One planet, one backyard

I am living on the Hawkesbury River and this morning at 6am I looked out the window and saw a house floating by, the roof glimmering pale and ghostly in the dawn light. These past few weeks have flickered by in a pastiche of movie frame impressions. A man who should be sectioned is holding the world to ransom because we were stupid enough to sign off on nuclear weapons on 16th July 1945 in a project that sounds like a hotel highball: “The Manhattan Project”. Flushed with recent victory at a time when humanity should have been reassessing its values a bunch of ego-driven lunatics decided to develop a weapon so satanic the next Hitler could not fail. Well, here we are, at the gates of Hell. And on my own doorstep someone’s home floated by like a surreal image in a movie, except it isn’t a movie. It’s someone’s home.

Some people are getting the message. Some people are asking their neighbours if they need help. Some people are closing ranks around their families and friends and offering to pool their resources to overcome the tragedy of having to rebuild lives and livelihoods. But so many people still don’t get it. If we do not pull together now as the waters rise we will all drown. Isn’t it time we stopped relying on governments and institutions for our safety and started relying on each other? I have faith that Russian soldiers and ordinary Russians will start to question the morality of bombing the crap out of their neighbour. Likewise I am hoping this melee of natural disasters will wake us all up to the reality that we can’t function in isolation from our neighbours. That the entire world must pull together if we are to survive.

My entire post right now is about dissolving those imaginary property and national lines that divide us globally and individually. Stop putting money and ego above heart and health.

On that note, I would like to observe that people like Putin don’t have lives. Why else would he steal so many others? Until and unless you have tried to create something unique and original out of the common clay of your spiritual coil you have no idea what real life feels like. There is no deeper joy than contributing something meaningful to the lives of others. The joy of contribution shadows the addictive pleasure of distraction and greed. If people could find the courage to try being who they really are instead of mantling institutionalized positions of usurped power there would be no more war and poverty would look like the crime it is.

4 thoughts on “One planet, one backyard

  1. Funny, Wendy, I just posted something less direct, yet somewhat similar today on my rawgodsspiritualatheism Word Press blog. I actually wrote it awhile ago, but somehow failed to publish. Today seems the prrfect time.
    I have actually been advocating we get rid of governments, and gold and gods, for some 30 years or more. But no one listens. In fact, even good people fight me on this. They think governments are on our side.
    As for your floods, I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Every Spring the Red and Assiniboine and Seine Rivers flooded. I saw garages and sheds floating down the river, even half-sunk abandoned cars. But never a house! That is unbelievable.
    Yes, people have to come together, not just in times of disaster, but especially then. But I am betting you are getting little global support at this time. Everyone’s eyes are on Ukraine, and recovering from Covid, which I hope is over though I doubt it.
    Climate disasters are happening so often they are becoming commonplace.
    All my best wishes to you and everyone affected
    by the floods. I wish I had more to offer, but being a poor old man all I can give is my words. They are all I have left.
    Take care, please, if you can.

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  2. If we do not pull together now as the waters rise we will all drown. Isn’t it time we stopped relying on governments and institutions for our safety and started relying on each other?

    From one Freethinking Humanist who freely gives and receives humane organic compassion and public service, not just easy cyber compassion… I wholeheartedly agree with another: Wendy! 😉

    On the micro levels of society, i.e. various pockets of communally, that usually works. Unfortunately on the macro levels like governments and foreign nations, it’s a different, complex ballgame. And there are still far too many peoples in the world who do not want a global humanity, or they fight it staunchly via many channels and avenues at their disposal.

    I will always give humans the benefit of the doubt to be abundantly selfless, an optimist if you will, but I’m also a realist. I also know too well how much “Power, Wealth, and Authority” corrupts (men), and in many cases corrupts completely. IMHO Ma’am, we will need humanity on the micro- and macro-levels as well as the institutions and governments. If it isn’t comprehensive, the odds won’t favor healthy thriving change. They will favor levels of extinction, if not total extinction with regards to nuclear weapons. 😔

    But lets never give up hope. ❤️

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