The Cheap Thrills of Patriarchy

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“I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”  ~ Eric Hoffer

“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” ~ Frank Herbert

It’s a little bit overwhelming this morning. The news, that is. Both happy-making and scary. For me anyway. Oh, and by the way, Happy Samhain! Which is, of course, Halloween – as if you haven’t noticed the toxic displays of white sugar and high fructose corn syrup on the store shelves, or the cheesy decorations, or Father Christmas lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce once the monsters and ghouls get out of the way. Do you think I am cynical? Yes, I am today. That’s one thing about my current passage in life, by gazing upon the vast expanse of possibilities as to what my life can be from here on out I have to be open of mind and heart. That’s why I spend so much time in my room, because I have been devoted and steady in keeping my mind and heart open. The thing is, you see, it friggin hurts. A fella needs his rest, distanced from the caustic grit of the town center. But . . . in remaining open it is easier for me to look at and see some of the grander patterns at work in the Trump/Russian scandal. Without going into details I can say that I gleaned a few of the dynamics of the larger players, and did this at this same time last year. These guys were clumsy and arrogant, with a level of cynicism that makes my current cynicism look like wisdom. Watch for Roger Stone and Julian Assange to be hoist upon the limelighted stage before too long – or – as our president, Ambiguous Rex, likes to say: “within a certain period of time”. Friggin moron. I just don’t know, but boy howdy I sure am relieved that this holiday is here! In the archaic realms of history, in the pagan worldview, today, Samhain, is when the old god dies and the new one is born. Does this mean Trump is figuratively dying. Me thinks yes. And we can only hope that the new one is a proponent of a partnership culture, as opposed to our current worldwide dominator culture. Matriarchy instead of the cheap thrills of patriarchy. Helping and nurturing society rather than plundering it for personal gain and malignant power. Whew. I didn’t know that was coming. Well, Mr. Op-ed here oughtta get on to his day. Laundry this morning then a house/dog sitting gig for the rest of the day and evening. I’ll be alternately on the front deck of the house, and the couch. On the deck I will do my best to quiet my mind, to allow me access to the whispers of the Ancestors and gods. On the couch I will plug my brain into the TV, tuned to MSNBC. There’s big trouble a brewin’ in our nation’s capitol. Something’s gonna give. It is truly thrilling to watch it all unfold.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.


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