Monthly Archives: February 2012
I used to watch TV. It was a long time ago. The only show I really watched was Survivor. OK, maybe I got sucked into Lost for a couple of seasons.
One day I got the bright idea I would send in my video application to be on the show. There I was, camcorder and guitar in the studio making my under three minute production of John Lennon’s ‘Working Class Hero’, with my revised Survivor lyrics. I sent it in.
The show called a while later. I’d made it into the top two percent. They complimented me on my brilliant performance. They asked me if I wanted to be famous. I said, “Not really”. I lied. Well, sort of. I was ambivalent, really.
Apparently, that was the wrong answer. They never called back. Had I said, “Fuck yeah! Worship me, bitches!” , which I’m guessing was the appropriate response, I might have had half a million dollars in my pocket and quit smoking in the process. What can you do? No do overs in life, eh? I think this is about the time I lost all interest in television.
“As soon as you’re born, they make you feel small….”
Bad News. Like Owl, Whippoorwill is said to be “a harbinger of bad news because according to one [Ojibwa] Elder, whenever people heard the bird, someone was either hurt or dead.”
Some pictures of a recent custom piece.
Limited edition of 100. Made to order.
1. Excerpted from “Aboriginal People and Birds: A Brief Cultural History of Manitoba’s First People”. The Birds of Manitoba. Winnipeg: Manitoba Naturalists Society, 2003. 56, 59-60.
“Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality. We feel that the road to technology…. has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth. Could it be that the road to technology represents a rush to destruction, and that the road to spirituality represents the slower path that the traditional native people have traveled and are now seeking again? The earth is not scorched on this trail. The grass is still growing there.” – William Commanda, Mamiwinini, Canada, 1991
There is no doubt we are living in a time when things are changing more rapidly than ever before. I think most people would agree with this.
It is the time of the Seventh Fire as foretold by the Chippewa. “It is this time that the light skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. If they choose the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final Fire, an eternal fire of peace, love brotherhood and sisterhood. If the light skinned race makes the wrong choice of the roads, then the destruction which they brought with them in coming to this country will come back at them and cause much suffering and death to all the Earth’s people.”
I’m always telling my kids, “When I was your age, we didn’t have IPods, DVDs, cell phones, personal computers, Playstation3…we made our own fun…with mud, and wood, and old bicycle parts, and sticks and a piece of string and a transistor radio and magnets…and we liked it!” LOL. The phone that my daughter is constantly sending texts with is a more powerful computer than NASA had when they put the first man on the moon. That sounds crazy, but it’s true.
We all saw this wave of progress coming years ago. We were born into it. Electricity, color TV, clothes washers and combustion engines. Old school. We should have known we were in trouble when Atari’s Pong hit the stores. Blip………..wait………..blip. Hours of fun! So, while everyone was jumping on the technology bandwagon and riding the wave of the future, I decided I would go the other way… against the tide and away from the traffic. I decided I would move out to the forest and become a woodcarver! You get the idea. Go native…”Tune in, turn on, drop out.” Super Genius.
We seem to be so caught up in economic growth and development, and so busy jumping through the hoops others have set up for us, we rarely slow down to question if we’re all that impressed with where all of this is heading. I’m not. I just read that the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill allowing the use of something like 30,000 military drones to spy on us in our own back yards. Really?! Thanks so much, George Lucas! Never mind that this post is likely to be censored as ‘conspiracy theory’ in the near future.
As a culture, we’re a lot like a teenager who has just gotten his driver’s license. He’s so enthralled with the power and speed of the machine he’s in, and with getting somewhere in a hurry, that he’s not really paying much attention to what’s happening around him. The next thing he knows, he’s swerving to avoid the deer that just jumped out on the road and his car is suddenly wrapped around a utility pole! True story…ask my son. A good example of this type of obliviousness are those that were caught off guard when the Tsunami rolled in off the Indian Ocean a while back. While those who relied solely on technology were on the beach sipping Mai Tais as the wave came , the indigenous islanders and the animals were instinctively forewarned to move to higher ground.
I guess my question is, “who’s driving this car and do I really want to be in it?” I think I’ll walk. Prozac Nation. No thanks!
What am I getting at? Working half of the year to pay taxes to a corrupt government that will then use it to drop bombs on children and shell out the rest to a banker, is not my idea of a good time. And don’t be fooled that America is a ‘free’ country. Try not paying your taxes. People will show up with guns to collect it.
Not everyone on the planet is wrapped up in the same paradigm that we are as ‘Westerners’. There is a growing polarity between those who are on the ‘Good Red Road’ of love, compassion, mutual respect, honesty, and living in harmony with nature, and those who are on the ‘Black Road’ of power, control, domination, deceit, paranoia, and manipulation. Basically, abusive and dysfunctional! There is no in between of ‘just along for the ride’.
This ever widening gulf between the corporate, industrial military complex who are bent on world domination and profit through violence and aggression, and the indigenous cultures of the world who want no part of this materialism, don’t have an agenda, and just want to be left to ‘be’ in peace and harmony with the natural world, is brilliantly portrayed in the Avatar film. Right? Is there anyone who hasn’t seen this film? While the beef industry destroys the rainforest in South America so McDonald’s can serve Big Macs in Tibet, entire cultures are being obliterated.
There’s no turning back, is there? Like Facebook, technology isn’t going away anytime soon, though there are still people on this planet who appear to be getting along just fine without either. Nor, does it seem, is our insatiable need for bigger, better, faster, more, more, more! But, like I ask my kids when they get behind the wheel of the car, “What’s the damn hurry!?” Slow it down a bit. I don’t want to end up in the ditch with my neck broken in six places. Been there…done that!
Thank You so much David Icke