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Strangely Like War: Reflections on the Assault Upon Earth With Derrick Jensen

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Strangely Like War by Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen is one of those that fight to reclaim freedom. Whether or not he explicitly says this, he fights for those still very young or still to be born. Derrick does not turn his back on the future. Thus, he is the prolific author of revolutionary books (the url for the website listing Derrick's books is at the end of the article)

One of them, A Language Older than Words, is described on Derrick's website as follows:

At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives, and indeed affects all aspects of life on earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our worldwide sense of community, and how we can make things better.

In this book, Derrick shares his story about being abused as a child. Could there be a relationship between the rape of the Earth and the rape of a young boy, man, girl or woman? Dare we speak out? And if we do speak out?

Threats by Yahoo

"Honey, I'm telling you...

it'll be BAM, right in the head! Just like these guys:"

Ghandi by Yahoo

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Martin Luther King by Yahoo!

Now, the question is, can you see the relationship of these two great men to the plight of the woman? Or does the divisive language of rationalism keep you from getting the holographic (i.e., the part mirrors the whole) nature of the abuse of the labor class, the abuse of women, and the abuse of Nature?

In Strangely Like War, one of the reviewers to Derrick's book writes:

In this short, hard-hitting expose, the authors detail the activities of an industrial forestry system increasingly globalized, operating outside of any local or even national controls, and now threatening the basic life support systems of the planet itself.

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The planet Herself appears to be at the receiving end of the corporate executioner who, with a cold metallic heart, says in his stifled madness saturated in a unspeakable metallic stench void of life: "BAM! Right in the head!" to this great Goddess that gives us life.

This is where the lose-lose scenario occurs for all of us. If we stay quiet; the "BAM!" may not happen! Thus we rationalize: "who needs oxygen anyway?" And, then, we feel safe. "Whew!" we sigh thinking we escaped his beating this time. Yet, when either the Earth goes, or the 1% wants to reduce the population; we or our children/grandchildren will still get the "BAM! Right in the f'n head!" We are nothing to them.

It'll come lets just put it aside! "Hey, I won't be around!" says one grandmother in the presence of her granddaughter. May we all die before the consequences of our surrender to a monster come to fruition.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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