Trying times

By Terry Plotkin

The news buzz all week was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. The whole event was a whitewash of history by playing into the great pretend that our democracy was not stolen from us that day by the militarists, so much so that our nation has yet to recover, and our fate hijacked in a direction that is deeply painful to contemplate. While all this was being played out to continue to deceive the multitudes, three very important events were occurring that are of great portent to the race, and are all interrelated in a certain way.


Event 1: The Philippines was hit with the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall wreaking horrible destruction.

Event 2: The Climate Change summit was meeting in Warsaw,Poland, which saw the nations of the world struggling again to come up with a formula to deal with Global Warming.

Event 3: The world powers came to a preliminary agreement withIran about its nuclear weapons program.

It is easy to see how the first 2 events are related. The warming of the oceans quite likely played a part in the strength of the typhoon, and the global summit was trying to forge an agreement about how to deal with these types of events as the future grows ever warmer.

But how is the third event related? The spread of nuclear weapons to countries such as Iran poses a dangerous threat to the tenuous place the world is in when it comes to the potential use of these atrocious weapons. (JFK knew about this danger as did Soviet premier Khrushchev, who were planning on ending the Cold War and ridding the world of this dread threat. This was part of what cost Khruschev his job and Kennedy his life.) What climate change has in common with nuclear weapons is that they both demand something very difficult for the human race to do, something it has not faced before, something that is going to force her to grow up if she has any interest in survival:  We are going to have to overcome our sense of separateness and learn to cooperate to solve our problems. We are going to have to change our way of doing business. We cannot compete our way out of this mess, nor can we hide from it, as these problems are pursuing us. Perhaps, the Great Spirit has placed these obstacles in front of humanity to force us to mature as a race.

I will end this post with a quote from Martin Luther King, another martyr from the time when the country’s transformation was snuffed out by the reactionary forces arrayed against him. He said, “The choice is not between violence and non-violence; the choice is between non-violence and non-existence.”

3 Responses to “Trying times”

  1. I am reading a book written in 1909 by Yogi Ramacharaka, “The Life Beyond Death”. While he primarily deals with our experiences after death, he also talks of life – especially the effects of our actions – Karma.

    He calls our lives on earth “the kindergarten of God” – a time and place when we learn and relearn the lessons of the soul. He states that each man is his own law-giver – that each of us creates our own heavens and hells – places that we create and inhabit in this world and the next.

    From this perspective, we must wonder how remarkable that people get together and agree on an earthly heaven (no nukes nor global warming) and that we relegate hell to those who oppose such a world.

    The bottom line is that at the end of each of our short lives, we pass onto a place of our own creation – whether it be heaven or hell. The choice between the two dependent on the judgement we place upon ourselves. At that point no one else matters. In the end we are alone with our decisions and the results of them.

  2. “Man is judged according to the highest standards of his own soul.” Yogi Ramacharika

    I try to reconcile this truism with the actions of ‘groups of men’ as they struggle to reduce man-made and natural threats to global survival. To me, it is clear that group-think is an almost unbelievable spontaneous man-made creation that attempts to coalesce each individual’s “highest standards of the soul”.

    Such coalitions are certainly under the great stress of finding commonality where entropy most likely rules. In other words, Individuals naturally drift apart from each other as they struggle to own their differences – just as icebergs break away from the glacier and assume independent existence.

    To say that we can all hold hands, sing kumbhaya, and agree on a path to the future is like saying that iceberg can hold hands and dance upon the oceans.

    Separation from unity is the struggle humans face, and the path to unity is the road we seek. Whether we walk or run along this path, whether we cry or sing along the way, and whether we make progress or not – all these struggles define humanity and should be recognized whiner we look for solutions to the problems we face.

    “Man is judged according to the highest standards of his own soul.” Yogi Ramacharika

  3. I do think that nature is throwing obstacles in our path that is forcing us to come together even as we fight it.
    I will write a post soon that is related to what Birdman is saying. Perhaps next week if all goes well. Terry

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