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

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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.

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 later...so 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.

Meanwhile the 60's band, Steppenwolf, hears the voice of this grandmother and sings this line in their song "Monster:" "American, where are you now, don't you care about your sons and daughters!"

"Not my problem," most respond to the song. "We don't care! I won't be around!"

"BAM!" Right in your daughter's right temple and your son's left eye! Those dirty "f'n" hippies were right someone once said.

" BUT! There is another way!" cries Jensen. As such he compiled Truth's Among Us: Conversations on Building a New Culture. As the synopsis reflects:

From acclaimed author Derrick Jensen comes a prescient, thought-provoking collection of interviews with 10 leading writers, philosophers, teachers, and activists who argue against society's belief that corporations and governments know what is best for the future, instead choosing to help acknowledge the values we know in our hearts are right--and inspire within us the courage to act on them . Among those who share their wisdom here are acclaimed sociologist Stanley Aronowitz, who shows that science is but one lens for discovering knowledge; Luis Rodriguez, poet and peacemaker, who suggests embracing gang members as people instead of stereotypes; Judith Herman, who offers a deeper understanding of the psychology of abusers; Paul Stamets, who reveals the power of fungi that is often ignored; and writer Richard Drinnon, who reminds us that our spiritual paths need not be narrowed by the limiting mythologies of Western civilization. Reaching toward a common goal of harmony with the world surrounding us all, these diverse voices articulate different yet shared visions of activism.

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