We made it.  30 guest posts in 30 days.

As you may have noticed, the Rage Against the Machine series was not so much about rage as it was about figuring out how we can be productive global citizens, and what we can do as individuals and collectively to make this world a better place.

Everyone brought different perspectives – including the ever present To Rage or Not to Rage question – and different issues to the series.  One of the most pleasant surprises was that not only were the guest posts exceptional, of which I’m grateful, but we had a lot of interesting discussions in the comment section.

So, to recap the articles that you might have missed, or to remind you and encourage a second look, I will share both a snippet from each article and also one comment from the discussion, to give you a taste of what the day was about.  Though, to be clear, the particular article snippet, and the comment that I chose, were not a back and forth conversation, and probably had nothing to do with each other.

 

And in these comments below, you can let me know what you enjoyed most about Rage Against the Machine Month?

 

 

Day 1: Thank You for Your Service Mr. Trump

By Kevin (Rudran) Degnan of The Seeker’s Dungeon

 

“…Trump is not so much a cause as he is an effect. He is the logical result of the hedonistic selfishness that has become the hallmark of American society.

Perhaps, rather than vilifying Trump, we should thank him.”

 

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Replied:

kingmidget

Well said, sir. I share many of your thoughts. As I said on somebody else’s blog yesterday, we are likely the stupidest “great” country there ever was. While so many Americans believe in our “exceptionalism,” whatever that is, we demonstrate time and time again that we are far from exceptional. We delude ourselves into thinking our “greatness” means something about ourselves that it doesn’t

I’m not sure we’ve hit rock bottom yet though. And the way I see it is that the only way to pull out of this is for the vast mushy middle, that remains relatively quiet amidst all the noise of the extremes on both sides, needs to start making its own noise — which goes completely contrary to the nature of the mushy middle. To say “enough” to both the extreme right and extreme left that are tearing this country apart. It’s time for the adults in the room to claim their responsibility and regain some maturity for our country.

 

 

Day 2: Pistol Shots at the Past

By Levantine aka Batool Zalkha of Levant Woman

 

“I wasn’t like this at the beginning of the war. At first, I wanted to write every small feeling I had and keep them until the war ended, so I could go back to my old memories and think of how strong I was.  Unfortunately, the war doesn’t end in places like my country.”

 

 

Replied:

Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)

This is so moving.. I agree with “If you fire at the past from a pistol, The future will shoot back from a cannon.” Such a wise and thoughtful image. The shades of pain and woe are heart-wrenching here.. sometimes we write down our feelings as we can no longer bear their burden… and are reminded of the pain .. fresh as it was back then.. when we read what we had written. And though it hurts to be reminded of those memories .. I feel that we can draw positivity from the fact that we have survived those moments and become stronger with the passage of time.

Thank you so much for sharing, Batool. Wishing you health and happiness.

 

 

Day 3: Creating Light in the Darkness

by Karuna Poole of Living, Learning and Letting Go

 

“Of all the things that have angered me, it is the administration’s actions around climate change and elimination of environmental protections that have upset me the most. And it isn’t just the administration. I don’t understand how climate change deniers can continue to maintain that position when we are experiencing one devastating storm after another.”

 

 

Replied:

Sherry Blue Sky

I resonate with every word you have written. Like you, my biggest grief is over what is happening to the planet. We dont have four more years to ignore climate change. I LOVE that you have turned your grief into action and are saving trees. You make me think of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program, involving young people all over the world. Also the Tree Sisters, Seeding for Change, whom you can find on facebook whose goal is to plant a billion trees worldwide this year. I plan to gather a group of women in the spring to plant trees in my area. Your thoughts wondering if hat you are doing makes a difference reminds me of the old man on a beach littered with stranded starfish, who was returning them one at a time to the sea. Someone came along and said “What’s the point? There are so many starfish and you cant save them all. You cant hope to make a difference.” The wise old man smiled and picked up another starfish. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said. Keep shining! All we can do is try. The rest is not in our hands.

 

 

Day 4: Rage Against Racial Prejudice

by Sanaa Rizvi of A Dash of Sunny

 

“People are not born prejudiced, rather they develop one form of it or another during an early age. Moreover, a person often tends to form fixed opinions in his mind before ever meeting someone representing the group against which he is prejudiced. That being said, it’s almost astonishing that the youth today swims in the center of the pool of prejudice.”

 

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Replied:

  1. They say that we are a product of our environment, and I think that is true… But not always in the way that many people mean it–I don’t think that those raised around horrors must grow up to be horrible, or that those raised in happiness will lead a life of bliss. Like your words suggest, I believe in taking charge of our lives and embracing (or facing) the world in the most positive way we can manage. I, too, believe in better tomorrows. In glorious days that can be had again (or for the first time).

    This stanza will stay with me:

    I, long to run, into the arms of days long gone
    when, the world, seemed not bleak nor harsh,
    to count, colors that adorn the rainbow above
    while spirit is unbending, resolute and sound.

 

 

Day 5: Let’s Choose Love 

by Mark Paxson aka KingMidget of King Midget Ramblings

 

“And here we are. Not the first time, but at a level that is unprecedented. Spurred on by 24-hour news, the immediacy of social media, and the lack of thought that goes into 140 character statements, we are raging at each other unbridled and unthinking…”

 

“The problem is that we on the left have responded in a fashion that only feeds him and serves his purposes. Rather than responding to his hate and fear and anger with love and joy and light, we have responded by ratcheting it up. Every word is cause of screaming, every action is cause for revolt.”

 

 

Replied:

yogaleigh

I’m so with you on this. Rage is not the answer. And the Democrats really need to get it together on building platforms that solve problems instead of hanging around being “against” whatever Republicans are for. Love is the way to build.

 

 

Day 6: An Unexpected Journey

by Jagati Olson of Emerging Design Consulting

 

“Every revolutionary, on their authentic journey to tackle the machine, undergoes personal transformation. They take responsibility to discover and eliminate the vestiges of ‘the machine’ within themselves and within their culture. Their passionate commitment takes them beyond. Rage at the unacceptable carries with it the strength to act regardless of personal risks and to withstand the small-minded reactions of those around them.”

 

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Replied:

Sherry Blue Sky

I am applauding. I LOVE your understanding that at the heart of rage is compassion. YES! I love that you saved your mother’s life. And that you emerged from the projects an activist and have lived your life in the cause of social justice. I am thinking of a quote by Canadian First Nations writer and activist, Lee Maracle, who said “How do you begin to tell someone that his world isnt the only one?” Exactly. I also agree that if we dont buy into – and dont buy the products – of the multinationals, we can have great impact. They need us to stay in our bubble of consumerism, slaves to money. I remember in the 70’s, reading that Russia was laughing at our consumerism in North America, saying capitalism would collapse in on itself at some point. I can see that happening. Standing Rock hit me in my soul. Indigenous people have always known how to live with and on Mother Earth. If we listened, we could learn so much. Thank you for this wonderful essay. Reading it made my day. And thank you, Sreejit, for this series. I do believe it deserves a wider audience. Maybe once it is completed, there could be a little chapbook or something? I wish the essays i have read so far were in a major newspaper to help wake people up. Great work in here, everyone.

 

 

Day 7: Letter to the Editor

by Vince Horan of Compassion Zone

 

“I believe humanity is in a significant time of change.  With the advancement of communication technologies, information is instantly available.  People all over the globe now have access to each other through the internet, Facebook, Twitter, and the like. We are discovering that we are more alike than different.  That our basic human wants and needs are very similar.  In the light of this new global awareness, people all over the world are beginning to question those in a position of power and leadership.”

 

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Replied:

Oliana

Such a brilliant post balancing good and evil, light and dark. A struggle, indeed, but you your readers with much to reflect on…not just pointing fingers.

 

 

Day 8: The Dictatorship of the Clock

by Carl D’Agostino of I Know I Made You Smile

 

by Carl D’Agostino

 

 

 

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Timeless Classics — Poetry by Ana Daksina

There’s a whole movement connected to the Mayan calendar and lunar timekeeping in general which theorizes that our own relatively infantile modern time keeping system is key to keeping us stuck in unhealthy and outmoded societal behaviors.

And indeed, it must be observed that the various ancient apocalyptic prophesies rarely mention the end of the world — it’s usually the end of time as we know it to which they refer.

says:

 

 

Day 9: Lost and Found

by Lori Bonati of Loristory

 

“I pictured America as a large sailing ship, traveling across the centuries, a capable captain at its helm. As the verses unfolded, the captain morphed into a slackard; the sailors were worked to the bone; chaos and panic ensued. And then the unthinkable: a golden, glittering rock with evil motives rose up from the depths and positioned itself directly in the ship’s path. But I refused to give in to despair. The final verse leaves room for hope.”

 

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Replied:

TooFullToWrite

This totally blew me away. The subject matter might be sad but it was beautifully played, catchy and I’m so glad I got to hear it in a video along with reading the lyrics. There will always be hope with people like you in the world creating wonderful content like this to fight the darkness 🙂

 

Day 10: An Anecdote or Antidote for Rage

by Kathie Arcide of Chosen Perspectives

 

“Luckily, when I was 15 or so, I found a way that worked for me… a way that lit up my little world. Like so many in my “boomer” generation, both blessed and cursed with the determination to change the world, I found the light in music… in the poet/lyricists coming forward in the 1960’s and 70’s.

That shit fired me right up!! I’m talking blinding light, starting with We Shall Overcome while accidentally marching behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Joan Baez!!”

 

Image via Wikimedia Commons

 

Replied:

vincehoran

Kathy, so well done. We share the passion for the music. Thank you for sharing what has touched and inspired you. When powerful words are put to music, there is synergistic attraction that touches the soul, helps remember who we are and inspires us to gather together to celebrate, truth, life and love. Changing the world doesn’t have to be violent; it can be a wonderful rhythmic reminder that we are all connected. You were beautiful then, and beautiful today. I am glad we are connected.

 

 

Day 11: Earth Grief

by Sherry Marr of Stardreaming With Sherry Blue Sky

 

“In the middle of it all, even given our misuse and abuse of her, Mother Earth gives to us so generously. Like a human mother, she gives even when we take without giving back. She gives us chance after chance, implores us to heed her wisdom, and we walk off laughing. We are still children. It is when we are old that we will remember and will realize what she was trying to tell us.”

 

 

Replied:

Christine Lowther

Planet Earth’s demise is so excruciating most of us are in denial. Someone said to me the other day “You come from Earth just like the rest of us, you know.” And this came out of my mouth: “I come from grief.” And now i’m thinking it would make some sense to change the name of the planet to Grief.

 

 

Day 12: Searching

By Oliana Kim of Traces of the Soul

 

“In this town, in those days (60’s) you got judged, shunned and set aside from society if you had any kind of mental or intellectual disability . I know better now but knew very little at sixteen. Yes, some of my compassion for the underdog and innocent children seeps in here, I know. They never asked to be born into chaos and starting off with effects of alcohol in the womb of their mother, who knew then, what they were up against?”

 

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Replied:

Sherry Blue Sky

I so admire how you have pursued meaningful work all your life and add volunteering to that. I also am right with you on the subject of gun control. It is appalling to me that any citizen can buy an assault rifle which has no place off the battlefield (and I only wish there WERE no battlefields at all.) The NRA and the gun lobby people are too powerful. Banning assault rifles for domestic purchase and a gun registry and background checks seem absolutely reasonable, but even President Obama was not able to push that through, the gun people are too powerful. I dont know how many mass killings it will take to make that happen, but certainly we have had far too many already. Discouraging. And frustrating.

I agree that in the 60’s no one seemed to understand mental illness and there were no supports. I remember. Back then people didnt even seem to understand children’s psychological and emotional needs, at least in some of the families I knew. Sort of like people are now about the needs of domestic animals. We progress slowly. Hopefully trump and the North Korean leader will grant us time to continue to evolve. Thanks for this piece, which really hits home for me. Good luck with your work with veterans. I imagine their view of war, from the inside, has changed their worldview profoundly. As so many military begin right out of high school, I cant imagine how it feels to find themselves suddenly in firefights in the desert. Terrifying. No wonder they come home with PTSD. Forever changed.

 

 

Day 13: Instead of raging… love and compassion

by Leigh Gaitskill of Not Just Sassy on the Inside

 

“I start from a place of wonder about humanity that after thousands of years of incident followed by rage followed by retaliation in some angry form sparking more retaliation and anger, etc. people still think anger and retaliation are not only useful but necessary. I see thousands of years of complete failure of this way of being and doing and for me it’s beyond time to try a different path.”

 

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Replied:

Karuna Poole

I appreciate your post and how much information you were able to share. I have a lot of the same beliefs. I particular liked that you said “While I believe that meditation and prayer, etc. ARE doing something, I’m not saying they’re the only things to do. I’m saying do something like meditation first and then decide what action seems best from a mindset of compassion and loving kindness.”

I believe attitude is extremely important but I think that outrage may be a step in the process to getting active. I don’t think activism from hate is a good thing either but I don’t think outrage has to be from hate. There are times now that I can’t look at the things that are happening in our country from a place of compassion. My way of shifting the negative energy is to search for the good that may come out of whatever the current upsetting event(s) is (are).

 

 

Day 14: The Hip Woman

by Ana Daksina of Timeless Classics

 

“All this gave me afresh to contemplate
Those roles played in our lives by all the great
Works of art and fiction, and of rhyme
Echoing down the corridors of time
Unto our gazing eyes and list’ning ears
As doth affect us all throughout our years”

 

 

Replied:

Sherry Blue Sky

What a wonderful work of loving wisdom. Bravo! I hope humankind feels the pressing need to return to the land of warm fuzzies, openness and trust, after this sad detour we seem to be making. For the children’s sake. Yesterday I saw a wonderfully uplifting video of the Baltimore school children singing Rise Up, recently on Good Morning America and The View….very stirring…………so full of hope and dreams, those children are.

Thank you so much for your contribution to this series. Shine on!

 

 

Day 15: On Being a Lady

by Kripa Gressel of A Thing of Grace

 

“Society has pitted us against one another. Jealousy and Bechdel measures center us around men, further creating a subtle dependency on male, whether we want it or not. When I ask my younger friends questions, it centers on their marriage prospects, or which boys they think are attractive. I rarely have conversations that plumb the depths of anything outside of relationships.”

 

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Replied:

sanaarizvi

The moment I saw the title I knew I had to read it!❤️ This is such a touching post! One that should be spread far and wide into the world so as to eradicate the opinion that women are inferior. How I agree with “Society has created cliques, not communities.” As Sir William Golding wisely states; “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men.They are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be prepared to receive a ton of shit!” Thank you so much for adding your voice to the series!❤️

 

 

Day 16: Hear Me Roar

by Trevor Washington of The Seeker’s Dungeon 

 

“Maybe we could allow ourselves to be infected by the disease of compassion. I say disease because selfishness may be what allowed the human race to survive for tens of thousands of years. But it could be that the time is over for that way of life. Allowing the disease of compassion to mutate our way of thinking could be what allows us as a people to adapt and continue to survive.”

 

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Replied:

loristory

That quote about absolute power is so true. I agree that we need to try something radically different if we are going to survive as a species. And even though eventually we WILL die as a species, it would probably be a good thing for the universe if we spread a little love and compassion while we’re here.

 

 

Day 17: I don’t understand…

by Amy of GARDEN2DAY

 

“My parents believed we are all equal and I thank the stars that they did. I grew up with people who hated others for their skin color. I didn’t understand it. I remember separate waiting rooms and separate water fountains and even separate schools. I remember public school integration and hearing people make excuses for their bigotry. I still didn’t understand. And today, I still don’t understand.”

 

 

Replied:

sanaarizvi

My goodness!❤️ Where have you been all my life? I swear I could just about hug you right now for writing this post!❤️ There is so much that I agree with here.. but I would especially like to highlight what you said here; “We all have a common connection. We are all of the human race. If we desire, we can empathize and feel compassion for one another. We can rise out of the rabbit hole but only if we choose to do so. This is my passion.”

Your kind and empathic soul shines through your entire post and you certainly give rise to optimism and hope in our slowly dying world. Thank you so so much for participating in the rage series and allowing me the chance to read you, Amy!❤️

 

 

Day 18: Stemming the Tide 

by Amar Gressel

“In one hand I know that I am dust and ash, nothing in this world. In the other hand I know I am the divine king, lord of the universe which was built for me alone. Holding both truths, one in each hand, I will do my best to face the world and spread my lamp of love, both as a servant and king of the world.”

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Replied:

Amala

Loved this Amar. And I appreciate deeply the rich side of you that stood up to your teacher almost until the end. Thanks for sharing your experience and your inner world.

 

 

Day 19: Into the Depths

by Chitanand Nass

 

“weathered and worn, I come crawling back to you in this wretched state, you let me drink from your wellspring of eternal nectar, transforming that seemingly immovable mountain of pain to a wave of bliss that only too soon comes crashing back down onto the banks of reality, washing me up on those unforgettable rocky shores”

 

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Replied:

This is the battle that we all have to face at some point or another – the battle for self-awareness – thanks for sharing a little bit of yours here.

 

 

Day 20: #BeKindToElephants

by Monika of The Life of Monika blog

 

“Ever since I can remember, elephants have been my favourite animal. My grandad who spent some of his childhood in East Africa would tell me stories about the exotic wildlife he would stumble upon on a daily basis, but what I looked forward to most were his descriptions and encounters of the elephants he saw, and I would want him to tell me them again and again.”

 

Image via http://www.bhmpics.com

 

 

Replied:

Sonya Kassam

Thank you for highlighting this issue. We in Kenya have seen the horrors committed by elephant poachers. Totally heartbreaking.

 

 

Day 21: Finding A Way

by Bertie Hutchins

 

“Attack government buildings, attack European politicians, attack anything else, but don’t attack sleeping men, women and children that were forced to flee their country for fear of their safety and are now living in tents with nowhere to go. The thought that now even as they sleep in their tents in a refugee camp they are not safe is atrocious. The inhumanity of this act is beyond me.”

 

 

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Timeless Classics — Poetry by Ana Daksina

Animals are kinder to one another than we are.

If it weren’t for people like you, imagine how horrible it would be.

That young poet — what a ray of hope and sunshine for his dark reality that you made it possible for his words to reach the world!

Big time brownie points in heaven for you 🙂

 

 

Day 22: Fated

by Rebel Willing of The Seeker’s Dungeon

 

“we were just animals figuring out how to survive, now we’re kings and queens of the food chain deciding everything must die.”

 

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Replied:

Sherry Blue Sky

“There are two nights colliding with no light in sight”…..that is exactly how it feels, though I am seeing significant response among we common folk to the horrors that are going on. I, too, get my heart broken, and my mind outraged by what I scroll past on facebook. I am now limiting my news. Those closing lines of yours cut right through to my heart for that’s the long and short of it. Wow. A powerful post! Thank you.

 

 

Day 23: The Trauma Lives for Years

by Sreejit Poole of the Seeker’s Dungeon

 

 

 

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Al Poole

 

 

Day 24: The Skin I’m In

by Dr Noreen Nguru of #DrReenAbroad

 

“The Skin I’m in.
Yes ma’am, I’ve got that Melanin
that means my cells swim
in a pool of iridescent pigment that colours me, Brown.”

 

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vera wabegijig

Day 25: Enough is Enough

by Jessica Cyphers of Shift

 

“Surely the reasonable gun owners in the nation would be willing to make some concessions on the kinds of guns they need to own — and the process they’re willing to go through to get them — if it meant keeping a larger majority of our nation safe? If it meant keeping machine guns out of the hands of maniacs?

Because, if we’re not, well . . .

We have no one but ourselves to blame.”

 

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Replied:

I agree that people don’t need to have assault weapons, but I don’t have a problem with people having a gun at their home for self-protection. Yes, it increases the risks of something going wrong with that gun, but that is the homeowner’s decision to make — whether to have a gun in their home — not mine. A few years ago, I was in my bedroom when I heard gun shots right outside of my house. Right outside of my house. I live in a relatively safe middle class neighborhood. In that moment, the only thing that would have protected me is a gun of my own. If whoever was out there came into our house, the police never would have arrived in time. So, I get the need for self-protection at your home.

I have a couple of friends who have concealed carry permits. One of them is a real estate agent who deals with a lot of distressed properties. He has, at times, showed up at homes where squatters and homeless people are living illegally. I get his need for a gun. The other is an auto mechanic and has no discernible need to carry a gun around with him. It makes him feel safer. That’s it. That’s what I have a problem with. When we all have guns, none of us are safer. Anybody I see out on the street with a gun who isn’t in the right kind of uniform is a bad guy as far as I’m concerned.

Regardless of the circumstances, every gun purchaser should have to pass a stringent background check and wait for five or ten days before the purchase happens. Every gun owner should have to be re-tested and re-licensed every two or three years. And any automatic weapon or device that turns a gun into an automatic should be banned for civilian use everywhere in the country. That’s one of the problems we have now is that different states have different rules on who can carry a gun and what kind of gun they can carry. There needs to be uniformity in this. It doesn’t help California to ban all sorts of guns if people can just cross the border and purchase what they want in Nevada or Arizona.

 

 

Day 26: Coming Out

by Elmari W of Of Beauty Rich and Rare

 

“My greatest awe for my late father-in-law was his ability, even at the age of 92, to change his mind. He was never too old to reconsider a position he had held for longer than I’ve been alive. In that was his youthfulness, and also his zest and love for life. He held strongly to his principles, but loosely to his judgments. We can all learn from that.”

 

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Replied:

Arati

I appreciate your perspective and transparency. I am inspired by your 92 year old late father in law and his openness to changing his mind. To be fluid and flexible rather than anchored in beliefs is something I strive for.

 

 

Day 27: What Sort of Men

by Gary Maxwell aka YeOldeFoole of Fool’s Blog

 

“If you believe in God, perhaps your fight
begins inside, against the infidel
that feeds on hatred, twisting what is right,
and quotes God’s words while dragging you to hell?
Don’t preach to me of what you think this gains,
I’m busy weeping for the newly slain.”

 

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Replied:

Sreejit Poole

We’re always looking for an excuse to be our lowest selves – at least we should own what we do. Committing atrocities in the name of righteousness is our sad time tested model. Thank you for this powerful piece.

 

 

Day 28: Just One Word

by Sonya Kassam of the Sonya Kassam blog

 

“For the past few days I had been struggling to find the words to express what we are going through as a nation. In less than 3 months we have had elections, nullified them, another election, boycott of elections, police brutality, protests, demonstrations, a nation divided, economic slow down and uncertainties. It was difficult to write and I wished I could find just one word…and then I did.”

 

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Replied:

Karuna Poole

The way you did the poem was fascinating, so creative…. and you used it in such a powerful way. Your post is very sad but it is a story that needs to be told, so thank you. The photo of the soldier crying will stay with me for a long time.

 

Day 29: Rectitude

by Tobe of the Tobe blog

 

“Dear Truth,

Please hold our hands,

Once again.

Lead us back to whence we came.

The place we have forgotten.”

 

 

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Replied:

This poem is everything. This is the human journey, the human condition. I love it. It is such a strange phenomenon that in following our basic humaness, we lose our humaness – or maybe we go after our base instincts and lose our higher ones, but we don’t realize it until it’s too late. Thank you for sharing this with the series.

 

 

Day 30: The American Dream Needs an Update

by Hugo Groenendyk of Arrowreport

 

“Through the products we covet and buy, we have produced mountains of waste and packaging. Forests have been cut down and the insides of the ground ripped up to produce the things we want. Natural environments are torn down and covered up with concrete to produce the affordable housing for everyone that thinks they need a massive home. Hundreds of millions of acres are used to produce the meat that is so common in an American diet.”

 

 

Replied:

Karuna Poole

Thanks for sharing this information on Rage Against the Machine. The issues and solutions you raise are so important. I used to lead a workshop in which I had everyone imagine taking everything out of their house and putting it into a gigantic stack outside. Then I had them imagine how much weight all of those belongings added to their lives. Prior to doing that exercise I had them make a stack of all the garbage they created in a year and all of the natural resources they used. Then they compared their stack to the stack of a nomad’s. Using the contents of a tiny house as a comparison would be powerful too.

Many people had garage sales after taking that workshop.

 

 

Now that that’s over, I think I’ll have to get back to (POI) Painting Our Illusions in 108 words a day…

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Living, Learning and Letting Go and commented:

    Last night, Sreejit posted the summary of his Rage Against the Machine event. He did it in a new way in that for each post he included a quote and one of the comments that a reader made. I think that is a valuable way to help new readers choose which posts to look at, so I’m passing his summary on to those of you who read my blog.

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    1. Yey! I’m always happy when their is a little challenge involved. It was moving for me to see peoples level of involvement. Glad that it got so much support. Thank you again for participating, and bringing so many good songs!

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  2. Reading this series (and being fortunate to participate in it) was one of the highlights of my year. I feel like I’ve taken a master’s level course in ethics, humanity, politics, compassion, writing, emotional intelligence, and meditation, all rolled into one super-course. What an education! Thanks for helping us to become fellow seekers.

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    1. Thank you Sherry for being such a big part of the event. I really value all of the comments that you added and your excellent article on Earth Grief. We have to just keep spreading the word and affecting and infecting others with the reality of what we are doing to our planet.

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