Back Against Wall?: Back to (Human) Nature, Washing & Watching One Another’s Backs

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Back Against Wall?: Back to (Human) Nature, Washing & Watching One Another’s Backs
by Ox

“Yes, sadly, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 makes it impossible for citizens to initiate litigation against cell tower companies for environmental/health reasons.” — Joyce Elders, former Surgeon General of the United States

“In my humble walled-in quarters in New Lanark, mechanical power and operations superintended by about 2,000 young persons and adults…now complete as much work as 60 years before would have required the entire working population of Scotland.” Robert Owen

For the Industrial Revolution — with all its benefits — human nature itself had to be changed so that people would come to think there was nothing strange about spending all their daylight hours in a closed room without seeing the sun, the trees and flowers or hearing the birds.

Ditto for our present talk about genetically engineered fish.

Ditto for the way in which we presently prepare for military confrontations, conduct wars.

(Along these lines) I have many, many other realms to cite, areas which today’s reader — what with her/his human nature has become — has, generally, no tolerance for…. [Pause.] Do you understand? In terms of what “human nature” was for the vast majority of its existence, by almost any standard… we have gone out of our minds, lost touch with our bodies, learned to disconnect from our environment, disrespect almost all of our natural connections. AND… we are not interested in the subject.


Take a break, if you will, to glance at the visuals at the two following links, and — then — listen and watch the Kinks.

Ray and Dave Davies and the boys from 1970, right-on, right around the first Earth Day

Directly above I’ve inserted a light touch, but… this is Tar Sands serious stuff. My family and I have found a place which we’d like to share with you, a spot on earth where what it means to be human still resonates with the rhythms and rhymes of earlier times.

I don’t know how to say it if you don’t get the thrust of what I’m suggesting you must do at this juncture. Yes, what I am saying without really knowing you. [Pause.] I’ve earned the right to be presumptious, I feel, having spent the last 18 months striving 24×8 to get others to work in solidarity… to deal with our horrid momentum… and having come up with less than nothing. Meaning, for the most part, I couldn’t even get people to say “Thanks, but no thanks” to my recommendations, requests for a rendezvous… to discuss issues at length. That coupled with the clear fact that our present collective choice — worldwide — is to learn to live cooperatively or face barbarity… and the former is doomed to fail.

I cannot in words describe — to draw from just one scenario unfolding — what will happen to “human nature” for us, for our children, their children if a single nuclear holocaust comes to pass. That neither the phrase Nuclear Winter nor the likelihood of leaks no longer elicits so much as a bat of the eyelash from our vast, unhinged majority says quite enough. [Pause.] For those who do know what that would entail, for those who understand clearly what our horrid momentum is all about (including non-nuclear holocausts in progress).

Most formal education today, especially within elite walls, is all about feeding that ecocidal momentum. Even in its alternative, politically correct realms. In activist circles, concerned citizens are essentially documenting, demonstrating and deluding themselves to death. [Pause.] I can elaborate upon that and all else above, upon request, of course.

But if you’re with me, if you’ve been able to follow the spine of my lines here, perhaps you’ll want to immediately get with me… to discuss what options you may have. For, as indicated above, my family has found an oasis out of the Wasteland. And although one cannot escape the momentum I speak of wherever one goes these days, there is something to be said about spending heartbeats with those whose human nature is not as tweaked as mainstream living requires. [Pause.] In a healthy, beautiful environment.

Yes, I am what they call a tree hugger. Do you want to make like a tree and leaf, you ape you? Do consider going about it all like the creatures featured in the two links above the Kinks clip, with… shall we say, low profile?

Contact Richard Martin Oxman (Ox) at 831-688-8038 or at any hour. As of the end of September, the family is perhaps six months away from departing the U.S. P.S. While it is true that all spots on earth have their downsides, there are certain fundamental failures domestically which do not rule the day — on a day to day basis — elsewhere. One slight, but worthwhile, insight into what I’m talking about can be gleaned from what my friend Martha Rosenberg posted this morning (9/29/10): The most blessed spots on earth these days will not be televised, not talked about by travel agents. I invite you to join hands with me and my family to create a new life. [Pause.] For it’s human nature to want to be living midst like-minded souls, no back against a wall.

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