Working Together

"We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again..."

Excerpt from "Working Together" © David Whyte
in The House of Belonging

Many Rivers Press

Monday, November 22, 2010

Its a Beautiful Day in the Interwebs

I've had the song White Bird by Its a Beautiful Day fluttering around like a dazed moth in my mind for the last few weeks.  Finally, today I dipped into the cyberwaters with my interwebs and pulled out this YouTube video.  Watch it in HD.  It has some interesting historical footage.  As I watched it I thought of that old adage:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Indeed, the art seems to be the only by-product of modern conflict with any evolution to it.  It makes me wonder what kind of art would be the spawn of intense civil debate, passionate conflicts of ideas that lead to greater understanding?  I mean in lieu of senseless killing, political posturing and flagrant plunder.  Just wondering.....

Thank you to Aurora1957A for the video.


marciamayo said...

I've thanked you twice on Facebook. I'm thanking you again here.

Friko said...

You are going to be left wondering for a long time yet . . . . . . . .

Tstull said...

"The way one should govern and the way for one to be governed will always be an ongoing struggle. How can a government maintain order and the safety of its people yet at the same time preserve its citizens' natural right to be free?" Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince" in 1513. Thoreau wrote of this extensively in "Civil disobedience (1849)" too.

The questions are, and always has been: 1. can a true free society exist within the constraints of government? 2. is a society a society without rules?

If there are rules someone will rebel against them. If there exists organized society there will always be someone (usually without the privilege or benefits of the few) crouching on the periphery (armed) waiting to pillage what everyone else has built up.

Universal law is clear here (bring your towel): There is no free lunch. The Romans figured that out. I think in considering human nature, we have answered the two questions. So the the next (hopefully not last) questions is: "Are we doomed to boom and bust from one civilization to the next until the world is a hollow, used up shell and the roaches are all that is left to scavenge the ruins".

From a cheery tune from the days of free love and Acid Rock to Armageddon.

"We can change the world...Rearrange the world..."

cile said...

Thank you everyone for you comments.

Tim, the deeper I get into a the contemplation of American policy and the application of government, the more I come to realize it really comes down to the integrity of DAILY living. The choice of whether we spend our time taking chances on our ideas, intuition and dreams or throw all our weight into maintaining a hierarchy and a Machiavellian ideal. At some tipping point, the intention of being on the side that has the right answer will be supplanted by the strongest pull towards the nature and need for higher consciousness.

There is supposed to be struggle and there is honor in it. I did not understand that when I was young.

It may all go boom and bust tomorrow and take us beyond our our ability to survive but in the end when it happens, will it be for each one of us - as we stand united or solitary - to be 'a good day to die"?

Yes. I think you should write a blog, by the way. I promise to read it! :->