Standing Up For The Environment

Hi folks. I know the mainstream media hasn’t reported on it much (of course) but over 310,000 people showed up for yesterdays march in New York City to protest against climate change policy. It’s good to hear that more and more people are taking an interest in protecting our environment and coming out against our cultures insane dependance on petroleum. I hear today that they’ve gathered at Wall Street to protest the contribution of corporations to greenhouse gasses. Once again, it’s good that people are standing up to corporate and governmental idiocy. It really is up to us to straighten out the behavior of our civilization before it runs itself into the ground. It just goes to show that the general population has a better conception of how our culture should behave than the ruling classes do…Keep it up people! Remember folks, it’s not about one country verses another, democrat verses republican, or one religion verses another. It’s all about humanity verses corporate shortsightedness and greed.

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Roads Inward

Roads Inward

There are many ways to start your journey inward.
Truth be known, I think that sooner or later
pretty much every road leads inward
at some point along the line.

Some open the doors inward through
spirituality, mysticism, or philosophy
and a soul searching longing
to know how life is put together.

Some people begin out of necessity
when they suffer from life changing
events that give them shell shock
and they find the only way to see it through
is to travel the roads deep, deep inside.
Others begin after a very close brush with death
that opens their mind and spreads bare their soul.

Some begin their journey inward through science
when they become interested in anthropology,
sociology, psychology, biology, or even physics.
Most every path in science leads to introspection
if you are honest enough in your objectivity
and you travel far enough down the line.

My journeys begin as a teenager
when a couple of very gifted teachers
introduced me to the world of philosophy,
and to the notion that the knowledge and wisdom
of Man is not confined to one single worldview,
but the roads of truth are broad and many.
Not long after, when I was nineteen
I decided two very important things—
First, I decided that what I most wanted to do in life
was learn as many things as I could no matter where
it might lead me and so I let my natural curiosity
begin to point the way in my life.
Second, I began to call into question
virtually everything I had ever been taught.
As time passed, I realized I’d become a collector
of ideas and differing points of view.

As the years quickly rolled on,
although I didn’t realize it at the time,
through happenstance and circumstance,
life was very kind to offer up
just the sort to lessons I needed to learn.
Soon, I discovered that the farther
out into the world that you explore,
the more deeply you also look within
because all human perceptions about
the world around us are viewed through the filters
of the ideas floating around in our heads.

Along the way, after I had a couple very close
brushes with death by wrecking on motorcycles,
my eyes were opened to the notion
that every day is to be cherished, because no one knows
how long they’ve got on this Earth,
and I learned that it wasn’t enough
to merely know lots of things, that knowledge
is never complete until it’s been shared with others,
so, I began to write about some of the things I’d learned.

Many years have now gone by and much water
has passed beneath all the bridges I’ve crossed.
Each day, I still learn a new thing or two,
and I spend much of my time writing about
what I’ve learned over the long years behind.
I think perhaps among the most important things
I’ve learned is that you gotta believe in love
before you can believe in most anything else at all.

Dewey Dirks

Enculturation

Enculturation

The other day I was talking
to a young woman, bright eyed
and intelligent as she explained to me that
when she sold something
on Craigslist, she made sure
to arrange to meet potential
buyers in a public place in order
to guard against serial killers.
She didn’t realize, of course,
that the country
is as safe from violent crime
as it was forty years ago
when people didn’t lock their
doors at night and that her chances
of being shot by a cop were
much, much higher than being killed
by a serial killer.

Not long afterwords, I was having
a conversation about climate change
with a man in his fifties, intelligent,
full of experience and informed, as he mouthed
the corporate media’s misinformation explaining
to me that even though climate change
might be real, it couldn’t possibly
have been brought about by the
actions of Man not realizing that the link
between global carbon-dioxide levels
and the behavior of mankind since
the beginning of the industrial
revolution are a certain as the fact
that the ice-caps are melting.

A few days later, I was talking to another
man in his forties, liberal, and well informed
who mouthed the media’s liturgy in some detail
about how America has to guard
against more terrorists attacks
not thinking about the fact that
American soil hasn’t seen a terrorist
attack in alomst thirteen years.

As you leave the fog
that is the mass-media enculturation
of American society,
You begin to see how pervasive
and often misleading the institutions
of our culture have become.

The more you become aware of
the actual state of the world, three things
become resoundingly apparent—
First, virtually all of our mass-media
marches in lockstep with the desires
and goals of American
corporations, military and government.
They want you scared, obedient, and feeling
as though you’re dependent on them.
Second, our culture has trained millions
upon millions of people to be afraid
of everything from the cause
of their own daily aches and pains,
to the beliefs and goals of people
in other countries, to the motivations
and personalities of their own
next door neighbors.
And finally, you become
more and more conscious
of how unimpaired by fear your
journey through life can be.

After awhile, you discover you don’t even
need to be afraid of the institutions,
that are trying to control us,
because when you lie as much as
they do to as many people as they do,
you become increasingly incapable
of recognizing what’s real
and acting in your own best interests
until the day the truth walks up to you
and smacks you upside the head,
which explains our ruling classes
inept responses so far
to global warming, doesn’t it…

Dewey Dirks

Delusions

Delusions

The other morning
I had a long conversation
with a young man who suffered
from paranoid delusions.
Breathlessly he explained
to me how an insidious group
called the Bungalow Cabal
had been bugging his phone
and messing with his computer
for many years.
He said no one would help him
and that the cops and government
officials were in on it too.

Later in the day
I sat down at coffee
in a bar where everyone
was watching
the soccer championships
down in Brazil.

I had to ask myself
which is the greater delusion?
Those of a man
scared and all alone whose
point of view is socially unfashionable
and whose ideas hurt only himself,
or the international delusion
that it’s perfectly fine for a country
to spend many billions building
sports arenas on the broken backs
of poor people who need
food, clinics, and schools
and then broadcast
weeks of games while the police
and military rob the people
of their rights to protest the oppression
so the rest of the world can
enjoy the spectacle of soccer games
either unaware or uncaring
of all the mayhem.

Dewey Dirks

Education

Education

All the world
is pretty much the same everywhere.
There are cities full of people
and countryside outside of town
both farmed and wild.

All the world over,
we work daily,
come home and tend to our families.
There are people we talk to,
people we love, and many people
we see but do not know.

Don’t trust the sitcoms,
talkshows, and news to teach you.
Don’t depend on Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube…keep it real, my friend
Remember, your real education
begins when you leave college
and turn off your TV and smartphone.
All the world is around you all the time.
Nature is a teacher
who will not steer you wrong.

Let the world
and your neighborhood
be your school in life…
Learn from your intuition.
Let your soul teach you wisdom.
Look for kindness around you
—sometimes it’s subtle and hidden
by the false bravado and daily banter
of peoples pride.
We all live under one sky.
We all breath
the same kind of oxygen
and drink the same kind of water.
We all want to love and be loved
we all want happiness and to feel useful
we all feel fear and anxiety
from time to time.

The great lies of our time are three—
That national borders
make us different from one another.
That there is more
that is wrong in the world
than there is that is right.
And that our civilization has removed
us all so far from nature
that we cannot learn from it.

Dewey Dirks

Deep Inside

Deep Inside

We all have a great beauty
deep inside
but many times it is hidden
by an ugly ego
or a clump of ignorance.
It is up to each of us to journey
until we can feel and see
this beauty in ourselves,
in those around us,
and in the world.

When the beauty
of a persons soul
is near the surface
of their being
you can see
its brilliant radiance
shining clear and gentle
regardless of their
physical appearance.

Dewey Dirks

Uncharted

Uncharted

I’ve long wandered
waters uncharted,
never putting down my colors.
Fought Scylla and Kraken
among the blackest skies
on hurricane killer seas.
I’ve sailed, as well, across oceans
elegant and blue glass smooth
with beauty everywhere
in the golden air, on the far shores
and in the crystal blue sky
as far as my eyes could see.
I’ve been lost in the
roughest midnight
white water waves
only to find
a lighthouse beacon
as the final seconds
were quickly passing by me.
I’ve learned to set
my sails as high
as I can,
and let the
fresh spring gales
and deep blue currents
guide my way.
I’ve learned to navigate
by astrolabos,
by floating green seaweed,
by shallow rolling waves,
and by the shining stars
on the most distant of seas.

Now, I’m still a man who
likes a good laugh
and good company,
and like many,
I’ve come to see that
all of humanity is sailing
in waters vast and unknown.
Like many, I’ve used
what I’ve learned
to raise my voice
and give the clearest advice
I know how to give.

Whenever the seas
turn rough you can tell
there is some learning
to be done.
On broken, uncharted waters,
we humans are
in a three way race
between the awakening
of our souls,
the widening reach
of our technology
and the ravenous
and short sighted appetite
of our corporate greed.
On the horizon,
the skies are darkening
and dire storms
are soon to be
coming our way.

Think only of yourself
and you’re sure to lose.
Think only of yourself
and your buddies
and you might last
a few hours
through the first day.
Think of all of humanity,
and you might be there
when the storms have passed
and the skies
are clear once again.
Our entire species
is going to be threatened
and only by the deeds
of all of us together as equals
can Homo Sapiens
ever make it through.

Dewey Dirks