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1.10.2009

Hi my beloved sister M,

Oh, I can imagine this has been tough on you, unless you've arrived at your senses and just sort of cut me out of your life. Seriously, not a bad idea, if you haven't. I would never think less of you if and when you do. It is not my desire to bring misery to your life. Quite the opposite.

If you've been following along on the blogs below you can tell that this is the biggest, most consequential campaign I've been consumed within. I will not turn a blind eye to the reality that if not yet, we are within months of setting in motion the cascading dominoes that WILL extinguish civilization on Planet Earth by destroying life support. Oh, your son would survive it ok, but his kids, and theirs, not so much. No, even in fortress Empire America with oceans rising 39' and climate going to Hell, Katrina's etc will become too much for even our filthy rich environment and Civilization here too will end.. Unless all the world's scientists are wrong, a bet no one with a shred of humanity can take.

Although I expect to take this to the end, here on Capitol Hill there is some chance that will not mean my life, and maybe not even permanent health damage. Depends on when I konk out, if I do. If pulse stopped, or whatever when I'm sitting up, completely covered in my sleeping bag, well, that would be a problem because it would be many hours before they discovered the problem.

But facing the collapse of all civilization that is the least of our worries.

If and when you want to know what this is all about, it would be impossible for me to lay it out more clearly than I have on the two sites below. In 10 minutes you would know quite a bit. In several hours you would know everything. Up to you.

Know that I will always love you, and know that I know you will always love me. Give my love to the boys, and new girl!

Day before yesterday, out of the blue I got an email from the greatest human rights activist in the world today, Diane Wilson, saying she was joining the Hunger Strike. Next to Dad, and he is not available, Diane is who I would most want to stand with me on this. It is overwhelmingly wonderful. She said yesterday, Start, I'm a loner like you. True. But she is a much beloved, widely recognized, much revered loner, and in joining this it increases by a factor of 1000 that others too will perk up, pay attention and weigh in.

Wealth of Meaning - THAT is the sunum bonum in life. Few, extremely few arrive at the level of Wealth I've achieved. I am so blessed I can't absorb it all. And I want to much for others to have their share.

My health is shockingly good, and I suspect that will continue for another 3 weeks or so. I've lost about 17 pounds so far and have body fat still.

A sister, guardian angel, really, and fellow fighter, brings me water every day without fail, checks up on me, nags me to come in.

Zero problem from the police. They always cut me a lot of slack. They respect courage and sacrifice. Although one bad apple could have me in jail in a heartbeat.
Your loving brother forever, no matter what,

Start Loving
...
WAGE LOVE OR DIE (NO 3RD OPTION ANY LONGER EXISTS).

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HUNGER STRIKE DAY #23 - Diane Wilson in Texas, Start Loving in DC

In DC Hunger Strike / Hill Occupation Start Loving resumes on Day 23 after a 2 day pause for planning, communication and healing.

In Texas, international Human Rights activist Diane Wilson (An Unreasonable Woman www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/unreasonablewoman ) joins the Hunger Strike in Texas.

Inquiries are best directed to Ellen Thomas (et@nucnews.net).

Regarding the Campaign:

****** THE CAMPAIGN ON ONE PAGE ******


CAMPAIGN AND TEAM / COMPREHENSION PREREQUISITE:

Read and fully digest Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13.
Available pdf:
The Great Mobilization (pdf) http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB3/pb3ch13.pdf
Available Video (1 hr): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XkbuhLFIX8
THE SKIPPING OF THIS STEP IS OUR STRAGIC THREAT - IT WILL KILL US. PLEASE MASTER IT NOW. I BEG YOU NOT TO DELAY, NOT TO MISS THIS STEP.

PURPOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN:


By mid February 2009, before the finalization of the Stimulus package achieve a $200 billion shift from Defense to PeaceMaking that we will-

1. Prevent the imminent and wholly avoidable planetary life support collapse from continued unbridled global warming whose first manifestation would be the drowning out of 600 million worldwide in low coastal areas that will otherwise submerge under the certain rise of 39 feet of water when the ice sheets go in Greenland and the West Antarctic. (Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13)

2. Forever cut out the heart of the monster of U.S. empire whose ever-present swath of death and destruction is currently manifest in Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iran, failed international states doubling every year, civilization-threatening climate change, New Orleans, Inner City Schools, hemoraging US economy, crumbling infrastructure, decimated US world image, cancerous health care system, .... (Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13, and common sense. "A nation that year after year spends more on military defense than it spends on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." MLK exactly 1 year to the day before they killed him for saying these words. )

DESCRIPTION OF THE CAMPAIGN:

World-class nonviolent action (participants lay their own lives on the line) with two distinct, self-reinforcing aspects:

1. Hunger Strike with a Hill 24 hr/day Occupation component as an unmistakable statement of the life and death urgency;

2. Sheroic, informed, disciplined and relentless "organizing (recruiting, deployment, PR, collateral materials, blogs, web sites...)," and Hill lobbying starting with the "good guys" like Kucinich and under their guidance spreading out to a sufficient number of congressfolks to assure the $200 Billion shift, before the stimulus package is finalized in mid February. Note: Although Start is the birth mother of this whole thing, this "baby" will be immediately "adopted" by the core team. Start will quickly move to the background on all but the Hunger Strike / Occupation; although he will remain in the loop.

CAMPAIGN COMPLETION:

When the highly trusted Dennis Kucinich presents clearly to the campaign team that the $200 Billion Shift is a certainty.

EXTREMELY FAVORABLE BUT CONSTRAINED POLITICAL REALITY:

1. Obama can be expected at minimum to be personally in favor of this campaign, and probably extremely desirous. The same can be expected not only of the "good guys" but by up to 2/3's of Congress, the Senate and the public at large. But this will remain entirely hidden, until our work is well underway. Although anecdotal, Start, with many months experience with the dynamic of Congress on the Hill passing him outdoors, has detected a readiness that is surprising to all, including Congress, among up to 2/3's of those he encounters. This is the time. If not now, when? If not, here, where? If not us, who?

2. Prospective "campaign members" from Code Pink, WILPF, and others known to us - we expect that from 2 to 20 people of an extremely sheroic and humane nature may well join as our sheroic commitment becomes more manifest. However, as the nature of this being a particularly extreme version of nonviolence, until the last days, this campaign will be of and for the most extremely courageous, mature, self-starting, high initiative type of "activist." It will neither be for, nor accepting of those not so far along, as this would be a disservice and actually highly dangerous to these relatively unprepared folks, and to the campaign itself.

2. We perceive that it is political suicide for even the "good guys" to propose or initially champion a $200 billion shift, and we want NOT to place either Obama or the other "good guys" in such a dangerous position. Hence WE are the force, the 4th branch of government who through this campaign will give the political cover in reality on this issue. But we expect that after we place our lives on the line for this issue there will quickly, but with some pregnant pause, unfold a catalytic reaction of passionate and courageous action from even some within Congress, and maybe from within the Senate (Who? Ted Kennedy?)

REASON FOR SUCCESS:

1. With the Emperor's / Empire's clothes totally gone ($1 trillion on Defense is ridiculously absurd in the context of the Truth of US today), all that is left is for this to be ruthlessly and inescapably pointed out. America is bleeding to death from its trillion dollar per year "Entitlement" to Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Blackwater... and their Corporate Sponsors - Exxon, Texaco, Halliburton, the revolving door military....

2. The "meteor" twin of CO2 global warming and consequent failed state terrorism as the #1 national security threat, about to destroy life support on earth, is now visible to the naked eye through the telescope of Plan B 3.0, currently in the hands of virtually every member of congress.

3. The campaign team now assembling consists of vision and proven courage and commitment not seen since the 1960's when so much good was generated in America - a time of miracles then, the stuff of miracles now.

TACTICAL ELEMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN:

1. Hunger Strike Hill Occupation 24 hours per day to resume by Sunday conducted by Start Loving. This has been and will remain the central reactor, the central Soul Force driving the urgency and courage infusing the entire campaign. Additional Hunger Strikers may or may not join in DC or nation-wide. This is probably NOT the area where quantity of force is required. Sunday will be approaching day 25 for Loving, leaving an estimated 25 days of life-support left - exactly the right amount of time to drive urgent achievement of victory.

2. Sheroic, Ferocious, Tenacious, Informed, LIFE-ON-THE-LINE Lobbying of Congress to be organized by Diane Wilson, Liz Hourican, Gael Murphy with the support and growing cooperation of Code Pink, Prop 1. and WILPF. A. Descend on, ENLIST, and EMPOWER the "good guys:" Kucinich - the champion of US Peace Force; Norton - 13 year sponsor of Military Conversion Act; Woolsey - sponsor of Economic Conversion Act; Barney Frank who in October called for 25% cut in Defense.... With this virtual planning team identify and execute a Hill Takeover plan.

THE ULTIMATE DRIVER AND SUCCESS FACTOR OF THIS CAMPAIGN:

Failure is not an option. This is a "military," 'take no prisoners' campaign (we activists are the "prisoners" :-) . Failure means the collapse of global civilization as the political tipping points will have been irreversibly eclipsed by the environmental tipping points leading ultimately planetary life-support collapse - civilization collapse. (Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13). This is the indisputable conclusion of 1000's of the world's greatest scientists. Our guiding ethos is "Live as though the entire world depends on what we do here, and realize that what we do will probably make no difference at all. The fate of humanity does in fact depend on what we do here. We are willing to fail, but we are, with our very lives, unwilling not to give it the "last measure of our devotion."

1.09.2009

DAY #22 AND HOLDING. RETURN TO HILL / OCCUPATION SUNDAY MORNING.

Hi.

At the request of some of our country's, some of the world's great sheroes I came off the Hill for several days.

They were exactly right. This has allowed for some extraordinary planning and communication culminating in the following which enables me to share the Vision that possesses me, for anyone that wants to see:

****** THE CAMPAIGN ON ONE PAGE ******

...and for anyone that can see it, and mobilize, too.

In addition, I am more depleted than I'd realized. For the first 24 hours off the Hill I was too exhausted to really sleep.

Now I can sleep and I expect to spend the next 36 hours doing so.

Sunday morning I expect to return to the Hill.

The only role that I am equipped to fill of the two outlined on the "One Page" is the Hunger Strike to the end. And I can do that well.

By being off the Hill now, I can only distract those that could, if they too become possessed,if I cann avoid obscuring the "vision" that is there not to see, can execute the 2nd portion of the "One Page" plan. (see"SIGHT" IS WITH THE EYES. "VISION" IS WITH THE HEART and you may understand what I mean.)

Returning to my cave, now....

"SIGHT" IS WITH THE EYES. "VISION" IS WITH THE HEART.

THE ANNOYING BACKGROUND IMAGE:
SORRY, BUT IT WAS NECESSARY.

Try this first:



If not, this:

video

Cut War Fund Peace $200B Fast Campaign Outline

***a work in progress***

CAMPAIGN AND TEAM / COMPREHENSION PREREQUISITE:

Read and fully digest Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13.
Available pdf:
The Great Mobilization (pdf) http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB3/pb3ch13.pdf
Available Video (1 hr): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XkbuhLFIX8
THE SKIPPING OF THIS STEP IS OUR STRAGIC THREAT - IT WILL KILL US. PLEASE MASTER IT NOW. I BEG YOU NOT TO DELAY, NOT TO MISS THIS STEP.

PURPOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN:


By mid February 2009, before the finalization of the Stimulus package achieve a $200 billion shift from Defense to PeaceMaking that we will-

1. Prevent the imminent and wholly avoidable planetary life support collapse from continued unbridled global warming whose first manifestation would be the drowning out of 600 million worldwide in low coastal areas that will otherwise submerge under the certain rise of 39 feet of water when the ice sheets go in Greenland and the West Antarctic. (Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13)

2. Forever cut out the heart of the monster of U.S. empire whose ever-present swath of death and destruction is currently manifest in Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iran, failed international states doubling every year, civilization-threatening climate change, New Orleans, Inner City Schools, hemoraging US economy, crumbling infrastructure, decimated US world image, cancerous health care system, .... (Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13, and common sense. "A nation that year after year spends more on military defense than it spends on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." MLK exactly 1 year to the day before they killed him for saying these words. )

DESCRIPTION OF THE CAMPAIGN:

World-class nonviolent action (participants lay their own lives on the line) with two distinct, self-reinforcing aspects:

1. Hunger Strike with a Hill 24 hr/day Occupation component as an unmistakable statement of the life and death urgency;

2. Sheroic, informed, disciplined and relentless "organizing (recruiting, deployment, PR, collateral materials, blogs, web sites...)," and Hill lobbying starting with the "good guys" like Kucinich and under their guidance spreading out to a sufficient number of congressfolks to assure the $200 Billion shift, before the stimulus package is finalized in mid February. Note: Although Start is the birth mother of this whole thing, this "baby" will be immediately "adopted" by the core team. Start will quickly move to the background on all but the Hunger Strike / Occupation; although he will remain in the loop.

CAMPAIGN COMPLETION:

When the highly trusted Dennis Kucinich presents clearly to the campaign team that the $200 Billion Shift is a certainty.

EXTREMELY FAVORABLE BUT CONSTRAINED POLITICAL REALITY:

1. Obama can be expected at minimum to be personally in favor of this campaign, and probably extremely desirous. The same can be expected not only of the "good guys" but by up to 2/3's of Congress, the Senate and the public at large. But this will remain entirely hidden, until our work is well underway. Although anecdotal, Start, with many months experience with the dynamic of Congress on the Hill passing him outdoors, has detected a readiness that is surprising to all, including Congress, among up to 2/3's of those he encounters. This is the time. If not now, when? If not, here, where? If not us, who?

2. Prospective "campaign members" from Code Pink, WILPF, and others known to us - we expect that from 2 to 20 people of an extremely sheroic and humane nature may well join as our sheroic commitment becomes more manifest. However, as the nature of this being a particularly extreme version of nonviolence, until the last days, this campaign will be of and for the most extremely courageous, mature, self-starting, high initiative type of "activist." It will neither be for, nor accepting of those not so far along, as this would be a disservice and actually highly dangerous to these relatively unprepared folks, and to the campaign itself.

2. We perceive that it is political suicide for even the "good guys" to propose or initially champion a $200 billion shift, and we want NOT to place either Obama or the other "good guys" in such a dangerous position. Hence WE are the force, the 4th branch of government who through this campaign will give the political cover in reality on this issue. But we expect that after we place our lives on the line for this issue there will quickly, but with some pregnant pause, unfold a catalytic reaction of passionate and courageous action from even some within Congress, and maybe from within the Senate (Who? Ted Kennedy?)

REASON FOR SUCCESS:

1. With the Emperor's / Empire's clothes totally gone ($1 trillion on Defense is ridiculously absurd in the context of the Truth of US today), all that is left is for this to be ruthlessly and inescapably pointed out. America is bleeding to death from its trillion dollar per year "Entitlement" to Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Blackwater... and their Corporate Sponsors - Exxon, Texaco, Halliburton, the revolving door military....

2. The "meteor" twin of CO2 global warming and consequent failed state terrorism as the #1 national security threat, about to destroy life support on earth, is now visible to the naked eye through the telescope of Plan B 3.0, currently in the hands of virtually every member of congress.

3. The campaign team now assembling consists of vision and proven courage and commitment not seen since the 1960's when so much good was generated in America - a time of miracles then, the stuff of miracles now.

TACTICAL ELEMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN:

1. Hunger Strike Hill Occupation 24 hours per day to resume by Sunday conducted by Start Loving. This has been and will remain the central reactor, the central Soul Force driving the urgency and courage infusing the entire campaign. Additional Hunger Strikers may or may not join in DC or nation-wide. This is probably NOT the area where quantity of force is required. Sunday will be approaching day 25 for Loving, leaving an estimated 25 days of life-support left - exactly the right amount of time to drive urgent achievement of victory.

2. Sheroic, Ferocious, Tenacious, Informed, LIFE-ON-THE-LINE Lobbying of Congress to be organized by Diane Wilson, Liz Hourican, Gael Murphy with the support and growing cooperation of Code Pink, Prop 1. and WILPF. A. Descend on, ENLIST, and EMPOWER the "good guys:" Kucinich - the champion of US Peace Force; Norton - 13 year sponsor of Military Conversion Act; Woolsey - sponsor of Economic Conversion Act; Barney Frank who in October called for 25% cut in Defense.... With this virtual planning team identify and execute a Hill Takeover plan.

THE ULTIMATE DRIVER AND SUCCESS FACTOR OF THIS CAMPAIGN:

Failure is not an option. This is a "military," 'take no prisoners' campaign (we activists are the "prisoners" :-) . Failure means the collapse of global civilization as the political tipping points will have been irreversibly eclipsed by the environmental tipping points leading ultimately planetary life-support collapse - civilization collapse. (Plan B 3.0 Chapter 13). This is the indisputable conclusion of 1000's of the world's greatest scientists. Our guiding ethos is "Live as though the entire world depends on what we do here, and realize that what we do will probably make no difference at all." The fate of humanity does in fact depend on what we do here. We are willing to fail, but we are, with our very lives, unwilling not to give it the "last measure of our devotion."

1.07.2009

How many more will progressives kill to avoid making a stand?

What do you mean "how many more will progressives kill to avoid making a stand?!" Two examples: Progressives, peace activists, Catholic Workers... "know," that -
  • "Knowledge is power." Sir Francis Bacon
  • "With power comes great responsibilities." Common
  • 600 million people are soon to be drowned off their land because we do not make a stand for an immediate and escalating carbon tax.
  • 500 people more are now dead in Palestine because we will not make a stand against the $1 trillion U.S. defense budget.
"False" you say! Progressives, etc. DO make a stand. Hmmm. Not by any historical measure:
  • Making a stand were elementary students in Soweto.
  • Making a stand were activists in Seattle to stop the WTO.
  • Making a stand were Americans walking to work for a year in Montgomery during the bus boycott.
  • Making a stand, as mistaken as it is, are young Americans in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"…the great stumbling block …[is the] moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to the positive peace which is the presence of justice." Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are three ways to respond to the need to "make a stand," to participate in life and death struggle, such as the two mentioned above:
  1. Cowardice - By-standing, on-looking including talking, blogging, writing, criticizing, tepid, low risk, "symbolic," "sacramental," activism (banner drops, 1 day arrests, etc., 2 hour marches, candle light vigils....)
  2. Violence - Putting the other guy's life on the line - terrorism as practiced by the U.S., Israel and Hamas.
  3. Nonviolence - Putting your OWN life on the line (see examples above, Soweto, etc.).
  4. There is no 4th way. We've all read Zinn's People's History, etc. All significant change comes when, and only when people make a stand - putting their very lives on the line.
Why are these the only options? Because the forces of destruction DO put their lives on the line. They are NOT fighting "symbolic," or "sacramental" fights. The Military - Corporate - Industrial complex fights smart, to win. They DO put your life AND thier lives on the line. Cowards always lose. Cowards always lose.

"
More and more I feel that people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will." Martin Luther King, Jr.


"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate of for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?" Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is past time, and in 4 more weeks it will be too late for Progressives, peace activists, Catholic Workers... to make a stand.

And there is one and only one strategic place to focus for any all of your goals to be won (Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Environment..). The place of strategic focus is the defense budget. This is the root cause for which Palestine, Iraq, Iran... are the symptoms. Lester Brown says so. Howard Zinn says so. Barney Frank said so. Medea Benjamin said so.

Sanity, humanity, common knowledge says so. Now, January 2o09 is the time to make a stand:
  1. Headlines today - U.S. faces trillion dollar deficits for years to come.
  2. Headlines today - U.S. needs a trillion dollar stimulus.
  3. Russia spends $45 billion on Defense.
  4. China spends $60 billion on Defense.
  5. "A nation that year after year spends more money on the military than it does on social uplift, is facing spiritual death." Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1967, the Truth of which Dr. King was shot for exactly one year later to the day.
  6. The U.S. is bleeding to death from $1 trillion in defense spending.
  7. If we immediately shift $200 billion from Defense (death and destruction) to PeaceBuilding (Life and construction) we WILL head off the drowning of 600 million by global warming and head off the #1 threat to U.S. security - failing states - Lester Brown, Plan B 3.o. And we can achieve all of the other Progressive agenda items.
Today I spoke to 40 or so congress folks about the need to cut Defense, as they streamed out of the Capitol.
  • 1/3 said "I agree."
  • 1/3 made no response, but clearly they "heard" the truth of this.
  • 1/3 tried hard not to hear, but obviously could not avoid hearing it. "The truth crushed to earth will rise again!" Marin Luther King, Jr.
  • Although they could avoid eye contact with me, not one was able to avoid the issue hitting their conscience !
The Defense Budget is the elephant in the room that no one is talking about. The Defense Budget is totally indefensible today if we will only make heroic, life on the line stand against it!

Progressives, now is the time to make a stand, in D.C., with your lives, demanding the shifting of $2oo billion from Defense to PeaceBuilding as called for by "Plan B 3.o," Lester Brown.

Progressives, take a leave of absence from work, risk your personal connections and relations, lay down your lives for your children and grand-children, nieces and nephews. A few of you should join me on Hunger Strike / 24 hr per day Occupation of the Hill. But most of you should mount the most sheroic, unflinching lobbying / sitting in of strategic, "good guy" Hill offices ever seen in DC - Barney Frank, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders, Eleanor Holmes Norton (Prop 1 Economic Conversion Act sponsor every year since 1993) until they join us and help guide us to victory. Ellen Thomas, http://prop1.org can give you good guidance here. AND, also lobby everyone and every group you know to join you.

Progressives, if forces overt, covert, conscious and unconscious can keep you sidelined, distracted, diverted (what Obama does, the Inauguration, etc.), cowardly by-standing for just 4 more weeks, until after the stimulus package is set, you will have been defeated in all of your causes, forever. Why? The tipping points - political and environmental to do with global life support collapse and failed state proliferation will be beyond reversal! Scientific fact. Your enemies, the corporate - military - industrial complex will have won for time immemorial. Is that OK with you?

It is time to put up, or it is time for us to shut up. Let's put up.

Start Loving,
Day #22 Hunger Strike 24 hour per day Occupation, Capitol Hill, outside Cannon House Office building, Making a Stand for $200 Billion shift from WarMaking to PeaceBuilding - Plan B 3.o.

http://www.YouTube.com/StartLoving1
http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB3/pb3book.pdf

If anything happens to me

The laptop I use belongs to Dave and Mary Rachel along with the Tosheba drive in my backpack and the LaCie drive on the desk in the room I use; and the DVD drives both under the desk and one in the drawer in a case that goes into the Laptop itself.

The solar panel Prop1/Ellen got me - Ellen the packaging is carefully in the room I use - check to see if it is within 30 days of delivery (Jan 7). If so return it to them for 100% refund minus shipping. Otherwise please sell it.

Duracell 600 watt battery - please give it to Liz Hourican with Code Pink.

Warm clothing, other clothing - please give it to whomever needs it.

My books - please give to Dave and Mary Rachel.

"SAVED..." FROM A MEANINGLESS LIFE. THIS IS THE ENTIERETY OF THE MEANING; THE ENTIRETY OF WHAT JESUS DIED FOR.

Is There Anything the Individual Can Still Do? Franz Jagerstatter

Note: Hunger Strike / Hill Occupation Day #21. Washed off the Hill for some of the next 2 days. Resting and writing. Hunger Strike continues although some liquid nourishment will be consumed to counteract the all day marching, exposure to the elements and lack of reclined sleep. My goal in this is NOT to delay the ultimate climax by even an hour, but to remain functional longer than otherwise.


{{NOTE: A NON "DEISTIC" JESUS, JESUS THE NON-VIOLENT WARRIOR WAS GANDHI'S #1 HERO, HIS #1 MODEL, ICON, IDOL. ARE YOU WISER, BETTER THAN GANDHI? I AM NOT.

"I like your Christ.
I do NOT like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Gandhi}}


Bio: An Austrian peasant, Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter refused to serve in the Nazi army following Germany’s invasion of Austria. His courageous and singular refusal was based in a deeply pietistic Catholicism. His story, and his reflections, are a moving testimony to the moral responsibility of the individual as opposed to the obligations of the state. The excerpt that follows is from a letter written during his imprisonment.

Quotations from this essay:

"One really has no cause to be astonished that there are those who can no longer find their way in the great confusion of our day. People we think we can trust, who ought to be leading the way and setting a good example, are running along with the crowd. No one gives enlightenment, whether in word or in writing. Or, to be more exact, it may not be given. And the thoughtless race goes on, always closer to eternity. As long as conditions are still half-good, we don’t see things quite right, or that we could or should do otherwise."

"I realize, too, that today many words would accomplish little more than make one highly eligible for prison. Yet, in spite of this, it is not good if ... leaders remain silent year after year. By “words” I mean, of course, instruction; but example gives direction. Do we no longer want to see [activists] who are able to take a stand in the darkness around us in deliberate clarity, calmness, and confidence—who, in the midst of tension, gloom, selfishness, and hate, stand fast in perfect peace and cheerfulness— who are not like the floating reed which is driven here and there by every breeze—who do not merely watch to see what their friends will do but, instead, ask themselves, “What does our faith teach us about this?” or “Can my conscience bear this so easily that I will never have to repent?”

If road signs were ever stuck so loosely in the earth that every wind could break them off or blow them about, would anyone who did not know the road be able to find his way? And how much worse it is if those to whom one turns for information refuse to give him an answer or, at most, give him the wrong direction just to be rid of him as quickly as possible!"

More like this at the single greatest repository of nonviolent essays: http://peaceandnonviolence.blogspot.com

1.05.2009

Hunger Stike / Hill Occupation Terminated Day #18

...almost. I am so sorry.

Several times yesterday I came within seconds of terminating the Hunger Strike. I am so exhausted, depleted, hungry, isolated, in pain, cold....

But I can't. I can't face your child if I do. I can't face you, when you come to your senses if I do. I can't face your niece over the destruction of her planet, and her civilization; I can't face the 600 million we are about to drown with our murderous, totally unnecessary addiction to fossil fuel; I can't face the Palestinians being murdered and imprisoned by your addiction to Imperial Power ($1 trillion per year on military; China spends $60 billion.) I can't face the 40 million aids victims and their millions of orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa that our military addiction precludes us from helping; I can't face your grandchildren who scream at me, "Why didn't you put it all on the line to change the Spirit, the Nature, the very Core Values of America in January 2009 that you KNEW to be our last chance to do so; our only chance...."

I pray, I PRAY I find the strength to leave here the only way a Human Being, someone of Conscience, Courage and Humanity CAN leave this issue at this time - in victory ($200B shift from Death and Destruction to Life and Construction achieved), in an Ambulance or in a hearse.

I don't know if I have the Strength, Courage, Humanity, Sanity, Compassion or Wisdom. Sorry if I do not. I pray that I do.