Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The BP Gulf Oil Disaster: "The Attitude We Need"

"The Attitude We Need"
by CoyotePrime

"To the last, I grapple with thee; from hell's heart, I stab at thee;
for hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."
- Herman Melville, "Moby Dick".

Many folks are sadly discouraged, even depressed, by the nightmare unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. Understandable. Cry and grieve as you must, as we all must, for what's lost, already, and what's to come still. Then catch your breath, and remember our greatest strength- we are Humans! And for all our faults, we are the most adaptable species to ever walk this earth, the ultimate survivors, and if we go down it will not be without the greatest fight in the history of the world. Remember who WE are, together, as Humanity, not sad and broken individuals. And in our common defiance of this disaster, consider the attitude displayed in Melville's quote, and Chris Floyd's words, and prepare to spit in the eye of this thing that dares to threaten us. We're taking a beating now, and maybe we deserve it for our arrogance and carelessness, and our mistreatment of nature. But we will NOT go quietly into that dark night... and in the end, our Human spirit, united, will beat even this horror. - CoyotePrime

"These are the facts, and they can't be altered. But how to respond to this catastrophe? Shall we weep, moan, rend our garments, cover ourselves with sackcloth and ashes? Shall we sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of republics? Shall we cower in the shadows and sing glamorous dirges for the Lost Cause, for vanished glories and broken dreams?

Or shall we come out fighting, unbowed, heads high, laughing fools to scorn, rejecting at every turn the moral authority of murderers and thieves to rule our lives, determine our reality, act in our name? Let's dispense with lamentation - give not a single moment to that emotional indulgence - and get right back to work, more determined than ever to bear down harder, dig deeper and excavate the radioactive nuggets of truth still glowing beneath the slag-heap of ruin that BP and the others have made of the world. Let's fight these pathetic, malfunctioning wretches who lay their hands on our world and rape it like beasts in a mindless rut. Fight them with the truths we find, exposing their crimes and deadly hypocrisies to the people they've suckered, perverted and betrayed.

This seems, to me, a worthwhile thing to be getting on with during our painfully brief time on the earth, during our infinitesimal window of opportunity to make some small contribution toward pushing the project of being human - or rather, becoming human - down the road, at least a few more steps, in the direction of a better understanding, a broader consciousness, a greater enlightenment."
Adapted from articles by the great Chris Floyd.


Sue said...

we are the uSA, we will win this and survive!

James Gundun said...

Soldier on to the truth.

The Rambling Taoist said...

I'm going to have to disagree with one of your central points. You wrote that, "And for all our faults, we are the most adaptable species to ever walk this earth, the ultimate survivors..."

I certainly wouldn't argue that humankind is not adaptable nor survivors, but I definitely wouldn't use the words "most" and "ultimate."

I can think of several candidates more worthy than us -- viruses, cockroaches, raccoons, worms, slugs, and probably several different species of flora.

CoyotePrime said...

Good point, The Rambling Taoist. But since we're the ones battling this monster, and can expect little or no help from the various fauna you name, we'll keep the title. ;-)