusions that wrap so tightly around us. Break out the scissors! And the veil between worlds is becoming so diaphanous that one trembling touch can poke a hole in it. With veils wearing thin like they are these days, we can see what’s on the other side. We also need to address the veils—really, walls—that we believe we construct around ourselves and between groups. Schisms are being formed in society; people are looking at their neighbors through “otherizing” lenses. It’s easier to be apathetic, cruel, and/or judgmental of everyone else with these blinders on. And it’s easier to be manipulated if you feel that you are so different from everyone, or that others “are out to get you” in some way. People, grow up! Other people are not the enemy. The Great Façade—government, religion, institutions, whatever you name your particular Stockholm Syndrome —is our enemy. Solidarity is the best weapon to use in this combat. “But wait!” you might say. “By saying that there is an enemy you are participating in this ‘otherizing’!” Perhaps. And I’m not saying that the individuals in these entities are any different than anyone else—but they are more deluded, and have aligned themselves with forces of perversion and betrayal of the human race. They are aligned with, for lack of a better word, evil.
Why is this? There is the obvious motivation of money; and then there’s status—the belief that one is more important if one is working for “them”. It’s no secret that those in all levels of the Great Façade believe that they are better than the rest of us; to be sure, they are part of the machine that has control over everyone and everything. So they believe. They’re wrong. When groups of people work together with no thought of themselves their strength is enough to topple the very apex of the Façade. That is why it’s so important to “them” that we never, ever see beyond our own trivialities to work together against them. The only time they want humanity to act as one is when they want to herd the sheeple somewhere convenient to them, of course using fear as the cattle prod. Fear of something big and bad—natural disasters, civil unrest, and even (unbelievably) alien invasion…and not the illegal kind, but the grey mantis-type probing kind.
Fear of others is a great divider of people. Yep, you got to keep ‘em guessing…does your neighbor look different? Wear a turban? Maybe he or she is a child molester. Maybe those people next door have guns….and know how to use them. Oooh and maybe they’re preppers, too. So people are afraid to look each other in the eye when they talk to each other, afraid to tell the truth to each other. For goddess’s sake people! How are you ever going to get to know anyone if you don’t even look people in the eye? Fear will not keep you safe! To be sure, there are situations where a healthy spike of fear can get your adrenaline pumping, getting your ass out of a dangerous place. But this pervasive, chronic erosion of all-fear-all-the-time has got to stop. This belief that we are all insulated from each other as well as from our own genuine selves, arising from fear, needs to be discarded. Not only does it create walls which prevent humanity’s autonomy and truth from flourishing, but its illusory malignance erodes the very fabric of knowledge.
Those who dare to question this entrenched belief that we all have to arm ourselves against each other are usually met with anger. Why, if you don’t fight against them you must be fighting against us! “If you’re not for us, you’re agin’ us” the saying goes. Here’s a case in point: Recently, a group of aboriginal people decided to go to Iran in order to get help in exposing Ottawa’s campaign against human rights. After all, the country they live in is pretty much against the exposure of the history of brutality against the native people. What is important is that this group is turning to a country that is being lied about throughout the world by the mainscream media, a country that—far from being the evil cesspool it is portrayed as—has a history of non-invasion and civility that puts Israel and the United States to shame. And Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper as well as that country’s government tried their best to dissuade this noble group of indigenous Canadians. The response says it all:
“For us as indigenous people from the Canadian side, for us to be in Tehran, we were absolutely set upon, we were told ‘no, don’t go to Tehran’. But we were pretty clear that the dehumanization, the demonization of the Iranian people has been one of the facts of Western media and we understand that because we too have also met with the crusader,” Terry Nelson, the top Chief of Canada Aboriginals– also known as First Nations said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday.
I like his term the crusader. This image—although it conjures up courage and goodness in the minds of most people—is a double-edged one. A “crusade” is defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary as
“a remedial enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm”.
So someone who is a crusader is on a mission to get something accomplished, and it doesn’t have to be to sow sweetness and light. The Crusades, touted as a campaign to spread the beneficence of Christianity, were nothing more than an excuse for the violent theft of other peoples’ property. Those Crusaders were on a mission all right, for wealth. The Canadian government is on a crusade to keep the First Nations peoples from reaching out to Tehran—and also to keep Tehran from clasping their hands in friendship. Terry Nelson is not letting “them” (you know, the govmint critters) win—he refuses to let the wall be built. Good for him and the First Nations peoples; good for the people of Tehran.