I loath this day, for so many reasons: the mindless sloganeering, the unfettered pseudo-patriotism walking arm and arm with uber-capitalism, forgetfulness, the proliferation of plastic, pollution, propaganda, meat, and noise.
I become depressed when I see how so many seem to be so caught in lies, illusion, fear, and shallowness, and I wonder how that can be…then I think, oh yeah, our state of the art schools and mass media systems. And all the wounds we inherit and continue to replicate.
But this year in particular seems abominable, with endless slogans of freedom ringing while the psychopaths in power lock up and traumatize those most vulnerable, for profit, power, and maintaining white supremacy. Though that’s been this country’s modus operandi for so long.
So I find myself trying to find a way to redeem this whitewashed holiday in my own way. I am reflecting on what values I hold dear and try to live into the world and what true commitment to them looks like, beyond symbolism, beyond reinforcing the cruel and unsustainable status quo.
I declare my independence from this culture—the shallow disconnected culture of greed and militarism and racism and incarceration and propaganda and distraction, that worships the new and shiny and possessions and sky gods and makes a fetish of celebrity and ‘power’ and ‘BIGGER’ and ignorance. that can’t help but bury its sins in forgetfulness. That refuses a mirror. Independence from the mindless, voracious devouring. this mania always for MORE. I’ve lost my appetite. a fast is overdue.
I declare my INTERdependence with my fellow creatures of the earth, my sacred biotic community, the winged ones and hooved ones and gilled ones and 4-leggeds and no-leggeds. I declare my COMPLETE dependence on healthy ecosystems, on clean air, clean food, clean soil, and clean water. I declare my non-compliance with the merchants of death and vendors of forgetfulness who unwittingly conspire to take from me/us everything i love.
I declare my non-compliance with any laws that are a violation of life or justice or reality. Such laws mean NOTHING to me. This may be a “nation of laws” (lol) but I follow my own moral compass.
I declare my INTERdependence with my community, both those with whom I live with and love, and those who I know in passing, and those far-flung citizens of the world who I will never know, yet with whom i am inextricably intertwined. No one and no thing is independent of its context or relationships. Everything is interconnected. I believe in co-liberation.
I don’t believe in imaginary borders.
I am a citizen of the world, a citizen of watershed, a citizen of bioregion, a citizen of the cosmos.