A well-placed pause transforms a poem,
A misplaced pause, or one too long, instead can create strife.
Passion and intellect are unrewarded
in this culture of lies
The exceptions generate money, hence power, for the wealthy.
Passion and intellect offer rewards
that can be appreciated
only from within.
But most within the dominant culture peer out, not in.
A verdant planet requires evolutionary history
to create balance,
Tipping the delicate balance destroys life on Earth.
The balance was tipped before we showed up
millennia ago, pushing us toward
the pursuit of “same.”
Born into captivity, we’re not to blame.
Cultural errors come with a price
even by prophets.
Paying the price based on one’s date of birth is monstrous.
Assuming a counter-cultural path is not for the weak.
The faint of heart
Radicalism comes with the sweet, and also with the bitter.
The horrors of imperialism are unrecognized
by the masses, who choose
to remain ignorant.
The privileges of Empire are difficult to admit, even when malignant.
Walking away from imperialism is a ruinous path
filled with disparagement
from the many.
The cost of freedom from cultural shackles is great, and worth every penny.
We few know there is another way to live
free from the shackles
in our last years.
Breaking free is a choice taken by few as wishes overwhelm fears.
The “monkey trap” of civilization is a cage.
There is an escape route,
a way over the wall.
Are you willing to break free, to answer the clarion call?
You know another way is possible
and you know the way.
Do the math.
Instead of dreaming of your escape, take a step along the path.
Trapped between two dreams, few swim upstream
against the current
Unwilling to join the revolution, they deserve our pity.
Cultural shackles are as new as the culture, and are
similarly restrictive for those unwilling
to open the latch.
The cost of escape is everything, with remuneration to match.
A three-minute video introduction to me and my work is offered by Bill Nye and National Geographic. It’s here.
With thanks to Marc Haneburght, McPherson is offering a webinar Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The topic is near-term human extinction via six different paths. Learn more via Facebook here. We’ll use a gift economy, and you’ll need to register with Marc in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Roblyn Crawford for initiating a fund-raising campaign in support of speaking tours. It’s here. Please share widely. Roblyn is also seeking volunteers to support a May speaking tour in California. Specifically, Roblyn says we need a place for Guy to eat and sleep in Sacramento on May 2nd. And we need places for Guy to eat and sleep and venues in Marin (4/30), Grass Valley (5/3), Santa Rosa (5/6), and Santa Cruz (5/12), and Santa Barbara (5/13). We are also seeking venues and hosts in the Los Angeles area May 17, 18, and 19. If you are able to help, please send a message to email@example.com
My schedule for 2016 is filling up nicely. Click the Coming Events tab for details.
The easiest way for me to spot a troll: s/he trots out a three-year-old blog post to challenge the evidence I present. The foolish cowards continue to show up on Alex Smith’s blog, and they include the likes of Tony Weddle (who prefers to hide behind his alias, sofistek). He’s hardly the only acolyte of science
educator denier Scott Johnson wallowing in ignorance and fear.
McPherson’s latest book is available in audio, and can be purchased here. Ms. Ladybug and Mr. Honeybee: A Love Story at the End of Time is intended for ages 11 and up.
Catch Nature Bats Last on the radio with Mike Sliwa and Guy McPherson. To catch us live, tune in every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, or catch up in the archives here. If you prefer the iTunes version, including the option to subscribe, you can click here. We’re on Stitcher, too.
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