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Golden Tongues and Silver Bullets

Freedom of speech
is less about freedom from suppression
when more about freedom toward mutual dialogue,
cooperatively held impression
to co-invest in active democratic hope.

Perhaps this is why
First Amendment non-violent communication values
grow in heart-felt significance
as Second Amendment rights to bear violent arms
recede in multicultural salience
safety
security
sanity.

This causal hypothesis
feels further supported
by First Amendment’s second part,
freedom to peacefully assemble,

More likely peace found through cooperative dialogue
than lost, again, through ballistic debate,
whether presidential or non-presidential,
featuring the sound of my own heated voice
drowning active hopes of all others present
here and now
longing to be heard
and known
reminded we belong First together

Not Second
to bear arms and words,
weapons against each other.

Having the right
does not make it right
to be violently
and egotistically wrong.

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Variation On ‘Giving To’

An important truth of compassion therapy
endorses co-investment,
cooperatively sharing from a back-and-forth healthy heart,
to receive a wealthier, more resonant, mind,
soul,
improved by NonZero-Sum win/win inspirations
more strongly than Zero-Sum win/lose aspirations.

To improvise on a Giving To
Ruth Bebermeyer melody,

I always feel less given to
when you won’t take from me–
When you don’t understand the joy I feel
when heard by peaceful you.

And, you don’t know
my giving is not done
to put you in my awe,
but because I want to grow this love
I feel to win with you.

To receive life’s grace
may be Earth’s greatest health.
There’s no way we could separate
the two–Earth and life
grow wealth.

When Earth gives to me,
I give you my receiving.
When you won’t hear from me,
I feel Earth not given to,

And,
when you take from me,
I can feel Earth given True.

 

Note: “Given To” lyrics by Ruth Bebermeyer, found on the album, “Given To”, and published in J. Rosenburg’s “Nonviolent Communication” as practiced in “Compassion Therapy” as felt in “EarthHealth Resonance”  through sacred economic co-empowerment.

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Keeping Healthy Hearts

I see and hear a great overlap between
left-brain dominant education,
straight white male privileged political power,
and capitalist win/lose
Elite ballistic gamesmanship.

But, as importantly,
what do you hear
see
feel
believe about ingredients for healthy democracy
and for degenerative
fading public health
and competitive uncivil miseducation?

I have been listening,
sometimes with active curiosity,
sometimes with excruciating patience,
for what we will do
to make Earth healthy again,
to make these United States wealthy again
and not quite so depressing and angry and narcissistic,
to make my family life happy again,
to make my ego more resiliently compassionate again.

I would love to clearly hear
to more safely see
to warmly feel
your vision of local economic
political
public and private health,
your dreams of everyday
ecological and/or theological Paradise.

Meanwhile
I have been writing my dreams
and visions.
These are times of longing
but also imagining radical
and profound belonging,
green communion,
cooperative democratic ownership
and mutual non-violent management,
co-responsive, positive correlational, administration,
compassionately responsible civility,
regenerative win/win civic duty
that feels safer,
warmly sufficient and more significant,
transparently known and knower of more neighbors
including our Elder Trees,
GrandMother Moon cycles and recycling nutritional systems,
Father Sun’s enlightenment,
EarthMother’s cooperative empowerment,
EcoFeminist co-investment.

I wonder if
you might enjoy reading these dreams
of a time when we are not judged
by the color of our skin
or by who we love,
nor even shamed
and/or blamed
for those we can but hate,
who feel too full of themselves
to gracefully tolerate.

I have been noticing
how stuck in a viral climate of anxiety
I feel
while haunted by the first lines
of an “If” poem
(Rudyard Kipling?)
my third grade teacher
knew we must all memorize

“If you can keep your [dream]
when all around you
are losing theirs
and blaming it on you…”

I’m wondering if you,
too,
feel this is our first step
toward climate health,
compassion therapy,
non-violent communication,
cooperative co-investment,
resilient and robustly wealthy democracy,
to share our new
and old green deal dreams
as tools for NonZero Sum imagination
and not weapons
for perpetuating competing ZeroSum fears,
divestment away from NonElite species,
spirited forms of warmly humane nature
win/win revolutionary
when not so much LeftBrain Win/Lose
devolutionary.

I so hope
you will write down and out
to share your green
and full ultra-nonviolent dream with me,
so we can see
which are light
and which are dark,
first steps for us to decide
bicamerally thought
and felt,
bilaterally well fed
mountain peaks of passion
and river valleys of healthiest pleasure.

Dreams of running together
on a Health Platform;
healthy democracy
for wealthy economy
for healthy ecopolity
for wealthy democratic energy.*

 

*Energy Democracy: “…is a way to frame the international struggle of working people, low-income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources from the energy establishment–the large corporate energy producers, utility monopolies, and federal and state government agencies that serve their [corporate] interests–and use those resources to [non-violently] empower their communities: literally (by providing energy), economically, and politically.” p. 196, The Community Resilience Reader, edited by Daniel Lerch, Chapter 11 “Energy Democracy” by Denise Fairchild and Al Weinrub

Some of us, sometimes known as Permaculture Designers, would further extend this frame to the global climate struggle of all living creatures and systems, non-elite communities, communities of capital divestment.

 

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Social Justice Does Not Kill Nations

I heard from PrimeAryan DT
that socialism kills nations.

I thought it was fascist totalitarianism
that killed nations,
the lack of democratic social intelligence,
social investment,
non-violent communication,
restorative,
therapeutic
win/win social justice.

My grandparents,
at least on my mother’s side,
who seemed ancient and fragile to me,
often opined,
“When you lose your health,
you love everything.”

I don’t know if they literally meant everything:
your faith,
your active hope,
your love,
your integrity,
your egocentric voice,
your hate,
fear,
anger,
obsessive-compulsive wealth,
despair,
cynicism,
narcissism,
xenophobia.

Probably they meant only everything good,
all things social,
Beauty fading into inconsequential,
Truth into lack of significant meaning,
Life into absence of future purpose.

I was young and apparently immortal
and could not hear their wiser warning.

Now older,
I find I have little more to add
to health’s imperative
standard for resilient Wealth:

much older and more integral,
historically and multiculturally deeper
than money,
or even humanity;

older, even, than verbal communication
about healthy v pathological social-system experience.

So, why isn’t this same observation
first on the list of every political party’s platform,
every faith community’s regenerative mission statement?

If we lose our democratic win/win social health,
we’ve lost our greatest wealth.

If we optimize
our actively co-invested trust
in global interdependent health,
we regain our most resilient dreams
of cooperatively-owned wealth,
communal peace
served up with personal integrity.

“Make America Great Again”
whether triumphantly declared as “mission accomplished”
or somewhat more humble,
errs in dreaming way too small

When we could more robustly
courageously
compassionately choose
“Make Earth Healthy Again”

Which would, of course,
also make America wealthy
in all the democratic social positives,
and none of the aristocratic anti-social negatives

again?

I guess sometimes healthy restorative justice
is more like exploratory win/win polycultural justice,
more pro-social green peace meadows
than elitist
monocultural
grab and crab grass.

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Don’t Give Up

Don’t give up
on precise strategic resilience
and passionate communitarians
winning here and winning now,
now already won here
with and for those with 20/20 sight
hearing
thought with feeling,

Do give up blaming
only your own internal addicted climate
without also shaming your medicine-pushing society
of left-hemisphere verbal violent domination.

Do give up blaming just your ego
for self-medicating.
Medications, intended for ego- and eco-healing,
can become addictions,
sources of longer-term ego v eco-pathology.

Do give up substances
originally nurturing medication
and now become toxic starving addiction.

Do take up
addiction to water
and organic tea
sipped from ceramic mugs
and cups
and delicate shells
of creatures addicted to saltwater.

Do become addicted
to vigorously cleaning up
shaking out
cleverly planting resonance
carefully harvesting resilience
nurturing
giving and receiving health care
for and from
your eco-politically connected environment
habitat
Earth.

Don’t give up
worshiping Earth.
I’ve never heard of pathological side-effects.

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Empowering Integrity

Verbal microaggressions
[You are a liar!]
neglect non-violent humanity
as macroaggressions
[uninvited explosions with intent to kill],
rather far beyond verbal bullying,
physically retaliate against abusive inhumanity,
seldom too fastidious
about recognizing collateral damage
to people
pets
plants
planet Earth.

Critical mistrust
[how does this defend democracy?]
may yet remain mindful of Golden Rules,
active hope for our own
and Other’s cooperatively-owned
transparent
vulnerable
healthy future

In a wide and deep in-between room
estate
State bounded by blind trust
unearned by prior relationship experience
[forgiving kleptocracy
while continuing to empower future theft]
are more typically associated with learned win/win memories
in prior associated categories of relationship
[I suppose censure could be merciful shaming]–
these become compassionate benefits,
compromised by doubt
[requiring apology to global victims
suffering from narcissistic abuse
of climate-healing powers].

But self-promoting oligarchy
leads more robustly toward active distrust of those who
dissonantly
and consistently play win/lose
[with well-being, health, and universal prosperity
stipulated goals of democratic constitutions]
apparently too comfortable with their own retributive
disempowering addictions
to see and hear and smell and taste
ecological and theological win/win health benefits
of restoring interdependent peace

For liberal love resilience
and conserving resonance
through cooperatively co-invested justice–

Non-violently impeaching win/lose compromises
against democracy’s multicultural health benefits
without lose/lose
micro- and macro-aggressive doubt
about what behaviors support healthier democracy
and what responses further feed pathological plutocracy.

 

 

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A Climate of Integrity

Societies,
religious and secular,
nation-states,
corporations,
extended families,
tribes,
colonies,
property owners,
owned properties
are caught in,
invested in,
an inescapable network
of climate mutuality,
cooperativity,
multicultural communion,
tie-dyed,
camouflaged in a single Earth habitat
of green-blue spectral destiny
rhapsody
rapture.

Climate injustice anywhere
is a threat to health
and justice
and peace
everywhere.

There are some climates
in our social
political
economic racist system
to which all EarthDwellers
ought to be maladjusted
divested
struggling to breathe free,
to dream expansively
inclusively
theo- and ego- and eco-logically.

Internal and external climates
of hatred and bitterness
can never cure
the disease of fear,
only mutually-owned ease,
an inside/outside climate of love,
can do that.

We must win/win evolve,
for all human climates of conflict,
a strategic method
which rejects revenge,
retributive win/lose punishing injustice,
aggression,
and retaliation
rather than therapeutic climates of restoration,
non-violent
co-passionate peace.

The religious
and spiritual
and empowering
and enlightening foundation
of such a healing method
is nonsectarian love,
integrity,
multicultural climates of warm
synergetic
active appreciation.

Before it is too late,
we must narrow
this gaping theological
anti-ecological chasm,
maladjustment
between our proclamations of separate but equal peace
and our own privileged and elitist investments
deeds
words
thoughts
feelings which culturally precipitate
and historically perpetuate
win/lose war
violence
aggression
competitions in mutual disdain,
detachment from mutual appreciation
social cooperation
resilient wealthy empower nation
of resonantly healthy enlighenment,
consciousness,
awareness,
multicultural climate noticing,
EarthCentric appreciation.

One day
we must come to see
hear
feel
touch
smell
taste this EarthClimate of peace
is not merely a distant goal
dream
theological and ecological conjoined objective
that we cooperatively seek,
but a means by which we arrive
at this mutual climate of non-violent peace,
our goal,
destiny,
fulfillment of multiculturing,
creolizing,
transubstantiating secular and sacred humanity.

We must pursue peaceful climate ends
through win/win restorative justice means.

We shall hew
carve
design
develop out of this maladjustment mountain
of climate despair,
a stone,
a cooperatively-owned pearl,
an equal and integral communion,
global theist and atheist alliance
of resilient EarthClimate hope.

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