Our local permie guild will meet in the Public Library on November 21, at 7 p.m, thanks to Rhonda, who called us together in the aftermath of the election:
I have been thinking a lot this week of the Israeli and Palestinian women who meet for lunches to talk. Women whose sons and daughters have killed each other. It is time for us to be peaceful warriors—however you define that. I have also been considering for a few months the evolution and devolution and re-evolution potential of this guild. I invite anyone interested to join me at the Monroe County Public Library on Monday, November 21, starting at 7 pm to discuss this—and the role of the guild in building our common future based on mutual respect, new agreements, and practical action. Please invite ANYONE you feel would benefit to join us.
I imagine that all over this great nation we are witnessing similar group initiatives coming forth, not just in “protest” to Trump, but as powerful creative responses to the drastically changed, charged political landscape.
As Brandon Turbeville puts it, in the title for a similar call to action:
There’s lots of fear-mongering regarding Trump’s choice of washington insiders for his transition team. But think about it. He’s brand-new at this! He doesn’t know what he’s doing! He knows he doesn’t, and is trying to rely on others who do. Or who he thinks they do.
Nevertheless, let’s hope Trump takes Ron Paul’s advice:
And I do think Trump capable of learning as he goes, and would still like to give him whatever rope he needs — to either hang himself or to begin to corral the systemic corruption.
As one pundit put it: Trump wants the three biggies: fame, money and power. He has both fame and money. Now he wants power. Which means, since he sees himself as the greatest, that he wants to be known as the greatest President, one who has giant statues erected of him. As an egotist, he will do whatever he deems necessary to earn that status. Let’s hope that he deems it necessary to get the entire populace behind him in moving forward. Can he do this? Nobody knows, least of all, him.
Can you imagine how terrifying it must be to suddenly fill the shoes of “The President of the United States,” with no political background, even if you know it’s likely to be mostly a puppet role? Does he know this? If so, what is his relationship to the shadow government, and will it change over time? Will he be another JFK who decides to break away from the cabal and is then assasinated? Or, will he, fully aware of JFK’s fate, do it anyway? That this is the kind of reckless courage he brings to the role?
Meanwhile, besides all the “protests,” (Soros funded?), the very thought of “President Trump” has already caused two astonishing collective earthquakes. One political/corporate, and the other a confession by this nation’s so-called “paper of record.”
Finally, let’s review what the Dalai Lama said about the phenomenon of War, and let’s hope Trump takes it to heart, no matter who his “military” advisors may be, or how many weapons manufacturers fund Congress and the Senate. His initial instinct to trust Putin is, I sense, correct. Let’s hope he’s not dissuaded from his own gut feeling, now that he’s surrounded by sycophants.
“Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.
“War is like a fire in the human community, one whose fuel is living beings. I find this analogy especially appropriate and useful. Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people – his relatives and friends – suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused.”