the death throes of a dying culture

“Beginnings are important, endings are inevitable and change is constant in a universe of ceaseless transformation.”  -Raghavan Iyer, The Golden Thread

 

a teacher once told me, when i was angry about a political situation, not to get “caught up in the death throes of a dying culture.”

i was young when i heard this, in many ways i was just being born, and it has been hard to come of age in a time when nothing is certain and change happens quickly.

my generation came of age with the internet.  connectivity, net, web, link, world wide.  these words are part of the fabric of our lives.

& the methods of control rely on isolation.  the dominant paradigm is based on alienation.

they know they are on their way out and they are scared.  scared of the young, scared of the queer, scared of the non-white, scared of the polytheists, scared of the non-theists, scared of the future.

this maddening political moment is part of a worldwide shudder of fear as these powers die off.  they gasp and they turn violent, in a last attempt to hold on to the place at the top that they’ve come to believe is theirs.

but there is something we know that they do not.

there is a future beyond the grasp of capitalism and white supremacy.  there is a future beyond the lies of borders and sects and consolidation.  there is a future beyond the exploitation and destruction that fuels the financial world.  there is a future beyond isolation, alienation, and incarceration.

we get to build that future.  link by link. using the greatest tool we have — the ancient knowledge that science is slowly validating — the knowledge that we are part of something wider and deeper than ourselves.

the time to start dreaming is now.  do not get caught up in the death throes of this dying culture. put your skills to the task at hand. we are with you.

 

 

 

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