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Singing to the choir, crying in the wilderness

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Hello again dear Readers. Today’s post is my personal rant on ‘things as they stand now,’ concerning the world and people’s consciousness. Make of it what you will. Or skip it if you are in a really upbeat mood.

Shortly said, I am pretty discouraged and disgusted about now. For all that I read about humanity’s collective ascension into a higher consciousness (i.e., 5th dimensionality and beyond), as I look out upon the world at large, to be honest, I see only a small fraction of folk who are even interested in raising themselves higher than basic survival, higher than hero and villain, us and them, fear and fearlessness.

Politics aside, I will take a small but significant example: popular literature, especially geared for younger readers. Today I received an email from Amazon, with their ‘best picks of 2013 so far” list I randomly selected a few to find out what they considered “best.” Here is one of their choices, The Fifth Wave  by Rick Yancey.

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”

The reviewers wrote,

Yancey’s heartfelt, violent, paranoid epic, filled with big heroics and bigger surprises, is part War of the Worlds, part Starship Troopers, part Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and part The Stand . . a sure thing for reviewers and readers alike.”

“Breathtakingly fast-paced and original, The 5th Wave is a reading tsunami that grabs hold and won’t let go. A postapocalyptic alien invasion story with a smart, vulnerable heroine.”

 (note: as I was posting this blog, there were 10 different blog posts about this novel, so far. ahem….)

Vulnerable heroines are all well and fine, but what gets to me about this kind of fiction is the push to sell novels on the recommendation that it is a ‘violent and paranoid postapocalyptic alien invasion story.’ I suppose I am a naïve human in many ways, but it is truly beyond me as to what is charming about envisioning this kind of world to live in. Are people really so bored with their regular lives that they feel the need to fill their free time with visions of horror, violence, greed, and fascist supremacist dictators controlling the poor, wretched last humans to survive on the wasted earth? I mean, is that really fun reading? If yes, I want to understand WHY.

Today was my last day with my class of Danish 8th graders before the summer holidays begin. At the request of one of them, we watched the film The Hunger Games together. For those of you who don’t know the story, it takes place in a not-too-distant future where the United States had an uprising, and the result was that it became split into twelve districts. The rebellion was squashed, and as a kind of punishment (forever more, apparently) there are yearly ‘games’ held with one teenager from each district, in a survival of the fittest style, where they kill one another until there is one sole survivor, who ‘wins.’ Yeah, nice story line. To me it was a strange, surrealistic combination of The Olympics, Roman gladiator games and reality TV show with a futuristic slant. Yes, it had good suspense, and it held their attention. The question for me is, why do the kids accept these super-depressing futuristic world stories so easily, and enjoy watching people finding clever ways to kill each other, while working to survive themselves? We talked a little about the film after they watched it. None of them seemed very affected by it, and it was obvious that none felt it could ever be real.

big+brother+watching+you

When I was in high school, one of the novels that was required reading in English literature class was, of course, 1984 by George Orwell. I remember that I did not enjoy reading that book, and how depressing was the world he had created. We joked with each other, even then, that ‘Big Brother is watching YOU!” Well, Orwell might have gotten the date wrong, but not the premise. The latest news bomb about the United States’ NSA spying on, well, anyone and everyone, brings it home very clearly. It makes a good case for ‘creating one’s own reality’ in a mass consciousness way. It is not a very far leap to the next level of this, where the earth becomes a real apocalyptic atrocity. Again I ask you all, WHY would the collective humanity WANT to create this kind of a reality? I am not speaking about the evil cabal, those shadowy rulers who are behind the scenes, running the show. No, I am referring to ALL of us, all those who are spending their cash on this form of ‘entertainment’ and thereby perpetuating it. Don’t people understand that the law of creation is pretty simple: you get what you focus on. Focus on death, destruction, fascist dictatorships, death games long enough, and presto: our brave new world.

No thanks. Dear Readers, those of you who have followed my blog and thoughts and heart for some time now know that I would like to live in a world that is the polar opposite of an apocalyptic hell, and have tried in various ways, to bring you all stories of hope, upliftment and inspiration. But today, I feel I am just singing to the choir. To the handful of you who faithfully read these words, I am very grateful for your virtual friendship and especially for your agreement that we must not give up our efforts to build a world based on Peace, Love, Beauty, Truth, Goodness and Freedom. I will always believe in these as the goal of humanity, until my dying breath. But taking a realistic look around, I can also see that we seem to be not much more than a candle in the wind at this point in time.

Why can't the 'others' be benevolent and good, instead of malicious and evil?

Why can’t the ‘others’ be benevolent and good, instead of malicious and evil?

As to the whole question of Aliens, I simply ask, why must it only be entertaining or interesting to imagine that they exist as malevolent creatures bent on our destruction? When actually, the total opposite is much more likely to be the truth: that there are Beings from other worlds who are utterly and benignly helping us lowly humans to wake up and find out who we actually are: beings of light and love, just like they are, and capable of miracles far greater than we can conceive of at this moment in our evolution. And what if, instead of being afraid and ready to use all of our puny human-made weapons to destroy them once they arrive to our world, we welcomed them with open arms, and felt glad that someone had come to help us out of this self-created mess of a world we now find ourselves in…. why won’t someone write a best-selling novel about that for a change? Why does fear sell so many books and movies and games, instead of love? Dear Readers, have you any theories about this phenomenon? Your ideas are always welcome here.

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Author: SingingBones

When we sing over the bones, we are calling the wild nature, the instinctive soul back, singing it alive again. To live with our wildness intact, is the greatest gift a woman can give herself. "It is the holy poetry and singing we are after." C.P. Estes

5 thoughts on “Singing to the choir, crying in the wilderness

  1. I certainly understand your despair as you look out into this hellish world. I see the same hellish world. AND I know that it is a manifestation of damaged, shadowy egos collectively projecting out a “world” that reflects their inner hellish beliefs, attitudes and values. And that is why apocalyptic novels and movie are so appealing..they “speak” to the shadow in each of us. My opinion……

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  2. I spent years demonstrating, speaking out and being ignored. I’ve had a close call back in Sacramento when the Police (read storm-troopers) came after us at the big GMO conference. There is still much to say but people will only hear what they wish to.

    The best I can do is to teach by example. It may sound trite, but it can bring about real change. I am just one, but one person, joined by one person…

    We cannot create a positive outcome with negative energy. 🙂

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    • Hi and thanks for your comment, Lea. I was at a very low point when I wrote this post, watching the Hunger Games movie brought me low again. Of course I agree with you that we can only effectively change this world one person at a time, linking to the next, as you say… so many are still so asleep, that it is difficult to gain enough momentum to really turn the world in a better direction…. like some enormous ship on a vast ocean….. it needs a lot of room and energy to change course. But not impossible!

      I have reflected a lot about what I wrote in this post…. I guess humans have a lot to learn about Death in general, what it is and is not…. and perhaps the biggest thing is to learn to not FEAR it so much. This would go a long way towards changing people’s attitudes and desire for wanting stories about humans tricking death and overcoming it.
      namaste, Leigh

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  3. Hi. I really love science fiction because of the possibilities I encounter. I agree that a lot focuses on the negative possibilities, but I look for the optimism. It is one reason why I like the Star Trek universe so much – lots of bad guys, but the main message is about working to maintain the right. Now you are a wonderful writer … I think you should take up your own challenge and write the novel you describe! It would also be a great assignment (short story size) for your students! Jane

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    • Geee….. thanks alot for your nice comment and encouragement, Jane! I too am a huge Star Trek fan…. I even got nostalgic and watched a couple of Next Generation episodes a few nights ago…. they were just so so good, so inteliigent and interesting. and you are right, the message is about working to maintain the good. I guess that is what got to me so much with the Hunger Games… I saw no real good in that story, save for the main character, who was more or less all alone in her goodness, far outweighed by the truly bad.
      I will reconsider the idea of writing a novel, part of me really wants to, but my physical body is giving me so much trouble these days that I do not have the energy for such a project. Still, I could at least come up with an outline and synopsis, and let the details come when they will. Thanks again for encouraging me and it is somehow comforting to know that you are there in Canada, writing and cooking and gardening and homemaking… all those ordinary and precious things that make this life worth living. Many blessings and love to you today, Leigh

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