“Now, I truly believe that we must come to terms with nature, and I think we are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
RACHEL CARSON, SILENT SPRING
(MAY 27 1907-14 APRIL 1964)
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My hero of heroes, Rachel Carson, left this human reality bound for the universe at the edge of the sea on 14 April 1964. She had witnessed Silent Spring burst onto the forefront of 20th century literature, initiating a barrage of public and scientific debate but even more significantly, launching the entire modern-day environmental movement. She reckoned that she had at least done a ‘little bit’ to help humanity…how little did she know! I feel her spirit with me almost all the time these days. I learned that her very last public talk was entitled ‘Mankind Against Himself.’ I am trying to get a copy of the text, but her quote above echoes a similar observation attributed to Chief Seattle: ‘What we do to the Earth, we do do ourselves.’
This broadcast of On the Brink radio concerns ‘war’, what we mean by this, what it really means, as I see it. ‘War’ is a huge topic, and something that comes up in many forms in almost every broadcast of my radio show and every blog posting I do. It seems to me that ‘war’ in its various forms, guises, and manifestations, is THE most pervasive activity, behaviour and enterprise in which homo sapiens is engaged.
As Rachel Carson observed, we persist in thinking in terms of ‘conquest’ rather than harmonious co-existence; this is the implicit ‘operating environment’ or mentality behind ‘civilization’ itself. Indigenous people are happy to live in harmony with Mother Earth and their fellow life-forms, but ‘civilized’ man has to go out and conquer them all.
War today takes many forms. Many people in today’s world somehow think that we are living in ‘peace’ as long as things aren’t blowing up in front of us. Nothing could be further from the truth.
‘War’ as traditionally defined might refer to large-scale highly organized and strategically orchestrated military conflicts at the level of nation-states, countries, or international coalitions. In essence, mass-killing and destruction. From this point of view, the world is at ‘peace’ since there is no formally declared ‘war’ of a military nature going on.
But not only are highly destructive military operations going on all the time, what can only be called ‘war’ is constantly raging all around us. Mass-media, itself a form of psychological warfare, bombards us with messages about many kinds of ‘war’: the war on drugs, the war on climate change, the war on disease, the war on poverty….wars of religion, economics or ideology…the war on ‘terror’…destined not to end in our life-times!
This is overt ‘war.’ In the 21st century (that still sounds futuristic to me for some reason…I think there was a Walter Cronkite show on CBS by that name) we are living in a world of geo-physical warfare, undersea warfare and military ‘war-games’…three of my favourite topics lately. These are of course’ war’ but extremely high-tech, not readily observable, and/or ‘just for fun.’
We are also living in a world where ‘war’ is being waged invisibly at the levels of, for example, biological, chemical, radio-logical and electromagnetic technologies and weapons systems. The global depopulation agenda advances using all of these, in the forms of vaccines, fluoridation of drinking water, genetic engineering, DU (‘depleted’ uranium) and microwaves. This is not man’s war on nature that has accidentally blown back; this is premeditated genocide…genomic warfare.
Our distant ancestors witnessed what historian and scholar Immanuel Velikovsky called theomachy, or ‘war of the gods’: bolts of lightning or giant arcs of electricity discharging between planetary or other bodies in the skies of the past. The psychic scars from these celestial catastrophes are emblazoned in our collective unconscious and our attempts to ’emulate the gods’ with our own ‘weapons of mass-destruction’ may be the outcome of these successive planetary disasters. The origin of ‘war’?
The ancient Hopi native Americans residing on high mesas in what we now call Arizona have three words that to me describe and define both the cause and effect of our deviation from the true path of the Great Spirit: koyaanisqatsi, powaqqatsi, and naqoyaqatsi, ‘life out of balance’, ‘a parasitic way of life’ and ‘life as war’, respectively.
According to the Hopi prophecy, we were warned long ago that ‘if we dig precious things from the land we will invite disaster.’ Could all the things we’ve dug mercilessly from the land since the dawn of ‘civilization’ (= living in cities), our unrelenting violation of this admonition, our deliberate desecration of the sacred temple-being our Mother Earth, be the cause of koyaanisqatsi, our ‘parasitic living’ the origin of war?
The ancient Hindus of India tell us that we are currently in the Kali yuga, Kali being their goddess of death and destruction, and a yugabeing a vast ‘galactic season’ spanning hundreds of thousands or even millions of years of astronomical time. The dark age of iron and machines, when humanity glorifies destruction and has sunken to its lowest point, as a whole totally forgotten our true spiritual path and identity. Is this the origin of war?
To me, everyone living in ‘civilization’ is a soldier in World War 3 to varying degrees. Think of all the negative health and ecological dimensions of the sum total of our use of the automobile, our consumption of meat, our use of plastic, our psychological fixation on consuming artificial ‘reality’ in the form of television, just to name a few.
The modern ‘civilized’ life-style of the typical western person is in fact an unconscious jihad against nature, jihad meaning ‘holy war’, in this case a ‘holy war’ being waged in honour of the false god we call money, rather than a metaphysical deity or discarnate guru.
My close and excellent friend the Lorax pretty much summed it all up with his message to humanity conveyed in this song that I recorded in 1995, ‘The Return of the Lorax’, which picks up where the Dr. Seuss book leaves off.
THE RETURN OF THE LORAX
I was walking in the forest just the other day
Up on Sis Naajini* where the sasquatch play,
Where the sky people dwell and the saucers command,
When I heard a voice saying, “Yo! Hey there, man…
If you have just a moment I’d like to relate
An urgent message on the current state
Of the health of the Earth and her passengers/crew,
That’s all living beings, and especially you.”
Now I stood quite amazed at what I’d just heard,
From the tone of his voice my mind inferred
That the reference frame of this fellow here
Was quite perpendicular but somehow clear.
“Excuse me, sir, homo sapiens friend,
Of truffula trees we’ve witnessed the end,
Due to lack of kindness and mammalian greed,
You’ve no global shortage of disposable thneeds!”
“You’re right!” I exclaimed, with my thumb in the air.
“I’ve hitch-hiked forever but still I’m not there.
This beautiful Earth blue and green do I love,
As ancestor spaceships return from above.”
“You know of the craft coming soon, I can see.
Prepare to experience eternity.
The angels of revelation drawing near
To battle the forces of killing and fear.
The ships of sky-people grandfathers alight
On the edge of the present in the dark of night;
Human kind, kin and cousin, far and wide shall you view
Some broad misconceptions which you hold to be true.
The forces of evil in your minds reside,
The absence of love, no compassion inside
For your fellow crew beings here on the Earth.
You’re totally clueless concerning her worth.
Your planet’s the nexus of life water-based
Whose genesis here my grandfathers retraced
From original blue-prints in their dream-time continuum
Which resembles a hyper-space infundibulum.
Remember the reason you’re here, I insist.
If not, the Earth may become rather pissed.
With motherly firmness she would find a way
To teach all her naked apes running astray.”
Reeling in wonder and half-mesmerized
I came to my senses and soon realized
That I knew of this being not a thing, not a name,
Not the nature of his mysterious game.
“Pardon me, sir, I must know who you are.
What you do, where you’re from, now near or how far.”
“I dwell in this forest with the sky folk, like you,
Here on Sis Naajini we’re from Thalion**, too.
I’m perfectly real, do you need more facts?
I guess you should know that I am the Lorax.
I speak for the trees of all times and spaces,
For all living beings, all phyla, all races,
Each myriad _expression of creation’s desire,
From the cellular nucleus to the hot stellar fire,
From Rigelian mantis to ‘shroom fungus spore,
To the trilobites deep on Earth’s ocean floor.
Listen up, homo sapiens, won’t you please get a clue?
You’re spoiling the Earth for us, and for you…
Your bed you have wet, in your britches you’ve shat,
You’re killing your own! Yo! What’s up with that?
Your infotoxin drives your world machine
Through the total summation of your daily routine;
Your unconscious jihad against nature is real.
Won’t you WAKE THE FUCK UP! Come alive and feel
Your connection with life: it’s deep in your heart.
We’ve all the same mother, the Earth, won’t you start
To use the best knowledge you already possess
For more than the sucking of infinite cess…
Don’t be a soldier in World War Three…
Park your car and plant a tree.
Use the tube to educate,
Leave the plants to vegetate.”
With that he was gone, vanished into thin air,
And I in amazement stood standing right there.
I had just been informed with astute erudition
By the voice of the Lorax on the human condition.
So listen, now, friends, unless I’m insane
We must each from harming the Earth refrain.
Our lives are a precious gift, yes, it’s true,
On Spaceship Earth we’re ALL passengers/crew!
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*Sis Naajini, “home of the sky people”, one of four sacred mountains of the Navajo; aka Blanca Peak, presides over the San Luis valley of south-central Colorado.
**Thalion, imaginary planet in the Arcturan Star System, named afterThalia, the muse of comedy in Greek mythology.
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NAVAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE
This is an interesting and possibly entertaining footnote. In recent years I have been able to go back and watch what I consider to be some of the best material ever to come out of a television screen….shows like The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, The Invaders, The Fugitive and most recently The Man from U.N.C.L.E. All these shows are from the early to mid-1960’s. I remember when they were on but I rarely watched any of them, except for a few episodes of the Outer Limits (until my folks made me stop because I would pick all my finger-nails off!), as I was too busy being the straight-A science nerd model student.
Now that I’ve had a chance actually to watch these shows, in the case of The Invaders and The Fugitive, all their episodes, I can really appreciate the quality of television in that era…a world reeling from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the assassination of JFK, atmospheric testing of hydrogen bombs, and The Beatles…yes, I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show…oh yes, and The Sound of Music!
David Vincent (Roy Thinnes’ character in The Invaders) and Richard Kimball (David Jansen’s character in The Fugitive), two of my greatest ‘heroes of the screen’ have lately been joined by Illya Kuryakin, David McCallum’s character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. If we had the three of these blokes all working together on behalf of Mother Earth andmitakuye oyasin, she and we would no longer be in danger because they could WAGE WAR ON WAR and kill it at least dead and maybe even beyond that.
Last week I delved into the Man from U.N.C.L.E. cast to see what had become of them. Robert Vaughn died of leukemia two years ago, but David McCallum is STILL going strong and has played a leading role as forensic medical examiner for 15 years in a CBS series calledNCIS.
When I looked up NCIS I was shocked to see what it stood for and that it really exists: the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Whoa…this set off a whole chain of things in my mind. I got in touch with CBS to try to track down McCallum’s agent so that I can send him a painted rock in honour of his being a great U.N.C.L.E. and am going to suggest to him and Katie Barker, CBS’s vice-president for entertainment, that they take a new tack with the NCIS show and have McCallum’s character investigate the U.S. Navy itself for the ongoing genocide of tens of millions of marine mammals as well as the indiscriminate dumping of astronomical quantities of high-level nuclear waste into the ocean.
“There is nothing wrong with your television set…return to your homes and ponder the mysteries of the universe.”