We are here to make the best of it. To bring our best forth to meet it-- to meet what meets us in each situation as it arises, without caring what our chances are. How we meet the moment is the only thing that matters. If the moment walks all over us and leaves us flattened like some cartoon coyote steam-rolled on a desert highway, we have to pop back into shape and get ready for the next moment. Don't be afraid. Don't even hesitate. Just walk right into the moment, moment after moment, and give it your best, again. Treat every moment seriously without taking it serious. We give our best to the occasion at hand, and give our best to the next occasion, and all the ones after that, without worrying one bit about the outcomes of any of them. Give it your best and let the outcome be the outcome, without allowing it to distract you from the next moment that is already crashing into your life. Make the best of it with the best you have to offer, and get ready for the next one. We develop a rhythm after a while, and don't even bother with remembering wins and losses, and quit keeping score. Just get up and go into what's waiting, like Sisyphus with his stone ready for the next hill.
Things play themselves out as the backlash/rebound builds and revolt/revolution explodes to swing the pendulum back from its far extreme and people can breathe again for a while, then, Woops! here it comes the other way. Back and forth throughout time. Nothing is wrong with the still point of the turning world except for being boring to those with a yen for action, and an aversion to stillness and silence, who refuse to empty themselves of that and just be present for good in the lives of others. The yogis and the swammis, the sages and gurus have yet to erupt in violence and destroy all they can of civil-ization, so it can be done. And needs to be. Why not?
When we have no power and no control, we are left with witnessing against those with power and control. Nobody ever witnesses for-- in favor of--power and control. Only against it. Tells you all you need to know about power and control and those who wield it. After all, what is the point of having power and control if you aren't going to use it in behalf of your own interests and preferences? We use power and control to advance our own interests and preferences at the expense of everyone else. That's the name of the game. Leaving everyone else with capitulation or witnessing against power and control. I take up the cause of bearing witness against those who live to make life hell for everybody else. I'm talking about Republicans-- the wealthiest and most powerful Republicans, though those without wealth and power are to be called out as well for supporting and voting for the wealthiest and most powerful, and for dreaming of taking their own place among the wealthy and powerful Republicans in destroying what is good in the world and making wealth and power for its own sake the only good forever and always. A pox on Republicans! A curse on Republicans! Republicans are the bane of the earth! In Favor of Guns and Against Abortion!!! Make sense of that if you will! Guns are for killing-- for nothing but killing. Guns are retroactive abortions in the waiting. Republicans force women to carry their pregnancy to term and then allow children to be killed by gun bearing Junior Republicans in elementary schools across the nation, and in grocery stores, and in churches... The list is endless. Republicans are against anything that serves the good of the people at the expense of the wealthy and powerful. What is good for corporate profits is the only good. May Republicans bear the weight of their callous disregard for the well-being of the people in infamy for all eternity!
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