What Are We To Do?
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What ARE we to do?

I write to this miniscule bubble of mostly like-minded liberal friends - as like attracts like, and we've all learned the hard way in recent times that we are NOT the consensus.

As we slip into another inevitable age, who survives?

Because we will not change our ways - don't want to, or deny the proof of it - what then?

Do we take up the arms of those we have battled? Do we harden ourselves, cast aside our compassion for all human kind, and look no further than our defensible perimeter?

Do we prepare for the inevitable losses, and stop wasting our time with futile battles against elite institutions so powerful that none of us register to them on any human level?

Because when I look forward now I see a crumbling world economic structure built on imperfect foundations around a barter system that never existed. Bullion - for what it was worth - has been largely sold in the west, and currency is already a virtual concept. And we don't know how we can protect ourselves, while others are already planning how to make fortunes out of global collapse.

I see fast change in weather patterns, and we had better hope that the worst of these predictions is not correct otherwise we are already certainly doomed.

I see anger, poverty, racial tension, paranoia, resentment, inequality, hatred and - worst of all - apathy.

I see a growing anti-science movement. This bullshit that says scientific theory is 'just a theory', while we ride around in cars and planes, our semi-cyborg lives permanently plugged into the inter-web. All running because science IS real, and DOES do what we predict it will do. And when we are wrong, we learn, and we try again until we DO get it right.

I see our collective consciousness steered towards squabbles, and the mean and low-down street battles that are our jobs, our lives, our consumer 'needs' and basic rights. Our lust for money, at any cost. Our new-found ability to bully and hate from the obscure haven of a keyboard. We don't set our aim at the real enemy that orchestrates all this.

I see, in all of it, collapse.

I feel the world creaking under the strain of us.

I see war, and I see terror, and I see death.

And I see and hear those that would embrace it - many of whom call a loving, kindly god who turned his cheek and hated killing and the wealthy, their own. I see those who long for a world where the only thing that matters is might and power. I'll take care of my own, and damn the rest of you.

Because who is REALLY prepared to change?

I see two vast walls facing each other, dark and unmoving. The lines are drawn. The world IS already divided. Our intolerance grows, as does our hatred.

Would you change?

And so I ask again - what do we do?

In the world I see ahead of us I had best be everything I have spent a lifetime opposing, as peaceably as I can, and as rationally.

I had better arm myself. (Remember - a good drone with a gun can protect you from the bad drones.)

I had better stop loving you, my gentle, compassionate friends.

I had better start recruiting 'friends' that are not afraid of what promises to come.

I had better arm, and harden my children. If they are to take a life they had better do it unflinchingly, and ruthlessly. They had better not ever imagine that their assailants are as human as they are.

I had better get a bigger vehicle that can handle rugged terrain for when the roads become unsafe.

I had better start learning to hunt and kill animals, and stockpiling food.

I had better start turning away from the fragile and needy and mentally unstable that mill like Morlocks in our city centers - useless pointless human wastrels that they are.

I had better become the creature I have ironically portrayed in my art for decades - barbarian. Cruel. Fearless. Ruthless. And very very dangerous.

Then I have a chance, while the world broils, at maybe a few more generations of life.

Utopia is foolish.

Idealism is dead.

'The better angels of our nature' are no longer welcome.

I had hoped for better from humanity, but I'm losing faith in our ability to love. To be kind. To listen. To care.

Bring on the fire, and bring on the fury, and good riddance to humankind. We deserve what we get.

Meanwhile - it's almost beer o' clock. Cheers!

NOTE: Dear friends, of COURSE I'm not going to change, but sometimes I need a really good rant!!! :-)

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JohnByng's avatar
Isn't human nature a wonderful thing? We go round and round the mulberry bush and always end up at the beginning again. :)
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What Are We To Do?What ARE we to do?
I write to this miniscule bubble of mostly like-minded liberal friends - as like attracts like, and we've all learned the hard way in recent times that we are NOT the consensus.
As we slip into another inevitable age, who survives?
Because we will not change our ways - don't want to, or deny the proof of it - what then?
Do we take up the arms of those we have battled? Do we harden ourselves, cast aside our compassion for all human kind, and look no further than our defensible perimeter?
Do we prepare for the inevitable losses, and stop wasting our time with futile battles against elite institutions so powerful that none of us register to them on any human level?
Because when I look forward now I see a crumbling world economic structure built on imperfect foundations around a barter system that never existed. Bullion - for what it was worth - has been largely sold in the west, and currency is already a virtual concept. And we don't know how we can protect ourselves, w



This post made me laugh ....

HAHAHAHAHA...

WHATAhecK.

...

very funny ... 

Very inspiring Subject by the way ...

I Will make sure to Portrait this subject fully in my SOULSSHINE-MADEFIRE Novels ...


And "What are we to do ?"

A SOLUTION ? ...

Its Easy man ... 

"Stick together" with the ones you love and love you ... 

with the ones that can dream and love the same dreams as you ... 

Because those are part of your family in this world .. your clan ... the ones you have to have and transmit the responsibility to fight for.


Stop Seeing your live as a "individual" "Living Alone" "Fighting against the world" ... if you instruct everyone doing that live will become better.

Start Seeing you more as "Part of a community" as Part of a "little family" ... with the responsability to keep it ...

As part of a project that is as "moses to guide your people far from the egypt" Into the "promised land" ..

Family that Follows your dreams, family that you are responsible for .

Family that Everyone should be instructed to "look for eachother"


Family that cares with love ...


Family that is "not just your family" .

But the ones "you love" And that "love you" ...

The ones that Can follow Your dreams because they can dream in the same wavelength ..

That Together with love, will make everything better and everything grow.


Because Alone , no one is enough ....
To face all the ultrageous bads that are in this world ...

And there are many "genesis" as well many "apocalipses" ...

During whole lives ... 

But in wrong or bad you have to see yourself as the Elder of that family .
Someone with the responsibility to think in better ways to forge paths for better futures .

You see all hopes even Dreams decay ...

But that Family that You build, with your Soul Surrounding you . Will always support you and make a Better living. Not just for you. but for all.

As long as you are positive, as long as you loving, as long as you have a project. As long as that project supports that family and search for more lost members of that family branch ...

This is the real truth about the world and about this living ...  All we do are branches of families, that we start with love . With Dreams With projects.

Are those Visions and projects That last when you don't make them Just thinking on your dreams just thinking on you .


And that is not just Philosophy ... That is actually what works also in the hard and cold industrial over mechanized business world ... 

All you do in this life is a Branch of a family that grows. Or not.

But only depends on you to maintain it.

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What we do for ourselves, and for our dreams, dies with us. What we do for others dreams, and for the world, as if for us, remains and is immortal. (Albert Pine)


Therefore are those the only ones that Will Survive ...


You can be a King of a Whole barbarian Region .
But there are Many many others kings ruthless and some a lot bigger than you ...
That will always try to confront you and even conquest all you been fighting a whole life for in your Ruling ...

And suddenly after all that fight for yourself and for your dreams ... you will see the doom in front of you ... 
And you will end into ashes and your whole family scattered ... even some taken as slaves in front of you ..

And when that happens each one will only be able to survive by itself ...

And suddenly your clan is dismantled ... 
And your Barbaran reign ...

Ends up into Nothing.


And that because ... "Who lives by the sword" Much Easily "dies by the sword ... eventually ... "

But well there are always better Livings in this land of fantasies ...

The ones that build their tribes hidden far deep down in the mountains surrounding by abundant jungle in quite inaccessible places ...
Those can live happily and free without Fights ... just living humbly by what the land gives them ...

And they have their troubles sure ... 


But They are not constantly fighting and living by the dark codes of war .



You See thats the Big problem, with all you live, your art, and all you doing ... There is just too much war ... 
Too much implications ... to much suffering, too much to win, to much to lose ...

Too much of all too many ugly feelings all around ... 
People fighting for surviving, people fighting for selfishness .


But not doing anything better out of their lives .

Because their lives and their little time in this earth and even all their selfish dreams ... 

They are all meaningless, in the Biggest Picture, of Living ...

Of striving for a Better live ...


We have a Deep responsibility with our Family in this live.


But Not Just our own.


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jrobotst's avatar
jrobotstHobbyist Digital Artist
supply-side economics and marketing/advertising have always been scams.
use your artwork and make a kinder, gentler world.
it is magic. ;)

Cheers!
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jerrykimbroProfessional Artist
The world has always sucked. Be glad you weren't alive in the Middle Ages.

Meanwhile- we are living in an age of BEER Renaissance! Never in history has there been so much beer to choose from! That is surely good news!
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TigerfestivalsHobbyist General Artist
Eh, people in general have always been kinda shitty, yet the world keeps on going and humanity survives. Though with the newfound level of anonymity the internet provides, people's ruthlessness and cruelty much easier to see.
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Rant on ... you are saying what many feeling people are already thinking.  I could throw useless platitudes at you to make you feel better, but I hate them thrown at me so I will refrain from doing so.  Rant on, Sharpie.  Howl even, if need be.  I will be howling in the distance too.

Because sometimes it is necessary as a feeling and thinking human to wallow in the despair a bit and really let it soak into your marrow. Push and poke the injury to really feel the pain and remind yourself of your own mortality and humanity.  Then once you have reached the brink, that place where the line should not be crossed into dark cynicism and narcissism (where only your pain is dominant), remind yourself that feeling hopeless and despair is just a slower way of being dead. 

I'd much rather 'rage, rage against the dying of the light.'  Cynicism, despair and hopelessness be damned.  I will live.  But right now, I howl.
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WaylienHobbyist Digital Artist
Be a Flame, one that sears evil and lights the darkness. A truth for all that is good! And although evil & darkness may descend upon you to snuff you out, your light will shine on forever for all good men wise enough to see it. 
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Always...
the few decide for the many.... for the economy , for the wars , for the weather, for the official truth ....
Humans are killing humans ; humans are killing Nature ; humans are killing Earth.
so to strike back :  Humans will kill humans ; and may be Nature will kill humans and Earth will destroy the plague that humans are on her surface.


may be we can't do something to change that 
or maybe we can create art and motion books to show what happened, to help people to react....
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lantairvleaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Be the change you want to see!
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MeesterAdamProfessional General Artist
Cheers, matey.
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Praey1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I wanna go punch something. . . .lol!
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Whoops! I was hoping to inspire people to get angry and start being nice... ha! :-)
Grafight's avatar
Here: Listen to the words carefully.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFurOT…
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Callaghan-csHobbyist Digital Artist
So you're saying that you weren't already drunk? XD
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LiamSharpProfessional General Artist
Ha! :-)
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