Mi: Though I'd now call myself an "Evolutionary Revolutionary" I am, at least technically, still an Anarchist. I have traveled a fair amount, and after living the better part of decade in New York City have had quite a bit of contact with folks from all over the world. I spent a whole lot of time studying "the problems", decades actually, and while I think it is still important to have some understanding of things...I think it is much more valuable and important to live the solutions...being tolerant, compassionate and doing one's best to embody what you espouse.
As a person who feels that both the idea of nation-states, and the wage based slavery induced by the monetarily based world economic system, are inhuman, I am pretty aware of the horrendous conditions that exist for a large % of the people on this planet. There is the virtual slavery of terrible conditions, and then there is the legal possessing and selling of human beings as commodities, and while there is little difference from one perspective (which I think is valid) there is also the equally valid point that the ending of that more narrowly defined slavery was a vital part of the evolution of humanity. I also had a Women's Studies concentration in college, and am quite painfully aware of the conditions around the world. I am quite Goddess centered in my Spirituality, and actually took my Mother's maiden in large part to honor that Goddess Spirit...one that I hope, and believe is reawakening. There are countless stories of horror at any given time on this planet, but I'd argue that while there is much to still be done, that we have actually advanced a long way over the last few hundred years. It's far to easy to become mired in "how things are". I was there for years. This is purely personal, but I felt the weight of these things, and had a whole lot of anger for those that advanced the horrors. Not anymore. I honestly Love them. I Love George Bush, because he needs it, more than most. To have hate, anger, and fear is to feed their fire. To Love and forgive, and offer compassion to transform Life itself. I really do believe that there has been a great and important shift towards this, and I personally feel that the largest part of this has to do with the spreading of techniques for Spiritual realization that were once very esoteric, rarely experienced things (such as Yoga or Visionary Plant Shamanism) that are now becoming available to a large part of the Earth's population.
I am, in fact, a "soft" 2012er. Meaning that I agree with The Mayan & Inkan (or Incan if yo prefer) cosmology, as well as the work of Ethnobotonist Terence McKenna (who quantified the I-Ching into a fractal wave graphing time's deployment into dense and linear fashion here) and countless others who point to 12/21/2012 as a vital date. The shift may be subtle, or not, but I do think it will be sublime. Evolution seems to roll along, and then take place in leaps. You don't need a majority (51% of the population) to bring about this leap, you just need a ceratain "critical mass" operating at a very high vibration.
I really thank you for sharing your experiences with me. I know a few folks who have lived where you do, or have relatives who do, or have visited there. There are quite a few places on the globe where the situation is, for want of a better term, very glaring, and in your face. It is important, and difficult work that is being done there, by anyone who tries to remain aware, open, and unjaded or disillusioned. You sincerely have my undying gratitude for your courage and fortitude in having to face this down. People who live in difficult places, or through terrible times, even on a very personal level, and live above that, help to raise the vibration for all creation. I've lived in New York City, and actually in worse situations in Buffalo, NY, but I'm sure that was sitll far from what you have to deal with. I have, however, gone through many, many extraordinary experiences in my Shamanic works that have led me to experience both sides of various awful and horrifying situations (being both the rape victim, and the rapist, the murdered and their victim, etc.)...I've gone through things so excruciating that sometimes I wonder if I'd known what was in the curriculum, if I would have taken the leap. That said, I'm grateful I did. Often when I'd be going through these things, there would be a narrator's voice that helped me to understand and have compassion for the awful existence that the darkest forms of life have to inhabit. They will have lots of work as long as people here react to their actions with hate, anger and fear. It feeds them, imprisons them, and assures their continued existence in these forms. If, as I believe, that all creation, is truly, as it is taught by so many wise ones, all just ONE, then the "All You Need Is Love" credo of unconditional Love & Light for all is what we will need to be living to move this forward. What we offer to them, is exactly what would be offered to ourselves if we were to incarnate with such awful tasks to be part of. In fact, if we all are one, than in some real way, we all have. Some of these ideas may sound esoteric, or downright wacky...I understand. I didn't always feel this way, let alone understand it. It took a lot of first hand experience to bring me to where I am...which I know is someplace that has a long way to go to continue deepening my understanding and efforts.
I do think we agree on lot. One of the things I appreciate about John Lennon is that he struggled through period of incredible anger and nastiness to arrive at a place at the end of his life that realized the best parts of some of the understandings he came to along that journey. At his life's end, he believed that the best thing you can do to achieve these higher goals is to actually live them out day to day in every little way. While I oppose the War in Iraq, I don't tend to do much protesting, and if I go to a rally, I spread light and joy as best I can. I think the best thing you could do to stop a war is stay home and meditate and pray and put that vibration forward.
I don't know what will or won't happen, nor do I care much about speculating on how likely certain things are to occur sooner or later or deeper or not. The reason is that what I'm seeking to help bring about is the same regardless of the odds, and that my actions would be the same no matter what. I do feel that with the splitting of the atom, the planetary eco crisis, and the population explosion mixed set against the economic injustices that exist, that we are certainly reaching a critical juncture as a species and that doing all we can now is maybe more important than it's ever been. A joke I tell to old activist friends of mine is Demand Absolute Love & Light for all of Creation, and be willing to settle for no less than Peace & Justice in the meantime, here & now. Blessings!!
Om Namah Shivaya !!!!