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

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Jensen's works often tap into sexual, psychological and physical abuse. He's been there. Could it be the psychology of abuse pertains to how we treat Nature? What is rape about if not control and domination? And what is our attitude towards "managing an ecosystem?" Control and domination. And standardized education is about what? These are just various ways of saying "control and domination." "Keep the b*tch under control!" Thus, we rape each other in body, mind and spirit (spouting out the 3 words as if they were, indeed, three) as we rape this planet.

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"Darling, I'm sorry. I don't know what came over me! I won't do it again! I'll increase your pay and benefits!" the Man said to the unions in the 50's, 60's and 70's. And thus the monster gave a little; but as it is said in the Steppenwolf song, "it watched and it waited." Thus, the 80's come forth with Ronald Reagan placed in the white house. The honeymoon sweet talk was over:

"BAM!" cries the sociopath intent on control and domination alongside outsourcing, migrant work and "illegal" aliens working for pennies. Illegal? Yea, right! Make it look good.

"Oh, sure; we'll be careful with your lake's waters. And, heh, where we clear cut; we'll replant trees. Thousands and thousands of one type! Ha! Ha! Ha!" Never mind that Nature works with a variety of life in an ecosystem and not the standardized one type of tree that the corporations bring forth.

"BAM!" goes the falling trees in the forest. "Right on top of those environmentalists heads!"

Divide and conquer. Don't let them see the relationship of what we do. Thus, we don't see the relationship of abuse in the household to the abuse of our lands. But, like Derrick, some of us become at least somewhat aware. And we still stand back why? "Silence sweetheart; I really don't want to discipline you again! I mean, don't you ever learn? Are you dense, or retarded, or something?"

Yet. I don't believe a war or revolution against the 1% should happen. In response to a potential war, I'll quote Bob Dylan's line in "My Back Pages":

Fearing not, I became my enemy in the instant that I preached

There is a reason why the term revolution boils down to meaning to revolve, for the same reason some guns are classified revolvers. It's all about going about in circles. Its like being stuck in the mud. How do we break the cycle? How is it we can cultivate a true planetary population that is founded in Love? Can we evolve instead of revolve?

In knowing the deep revolutionary history of our state of affairs, Derrick states the following at the end of Strangely Like War:

We have been the obedient servants of Gilgamesh for five thousand years. WE have cut a path of destruction, ignored spreading deserts, disregarded the disappearing animals, the fouled air and water, the warming planet. We have destroyed most of the Earth's natural forest cover, and we pretend we can live without it. The story we have been handed says that Gilgamesh defeated the forest protectors and the forces of civilization won the battle for the forest, but it's not true. The epic is not over, and Enlil's curse will not be lifted until we reject the easy and false premises of Gilgamesh, and return with respect and humility to the forest.

Evolution requires we move past Gilgamesh, Caesar, the Pharaoh, etc ad infinitum. Yet, I know, Jensen knows, that in this return to respect and humility, we shall face the wrath of Gilgamesh et al. Yes, it is this ancient being that truly gives the order with a wide smile: "BAM right in the head!" He will at first sweet talk..."Ok, honey, I'll give you a pay raise and some benefits!" But, don't believe him. The lies are over. The unions were ingeniously busted. But, no longer shall we play the role of Adam's complacent domesticated wife, the labor that brings forth his children. Who goes through the labor contractions? Surely not the Man sitting in his Ocean viewing mansion.

If we assert ourselves, will the Man then go for his gun? How do we respond? Is the future of our children and grandchildren worth the sacrifice of our lives? Is a livable planet something we can risk being killed, maimed, or imprisoned for instead of some false ideal presented to us by a media serving corporate liars? Dare we take the role of a King or a Ghandi or even a Christ? As the enlightened often say, "I AM THAT!" Dare we say it while knowing it in our hearts?

Don't tap into the external....the power to move our species into peace is within you and me. It is there that true power reside. So, dump the priests, preachers and gurus. We don't need the MAN to rule us. Gandhi's spinning wheel said it all. The spinning wheel, making your own clothing and clothing your community is how power is attained. So is growing local foods.

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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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