“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin—we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.
A true revolution of values will lay a hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking April 4th, 1967, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion -- put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go.
Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Wendell Berry Manifesto The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
“But just remember this: There are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us and their lives, and hopes, and fears. Their suffering, and a chance of happiness all intertwined with what we think, and say, and do. We don’t live alone upon this earth. We are responsible for each other. And if mankind will not learn that lesson, then the time will come, soon, when he will be taught it in fire, and blood, and anguish.”
J.B.Priestley in An Inspector Calls, 1945
Every EVENT is a GIFT
in the sky above, the water below.
Overhead a young bald eagle in flight
downstream into the distance
I saw her this morning upstream
And then the heron passes. YA) big birds above me
in the cold winter air.
The icy river below.
Traveling together now
interwoven one breath, water and air and flesh.
Crossing the bridge the wind chill was roughly -32˚F . . . COLD
In front of the heater it was a LOT warmer
And today is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945), the German pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. “Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Later, he was transferred to a Nazi concentration camp. After being accused of being associated with the July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, he was quickly tried, along with other accused plotters, including former members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office), and then executed by hanging on 9 April 1945 as the Nazi regime was collapsing.” wiki
“The nothingness into which the West is sliding is not the natural end, the dying, the sinking of a flourishing community of peoples . . . . Instead, it is again a specifically Western nothingness: a nothingness that is rebellious, violent, anti-God, and antihuman. Breaking away from all that is established, it is the utmost manifestation of all the forces opposed to God. It is nothingness as God; no one knows its goal or its measure. Its rule is absolute. It is a creative nothingness that blows its anti-God breath into all that exists, creates the illusion of waking it to new life, and at the same time sucks out its true essence until it too disintegrates into an empty husk and is discarded. Life, history, family, people, language, faith—the list could go on forever because nothingness spares nothing—all fall victim to nothingness.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Ethics
A cold front passed overhead today quickly dropping the barometric pressure down to 29.2in. and passing through with 30knt winds, blowing snow and cold arctic air with temperatures plummeting from 35˚F to 6˚F (without the wind chill). A winter storm in our intermountain west valley.
FACT ACT NOW
Climate Change is Real and Affects Everyone and Everything
The [f]ACT cards for Year of the Brown Earth Pig 2019 are printed; five matrix run in two colors and a lot of fun using the #blox modular type for the first time. Now to score, fold, seal, stamp, address and mail. They should go out in time by the new moon next week; Judith’s birthday by the way. And if, for some reason you do not receive one because I neglected to either know your address, deleted you from the intended recipients, or the postal system ate the recycled cotton flurry card stock … well then please let me know and I will correct the situation. There are extra.
A snowy walk in Greenough Park along Rattlesnake Creek
Rattlesnake Creek under a winters’ snowfall
Meena the Cat at home with me
The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™. [f]ACT is being editioned.
Our place, our home, in Missoula, Montana
The edition continues to make progress; interrupted by the house repair and general winter darkness and cold. It has been challenging to assemble the modular pieces, and ensure they align correctly. [f]ACT is a multiple matrix/color print on 9x11 inch Flurry Cotton soft white cover stock.
I have two colors printed and several more runs to complete. ACT was printed in Pantone Orange 021. Looks red but it is really more orange than this image indicates.
And fACT, locked in the chase and all inky
is printed in Black.
NOW will be printed next, below fACT//ACT in orange and overprinted in a transparent base. The modular squares are evident on the print.
The insert text will be in Stafford 24 pt. and will fit nicely between the 3 and 4 inch blox lettering.
WATER is taught by thirst;
Land, by the oceans passed;
Transport, by throe;
Peace, by its battles told;
Love, by memorial mould;
Birds, by the snow.
Emily Dickinson From Collected Poems, Part Four, Time and Eternity, CXXXIII
Get up, feed the cat, have a drink of water, get dressed, say a prayer for others, put a mark on a blank sheet of paper . . . and go out for a run; the practice.
Missoula Valley above the ‘M’ along the slope of Mount Sentinel 9am 1:January 2019 :: all alone on the trail.