THE STARSHIP OF LOVE
Parliament House scaffolding
In Westminster. Erected fast and efficiently.
Plenty of money and action for politicians’ halls
to be prettified.
Grenfell Tower – Blackened, ruined shell
Stretching silent, black agony to the skies.
Victims? Where? No voice for the blackened bones
contorted in agony, clutching phones transmitting love to
family, loved ones, friends as death approached.
Forgotten. Airbrushed to invisibility.
Live victims/survivorsf – shadows in the cupboards.
Shame hidden under silence.
Not in our names.
Time to shine our light:
We are One World. One Family. One Starship of Love
Dead schoolchildren, teachers shot to pieces,
Money for more guns, none for teachers or
Families shredded by monstrous murders.
Brave survivors betrayed by blood-soaked
Political leaders dancing in the millions of dollars
Donated by the murderous National Rifle Association.
Not in our names.
Time to shine our Light:
We are One World. One Family. One Starship of Love.
3. The World
Suicide bombers in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
US drones dropping murder from a distance.
Tortured bodies – babies, children, parents, sisters, brothers,
Aunts, uncles, grandparents: laid out in rows in Syria from the bombs
Of Russia, the US, Turkey, Assad.
Gaza – Palestinian families, starving, water denied, bombs from screaming jets
Funded for Israel by the US armaments machine.
Black men lined up in slave markets in Libya, silent,
Terrified, dreams of freedom shredded.
Not in our Names.
Shine our Light:
We are one world. One family. One Starship of Love.
4. The Flight of The Starship of Love
Not in the name of us lovers: we care, we are not separate.
We dream of our brothers and sisters,
Of humanity united, standing together,
Woven together by the starry web spun by the galactic forces,
dropping like gossamer clouds to imbue us with oneness.
We are not the separate, selfish parts of a fractured world.
We who love, who care, who see ourselves as part of the star song of
Our united humanity,
baby boomers, generation X, millenials
we stand together/united as we
link arms, hearts, souls
To build the Starship of Love,
Hearts enfolding each other into a great march of humanity,
Building long tables of resistance, compassion, love,
equality, tolerance, open arms,
Shining our Light!
WE WILL BE INVINCIBLE!
Last week I saw a message posted on Facebook claiming that Muslim parents at a Maryborough School in Australia (unclear whether in Queensland or Victoria) had demanded that pork be removed from the schools’ menu along with a strident response from a council official. It was a hoax, originally perpetuated in Belgium, then re-phrased in various countries to reflect the local circumstances.
I saw people up in arms and indignant about this so-called demand, with no effort made to check whether it was true or not. I saw something similar a while back which claimed to have been written by the Prime Minister of Canada/Australian Prime Minster Rudd and Prime Minister Gillard. So easy to believe the worst of those of Islamic faith without bothering to check the truth.
These circulars are written by hateful people trying to stir discord and prejudice, which is disgraceful in itself. But just as sad is the fact that people rise to the bait and circulate these hoaxes without even bothering to check facts, because it appeals to their prejudices. Even worse, when it’s pointed out that these messages are hoaxes, too many people say it accords with their beliefs and won’t delete what are basically lies – just like the lies peddled every day by Trump in the United States.
At a time when all too many are trying to foment divisions between various sections of society, the reality is that together – Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, people with different sexual choices, the poor, the marginalised, the disadvantaged, the middle classes – we are far more powerful than the forces which try to divide and rule.
This sort of hatred and division led to the horrors of the Third Reich, World War 2 and concentration camps. I believe that those of us with good faith, embracing love, compassion, tolerance and truth can do far better than the hate-mongers. We can speak truth and love, we can hear truth and love, we can live truth and love.
If you look back at history, you can see that the means of production is always changing, improving the way in which production is carried out, BUT usually with horrendous results for those thrown out of jobs as innovation destroys old ways of producing things.
It’s always struck me that resisting is a very short-term way of thinking and that, if we’re forward-looking, we can harness changes to benefit the great majority, and not just enrich the coffers of the billionaire class.
So if we look at what’s happening today with the technological revolution, robots, driverless cars and trucks, etc., then we – the people – need to be considering how we turn these changes to our advantage. I’m certainly not saying I have all the answers but I do believe that, if we act instead of reacting, we have huge opportunities to create vastly different communities, ones where creativity is nourished,where all people are respected and treated with compassion, and where education is a joy rather than the grinding chore it has been turned into today by mindless bureaucrats trying to churn out badly educated robots for business moguls.
We also need to see the world as a community of individuals, supporting and respecting each other, and organising for peaceful coexistence.
Life is more than being on a joyless treadmill, working to pay the bills or worrying how to make ends meet if you lose your job. It’s far more than sending young men and women to die horrible deaths on battle fields along with the “collateral damage” of killing the civilian population.
We can look at shorter working weeks; sustenance payments to everyone; creative education outlets to build a thriving artistic and literary aspect of society; and so on and so on. We can support politicians who oppose war and support international cooperation.
I don’t have particular answers but I can see the shoots springing up of new ways or producing and new ways of living.
And as I said in my previous post, I’m an optimist and I think humanity can move onwards and upwards with grace and flair towards building completely new ways of operating communities for the general good. Just takes some imagination, co-operation and love!
We are literally at a huge turning point in humanity history where Western white dominance is starting to fade away as rainbow nations in the East particularly come to the fore to replace the mono-culture of the past few centuries.
More than that, the dominance of a small, filthy rich elite is in such contrast to declining fortunes for the rest of us that the whole system of big business monopoly is becoming more and more untenable.
Will this happen overnight? Of course not. It’s rather like a giant aircraft carrier starting to change tack, very slowly, and for sure – as the white vote for Trump has shown – those who have benefited from the old system are going to put up a lot of resistance.
But all we’ve got to do is look at the upsurge of people’s action in all shapes and forms since Trump got elected as president. There’s huge cause for optimism for fundamental change – just let’s keep our eyes on a better system and don’t let change be derailed by the old elite as it was in Egypt.