Reflection no. 2: The politics of engagement in turbulent times.


We are living in turbulent times, and the level of insecurity about both present and future has been escalated by a number of factors, including global communications and business/trade, interdependence of nation states, organizations and unions, secret and not-so-secret political alliances, as well as a host of other phenomena that have further supported the humanoid tendency to embrace “doomsday thinking” (such as surveillance and control by “Big Brother” — i.e. government and international agencies, corporations etc., climate change, natural periodic changes and cataclysms on our planet and in our universe, media manipulation and control of information and much more). In addition, the overinflated hopes for an impending glorious New Age which have several times in recent history (since the hippie movement of the ’60s and ’70s) been elevated to ecstatic levels only to be quenched and squelched (eg. Wikileaks, Anonymous, Occupy Movement, Arab Spring Movement, Snowden revelations etc.) have both illustrated our need to believe in comprehensive positive change AND perhaps revealed our disillusionment and impatience with processes that require continuous effort and convictions over longer periods of time. I have recently noted an alarming return of complacency, hopelessness, apathy, overindulgence in consumerism and sex as a way of increasing a sense of self-worth, a renewed tendency to embrace fundamentalism and/or epithets such as “It has always been this way”, “According to the Holy Book …” etc.

There are – in fact – many earth-shattering and mindboggling changes, new ideas and concepts, new technologies etc. bombarding us at the present time. It is all part of the shift in consciousness, and although many of us are waiting for (and some hoping for) one major set of cataclysms that threaten to wipe out the “evil” on the planet once and for all, the simple truth is that the cataclysms are already happening — day by day — but more like a train wreck in slow motion. The media and the internet overwhelm us with so many stories and images of injustice, tragedies, crimes against humanity (at every hour) that many of us seek refuge in any way possible. “Luckily” the media and corporations provide us with celebrity gossip, fashion trends we simply “must keep up with”, reality shows on tv etc. so that we can find relief because “YOU (we) CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

We do still have chances to change what we perceive as negative and unwanted, but engagement is required. Movements will suddenly appear and they will be put down by those in opposition. That is nothing new in world history. I would suggest that it is perhaps not our governments, media, corporations or even our neighbors that are the greatest threats and dangers. They exist only due to our own consent, apathy and empowerment of them. The real danger is US. (No, not the United States … but you and I.) We are the ones that are making demands that governments, the media, corporations and the like are fulfilling. We are the ones that have the ultimate power to say “No, I do not wish for this to be my reality, politics, consciousness expression etc.”. We are the ones who must wake up from the daze enforced by consumer-mania, television and media indoctrination, acceptance of mass surveillance as a way to lessen our fears, replacing face-to-face contact with two-dimensional social media interactions, addictions to sex, alcohol, narcotics, religion, and more.


Quite enraptured by my own image
in a Mirror of Darkness,
I abandon both reflection and shadow
for a glimpse of the Unknown.

The night offers no refraction other than
the glint of an inner eye:
Yea, the paradox of Blindness is revealed
through discovery of Self alone.

The Devil

The dark one
Lurks not in
The shadows,
And not amongst
Your friends
Or enemies.
Beware, for
His evil lies
Within you,
And eagerly
Awaits release
By descendents
Of Pandora.
Beware of
The road to
Inertia and ruin,
So carelessly
Littered with
Temptation and
The self-centered
And worshippers
Of false splendor
Can expect
Little more than
Yes. Beware
Of darkness ..
And beware
Of mirrors …
But most of all
Of the devil
That you are.

(Poems from my book entitled “Collected poems and stories”, Cyberwit, 2005)


(Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm., E>mc squared = the validity of time travel,

by Adam Donaldson Powell.)


A short commentary as a response to a reader from the United States, which may be of interest to many others:

The reader’s question is:

I like this. Really thought provoking. I have a question about your use of the word “humanoid”. It means–as you know–something resembling humans. What is the context of which you are referencing? Are you implying that humans are not in fact humans but are posing as such? If so, what are our origins?

And my response is:

Yes, the choice of “humanoids” is conscious and emphatic.
We do have other star origins in our ancestry, and I also wish to underline
that we have other concurrent universe/galactic associations on a soul
level and on a higher consciousness level WHILE we are in our present state
of incarnation on the Earth. The concepts of astral projection and of parallel
universes and concurrent incarnations on other stars is no longer just a New Age
theory. Others with scientific backgrounds have begun to speculate on
these possibilities as well.

Beyond that, humans must begin to identify – for better or worse – with the fact
that we are “-oids”; that we are an animal species in competition (albeit unfair these
days) with other animal and plant species on this planet. We are no more “gods”
than an octopus or a fern — and no less “gods”, either. We are humanoids —
and not always “humane” to one another, to other species or to our ourselves.

Second “old man rant” today … If only I could.


Yeah, if only I could …

Several decades ago, in NYC, I managed the graphics department of a computer software corporation that I later learned sold bogus computer programs and then skipped state when discovered. I became aware of the scam a while after I had been hired, and fought arduously for justice for my employees, co-workers and company clients. Early in that process, my typesetter (R.) stood over me while I was on my back with screwdriver in hand attempting to repair a typesetting machine — she, all the while bitching and kvetching. After ten minutes of that I finally asked her in proper “New York-ese” to kindly shut the fuck up and do something else in the meantime. She refused to go away or contain herself, and then asked me loudly: “Besides, whad’ya gonna do anyway … HIT ME??!!!”

Boy, did I want to hit her! Mind you, I have never hit a female, and never a male humanoid unless in self-defence, but at that moment … damn man! Long story short, I did not hit her. I fixed the machine, calmed her down, negotiated with my leaders that she and the rest of my staff should get laid off with full benefits … and went on to fight Goliath, alone.

That story is in no way unique.

As a matter of fact, I have a short message to all who think that social and political change is easily accomplished merely by writing letters or demonstrating. Listen here:

frankly, these government and corporate leaders/bankers do not give a damn who knows what, who leaks info, who protests or demonstrates. each acceptance of defeat on the part of the populace further raises the bar. we are owned — lock, stock and barrel. several decades ago i was at a millie jackson concert in brooklyn. she goaded and insulted the audience to the max and then taunted something to the effect of: “i know some of youz got tight jaws right now, but i don’t care cuz you buy my albums and pay to hear me perform … and insult you.” the audience loved it … and we still do. being fucked over while being told that it is for our own good has always been soothing and comforting. and we gladly embrace the stockholm syndrome.

and that is what is happening to us all here on earth. don’t you remember the lily tomlin laugh-in sketches where she played the telephone switchboard operator fielding complaints to ma bell? my favorite line was when she basically asked outright: “where you gonna go, and who will you complain to?”

ma bell is no longer a monopoly in that name, but today’s corps are still monopolies in control, regardless of corporate names.