Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Inukshuk/Murtha/Song

(P1) Philosophical

What is true about the Inukshuk is true about people.

Inukshuks in themselves are the product of cooperation. The hands and efforts of an entire group were required to build these massive stone sculptures. They are the result of a consensus of purpose, of focused action by a group united in its goal and labor. The inukshuk reminds us that as good as our individual efforts may be, together we can do even greater things.

Each individual stone in an inukshuk supports, and is supported by, the one above and the one below it. No one piece is any more or less important than another. Its strength lies in its unity. Its significance comes from its meaning as a whole.

Each individual, by themselves, is significant. As part of a team each of us supports, and is supported by, another. We are united by our common goals, and together we are part of a greater whole.

The stones which make up the Inukshuk are secured through balance. They are chosen for how well they fit together. The removal of even one stone would destroy the integrity of the whole. So, too, with a team. Each individual in a team is necessary for the realization of the team's purpose. The removal of even one person will result in the weakening of the structure. What holds the team together is the balance - the complementary nature of the individual skills.

The Inukshuk are a symbol of the human spirit. They recognize our ability to succeed with others, where alone we would fail. Remind us of our need to belong to something greater than ourselves. Prompt us to reconnect with our individual responsibility to invest our efforts today so we may all have a better tomorrow. Ask us to heed the knowledge of our inner knowingness, hear the voice of our intuition and move to the harmonious music in our heart and spirit. Inukshuk convey the importance of personal contribution and reinforce our ability to commit to common goals. They implore us to share the fruits of our learning, our wisdom with one another.

The Inukshuk is a reminder for all of us that our efforts towards the common good of our earth community are appreciated. It is an enduring symbol that invites us to speak with one another on a higher level, from our hearts and spirit, about what really matters in life.

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(P2) Political

Words Of Wisdom re. Iraq

In the end, what the president asks is for our military to be committed to an open-ended Iraqi civil war. Let us not forget that over 35,000 troops died in Vietnam after General Westmoreland stated, "Backed at home by resolve, confidence, patience, determination, and continued support, we will prevail in Vietnam."

Many have threatened that there will be chaos, a bloodbath, when the United States redeploys from Iraq, and this in fact may be the case. But it will not happen as a result of U.S actions, but rather as a result of Iraqi inaction. It is up to the Iraqis to decide. If they continue to choose to spill blood it will not be on the conscience of the U.S. and its heroic military. It will instead be a continuation of decades of its own conflicts, which they and they alone can solve.

This administration has again given the American people a false choice: EITHER we stay in Iraq indefinitely OR, they say we face chaos, genocide, and an Iraq whose biggest export is terror not oil. There are many other choices that haven't been tried, such as concerted regional diplomacy coupled with strategic redeployment of troops. I believe redeployment is the way forward. They say, 'what happens if we leave?' and I say 'what happens if we stay?'

-Rep. John Murtha (9-17-07)

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(P3) Poetical (sort of)

I wrote this ditty a couple of years ago before the Democrats won control of the congress. Since that victory doesn't appear to have made much difference (except perhaps to a few like Murtha), the song seems even more pertinent today:




Where Have All TrueDemos Gone?
(sung to the tune of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?")

Where have all true Demos gone?
we must be asking.
Where have all true Demos gone,
since Roosevelt?
Where have all true Demos gone,
conciliating placators?
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where are all the radicals?
we must be asking.
Where are all the radicals?
since days of rage
Where are all the radicals?
Gone suburban every one.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all idealists gone,
Since late Sixties?
Where have all idealists gone?
So long behind
Where have all idealists gone?
Gone believing what they hear
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Still unchanging.
Where have all the soldiers gone?
this time again.
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to greedy oil wars.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

What of all their families?
lost and grieving.
What of all the families?
All deprived of hope.
What of all the families
Are you all still listening?
When will they ever learn?
When will you ever learn?


(Ed Coletti – edcoletti@sbcglobal.net)

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

My Man Kucinich/Human Nature?/Pity the Nation

(P1) Political

All the Way With Kucinich (in the primaries)

I never thought I'd write this, but I'm fed up with making pragmatic political choices. For years, I've wanted to support the best possible candidate who could get elected. Now I'm not so sure that this approach serves the best interests of our country. Therefore, what I've chosen to do is to support the candidate who best embodies the values and ideas which I believe best serve the nation. In my opinion, that candidate is Dennis Kucinich. Here's what he stands for:

1. Strength through peace. He's opposed the Iraq war from the beginning.
2. A healthy nation - universal health care
3. Sustainability
4. End to poverty
5. Saving true capitalism
6. Sustaining constitutional democracy
7. Survival of the middle class

Granted these are but slogans, so, if you are interested, read in detail at

http://www.dennis4president.com/go/issues

If these values mirror your own, why not join me in supporting Kucinich at least during the primaries. This is one real way to set the tenor going into the Democratic Convention.

Of course, if you are a Republican, but are sick of the war in Iraq, the abysmal health care picture, and the general heedlessness of your party, why not consider becoming a Democrat and then further consider joining me in supporting Dennis Kucinich in the primary elections.

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(P2) Philosophical

"What we call 'human nature' in actuality is 'human habit'."

-Jewel Kilcher

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(P3) Poetical

Pity the Nation

- after Khalil Gibran

Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.

-LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI

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