The Devil Wears A Lot More Than Prada
Yep, the devil wears a lot more than Prada. Soon we’ll get to see a whole evil fashion show as the era of 50+ years of no one using a nuclear bomb against one another looks to be coming to an end. The devil also manifests himself/herself/itself in every country, and owns a lot of stock options. (I can only wonder how the markets or United Nations will react to the rising hatred… we’ll have to watch oil and stock prices this week).
But this old hatred and soon-to-be explosive violence is what happens when the selfish religions and governments of the world choose death over cooperation and co-existence. For instance, yesterday I went to see the “Quest for Immortality” exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. It certainly wasn’t the relatives of the mummies who built their tombs and pyramids. That’s Class-A slave labor, baby. Only these days we get to sit in cubicles and flip burgers while pigging out at the trough of materialism, choosing to indulge in false happiness through whatever advertisers tell us will cure our inner torments.
To other people, the Egyptian display may have been “neat, fascinating, and exciting”, but to me it just proved that regular folks like us have always been slaves to religion and government who are bent on continuing their cycle of oppression of humankind through distortions of reality and violence. (On a side note, it was interesting to watch a mother just smile and opt to not to attempt an answer when her little boy asked her what the “Netherworld” is).
I guess the reason for inaction against these injustices is because many of us feel too hooked to our mortgages and possessions to really take a stand against the insane and evil policies of religion and government. I’m still guilty of it too, so shame on me. But it’s never too late. Part of pitching in and doing our part is by looking deep inside and realizing that unless the people of earth accept one another’s cultures and learn to co-exist, we are all dead. There’s no other nice way to put it.
And for those of you cheering on or ignoring the imminent destruction of the world, we are already living on borrowed time. The timefor change was a long time ago! And yet we still don’t act to stop the madness. After all these rants, my wife told me today she’s not yet open to sharing our home as a co-op living space, but would be open to it if we lived in a place where she gets her privacy AND a shared living space. Like a commons. Of course, I think she’s too closed minded and needs to open up to the world more – and she thinks I’m nuts for moving towards giving up our living space privacy. We’re a work in progress you see.
I can understand such thinking though… self examination is the biggest challenge of anyone’s life and it takes a desire to learn and a willingness to explore more meaning in life than just ourselves. The problem is that the time is here when there will be a lot of crying as ignorance of such understanding and positive action is no longer an option. What that means is the days of hopping in your car to hit the drive through for fast food are nearing their end.
But hey, I’m just some guy with an opinion, albeit a pretty informed opinion. Where do you stand on this? Here’s a simple little “world view” test:
Once, Ghandi said he is a “Hindu, a Muslim, a Christian, A Bhuddist, and a Jew”. What is your response?
A) I understand what Ghandi is saying, and we should all heed his example and follow the path of love, tolerance, and cooperation.
B) I can’t find it in my heart to co-exist, because (insert your religion here) is the only correct religion, if someone threatens us we should strike first, and my needs are more important than the needs of the world.
If you lean more towards answer B), you need a crash course in reality, and hop to it, will ya? And kudos to whoever else figures out how to get through to people that no religion is more valid than universal and infinite love.