It’s a Wonderful World (isn’t it?)

“I see trees of green – Red roses too – I see em bloom – For me and for you
And I think to myself…. What a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue – Clouds of white – Bright blessed days – Dark sacred nights
And I think to myself….. What a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow – So pretty – In the sky – Are also on the faces – Of people – Going by – I see friends shaking hands – Sayin – How do you do – They’re really sayin – I love you.

I hear babies cry – I watch them grow – They’ll learn much more – Than I’ll never know
And I think to myself – What a wonderful world…”

… and I think to myself… what have you been snorting, or sniffing?

I just finished my day’s work, and scanning through a hundred emails, you know, looking for  whatever might stir my imagination. Well, imagine my surprise to find messages about Donald Trump, anthropological climate change, Canada sending “training” troops to Iraq; Venezuela on the verge of being invaded by the US for daring to choose a national path rather than one dictated by Washington… then stuff on Brexit and more trade wars. All in all, it’s a Wonderful World, isn’t it?

“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” – yeah, heard that one a time or two. And if that’s the case, we’re about to see a lot of light coming through in the coming years.

I’m relaxing with a glass of white wine and some munchies, watching the movie, “Last Love”. The complaint about that movie was, it’s too dragged out; too slow, but I don’t find it so. Does everything have to happen in a panic? Do we always have to be speeding down that road to arrive nowhere? What’s the rush?

I’m thinking, not that it’s such a wonderful world, but that we, as a species, collectively and subconsciously, are facing a mass extinction event and perhaps, also subconsciously, because of one, huge, unavoidable and massive collective sense of guilt, just want to get it over with. Maybe we don’t want to see our grand children, and great grand children, die in horrible circumstances, in conditions that never need to have come about had we chosen not to listen to demagogues of bullshit; had we chosen not to feed our Earthian hubris, greed, sense of entitlement, opportunism, bigotry, and the standard stance I’d label as rank stupidity. So, instead of doing something really “real” to change the direction this society is tumbling in, let’s just take that fast lane to nowhere so as not to have time to think about real and serious alternatives.

It should come as no surprise if I wrote here that having a nice house, a hot tub, a barbecue, is really more important to most people than the future of their progeny. “Après moi, le déluge!” To hell with the future, eat drink and be merry for tomorrow, we die.

I’ve been observing the people who talk a good game about climate change and other possibly catastrophic developments for the planet, and guess what? Sure people talk a good game but how many seriously change their lifestyle, their expectations, to show how legitimate their concerns are? How many change the way they think about a corrupt and dying system? What I see is people desperate to hang on to the bit of pretend stability this bloody system is giving them.

How would one honestly answer those charges? An important question because ultimately, you realize, it won’t be the Trumps of this world who will make the real difference when it comes crashing down, it will be the, let’s see what could one call them, that silent uncaring majority of sheeple, of unwashed masses, of deplorables, the 99% who insist on blaming “the rich” and “the elites” for the sad state of the planet while going on emulating them in every possible little ugly way.

Let me reiterate this: if blame is to be attached to one group of people for the sad state of this world, let it be put on the shoulders of those who deserve it: all, except the leaders, elites, rich, bosses, rulers or whatever. They don’t matter; they don’t make the final decisions; they aren’t the ones condemning your grand children to poverty, famine and early death from wars and a collapsing ecosystem. They don’t fight the wars, remember? You do! They don’t even make shit and they don’t consume it, you do. They make laws and don’t live by them, you do. Pathetic, isn’t it? 99% of a population of intelligent sentience lets itself be destroyed by an ignorant, subhuman one percentile clique. Indeed, how pathetic is that?

“About here, she thought, dabbling her fingers in the water, a ship had sunk, and she murmured, dreamily, half asleep, how we perished, each alone. — Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse.”

 

16 thoughts on “It’s a Wonderful World (isn’t it?)

  1. nickweechblog

    “Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.”

    D. H. Lawrence

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Hi Nick, that quote is accurate. That “stickiness” or collective glue that prevents any real change from happening is called belief systems. For mind controlling apparatii, those are truly genius. With a belief system you can make any believer act in ways completely contrary to her/his best interest; those of lovers, family, friends, neighbours, even the planet, and hardly pay it any mind, and others afflicted with the same programming will consider such acts heroic. Think soldier, think war. Or religious and political bigotry. Racism, honour killings of women… all belief systems are brainwash.

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  2. karmaguyrmegyamatso

    Thank you my dear. We need to stand up and be for change. Not just change for the sake of change. But to be responsible for our freedoms and privilege. And stand up against all the Trumps of the world and say no! No longer are we rules by you idiots.
    If we don’t we are the idiots.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      That is a great comment, exactly the tone of the post. Indeed, it’s all about self empowerment, so long overdue!

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  3. Lisa R. Palmer

    I love this, Sha’Tara, not because what it exposes is admirable or desirable, but because it is true. I’ve been feeling similarly lately. So easy to blame, to imagine, to envision what might change, yet even easier to let things remain the same. Why bother? We deserve what’s happening, right?

    Guilt is such a noble defense of both ignorance and laziness. Truth is, I’m not truly convinced I care anymore at all. And that, my friend, is truly pathetic… sigh…

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Hi Lisa, thanks for commenting. Your expression here is how I felt last night. Granted, I was tired, and “inspired” by that movie I was watching, but I know the thoughts had been rattling in my brain all day. Today, I realize once again that I need to refocus on myself. I can make the change I desire by being the change within myself. Stick to what I know and not get sidetracked by the politics and the fear-mongering that lately blows over a parching land like an evil wind. I remember well how our teachers mocked the concept of s/he who would be an island unto themselves and yet, what is the alternative? Join the circus crowd; boo or cheer the clowns and lion tamers? I just spent a pleasant morning/afternoon with my eldest daughter, whom I only see once or twice a year. Though she is a middle-aged woman, basically a stranger, I noticed that she had developed a broader sense of her world, more opened up, willing to stand up for herself and talk about what she observes. She didn’t spend most of her time scanning facebook as on previous occasions, but engaged intelligent conversations. Too little, too late? I don’t know. I think that being able to see the future is not a gift, but a curse when it appears so dark. Those who claimed that ignorance is bliss may be right on some counts. …

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      1. Lisa R. Palmer

        A curse, sometimes, yes. And yet so much of that “seeing” is little more than reason applied to observation that it hardly seems like a gift at all… So, when the external world becomes too ugly to contemplate, we compensate by turning back within – a worthy and purposeful focus. So I guess it all works out in the end…

        Wonderful that you got to see, and actually interact, with your daughter recently! I have noticed an overall trend toward reconnecting with people again, engaging with the “real” world rather than just the illusory one created by social media sites. It is encouraging, I think…

        Fight on, my friend, for our personal evolution never truly ends.

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Your comment elicited another thought: interesting for those who fight “the good fight” that most of it is with oneself, knowing that any lasting change must begin with the self, and what a stubborn beast that can be. I remember that line, dogs return to their vomit and pigs return to wallowing in the mud: that describes the self perfectly. That’s what I need to constantly watch for. Sounds gross but when one is used to something, it appears normal even when it is disgusting. 

  4. kertsen

    The world will always be a mixture of joy , pain , suffering , health and strength , age and decline whether it be the human or animal world.
    I may well lay on my death bed as children play in the street , so we must not deny any song or poem regardless of its content or what it celebrates. The fact that the world may be unrecognizable in a hundred years due to collapse makes no difference.
    Human nature looks back with nostalgia and forward with expectancy but it places greatest emphasis on the now to make it more comfortable and enjoyable.
    The ice cube observatory lies a mile beneath the south pole , draw your breath , they have detected the neutrino ; astronomers went into a frenzy of excitement , now they can study the the universe in a completely new way: what a wonderful world.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      In the midst of oppression, torture, misogyny, racism, war, refugees from such wars, corruption in “high” places, and thousands dying daily of preventable causes which “Science” simply ignores while chasing the meaning of rainbows and the footprints of unicorns? We may be able to see “the universe” in a different “scientific” way, but we still cannot see ourselves differently, so where’s the gain? What good is it for a man go gain the whole world only to lose his soul in the bargain? 

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  5. Phil Huston

    The world, as in Earth, is wonderful. It’s the parasites crawling on the surface that are all messed up. Old Mother Earth is wonderfulness. Louis was wonderfulness. Songs are wonderfulness. A good deal of the rest is a shit mine field.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Phil. Yeah I was most likely writing from shit minefield viewpoint.  I usually use the term world to mean that mess of people and resulting environment. 

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    2. kertsen

      Who are these parasites ? Does the label fit me or you or are we exempt ? There are billions of cells in the human body that are not human and without which we could not exsist.

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      1. Phil Huston

        We are, none of us, shepherds of the planet. From what we allow to be manufactured for consumption to the waste byproducts of same. The planet sneezes and we’re gone. All things in their time. Dinosaurs had no idea they were making butane lighters and leaving petrified poop in their wake. So yeah, us.

  6. kertsen

    The quality of shepherding varies enormously and depends on our level of self denial. The combined effect at the moment means civilisation hangs by a frail thread. Self denial is a tough one for us humans but that’s the price of being moral , animals don’t have the problem.
    ” I should have been a pair of ragged claws
    Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.’

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      The quality of shepherding, ah yes. That concept, seems to me, has not worked well in the past and for myself, I chose long ago that I would not be a shepherd of the sheeple. I would leave that to those who like having followers. The shepherd may lead to sheep to greener pastures, and save some from the wolf, but the what end for the sheep? Self denial is certainly a problem for a majority of Earthians, they don’t seem to “get it” that even if stuff is available, and they can afford it, it doesn’t automatically mean that they should buy it just to satisfy a want or keep up to the Joneses.  There are better ways to fill up that emptiness people try to plug by hoarding. Self denial by itself doesn’t work either, it has to be harnessed to compassion; it has to have a “other than for me” reason to function properly. As I was trying to express with that poem I posted a few days back – I forget what the title was… 

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