Change is happening my friends.
On June 8, 2004 Venus fell in front
of the sun in its retrograde orbit. Every 130 years, the path of
Venus falls against the sun twice, the second pass falling eight
years behind the first. When this happens, the energies of the sun
meld with those of Venus and, according
to astrology, cast a blaze of love and peace to the Earth. Historically
in the eight-year window between transits, unity consciousness permeates
the Earth and a new level of harmonization occurs. We just entered
a cycle of conscious evolution.
A shift has occurred. June 8 signified
the beginning of a new level of social consciousness. But it will
be a battle to get things to change. Confrontation of the old and
the new will occur and the old will never go back to its corner
without a fight.
We as a culture need to change, and
we are the only ones who can start that process. People are biased
to their own perspective so the more we can share perspectives,
the more we can grow together and reap the natural profits of understanding
There is no doubt, we humans are here
for a reason, although it’s not entirely clear what that is
right now. Evolution has built into it, a grand plan for us to graduate
from this archaic way of life, and move on to the actualization
of the human spirit. Which leads me to why this issue of Meniscus
is dedicated to change. Because November 2nd is coming up.
Yesterday, I found myself behind an
odd license plate, with one simple word embossed into the reflective
finish: "VOTE". Appropriately, it was a New Hampshire
plate, with its state slogan one that I’ve always found bold
and curious. So all together, the license plate said:
Live Free or Die
I guess that’s really cutting
to the core of it. The freedoms we are afforded as Americans stem
from one simple privilege: the right to vote. I implore you to suck
it up, deal with the politics and vote. As Dave Watts says, when
talking about The Motet’s
support for Rock the Vote, the election is the most important issue
in the world right now.
Despite the fact that Meniscus
Magazine is all about positivity, I’m going to have to
put a pre-emptive pause on that for a moment while I talk about
President Bush. If you’re waffling on whom to vote for on
the election, let me just throw some thoughts at you:
One person may get killed in your city
and it makes primetime news at night. But in the last 18 months,
we have killed 10-15,000
innocent Iraqi civilians. I’m sure this figure isn’t
surprising to anyone. Think about it: shock and awe? Obviously this
is not in the news; we are not thinking about the people we are
stomping on today. The Bush Administration is still thinking about
how pissed we are about losing 3,000 people three years ago. What
if instead of three planes, September
11th consisted of 150,000 troops and bleeding edge weaponry?
Despite the fact that the Iraqi people are “free” from
Saddam Hussein, they live in cities of death and destruction.
Al-Qa’ida attacks the US; the
US attacks Iraq; and the cycle of violence and hatred in the Middle
We’ve bombed Iraq to bits for
two pieces of information that have been proven false by our own
government: no link to al-Qa’ida and no WMD. Although I do
have to be fair to George and say that Iraq really did have WMD.
We knew it for sure. We still had the credit card receipt Saddam
signed when he bought chemical weapons from the US!
I like Kerry. I have been corresponding
with him regularly over the past three years about the environment
and other issues and I believe he will lead strongly. He is not
as agro as Bush; he’s not going to go running around the world
putting his foot up country’s asses. “You’re
either with us, or you’re with the terrorists,”
Bush says. A complaint from the Republicans is that, Kerry seems
to always vote against new war machines. OK GOOD!
Let’s make this simple multiple
choice: A) War or B) Peace. What did you pick?
Watching the Republican
National Convention, I realized some people are just pro-war.
Look at all the treaties Bush withdrew from: Nuclear Proliferation
treaty, Anti-ballistic missile treaty, not to mention Kyoto Global
Warming treaty and the World Court.
“WE WERE ATTACKED,” they
say. Yeah, by who? Iraq? No! But that doesn’t matter, it gives
us carte blanche to dish out justice. But businessmen as they are,
they usually cloak War in words like “freedom” and “democracy”,
and strangely enough “peace.”
Look at the cause-effect relationship:
Violence: 3,000 people -> Payback: 10,000 people (wrong country)
-> Payback ?. Someone has to choose to stop this cycle and its
not going to be Bush—especially
when we attack preemptively. As Bush said himself on 9/21/04 to
the United Nations: “We know that dictators are quick to choose
aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in
Let’s get this dictator out of
here and set peace as our goal.
Ok, I’m done. Phew. So as I was
saying, positivity. Did you know that “positivity” isn’t
even in the dictionary?!? Well, we
plan to change that.
And speaking of positivity, we all
have the power to implement change on November
You’ve got to rev the engine.
Look at Aron Ralston,
he’s climbed the 116 highest peaks in Colorado. If he was
an automobile, the miles would have left him beaten and ragged.
But instead, through his will, he is the strongest man alive. Within
a year of cutting off his arm and being five days closer to death
than any of us have been, he was back doing activities that we could
only dream of—like fifth class ice climbing, and writing a
New York Times best-seller. So despite what you may have
learned from your car about wearing out, the human body is limited
only to your will power.
Cultivate your will power, achieve
greatness, and embrace change. And for the sake of all of us, VOTE!