Are you lost in the world like me?
If the systems have failed?
Are you free?
All the things, all the loss
Can you see?
Are you lost in the world like me?
A few days ago I went to my gofundme page to edit it and make some changes. But alas, a message popped up! The message said that the gofundme team had noticed I was trying to raise money for wildfires, that their main goal is to protect against fraud and I needed to let them know who I was and what I was doing etc., etc.
Now I’ve had the gofundme campaign for 8 months and my page is and has always been about my work over the past 30 years, with terminally ill people, parents who have lost a child, First Nations People…. and a little about prison reform.
People I have worked with: parents, chaplains, artists etc wrote letters about the work and I combined these with film clips and photos making it a beautiful and inspiring story.
I have NEVER tried to raise money for wildfires.
So I contacted the gofundme customer service and after several emails back and forth, they explained that they had reviewed my campaign and though it was exactly as I had said it was they could not remove the message about raising money for wildfires unless I took out the words “Texas” and “The 8th Fire.” I explained that most of my work with AIDS and Hospice had taken place in Texas and that The 8th Fire is one of our most important documentary films on First Nations wisdom and teachings. So NO, I’m not removing these words.
And so they will not remove the message.
But the point of all this is this strange robotic, non human thing I’ve noticed lately where people are not able to go beyond a few words that they have been programed to say such as “I do apologize” or “I’m here for you”. In this case they cannot explain to me why they cannot remove this message about wildfires even though they have seen that my campaign has not one thing to do with them.
All they can say is something like “It’s our policy.” What does that mean???
Something similar happened recently when Century Link cut off my long distance service for no apparent reason. The customer service woman was human [I think] but all she could say was “I do apologize” and “It takes 7-14 business days to reconnect it” WHY? “It takes 7-14 business days to reconnect it.” She could not reach beyond these 2 phrases…it was like trying to communicate with a robot.
*I wonder now if the gofundme team might notice that my blog is titled “Poohandthebrownpiglet” and accuse me next of raising money for brown piglets? Because “there seems to be no sign of intelligent life here.”
Out here where I live, the people live close to the land, close to nature. Their lives revolve around caring for their animals and their gardens, of cutting wood to heat their little houses. And there is often an elderly grandma or grandpa that they are caring for. Life remains much as it has for hundreds of years and though many now have cell phones and computers, they are used mostly for necessary communication.
I feel very fortunate to live in this way as I think most people are beginning to realize that we are fast approaching, if not already living in the times written about in George Orwell’s book 1984…..and that the human race cannot continue as it is. It has been said: ” Now the caterpillar can crawl no farther. It must turn into a butterfly.”
Nineteen Eighty-Four….is a novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell. The novel is set in Airstrip One… in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation. The superstate and its residents are dictated to by a political regime euphemistically named English Socialism shortened to “Ingsoc” in Newspeak, the government’s invented language. The superstate is under the control of the privileged elite of the Inner Party, a party and government that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrime”, which is enforced by the “Thought Police”.
The tyranny is ostensibly overseen by Big Brother, the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. The Party “seeks power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power..”
Now it’s time, it’s the time for people to wake up..
~Anisnabe Elder, Dave Courchene from The 8th Fire
It is a VERY frightening time to be alive on this Earth but I believe there is hope though our survival is by no means guaranteed. I’m writing this post for HOPE …. there are many people who are devoting their lives to helping people ‘wake up’..before it’s too late. Eckhart Tolle and David Icke are two of the people I personally have the most respect for.
And from my point of view, I think the greatest chance for our survival lies in Reconnecting-Reconnecting with Nature, with Animals, with People especially those in need of help, in Disconnecting from ‘the news/propaganda’, from excess technology [texting, video games, SELFIES etc]….and in Remembering “Who We Really Are”
“What we call society is the sum total of human thinking and feeling. It is a reflection of our attitudes. When we change them, we change society. We are only a change of mind away from real freedom, the freedom to express our God-given uniqueness and celebrate the diversity of gifts, perceptions and inspiration that exist within the collective human psyche. The creative force is within us all and desperate to express itself.”