Democratic Womanism – I am happy to be surrounded – how about you?

I was just going through my facebook and saw this article about a Alice Walker, the author and poet who wrote “the colour purple” who has a message for the current US election race.

 

I feel so strongly about the message of promoting “Peace” – by looking at the systems that lead to war – critically and radically – and this poem is such a brilliant piece of work I thought I would have to post it on my blog instantly! I hope you enjoy it…

 

Message from Poet Alice Walker (with interesting video)
-taken from an article about the current democratic race

 

 

 

(second half of the poem – see the link above for the poem and the video interview)

 

….Women of the world,
Women of the world,
Is this devastation Us?
Would we kill whole continents for oil
(or anything else)
rather than limit
the number of consumer offspring we produce
and learn how to make our own fire?
Democratic Womanism.
Democratic Socialist Womanism.
A system of governance
we can dream and imagine and build together. One that recognizes
at least six thousand years
of brutally enforced complicity
in the assassination
of Mother Earth, but foresees six thousand years
ahead of us when we will not submit.
What will we need? A hundred years
at least to plan: (five hundred will be handed us
gladly
when the planet is scared enough)
in which circles of women meet,
organize ourselves, and,
allied with men
brave enough to stand with women,
men brave enough to stand with women,
nurture our planet to a degree of health.
And without apology —-
(impossible to make
a bigger mess than has been made already) -—
devote ourselves, heedless of opposition,
to tirelessly serving and resuscitating Our Mother ship
and with gratitude
for Her care of us
worshipfully commit
to
rehabilitating it.”

 

ALICE

WALKER: Well, you know, I continue to care for President Obama and for his family. I think that in many ways they are very courageous people, and I honor that, because I know what it means to live as a black person in a racist America. But I cannot feel good about drone strikes. I cannot feel good about bombing people. I don’t—I just don’t believe in war. I think it’s stupid. And I think that he is so smart that it’s a waste of his intelligence to pursue peace by making more war. It does not make any sense.

 

 

I also “just don’t believe in war” . Einstein said “imagination is more important than knowledge” – and strategy that had an end result as “War” is a strategy without much imagination.

 

 

Another powerful message from Patch Adams – humanist doctor, and clown doctor

 

 

I want a world where no one alive can remember what the word ‘war’ means
a world free of violence and injustice
where everyone is equal

 

all healthy women say the same thing
all the problems of the world are due to men
but why doesn’t it happen?

 

7000 years ago ‘men’ chose to worship ‘money’ and ‘power over’
this is why no political system works
“No Political system” because the value system is ‘money’ and ‘power over’
“this” is our god……

 

 

food for thought
with love
Bishan 🙂

 

 

Always follow your heart and your “own” dreams as life is too short to follow someone else’s dreams 

 

Life is not a race, but unfortunately we live on a race course 

 

 

 

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