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Agreeing to DisAgree

I have noticed
in negative strong
long feeling settings
a willingness
to accept impatience
to reluctantly embrace tolerance
and Agree to DisAgree.

Yet, to equate this conclusion
with cooperatively
and actively Agreeing to Positively Agree
with anticipation
rather than further win/lose anxiety
would be to overvalue tolerance
and to underestimate
differences between systemic logic
and self-deceiving fallacy.

We do not meet
win/win standards of nonviolently held energy,
powers of positive communication praxis,
by Agreeing to DisAgree,
shrugging
and leaving the dialogue
with win or lose, who knows?
back to hopeless stuckness,
but now further entrenched
in frustrating
increasingly impatient,
look some other way
tolerance

Of a society
too dumb to GoldenRule agree
to act as decent as a healthy family,

And too ignorant
to co-invest in present
and future green integrity.

To believe agreeing to disagree
is sufficient for short-term bridges,
let us be forewarned
agreeing to not yet agree
on reassuring regenerative plans
for healthy green democracy,

Is quite far from cooperative value enhancements
of agreeing to co-passionately agree
we are here together
for all EarthTribe’s health and safety

Multiculturally cooperative
eco-political regenerativity,
revolutionary 20/20
democratic positive energy.

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Please Do Panic

Writing yet another note to my straight white CongressMan,
asking him to Please, Do Panic
about all this fear-based non-legislation
undemocratic fascist
nationalistic Win/Lose evolutionary corrupt
democratic devolution
going on around
and within us,

I’m wearing a white 1970s vintage Tshirt
from Castro Street’s Don’t Panic
political resistance and celebration
apparel.

Fifty years later,
I think it is well past time
to take the cooperativist
win/win panic plunge,

With a bold
black framed message:

THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
IS WRONG

My son’s Haitian-American nurse,
married
and straight
as a military-industrialized arrow,
without the slightest quiver
of vocalized doubt,

Sexy darkbrown skin,
greying at his wisdom temples,
and a devout capitalist 7th Day Adventist
family provider man
of second or third evangelical generation,

Wants to know
if he, in 2020,
is affiliated with what my Tshirt says
to the Religious Right of 1975.

Possibly,
but I have always known you
as part of a Spiritual Right,

Which does not
too liberally judge
outside your own sensory satisfactory experience,

And is informed
and transparently curious
to learn from your own
sensory anticipations
of healthy smells
and wealthy tastes,
what feels good
and touches right,

And to responsibly stretch
your own sensory anxieties/anticipations
without blaming
or ambiguously shaming yourself
for not accepting who you are
right now
in this life
flowing toward
who we will become sacredly together,
spiritually and naturally,
tomorrow.

Which must,
in good right faith,
inevitably become a more rooted choice
to not be some other spiritual
or anti-spiritual life,
sometimes anxious about monoculturally competing
and other times anticipating
multicultural engagement
to be most naturally/spiritually right
in the ZeroZone pocket
of just Right EarthNursing balance.

Finding right religion
in natural/spiritual sensory experience;
your own phenomenological journey
embeds our shared ontological history
of sensory
neurological reweaving
re-ligioning psychological
left/right
yang/yin ancient sensory co-arising climax
of co-awareness,
consciousness,
co-operative con-scientiousness,
Ego/Eco-Systemic Balance.

My son’s 7th Day Adventist
Black Lives Matter
Haitian-American straight male nurse responds,

“Thank you.
That’s true.”

“Where can I find this shirt?
I would like one to wear
to our church picnic.
My extended Right spiritual family
will have many paniced health questions.”

And concerns
about green democratic wealth, I add.

“And, as you say,
some surprisingly grateful
gospel faith
anticipations.”

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Revolutionary Para-Dime Differences

A difference between compassion and sympathy,

between co-empathic passion
and unilateral YangPatriarchal-empathic,
ego-empowering intent,

Compassion matures passion FOR
to shared passion WITH.

This same emergent fluidity
cannot be said of sympathy
for suffering of Other,
who remains another dissociated Other

Exempted from democratic inclusion
in further considerations
of constitutionally appropriate applications
of Golden Rules
to those who remain
in darker xenophobic shadows
more appropriate for retributive reaction
than restoration to peaceful justice response.

This same contrast and compare
may also apply to political empowerment
and more of the same
competitive economic investment,

to global enlightenment
and more localized, and often nationalized, pockets
of self-enrichment,

to recreative cooperative love
and to recreational competitive lust

Now that some of us
revolutionaries and evangelists
of the ecological 1960s
have been given this great green gift
of old age wisdom,
what on Earth
shall we choose to do with
such awesomely sacred/secular
private/public sectoral nonpartisan
WisdomCircle responsibility?

Settle for fading sympathy,
loss of sensory health awareness,
physical consciousness?

Or, Reconsider ways to optimize compassion,
compassionate communication,

fragrantTrue and savoredBeauty,
bicamerally touched
and binomially felt Pos/Neg/InBetween
1/0 double-binary positive polyvagal neurological systemic health structure

[Wow! That was a lot to dispassionately ask. Sorry.]

non-violently heard
and green revolutionary 20/20 revisioned,

Co-passionate DNA/RNA EarthTribes
currently in living residential relationships
growing hotly combative climates
of anthrocentric salvific empathy,

Seeking more cool green Wisdom Circles
of democratic sacred energy discernment
within and among consensual multicultures
of ecosystemic health-sensory consciousness

How is universal EarthWealth
compassion
different
yet often felt the same
as unilateral LeftBrain EitherEgo/OrEcoSystemic Health and Safety

RightBrain Truth and Beauty
in sacredly holonic
CoPassion

with great transition gratitude
for this Old WisdomCircle
healthy democratic gift
of revolutionary evangelical
cooperative development.

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Freedom Requires Peace

Ecological relationship
forms theological and ego-logical minds,
both omnipresently transcendent
and intimately eco/ego-political;

Both enlightening
and empowering

Earth justice
from interdependent EarthTribe peace
toward cooperatively invested freedoms
for compassion
both right hemisphere inclusive feelings
and left hemisphere deductive thoughts,
reductive-inductive;

Both ecosystemic Beauty
and ego-recentering Truths;

Multiculturally co-passionate,
non-violently communal,
restoring theological peace
as ecologically balanced justice

Where life becomes peaceful medication
love is freedom’s EarthSoul meditation.

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Less HellFire Please

Note: More dialogue between YinCoPassion hugging and tugging AdamYang, from “Cherishing Our World”, pp. 48-9, Justice On Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment.”

YinPassion: Predictions of HellFire and Damnation raptures
of Paradise far away from sinful natural EarthClimates of Despair
is not so different from our indigenous ancestors’ experience
in the U.S.A. 1800s.

Robersmith: “This situation is not so different from one that our Universalist ancestors experienced
in the 1800s.”

YinPassion: At the time, much of fundamentalist religious preaching
and dualistic nature v spirit theology
was focused on hell:
the toxic fires
and timeless suffering
punishing all who do not win/lose fall
in capitalistic
nationalistic line
with a particular patriarchal set of either/or
left-brain predative ideals.

Robersmith: “At the time,
much of Christian preaching
and theology
was focused on hell:
the burning fires
and eternal torment
that all would suffer
if they did not fall in line with a particular set
of moral ideals.”

YinPassion: A few extended ecofeminist families
deviantly of good faith
and positively relying on win/win love
to induce health/wealth behavior,
thereby let go of fearing climates of retribution
and EarthLife’s damnation
assumed too weakly insufficient
to eliminate unhealthy and unwealthy violent behavior.

Robersmith: “Many communities of faith relied on fear
to induce righteous behavior,
but fear of hellfire and damnation
was insufficient to eliminate undesirable behavior.”

YinPassion: If lose/lose nihilism were effective human motivators,
then sins against Earth and Egos
and greedy corporate climate vice
would have vanished from the Capitalist-Patriarchal
industrial LeftBrain
revolutionary monocultural experience.

Robersmith: “If it was,
sin and vice would have vanished
from the American experience.”

YinPassion: Monocultural pathology did not vanish
and yet has not overpowered polycultural Health/Wealth.

Robersmith: “It did not
and has not.”

YinPassion: Hosea Ballou,
a nineteenth-century positive psychologist
who gave us some of our most basic healthy theology
and wealthy cooperative ethics,
writes in
Examination of the Experience of Future EarthRestoring Justice:
The prophecy of future resilient rewards
and ego/ecotherapies
for the inductive meaning people find in loving Earth
and underlying compassion,
is not only useful,
but healthy.

Robersmith and Ballou: “Hosea Ballou,
a nineteenth-century Universalist
who gave us some of our most basic theology
and ethics,
writes in Examination of Future Retribution:”
‘The preaching of future rewards and punishments
for the purpose of inducing people to love God
and moral virtue,
is not only useless,
but pernicious.'”

YinPassion: All such loving,
be it ever so ego healthcare intended,
not only amounts to a choice for free speech
that Earth and health experience are lovely
and worthy of resiliently cooperative life,
but, as far as Earth-Democratic Health is believed,
serves to attach resilient affections
with,
for,
of these most precious objects,
all climate experiences,
subjects,
sensate
living
feeling
passionate
curious
courageous

Ballou: ‘All such preaching,
be it ever so well intended,
not only amounts to a declaration;
that God
and moral virtue are,
in themselves,
unlovely,
and unworthy of being loved,
but,
as far as it is believed,
serves to alienate the affections
from these most precious objects.’

YinPassion: We may illustrate win/win
co-responsive Health/Wealth
by furnished Scripture memories of grace,
nutrition,
blessing,
kindness,
mercy.

Ballou: ‘We may illustrate this subject
by the use of figures furnished in the Scriptures.’

YinPassion: Divine truth,
living water ways,
wine graced life
and milk,
bread,
light,
power,
sensory passion,
fertile soil,
beautiful flowers,
strong mountains,
flowing rivers…

Ballou: ‘Divine truth,
by waters,
by wine and milk,
by bread, etc.’

YinPassion: Should we be offered an immensely resonant reward
for cooperatively accepting this nourishment,
and should we be healed by cooperative co-investments
refusing violent lose/lose climates of mutual divestment,
Heaven would be natural for us to suppose,
and the prophet who should advocate such win/win proposals
does not believe climate pathology is stronger
than non-violent and resonant relationships
of nutritionally shared compassion
in healthcare giving
and EarthWealth receiving.

Ballou: ‘Should we be offered an immense reward
for accepting [this nourishment,
quenching,
satisfying,
healthy,
resonant,
resilience-producing investments],
and should we be threatened with severe punishments
if we refused them,
it would be natural for us to suppose,
that the person who should make such proposals…
did not believe these things to be of any value
in themselves…’

YinPassion: Ballou’s ecology of unhealth
as degeneratively impoverishing
calls us to reconsider our EarthTribe cooperative commitments
and social democratic values
in this climate crisis day
and win/win health-potentiating age.

Robersmith: “Ballou’s theology
calls us to consider
our commitments and values
in this day and age.”

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Cherishing DiaLogical Earth

More Yang/Yin Conversation with Adam Robersmith

Robersmith (p. 47, Justice On Earth):
“…science is showing us something important:
We are affecting our climate
and ecosystems
in ways that are detrimental to life
on the planet
and to how we live.”

Yin: Science and conscience
are discovering and uncovering important health wealth:
We are degenerating our climate
and formerly more robust ecosystems
in ways that are detrimental to life
and love
and win/win restorative justice
on Earth
and to how we could more non-violently live
cooperatively together
rather than competitively apart.

Robersmith: “We know that we need to change how we act as a species.”

Yin: We feel how we are transforming
how we do not win/win act
as if we cared about our own extended future
as a healthy and wealthy species.

Robersmith: “We should have changed as a nation long ago,
yet we have not.”

Yin: We could restore global justice as one EarthTribe identity,
yet LeftBrain Straight White Male Dominance
has not gone in this Both/And non-violent direction,
heuristically tolerating Either/Or
Ego v Eco
HealthySelf v WealthyOther
Left v Right intolerance.

Robersmith: “Scientists are offering research that has been confirmed repeatedly
and making predictions that should frighten us all into behaving
differently,
yet change is not coming as many of us would expect.”

Yin: Consciousness invites cooperative research
confirmed by redundant thoughts and feelings
predicting what will frighten and anger
and what could heal and ease us all
into inviting win/win cooperative eco-political ownership,
non-violently resilient.

Robersmith: “Research shows that our acts disproportionately affect the poor
and oppressed
all over the world,
yet we continue to use harmful technologies and resources.”

Yin: Consciousness bicamerally feels and knows
our win/lose left-brain dominant acts
disproportionately and adversely influence poor
and oppressed
and ourselves
non-elite populations all over Earth,
yet we continue to use toxic energy,
fuel,
violent technologies
and non-repurposed natural/spiritual resources.

Robersmith: “It seems that simply presenting information is not enough.”

Yin: It seems that presenting terrifying
run-and-throw-away
indigestible shame and blame information
is not enough.

Robersmith: “Scaring people with doomsday scenarios–
even if they are based on our very best knowledge–
does not produce sufficient change.”

Yin: Scaring ourselves with lose/lose doomsday scenarios–
even though rooted in our best democratic healthcare knowledge–
does not produce resonant
win/win gratitude attitude.

Robersmith: “In fact,
it often creates resistance.”

Yin: In cooperatively felt fact,
we create self-isolating
emotional shame and blame resistance
to violent messages of despair.

Robersmith: “Making pollution
and waste
and overconsumption sinful
or shameful
has some effect,
but not enough to change how we behave
as a culture
or make policy as a nation.”

Yin: Framing pollution
and waste
and disassociating from win-now/lose-future overconsumption
as anthropocentrically sinful
and elitist shameful
has some eco-political power,
but not sufficient to restore health
to how we behave as a communal
covenanted
sacred polyculture
or make policy as a state,
a locality,
a municipality,
an extended family.

Robersmith: “While these debates continue,
people around the world suffer
with changes they are unable to ameliorate,
and those with the least power
and resources
suffer most of all.”

While win/win-seeking dialogue does not continue,
EarthTribes competitively suffer
with isolating military-industrialized capitalism as usual
we are unable to heal,
and those people
and species
and regenerative macro-living systems with the least ego-resonant power
and privately-held resilience
and natural/spiritual
health/wealth resources
suffer most dualistically divided of all.

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Restoring Inside Justice

Healing Win/Lose EgoNomial Intent

We belong together
Through all kinds of colonizing corporate weather,
We belong creolizing together.

So sings my mitochondrial DNA
when I listen deeply
to all prior matriarchal regenerations
speaking in still
soft
timeless win/win voices

Especially about polycultural outcome opportunities
and monocultural injustice
incoming risks.

I am obsessed with anxiety about climate change.
I own this disability to feel safe
sufficiently secure
to feel confident my granddaughter
will live on a healthier Earth,
will live in a wealthier bicameral empowering situation,
will live for a more cooperative win healthy ecology
to win a truly wealthy
resilient domestic economy.

I’m meeting with some folks from an Episcopal Church
inspired by St. James,
sons of the Lesser Alphaeus
and Greater Zebedee
and James the Just
we could matriarchally say,
and an All Souls UniveralYang
UnitarianYin
BiCamerally Liberal ReAssociation.

All folks who share some concern with Adam Robersmith,
about how we might engage each other
to “Cherish Our World:
Avoiding Despair
in Environmental Justice Work.”
(in “Justice On Earth,” Skinner House Books, p. 47)

My RightBrain ear was listening
with those voices from past generations
speaking in present mitochondrial matriarch-restoring voices
to reassure us of timeless compassion
for EarthTribe’s wealthiest ecofeminist future.

Robersmith: “Watching the public debates about climate change is an exercise in resistance.”

The GrandMothers: Listening to internal dialogue
with changing win/lose climates
actively creolizes resonance.

Robersmith: “It involves a resistance to willful ignorance;
resistance to accepting all statements, especially unsubstantiated ones, as facts;
resistance to the despair that can rise within us as we face the public discourse,
the science,
and the toll taken on human communities.”

The GrandMothers: Cherishing our healing justice process
involves a resistance to willful dissociation
from the intolerable;
resistance to internalizing shame and blame communications,
especially unsubstantiated egocentric
narcissistic
anthropocentric elitism predicting universal injustice
as normless facts;
resistance to NonElite despair
rising within us
as we face StraightWhiteMale dominant
corporate debate,
masquerading as win/win discourse,
discerning and restoring market science
despite the toll taken on multiculturally robust communions.

Robersmith: “Unfortunately,
our individual reactions to human-caused climate change
can also be unhelpful
in terms of finding solutions.”

The GrandMothers: Unfortunately,
individual actions to self-caused
and family-caused
and tribal-caused
and LeftBrain dominant communication-caused
overheating climate change
can also be monoculturally unhelpful
in terms of finding cooperative win/win imagined resolutions.

Robersmith: Some of us are panicking.

The GrandMothers: AnthroSpecies is panicking,
trending toward lose/lose competitive corporate rabidity.

Robersmith: Some are refusing to listen.

The GrandMothers: SWM LeftBrain dominance
continues to violently speak and autonomously act
more than non-violently win/win listen.

Robersmith: “Some are trying to scare everyone into certain behaviors
(whether to reverse or ignore climate change),
and others are just reporting what they think they know.”

The GrandMothers: Some are trying to persuade,
prophecy lose/lose pathology
within everyone
feeding uncertain restraining,
restrictive
retributive justice
and stingy win/lose compromised peace
known as impatient tolerance of further war
violence
divestment away from health
(whether to reverse RightBrain punishing Other
or deny evermore WinElite-LoseNonElite culture not-change),
and others are just reporting
what we think and feel we need safety,
health,
resonant wealth,
resiliently robust compassion.

Robersmith: “With all this debate and reaction,
a problem that is as large as climate change
can cause paralysis,
ineffectiveness,
and despair.”

The GrandMothers: While not listening to what others feel
we cooperatively need,
With all this win/lose political theological debate
rather than win/win economic ecological discernment,
With all this retributive reaction
rather than restorative win/win dialogical communication,
a problem that is as large as climate change
and species mortality
and global extinction of all regenerative energy systems
can cause egocentric paralysis,
competitive win/lose ineffectiveness,
corporate economic despair
about LeftBrain dominant
SWM privileged
violent runaway Win/Lose
Either/Or
Thinking v Feeling
monocultural
monochromatic
monotheistic
monocapitalistic
monoelitist rabidity.

And still inside singsong continues,
a uniting pidgin neurological language
feeling thought integrity:

We belong together
Through all kinds of colonizing corporate weather,
We belong creolizing together.

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Planning for Grace

Last night I arrived very late
for a GRACE planning team meeting.
GRACE’s mission advocates against
all things racist,
whether systemic
or the normal chaos of hate
and sin
against everyday non-violent win-win
choices
policies
procedures
positions
platforms political and economic
sacred and secular
sociological and neurological.

I stepped into discussion of a thesis
that all policies are either racist
or anti-racist.

We were trying out various policies
to see if we could discover which they were.
This reminds me of a popular radio show
outing “HIDDEN RACISM!”

This discernment process
also reminds me of a hiring incident
in our Southern Region
In which a job description
with preference for academic credentials
over indigenous democratic leadership experience
led to hurt feelings of being disrespected
and concerns about systemic white male privilege
within our Unitarian Universalist Association
for egalitarian
and interdependent compassion.

Are budgeting procedures
that begin with authority of last year’s status quo
and are then incrementally nuanced
through recommendations of currently empowered authority figures,
like Treasurers
and CFOs
and Board of Invested,
often age Infested,
Directors,
racist or anti-racist?

Is prejudice just about policies
that must be bilaterally explicated
as healthy or unhealthy for inclusive empowerment,
or is white male privilege also hidden in our procedures,
our therapeutic proposals,
our strategic plans
to do more of the ZeroSum same,
whatever that may competitively be?

What about all our communications,
verbal and non-verbal,
personal and public?

What about all our investments
of time
and money
and positive or negative
or ambivalently uncommitted attitude?

And are all these things
just racist or anti-racist?
Or might they also be
egopatriarchal or ecofeminist,
ageist or multigenerationally inclusive,
nonbinary-phobic or pansexual,
aristocratic or democratic,
communal or capitalistic,
cooperative or competitive,
polycultural or monocultural,
WinWin or LoseLose,
NonZeroSum or ZeroSum,
RightBrain prominent or LeftBrain dominant,
non-violent or violent?

I can hardly wait to read more
about this thesis or antithesis
to find out what I may have missed
all my racist or anti-racist years.

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Critical Reminders

The faith that capitalism
is the only viable democratic economic system
we have experienced,
or could even ecologically imagine,

Reminds me
of the faith that retributive punishment
is the only viable governing political system
we have cooperatively experienced,
or could ever theologically
and resonantly
and compassionately imagine
restoring healthy peace,

Reminds me
of the faith that continuing to do the same competitive things,
make the same win/lose mutually feared assumptions,
will eventually result in some different
and less EarthClimate overheated
and critically pathological outcome,

Reminds me
of Einstein’s faith that repeating this business as usual default
unreasonably defines left v right handed insanity.

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LeftBrain Trauma

My leftbrain deductive reason
now sadly sees 16/20,
since 2016 a patriarchal white privileged hierarchy
of orthodox RightWing religious social history,

Where I am either egomaniacally at the self-righteous top
of my competitive win/lose hierarchical game,
or I am a victim,
bottom-feeder
bleeder prey,
mortally morally wounded,
living in the treacherous and hated boundary
between today’s fading hellish life
and inevitable loss of leftbrain dominant reason
for autonomously existing
merely to survive
for yet another depressing
rainy Monday of meaningless
sold-out
grey capital-monopolistic
Business as either/or
win/lose degeneratively natural
normative
spiritless
deprived
depraved predation
extraction….

Meanwhile
My more both/and co-empathic rightbrain
inducting fluid 20/20 emotions
feels ecofeminist
[not ego-militant]
green, yet full-spectrum,
multicultural warm Earth-lattice of interdependent circles,

Reverse revolving matriarchal
anti-hierarchical encultured
imprinted
co-passioned empowering
non-violently embedded
resonantly wombed
intersectionally organic
transubstantiating left intelligence disempowering
into right wisdom, up inside down,
creolizing
win/win positive healthy communication
of interactive win/win hope,
resiliently enduring faith,
robustly wealthy webs,
not so much either/or walls,
of polypathic
polyphonic
polynomially ZeroZone balancing
binomial
bilateral
bicameral compassion,

Belonging,
safety,
enduring warm significance,
accompaniment,
curious cooperative inquiry
and co-investing trust

Despite leftbrain’s hierarchical non-elite
non straight
non white
non male bottom-bleeder victimization,

RightBrain’s most robust
resonant
and resilient EarthTribe
remembering 20/20 fire circle multicultural singers
and polycultural liturgical dancers,
lyrical speakers
who non-violently listen
with well-balanced co-passioning breath

Bicameral heart-beaters
compassion power,
energy,
healthy democracy of left with right
GoldenRule balancing climates
through positive health co-investment.

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