What’s so funny about peace, love, and books?

 

Resistance is our courage.

~ Terry Tempest Williams (b. 1955)

 

Podrán cortar todas las flores,

pero no podrán detener la primavera

You can cut down all the flowers

but you cannot stop the spring

~ Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

 

I have plenty of Marxism in me, I do. . .but Russia and China had their bloody revolutions and even while they were Communists, they had the same idea about generating wealth — tear it out of the bowels of the Earth. And now they have come out with the same idea in the end . . . you know, capitalism. But capitalism will fail, too. We need a new imagination. Until then, we’re all just out here . . . wandering.

Thousands of years of ideological, philosophical and practical decisions were made. They altered the surfaces of the Earth, the coordinates of our souls. For every one of those decisions made there’s a another decision that could have been made, should have been made . . . Can be made, of course.

I don’t have the Big Idea. I don’t have the arrogance to even want to have the Big Idea. But I believe the physics of resisting power is as old as the physics of accumulating power. That’s what keeps the balance in the universe. . .the refusal to obey. I mean what’s a nation-state? It’s just an administrative unit, a glorified municipality. Why do we imbue it with esoteric meaning and protect it with nuclear bombs? I can’t bow down to a municipality . . . it’s just not intelligent. The bastards will do what they have to do, and we’ll do what we have to do. Even if they annihilate us, we’ll go down on the other side.

~ Arundhati Roy (b. 1961), Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations [with John Cusack, Daniel Ellsberg, and Edward Snowden]. (2016)

 

The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.

~ Terry Tempest Williams (b.1955)

 

Daniel Ellsberg: Fire is the main effect of thermonuclear weapons . . . to this day they do not calculate the fire. So they didn’t have to ask the question “What about the smoke?” Finally in 1983 somebody calculated the effect of just one of these things…what 150,000 tons of smoke and soot would cause, lofted into the stratosphere, reducing sunlight for a decade . . . Basically it’s nuclear famine…crops die, livestock dies, . . . everybody dies. With a small war between Indian and Pakistan, fifty Hiroshima-size bombs each, smoke would reduce sunlight enough to starve two billion people to death. . . In a US-Russian war — it’s nuclear winter. I never understand why we worry so much about climate change and not about nuclear war. Both have the potential of annihilating life on earth.

Arundhati Roy: Nuclear bombs are the logical corollary to the idea of the nation-state…no?

~in Arundhati Roy and John Cusack. Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations [with Arundhati Roy, John Cusack, Daniel Ellsberg, and Edward Snowden]. (2016)

 

Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950) undated letter to Ezra Pound (1885-1972):

Ez,

Why does old Lao-Tsz inspire you with such VIOLENT feelings??

I am puzzled. . . . .

j

do you know yourself?

 

in Andrew  Schelling. Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture (2017).

 

Let us pause and listen and

gather our strength with grace

and move forward like water

in all its manifestation:

flat water, white water,

rapids and eddies,

and flood this country

with an integrity of purpose

and patience and persistence

capable of cracking stone.

This river, this mourning,

this moment —

May we be brave enough

to feel it deeply, and act.

~ Terry Tempest Williams (b.1955), from Erosion, November 2016

 

 

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