* Thanks so much, Dar. I only wish what you wrote about me was true!
* I know everyone intrinsically will understand the following piece; it is just such a damn shame it won't be taken seriously at this point in time.
If a terrorist threatens your country, it is right for the authorities to intervene. If a country threatens your inalienable rights - your freedom - who will intervene? Initially, who would stop Hitler's Nazis? Who would stop Mao Tse Tung or Stalin? Assad or Putin? Many of us tend to assume our leaders know best. We become blasé and uninvolved. But we do so at our own peril. From my perspective, the men in control of the world are in it for the financial/material edge - they always were. It seems to this wayward man that the Roman Empire was the major catalyst for much of today's inequality, its horror. Indeed much of contemporary society and culture is rooted in Rome's credo - the insatiable and cancerous desire, the hopeless hankering, for wealth. And while they may have 'civilised' the known world, I ask you, "At what cost?" Just who were the Roman subjects paying tax to? And whose gods were they forced to bow to? And whose alphabet (this very essay uses Latin letters) is now known the world over? Rome unleashed herself on everyone everywhere and in everything. The Gregorian Calendar is Roman, the Vatican still emanates from the city of Rome and it just goes on and on. Nation states sprang up but the damage was done. The mindset was infectious. When the king of England sent his boats crammed with convicts and pigs and seeds and rats to New South Wales, wealth was his motive. I wonder if he could fathom he'd be the progenitor of places such as Surfers Paradise with its Jupiter's Casino, its ritzy high rises and its all the fun Chinese money can buy. He certainly knew he was encroaching on Aboriginal territory. But still he raped the land and he raped its people - he thought them subhuman. A treaty was never signed. And every time I reach for a coin I see the queen's head staring back at me. And I am reminded of her family stealing, enslaving and plundering so many innocent souls - killing in the name of god, king and country. Today, royalty is little more than tourist fodder. They've carefully bequeathed their trade to business and government and its intense media domination. Shrewd and deceiving, these men persuade the masses to be in it. Their proficiency knows no end. And like so many before us, we die a little death each time we take part - when we submit. And the machine just rolls on. It takes in more of us, particularly the young. And no one has a say except for a few high ranking politicians or CEO's. And the occasional religious man. And I know you won't care for this Boss drivel. You are too busy in the commerce game - consolidating your life's assets, counting every last cent, learning the trends of oil and gold. And unfortunately, anyone who is not malnourished, has a life expectancy over 75 and has a bed to sleep in falls in to this category (including me). In effect, I am accusing those of us who are puppets to our bank's dead money systems, who amass wealth, and who buy the world - not now for any Roman emperor but for crafty autocrats who have us believe that beauty is in the pocket, in the driveway, in the mirror. And thus, in this world, so many of us live in recurring futile vanity. We inhabit souls bereft of spirituality; that cannot sing, that will not dance. In empty desperation we continue spending money (that is not ours) so our miserable lives will be somehow sated. We continue on doing what Caesar says - 'sit, fetch the ball, go fetch, good boy'. They entice us, they cajole, they lie. And we follow. Individuality is dead, it's been long gone. And as we sink - as our freedom is spent - I pray that love lifts us to an unbeknown place where life is not hindered by selfish, untrue men anymore. Love truly is 'the only engine of survival'. And it shall intervene. O usher in the Covenant, now. Amen.
Happy New Year,
2009 - Melbourne
2013 - Melbourne, Brisbane