MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH
April 22, 2004
The Arisen Phoenix Series #3: Brightening Prospects
Just a quick note in line with Matthew's very upbeat and hope/steadfastness-stirring message below. During a recent meditation, I "perceived" the news that Earth has now been accepted into the first stage of re-entry into the galactic federation of enlightened planets - or the equivalent, whatever the exact title - and as such that this was a sure sign that enough positive upliftment had occurred and individual choices to serve the Light had been made planet-wide to offset the dark influence of those attempting to prevent our collective initiation into the next dimension.
Needless to say, it felt like a very powerful, joy-filled, momentous breakthrough to me and I made a mental note to remember to share this with you. The intensity of global Light changes will now markedly pick up as more and more people are attracted, as part of their soul agreements, towards helping each other and all those in dire needs of succor and thus contributing to the global and massive change of heart and "rolling up of our sleeves" activation into actually implementing the simple steps that will bring this planet into a new era of Love, Peace and understanding.
I could see also that soon, in the next few years, first contacts with our spiritual family "abroad" will take place with selected groups of people now already preparing for that and efforts will be coordinated to channel assistance in all spheres of existence, but only to keep pace with humanity's awakening and desire for change. What happened actually is the initial collective volition of rejoining the larger family of souls universally-wise - this is the first stage - while direct contacts and the sending of elected human delegations to formally petition the Galactic High Council are still several years in the future. Yet this global soul level petition was the essential first step, and universal recognition has been granted to all those who, on the earthly plane of existence, expressed this request for reintegration of behalf of all Life on Earth and, through them, to all those following in their steps. This is what I actually felt and how I understood it when it took place.
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1. New Message from Matthew
2. How the First Earth Day Came About
3. The Most Ecologically Positive Diet: How Raw Food Eating Can Regenerate the Earth
4. Apocalypse Please
From: "Suzanne Ward" email@example.com>
Subject: New Message from Matthew
Date: 21 Apr 2004
Matthew April 20, 2004
MATTHEW: In a message of loving universal authorship, I have been requested to tell you that even as we share your grief and agony at the continuance of death and suffering on Earth, we also see that this is the time of greatest HOPE. We understand how difficult it is for you to feel optimistic in the midst of tragedies for families and countries, yet these moments are the turning point from death and destruction into the peace and reconstruction soon to bless your world.
YES! The "long dark night of the soul" for the peoples of Earth is ending! Although these violent moments at hand are with bloodshed and sorrow for many and with outrage for most, these moments are leading your civilization out of the darkness that has so long prevailed on the planet. Allow your natural reactions at the events to be feltmourn those whose lives have been cut short, help those who are desperately in need, feel anger about actions in arrogant power-mongering. Then let go of anger and ACT to secure your world firmly in the healing energy of love-light!
Enlighten those who do not understand that the momentum of the light is revealing the longstanding deception that has created the current state of your world. Unaware people need to know that the dark perpetrators desperate but ultimately futile attempts to retain their control are "coming to light." Minds need to be open to the truth coming forth about the purpose of the war in Iraq, the unconscionable "9/11," the dark forces efforts to derail NESARA [National Economic Security and Reformation Act], and the crimes of corporations in league with governments.
There still is resistance in the United States to believing that the very people whose responsibility is to wisely lead, truthfully inform and adequately protect you are the very ones who have been betraying youbetraying your entire world! We understand this resistance. The heartbreak of your young people being wounded and dying for "freedom from terrorism" is cruel enough without the knowing that this war is based on lies and greed for power. There is NO intent for anyone's "freedom," and the "terrorism" that has taken so many lives has been initiated by the self-serving few at the top of this government in union with other dark souls on the planet whose purpose is the sameworld domination.
To them, human life is expendable and creating negativity through fear is one of their objectives. The massive loss of life, injuries and destruction sustained by the Iraqi people has been creating negativity without end in that country, and that energy is permeating the planet. It is the same with the Zionists in Israel oppressing the Palestinians, another hotbed of violence instigated and kept alive by the darkness of a few souls. Still more negativity comes from the millions dying of disease and starvation while billions are spent on amassing weapons.
We understand the difficulty of sustaining optimism in the face of these happenings, yet there is supreme reason to do so. The truths coming forth are bringing the light necessary to lift and transmute this negativity into "grassroots" actions to change from war to peace, from hatred to love, ruination to restoration, violence to compassion and forgiveness, to harmony and cooperation. Be involved!
We also understand the difficulty in believing that dark members of a civilization different from humanthe reptilian civilization, some of whom are residing on the planetare manipulating their human puppets known as the Illuminati. But be of LIGHT heartreptilians of the light forces are there too, working hand in hand with human lightworkers to usher in the promised era of love-light and harmony. Feel reassured by this invaluable assistance!
We understand as well the reluctance to believe in something as "miraculous" as NESARA, especially since the reality of this U.S. legislation has been denied and ridiculed by that government and their agents. So we tell you, it is necessary only to believe in the blessings that NESARA holds for your world: the end of the current US presidential administration and its policies; cessation of war in Iraq; prosperity for all nations through fair allocation of resources; preservation and restoration of your environment. Holding these visions in your thoughts and feelings will generate the energy to manifest them!
No, Mother, this isn't new information. It isn't a pronouncement that the horror and heartache will cease on a certain date, as much as we wish we could give that. This message of essential reinforcement of what we long have been giving to our valued messengers on Earth is needed for the many who feel the darkness will be endless. It cannot, it SHALL not be endlessit is ENDING!! The ending of darkness comes with your minds and hearts embracing the light of hope, the healing power of love, the vision of the peaceful world you want, and acting upon your convictions and commitment.
S: Yes, I seeI think a lot of us do need this, dear. That sounds like a "wrap," or do you have more to say on this? Or can I ask questions?
MATTHEW: That is the message I was requested to transmit, Mother, but I'm anticipating that your questions will point up specific areas not addressed, so I'll happily answer them.
S: Thank you. You mentioned "grassroots" actions. Were you referring to the U.S., where there is that kind of support for Dennis Kucinich's platform, or all over the world?
MATTHEW: All over the world people are demonstrating their desires for profound changes. This is not only in massive public gatherings for peace, but also in the small groups harmoniously acting toward specific issues like track-able ballots and reclaiming constitutional rights. There are individual and collective efforts to help people in need and to protect flora and fauna worldwide, public actions urging NESARA's announcement, and most certainly the intensity of prayers on a global scale.
It is the folks whose minds are not yet open to the truths being revealed, who may be distressed but feel helpless or feel that fixing things is someone else's job, who need to understand that it is EVERYONE's responsibility to resurrect your world. You all chose to embody during this momentous time specifically to participate in thismore of you need to know this and get busy!
S: Matthew, what is Dennis's role?
MATTHEW: Exactly what he's doingoffering explicit viable options to the government policies that have led to war upon war, proliferation of weaponry, concentration of economic wealth in the hands of a few, deterioration of the environment, decreased funding to assist the desperate, erosion of God-given freedoms. In short, he knows how to turn around the current administration's destructive path. He is a highly evolved soul whose wisdom and integrity is leading your countryyour world!into the era of spiritual enlightenment and peace.
S: Will NESARA be announced before the U.S. presidential election?
MATTHEW: I'd love to tell you YES with certainty, but in this moment, I can't. It appears that the dark momentum to delay the announcement has regained strength as one after another of NESARA's principal supporters is assassinated or falters after death threats to self and family. This will be overcomedo not doubt that!but we feel that the truth of this must be told as days pass without the announcement. This is NOT to discourage you, but exactly the oppositeto ENcourage you to hold steadfast to the positive energy that offsets the dark intentions.
Remember, please, that this U. S. legislation is moving through the lawful processes that enable its opponents to create delays, and unless there is a request for extraterrestrial lightworkers to intervene, they cannot. And Mother, I'll repeat what I said earlier: It isn't necessary for you to believe in the actuality of this legislationfocusing on your world as peaceful, with justness and abundance of goodness for all, generates light to help manifest this aim of NESARA.
S: Yes, thank you. Long ago you said that a lot of the negativity on Earth was created by the treatment of animals. How much negativity is created because of eating meat and seafood?
MATTHEW: It is the inhumane way that animal lives are treated and ended that causes the negativity, and this applies across the board, not only to "food animals." While the land animals and sea life knowingly embodied in forms that would be eaten, their soul agreements have been terribly violated by the conditions in which they are grown as livestock and the torturous methods used to end their physical lives.
S: Did even whales agree to being eaten?
MATTHEW: They did as individuals, but not as a species as did beef cattle and chickens, for instance. The inhumanity of many on Earth toward animals has severely violated the soul agreements of wild and domesticated animals alike. Thankfully, the efforts of many people who heeded the message of their souls, "Save the animals," are being increasingly effective, but you have a long ways to go.
S: I know. Do people who are vegetarians and vegans have more light than people who aren't?
MATTHEW: Light is not automatically more abundant in those peoplethe amount of light in any soul comes from the collective thoughts, feelings, motives and deeds lifelong. Most who refrain from eating animal flesh do so because they respect the animals' essence, which indeed creates more light in their souls. But the souls of those whose diets do include animal flesh may have as much light as those whose diets don't, and this goes back to the way the entire life is lived.
If you wish to ask, Do we honor those who refrain from eating animals?YES, indeed we do. Those who respect the essence of "food" animals usually also serve on behalf of humane treatment for all animals. As Earth continues ascending into higher vibrations, the sacredness and interconnectedness of ALL life will be understood, and greater sensitivity to animals will result in most humans becoming vegetarians.
S: That would be natural in a "better world." That will put cattle and poultry ranchers and fishing fleets out of business, though, and many other businesses like mining, oil and gas drilling, toxic chemical production and forestry will end, too, right? Will there be a great deal of confusion when all these employment changes happen?
MATTHEW: There will be transitional periods of change with differing duration, depending upon the needs of Earth to be restored to full health, but yes, all industries now in operation that are destructive to the planet and her life forms will cease. We don't see that confusion will reign, however, due to the wise and knowledgeable leadership even now emerging in influence and the advanced technology already developed.
Technology exists that will make even the "long" transitions quite rapid, such as energy sources for transportation changing from oil-dependency to alternate fuels that are pollution-free and with greater mileage efficiency. Health care, for instance, will change considerably faster than transportation modes, as regulations prohibiting the widespread use of known cures, both products and therapies, are struck down. Ridding the planet of pollutants, including the toxins of weaponry, will happen quite quickly as well, as cleansing technology also exists.
MATTHEW: Of course I saw that coming, Mother! Progress is occurring NOW in many areas, but little of this is publicized. Behind the "news" scientists and others are quietly proceeding with their developments; and quite vocally, advocates for world peace and for environmental preservation and restoration, return of eroded civil rights, and freedom to choose everything from pure foodstuffs to preventing conception are making firm inroads. This is what WE see, although it is not what YOU see in your media reports. And even there we see improvement, in truthful information being made available to you, with established sources becoming known and new sources being established.
I realize that your "When?" also implies "completion," by what calendar year will Earth be her Eden self again. Some time ago when you asked about the year 2012, I said that year has been largely misunderstood or misinterpreted as the initiation of the "Golden Era" and many other designations. Within only two-to-three of your years massive changes will be evident, some of almost "science fiction" nature as regards new energy usage, revitalized bodies and greater brain power, and telepathic connections on a universal scale. And certainly, peaceful negotiations among and within nations will have replaced violence and hostility on the planet. So you can clearly see why our message emphasized that there is tremendous reason for optimism!
Yes, your resident and off-planet ET brothers and sisters will be assisting as long as it is mutually agreeable. But the basis of these profound changes is that by then your population will be kindred-spirited lightworkersonly light souls will be inhabiting Earth as only bodies that were transformed by the light into crystalline-based cellular structure can survive in those higher vibrations.
S: Thank you, dear! Even though some of that is "reminder" information, definitely it's good reinforcement of our commitment to stay positive in the light. Now, this is a question about a completely different subject. Someone has asked if there actually is a "Hall of Records," and if so, is it in the tomb of Akhnaton. Can you tell me about this?
MATTHEW: Mother, records abound! There is an energetic "hall of records" within Earth, where it is maintained current by the evolved souls living there. Ancient written records have been discovered on the planet, although most have been intentionally destroyed or suppressed from public view, and many more still are to be discovered in tombs and other places considered sacred to the populations at those times. Nirvana's libraries contain both energetic and print form records chronicling planetary historythis includes replicas of the destroyed and lost records I mentionedand universally, the Akashic records hold individually and collectively the history of souls and creation.
S: That's a ton of records! The next question is, Have many people been injected with programmed microchips, especially military troops forced to have inoculations?
MATTHEW: Any is too many, and yes, thousands have been implanted with chips programmed with instructions to kill upon a specific signal. This practice is not limited to military, however, as troops in battle are expected to kill "the enemy." While post-combat trauma can be considered the reason a military person suddenly kills at random, that does serve the dark purpose behind these chips, which is to create fear through unexpected deaths, whether homicidal or suicidal, in society at large. The higher vibrations into which Earth is moving automatically will neutralize the chips' programming, so it won't be necessary to examine every person who has ever had an inoculation or surgical operation to look for and remove any chips.
S: At least that last part is heartening. How soon will the manmade grids like HAARP be dismantled, or is the need for that just an assumption?
MATTHEW: It's definitely not just an assumption that the proliferation of those types of grids has been injurious to mental, physical and emotional stability of all life forms on the planet, and there is a need for that to end. But in all developments, it is the usage that is important. When the free will choices of the dark forces that commanded the grids development and usage no longer is an issuethat is, those people no longer will be in powerthe technology of your space family will nullify the harmful electromagnetic wavelengths and the grids will be used only beneficially.
S: I see. What about all the manmade viruses that have been released? How will those be eliminated?
MATTHEW: None can exist in the higher vibrations you'll be living in when Earth is fully within fourth density, and until that time, one of the effects of the ever-increasing intensity of light on the planet is fortification of bodies against receptivity to the many strains of laboratory-designed viruses. This doesn't mean that no one will be affectedthose whose immune systems already have been severely weakened will be.
S: I've been wondering if souls still are leaving Earth prematurely to lessen the negativity caused by their desperate lives and they're getting full karmic credit for incomplete experiencing.
MATTHEW: Mother dear, your question's wording is not complete insofar as how this divine grace works, but yes, at soul-level individuals are renegotiating their pre-birth agreement provisions. When their petitions for "leaving Earth prematurely" are granted, that does end the negativity they had been personally generating due to their dire life circumstances. Although their leaving does create the negativity of grief in those who love them, that is offset by the light the departed souls are generating from higher stations, so it is like two steps forward at the cost of one step back. And yes, when this is the foundation of petitions, those souls receive the same karmic "credit" as if they had fulfilled their chosen lessons during their originally chosen life span.
S: Matthew, you know that's what I meant.
MATTHEW: Yes, dear soul, I did, but it's necessary that readers of this sitting know what you meant.
S: OK! Does that apply to many of the Iraqis who are being killed?
MATTHEW: No, not compared to the great numbers who are dying. I don't mean that divine grace is not in effect for them, because it is, but rarely are there soul-level negotiations involved and in many cases, their soul contracts are not up. Simply, most of those people are having their chosen lifetimes cut short and they will be given opportunities in Nirvana or elsewhere to complete their chosen experiencing.
S: I see. Have the dark minds attempted more huge terrorist acts that ET lightworkers have prevented?
MATTHEW: If people on Earth knew just how much destruction in life and property has been attempted and thwarted, they would reel at the extent to which the dark forces go to retain their control and marvel at the vigilance and capabilities of the extraterrestrial light forces in preventing it.
S: Can you give examples?
MATTHEW: When your major media are instructed to send out the colored alerts and specifically mention "soft targets" like sporting events, concerts and shopping malls where a mass of people will be congregating, you can know that terrorism does NOT occur on that scale because the attempts have been prevented. I am not tracking these occasions so I can't give you an accurate count of these ET interventionsPREventionsbut Nirvana's monitors of Earth could do so.
This is not arbitrary interference by the ETs nor is it a denial of the free will of those who participate in the terrorist plans and attempts; it is the collective feelings of Earth's population for NO terrorism that is the invitation to the ETs to act. For those who did not see my comments on the train bombings in Spain, I'd like to mention that it was the cleverness of the dark minds that allowed that effort to be successful. The darkness outwitted the light on that occasion, and while it was a great sorrow for us and more so for those who believed the false location information regarding the detonators, scrutiny was further tightened after that tragedy that was to have been prevented. And as usual, those who are blamed are not the ones responsible.
S: Thank you for all your answers, dear, and now I'm out of questions and time. Do you have any last comment?
MATTHEW: Not a new comment, Mother, but one more note of emphasis on the vital need for you who know the truth to enlighten others and participate in activities toward the changes you wantsteadfastly live your light!
To find out more about Matthew and the 4 books he published so far in collaboration with his mother Suzanne Ward , please go at http://www.matthewbooks.com
NOTE from Jean: Some new subscribers may not be familiar with some of the allegations made above by Matthew. There are many sources of information on all this archived over the years on THIS SITE where you may use the onsite Google search engine to find out much more on subjects so far unknown to you. There are also, of course, several other reliable sources of the Web and I just found some information at http://www.theuniversalseduction.com/ on "The Universal Seduction: Piercing the Veils of Perception", a book trilogy which seems quite comprehensive and may also be of interest to you.
". . . on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most
remarkable happenings in the history of democracy. . . "
- American Heritage Magazine, October 1993
How the First Earth Day Came About
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.
Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.
I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.
After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?
I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.
At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.
Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events:
"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...."
It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities.
Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.
The Most Ecologically Positive Diet: How Raw Food Eating Can Regenerate the Earth
by Don Weaver
"Lack of heart, lack of generosity, is the real disease of our world."
A serious condition of human-environment imbalance existed when "Earth Day" 1970 began, because most of four billion people were using up Earths gifts unwisely, lacking understanding of our interconnected planetary life-support systems. Thirty-three years of ecological education since then leaves us no honest claim to ignorance of our profound effect on the Biosphere, yet a majority of our now 6.3 billion-member family perpetuate wasteful and destructive "lifestyles." Is this rational? Enlightened? Natural to our species, Homo sapiens, which translates as "wise Man"? No!
Before we push irreversibly beyond Earths ecological capacity to support us and 10-30 million other species, lets explore what we can do to transform practices and reverse trends now killing us and the Earth.
The moral, environmental, and health arguments for adopting vegetarian and vegan diets have been convincingly made in books like John Robbins Diet For A New America, The Food Revolution, and Howard Lymans Mad Cowboy: plain truth from the cattle rancher who wont eat meat. Yet these valuable books have not explored how raw (uncooked) vegan diets can enable a further leap forward for those seeking to minimize harm and maximize benefit to the Earth. Books on raw and eco-conscious eating are proliferating, many pointing out important and inspirational facts on the raw diethealthier environment connection. While a comprehensive book may be needed, lets briefly review some primary human-ecological problems, summarizing how eating a raw organic vegan diet can swiftly, holistically reverse and solve the problems!
1) Soil Depletion/Malnutrition/Famine: We can view this as one mega-problem, perhaps our worst, caused by 11,000 years of natural soil mineral and organic matter depletion, vastly accelerated by rapacious chemical forcing and fertility-mining practices of "modern" agribusiness. A raw organic vegan diet revolutionizes demand for what is produced and how! When farmers remineralize soils with mixed rock powder and plant-derived compost, and avoid byproducts of animal enslavement and slaughterhouses, truly regenerative, abundant, healthful veganiculture can thrive. Imagine the diversity of gardens, farms, fruitful orchards, and forests replacing the ugly, depleted lands weve created. This beautiful process of regeneration and re-fruition is appearing now due to our caring "demand" for it.
2) Human Health Degeneration/Insanity/Violence/War/Extinction?: The worsening cancer epidemic, with 1 of every 2.15 people in America expected to harvest a crop of cancer in their lifetime in contrast to Natures offer of perfect health should inspire us to sow the healthiest seeds possible in every aspect of living. Cancer tops a long list of interconnected physical, mental, and spiritual diseases "plaguing" humankind and revealing the extent of our degeneration. Simply observing most people and the daily "news" also reveals it. A raw organic vegan diet most wisely as part of a complete system of "health by healthful living" or Natural Hygiene can supply all essential nutrients as grown from fertile, mineralized soils, free of the toxic products of animal-based chemical agribusiness and cooking. It can virtually eliminate all disease starting now by removing the primary causes of body toxicity and deficiency.
3) Deforestation/Desertification: Primary causes are clearing land for animal raising, obtaining cooking fuel, and dying soils. A raw vegan diet ends the demand, encouraging reforestation and orchard plantings by Nature and "wise Man." Remineralizing the future orchards and forests is crucial, as is remineralizing the existing acidified, impoverished late-interglacial forests whose accelerated dying from insect and disease epidemics, climate extremes, and forest fires are transferring vast amounts of carbon from land to atmosphere.
4) Air Pollution/CO2 Buildup/Climate Change/Famine: Soil remineralization and reforestation reverses the CO2 flow from soil and plant life! A raw vegan diet hugely reduces energy expenditure, hence CO2 emission, cutting out demand for cooking, most refrigeration, most packaging and, when we generously create fertile abundance in bioregions everywhere, most long-distance shipping of food, fiber, and fuel. Highly preferable to ruining global climate, whether by "global warming" or the next glacial period, possibly underway!
5) Fossil Fuel/Nuclear Energy Addiction: Soil remineralization, key to successful raw veganiculture, can enable us to grow the biomass/alcohol fuels to meet the saner, reduced demands of a raw, vegan, health- and peace-oriented culture. We can swiftly wean ourselves from these addictions to ecologically-obsolete energy forms. Up to 2000 farmers per week have been going out of business in the U.S. over the past 25 years, while over a billion dollars per week is spent on oil imports. I call this a national and global tragedy in need of transformation.
6) Toxic Waste: A committed, eco-conscious raw vegan lifestyle can minimize it now, end its generation soon. As for existing toxic wastes (and human sewage which is now usually toxic), it is being demonstrated that microbial decomposition and detoxification of them is possible, practical, and necessary. Here again the generous feeding of mixed rock dust and organic matter to the microbes will help them proliferate and do their foundational work.
7) Animal Exploitation/Killing: We can minimize it quickly, potentially end it entirely as worldwide compassion and "the Balance of Nature" is restored. To continue needlessly enslaving and killing billions of our fellow creatures each year must surely be intolerable to the conscience of our large-brained species so capable of wisdom and compassion. It is up to me
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not
dare that they are difficult."
Don Weaver, a gardener-ecologist-writer-educator in the Bay Area, is on the writing staff of Living Nutrition magazine and has enjoyed 100% raw foods since 1977. He is currently inviting the world to read the free online books by him and John Hamaker at: http://www.remineralize.org. Don is also helping create new Earth Regeneration gardens, orchards, farms, centers, and communities worldwide. Contact Don via firstname.lastname@example.org> or POB 620478, Woodside CA 94062.
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HERE IS SOMETHING WHICH REQUIRES OUR COLLECTIVE ATTENTION BECAUSE THESE VERY DIVISIVE HARD-CORE CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALIST BELIEFS ARE PROBABLY A PRIMARY CAUSE - ALONG WITH ANY OTHER FUNDAMENTALIST BELIEFS ON EARTH - RIGHT NOW OF GLOBAL INSTABILITY. I'D SAY IF WE COULD HELP DISSIPATE FROM WITHIN THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS SUCH DELUDED BELIEFS, REPLACING THEM WITH A KNOWINGNESS OF OUR SPIRITUAL UNITY, THEN WE COULD CONTRIBUTE IMMEASURABLY TO GLOBAL AWAKENING AND PEACE ON EARTH.
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by George Monbiot
April 20, 2004
US policy towards the Middle East is driven by a rarefied form of madness. It's time we took it seriously.
To understand what is happening in the Middle East, you must first understand what is happening in Texas. To understand what is happening there, you should read the resolutions passed at the state's Republican party conventions last month. Take a look, for example, at the decisions made in Harris County, which covers much of Houston.1
The delegates began by nodding through a few uncontroversial matters: homosexuality is contrary to the truths ordained by God; "any mechanism to process, license, record, register or monitor the ownership of guns" should be repealed; income tax, inheritance tax, capital gains tax and corporation tax should be abolished; and immigrants should be deterred by electric fences.2 Thus fortified, they turned to the real issue: the affairs of a small state 7000 miles away. It was then, according to a participant, that the "screaming and near fistfights" began.
I don't know what the original motion said, but apparently it was "watered down significantly" as a result of the shouting match. The motion they adopted stated that Israel has an undivided claim to Jerusalem and the West Bank, that Arab states should be pressured to absorb refugees from Palestine, and that Israel should do whatever it wishes in seeking to eliminate terrorism.3 Good to see that the extremists didn't prevail then.
But why should all this be of such pressing interest to the people of a state which is seldom celebrated for its fascination with foreign affairs? The explanation is slowly becoming familiar to us, but we still have some difficulty in taking it seriously.
In the United States, several million people have succumbed to an extraordinary delusion. In the 19th century, two immigrant preachers cobbled together a series of unrelated passages from the Bible to create what appears to be a consistent narrative: Jesus will return to earth when certain preconditions have been met. The first of these was the establishment of a state of Israel. The next involves Israel's occupation of the rest of its "Biblical lands" (most of the Middle East), and the rebuilding of the Third Temple on the site now occupied by the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosques. The legions of the Antichrist will then be deployed against Israel, and their war will lead to a final showdown in the valley of Armageddon. The Jews will either burn or convert to Christianity, and the Messiah will return to earth.
What makes the story so appealing to Christian fundamentalists is that before the big battle begins, all "true believers" (ie those who believe what THEY believe) will be lifted out of their clothes and wafted up to heaven during an event called the Rapture. Not only do the worthy get to sit at the right hand of God, but they will be able to watch, from the best seats, their political and religious opponents being devoured by boils, sores, locusts and frogs, during the seven years of Tribulation which follow.
The true believers are now seeking to bring all this about. This means staging confrontations at the old temple site (in 2000 three US Christians were deported for trying to blow up the mosques there)4, sponsoring Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, demanding ever more US support for Israel, and seeking to provoke a final battle with the Muslim world/Axis of Evil/United Nations/European Union/France or whoever the legions of the Antichrist turn out to be.
The believers are convinced that they will soon be rewarded for their efforts. The Antichrist is apparently walking among us, in the guise of Kofi Annan, Javier Solana, Yasser Arafat or, more plausibly, Silvio Berlusconi.5 The Walmart corporation is also a candidate (in my view a very good one), because it wants to radio-tag its stock, thereby exposing humankind to the Mark of the Beast.6 By clicking on www.raptureready.com, you can discover how close you might be to flying out of your pyjamas. The infidels among us should take note that the Rapture Index currently stands at 144, just one point below the critical threshold, beyond which the sky will be filled with floating nudists. Beast Government, Wild Weather and Israel are all trading at the maximum five points (the EU is debating its constitution, there was a freak hurricane in the South Atlantic, Hamas has sworn to avenge the killing of its leaders), but the second coming is currently being delayed by an unfortunate decline in drug abuse among teenagers and a weak showing by the Antichrist (both of which score only two).
We can laugh at these people, but we should not dismiss them. That their beliefs are bonkers does not mean they are marginal. American pollsters believe that between 15 and 18% of US voters belong to churches or movements which subscribe to these teachings.7 A survey in 1999 suggested that this figure included 33% of Republicans.8 The best-selling contemporary books in the United States are the 12 volumes of the Left Behind series, which provide what is usually described as a "fictionalised" account of the Rapture (this, apparently, distinguishes it from the other one), with plenty of dripping details about what will happen to the rest of us. The people who believe all this don't believe it just a little; for them it is a matter of life eternal and death.
And among them are some of the most powerful men in America. John Ashcroft, the attorney-general, is a true believer, so are several prominent senators and the House majority leader, Tom DeLay. Mr DeLay (who is also the co-author of the marvellously-named DeLay-Doolittle Amendment, postponing campaign finance reforms) travelled to Israel last year to tell the Knesset that "there is no middle ground, no moderate position worth taking."9
So here we have a major political constituency - representing much of the current president's core vote - in the most powerful nation on earth, which is actively seeking to provoke a new world war. Its members see the invasion of Iraq as a warm-up act, as Revelations (9:14-15) maintains that four angels "which are bound in the great river Euphrates" will be released "to slay the third part of men." They batter down the doors of the White House as soon as its support for Israel wavers: when Bush asked Ariel Sharon to pull his tanks out of Jenin in 2002, he received 100,000 angry emails from Christian fundamentalists, and never mentioned the matter again.10
The electoral calculation, crazy as it appears, works like this. Governments stand or fall on domestic issues. For 85% of the US electorate, the Middle East is a foreign issue, and therefore of secondary interest when they enter the polling booth. For 15% of the electorate, the Middle East is not just a domestic matter, it's a personal one: if the president fails to start a conflagration there, his core voters don't get to sit at the right hand of God. Bush, in other words, stands to lose fewer votes by encouraging Israeli aggression than he stands to lose by restraining it. He would be mad to listen to these people. He would also be mad not to.
References: 1. http://www.harriscountygop.com/sections/sdconv/sdconv.asp
2. eg. Committee on Resolutions, Harris County Republican Party, 27th March 2004. Final report of Senatorial District 17 Convention. http://www.harriscountygop.com/sections/sdconv/sdconv.asp
4. Paul Vallely, 7th September 2003. The Eve of Destruction. The Independent on Sunday.
5. eg. http://www.raptureready.us
6. eg. http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html (note: 5 and 6 are rival sites)
7. Megan K. Stack, 31st July 2003. House's DeLay Bonds With Israeli Hawks, Los Angeles Times; Matthew Engel, 28th October 2002. Meet the new Zionists. The Guardian; Paul Vallely, ibid.
8. Donald E. Wagner, 28th June 2003. Marching to Zion: the evangelical-Jewish alliance. Christian Century.
9. Leader, 1st August 2003. DeLay's Foreign Meddling. Los Angeles Times.
10. Jane Lampman, 18th February 2004. The End of the World. The Christian Science Monitor.
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