A nonviolent scenario
the human mind opens to possibilities without oil
will signal the cultural revolution of all time
for speed and reaching to every colonial outpost of Petroleum Civilization
and new ways will be held up to the light
will see only darkness and the rest a new opportunity
will be the flavor of the transition?
are enough, blood we dont need shed
will petro-fed masses starve peacefully?
will be in charge of this revolution?
one can hasten it, but is tomorrow soon enough?
can understand it, prepare, and welcome it, or cling to a collapsing order that
can offer no more
pain of the Earth, if that exists, will shift but lift
much waste and theft will cease when false wealth slips its grip
we clean up the mess, we rejoice in having to share
will go television, computer and refrigerator as energy is dedicated to
essential survival tasks and little else
our brains and talents we will meet basic needs, while we forget our
restoration of the ravaged land will occupy us
luck to you in being a part of the whole cycle of adventure
beautiful planet could not accommodate several billion anyway
will accelerate as we watch the few preserved ancient trees continue to grow and
become top soil for new life
many have guns today they intend to use if and when necessary
their ammunition runs out, the gun and bullet factories will be useful for other
purposes or abandoned, with no more unlimited electric power
human tribe did not go through long evolution by killing and cheating itself
the fall, one sang:
think its most peculiar to be using these machines
When eating sleeping loving and a home is what we need "
is no ahead or going back
the living Earth and its glorious inanimate elements are a constant process
and return are linear ideas obscuring the now and the best possibilities
real priorities would be to gather acorns and enjoy their life-giving
Growing food will take more human work and love and responsibility; despite such limitations without fossil-fuels,
generations will retain the same or better world we will now care for and use in
any cool fog and cheer the rain albeit falling harder from climate changes
Uncover the asphalt, expose and recreate the creeks.
Fill in this last line as you please; its for you
I wrote the above on a Greyhound bus around Los Gatos near Santa Cruz, in what some call Ecotopia.
is hoped that my twelve stanzas of visualizing cultural revolution will be
worthy to someone, about something, in the cosmic struggle.
For instance, between installations (now out my window) such as Camp Roberts |
Army California Guard and any of its suspect intentions, on one side, and on the other
side kindness and reason promoted and practiced by peacemakers.
Rather than a clash of entities, we are witnessing the beginning of
wholesale decay and rapid transformation.
When a society bases its raison dêtre on material wealth for individuals (limited to comprising only a portion of the population), wealth is used up relatively quickly for the whole population, eventually including even todays wealthy.
than a poor class taking the wealth from the rich, the rich will lose their grip
by virtue of losing access to unlimited petroleum and the exploited labor
of the globalized corporate system. People
will wake up to living their own lives to the fullest, for they must manage
issues on their own in concert, leaving behind the discredited ways that have
brought us to the precipice that we have in part already jumped off.
are many kinds of concerted action appropriate now, but they lack the necessary
social context to take place on a large scale.
However, many kinds of direct action such as workers' going on strike
can achieve wide notice and an economic effect.
Clearly, though, successful concerted action will have to wait for
faster-changing conditions that most of society will be aware of and dealing
with. Small actions resulting in
arrests, as well as actions that break no laws, appear to offer little basis for
useful response today. I thought of
a good form of concerted, high-profile action when I began this paragraph, but
it slipped my mind despite my waiting three days to remember.
This may prove that circumstances are premature for instructive concerted
action in the eyes of the as yet unstirred masses.
I promise to pass along the idea (which was not original or spectacular)
if I can in a future essay or song.
January 2004 California
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