stressed from deceit: the life of discreet street sleeper/ digging my own grave, its getting deeper/
the part time pay from the cemetery's meager/ can't afford most drugs so I'm smokin ether/
And with lack of health care, I could die from fever or the fact that I'm a non-daily eater/
either or, I'd rather be afflicted by neither/ rich or poor, I don't give a damn like beaver/
as long as I can read and write and live with the freedom to be a non-believer/
maybe I can spread my thoughts to those that are down and under, and become an over-achiever/ I wonder....
Nature is no longer of our concern, as humans - at least for a majority of humans that participate in todays environmental meltdown, which has been burning (like the fuel in a combustion engine) for the past 100+ years. The modern citizen in today's world has completely lost touch with the natural world which has groomed us, through evolution, for the past 100,000+ years. With the advent of the automobile, our current culture's already corrupt relationship with nature reached a new level of ignorance. As a result of the ever expanding reach of personal automobiles, the environmental health of our planet has been irreversibly altered, along with the social, financial, and political attitude of our culture.
For Americans born within the past several decades, its almost impossible to believe that cars, highways, and wars for oil have truly been around for only the last century or so. Roadkill is an everyday site and we are now completely desensitized by the death and destruction of wildlife, plants, and natural scenery that was once prevalent throughout the world. In fact, any remote city or town without proper roads, traffic signals and gas stations, by todays standards, may be termed 'developing.' Developing into what? What is it that we have developed into? Does economic development correlate with environmental degradation?
Horseless carriages, or 'cars' for short, have completely taken over our everyday lives. What was once a commodity is now looked at as a necessity. Everyone, it seems, has a car; or if not, they are working towards getting a car. It is virtually impossible to avoid the implications of personal car ownership; sounds, sights, smells, finances, attitudes, employment, and personal relationships are all adversely affected by the car. As an 'advanced society' compared to those without the technology that we currently posses, we have not advanced much from the original inception of a gas fed, steel bodied personal transport vehicle. In fact, our advancements are really more like the opposite - we are digressing from what should be our primary goal; to use technology to continually make life better, to make transport easier, to create more free time, to save money, to preserve the environment, etc.
To make room for everyones car, we have converted acres upon acres of what was once wilderness into parking lots, countless numbers of which have already long since been abandoned as weeds grow through the cracks in the concrete. We have streets that are too narrow for cars to drive on but are lined with parked cars. Car owners have been known to stress over parking spot availability when they come home from work. Parking spots in some congested cities can cost thousands of dollars a month; the price of which could easily pay for food/shelter for impoverished individuals around the world that most likely have never driven a car in the first place. We have multi million dollar parking garages. We have specialized public servants that enforce parking regulations, being sure to financially punish anyone who has violated parking policy; not to mention the police officers that pull you over while driving. We take them everywhere with us: to work, to the grocery store, to the doctor, and even to the movies sometimes. There is, however, a group of people, who have realized the extent of which we have lost control of the metaphorical car that we call life and, who would like to drive out current policies and collectively try going down a different road.
Monetarily, the cost associated with owning a car (compared with emotional cost) is astronomical when compared with other monthly expenses. Besides mortgages or rent payments, a car can easily be the most costly monthly expense in a budget. Without getting into specifics, it is universally understood there are certain financial responsibilities associated with car ownership: payments, insurance, gas, repairs, licences, registration, inspection, and routine maintenance are all variables in the equation that is car budgeting. Psychologically, there are other ways that cars can affect us; 'will my car start in the morning? will I be able to safely drive in the snow? how much traffic will there be? whats that rattling noise? I hope I don't get pulled over? and other similar thoughts can overtly change a persons mood considerably on a day to day basis.
"Be the change that you want to see in the world"
--- Mahatma Gandhi
Constant conflict consumes and congests congress/
these economic concepts on the news confuse, its complex/
there is no progress in our day to day lives, just conquest/
who can put these issues into context and help prevent our rights from being compressed?/
what needs a rest is the omnipresent god quest/
when a lab tech with the god complex can give breath to the face of death/
and were still not impressed, that makes me depressed/
our best doctors are stressed & our worst patients arnt left because they couldn't pay off debt/
now that layoffs swept and the recessions crept into all aspects of the US, it's time to regress and reevaluate /
the one date that doesn't equate in my understanding of fate is what day did we change from apes?/
and when did a slave ship with a deranged captain, decide its OK to rape, cage and start attacking Africans?/
way back then/ back when the black men had no affirmative action, the US sanctioned what was happening/
and now its happening/ the scaffolding's collapsing and America's relapsing into addicts/
no relaxing, time to panic, this is tragic - especially for Arizonian Hispanic's/
Xanax craving as my mind is caving/
a lunatic raving is being created, and I'm not even blazing/
feeling all caged in inside of this maze/
enraged but saving the blade till I'm paid/
whose gonna slave for wages like paiges?/
were in the dark ages of fifes and surfs/
outrageous that our lifes aren't worth our weight in dirt/
if we don't make it to work on a daily basis/
rarely do we get our raises, or get more time to take vaccations/
I make these statements in a near-hatian former plantation that's now a tourist destination/
just waiting for my tourism expiration so I can explore more of this new age meditation/
that takes the sound of the waes when they pound on the pavement/
and astounds those from outa town with elation/
rephrasing the famous and amazing quote from the lost pages of the lost ages/
the dark caves that have since become cages for non-caucasions remain ageless in this nation/
history is lifeless, our past is based on the futures likeness/ but I burn it down as I write this/
& I earned a pound from the psychics that asked me to predict this crisis back when I was lifeless/
but you're the chicken, easily, if you can't watch a dvd of factories that murder animals compassion-free/
tragically we sometimes think our meat comes magically to stores and not from torture, as it does actually/
When we eat beef, how often do we question how each animal lived and suffered defeat?/
not that we ask how we farm our wheat, but there's no suffering to plants and trees /
compared to how we artificially force pigs to breed, as the mothers lose their will to breathe/
their babies bleed inconspicuously/ these animals live listlessly as the 'employees' kill freely/
it's really quite disturbing that it's all hidden behind such a thin curtain, yet most ignore on purpose, for certain/
there's more in store for a person who eats this perverted version of beef then losing sleep/
the industry pulls the wool over our eyes like sheep, as antibiotic-resistant bacteria creep into our teeth/
the future's bleak if this catastrophe continues to spread internationally, and intelligent animals lose sanctuary/
intelligent cannibals, humans, give thanks and bury furry/feathered friends down the hatch, with curry in a hurry/
saying grace saves face, bless the neck down of this animal race, but the head has no place on our plate/
we have no basis to rate the steak as great, because the cow was shipped from out of state with no name plate/
so the meat we make and bake, then eat, is fake/ because no one seeks the time to take our kind consumers to the factory line /
where death is blind and torture goes undefined/ think about your order next time you dine/
create an urban disaster path worse than the Katrina aftermath/
we cast the lower class and leave 'em broken/
but we won't cast their bones because their broke and homeless/
most folks don't condone this but the pressure's on like zone blitz and the athletes own the most shit/
a dose can cause narcoses and just a toast can turn us into ghosts/
were all floating off the coast in just a soaking boat/
its in slow motion the way we prepare to save the ocean/
as we take another sip of oil potion, from the sea thats broken/
our straw is not enough to save our soil from the water that is potent
'Amen' some tend to say when they pretend to pray to god but then they only lend a dollar and just sob until they make amends with father/
Some others say 'why bother?' but the aftermath of the earthquake is the cholera,
it is just a follower, destroying all the bowels of toddlers/
starving for their baby bottles, but with no jobs there are no bottlers/
from the sub-par suburbs to shitty center city - full of crime/
what a waste of minds, whose eyes were blinded with hands tied behind them /
'virgin' brides in the Mid East side have died because of missing hymen's/
and children cry and lose their lives from the non-publicized blood diamond mining/
but we can change the world if we try/ and end one crime at a time until were fine/
I'll change the world with my words, fuck everything that you heard.
You're born to live, You live to die, from start to finish and you don't know why.
It sounds so absurd when you travel with the herd,
so I'll change the world...with my words.
is this how its gonna stay, where only kids care?
children fight the system but no adult dares to listen/
the truent arnt book smart but their fluent when in prison/
speaking with distinction, someone put an end to lynching/
but the south still preach religion, as they teach creationism /
pro life or choice decisions help to procreate devision /
whats the origin of this debate? with all this hate, we need revision/
the system that were given's doomed ,were missing living/
were being groomed to soon be living life in living rooms/
so instead of us, its televisions living in our homes/
powered by the dust and fumes of fossil bones, exhumed to fuel our loans/
the feud is ours alone but we're used to feeling used, so - 'when in Rome'/
were numb like cortisone when it comes to warzone hysteria and emotion/
we condone our own poor in America, but ignore Darfur on the other side of the Ocean /
I dont care anymore, I've said what I can say, there ain't no reason things are this way /
sometimes we may think 'who the hell cares?' as we make our way down hell's stairs
and most of us just sit on sofa's eating donuts/ smoking so much we turn to robots/
beggin' for change so I can dine without having to commit crimes/
stairway to heaven
thoughtless, the brain tissue thats softest has lost wits/started with a cough now exhausted/ mentally in coffins/ brain dead often/all the time with alzheimers rhymes/ forgettin what I've said talking/wheres my bed, im yawning/tired of seeing whats dawning/on the other side of the horizon/the suns not rising/in Japan, sons and daughters not arriving/ not surprising/
Eight years since 9/11, were blind pretending that our soldier sending 2 Iraq for ending terrorist attacks wont in fact come back to haunt us/ With our backs against the wall and obvious amounts of all taunts upon us/ opponents want to harm US (us) as alarmists are arming all their trucks and cars to bomb us/
Looking back on history, was the world created for man?/
We like to see no mystery, all is going according to plan/
but what if the land that were killing, every last grain of sand/
has evolved to protect it from drilling, and kills us all in this life span/
everything changes in stages, but we think that we have reached our apex/
the jellyfish thought it was smartest of all, just to find the apes next/
and Man rules the world for this generation, but were almost ape-less/
will we be extinct in 1,000 years? everythings constantly changing/
but were set in our ways, polluting the Earth and wonder why it stoped raining/
were all to blame, how can we fix the pain if we dont all want the same thing?/
the rich don't want change, the poor beg for change; isn't that strange?
Inspired by 'ISHMAEL' written by Daniel Quinn
Various websites discussions on the Jellyfish story found belowIshmael: Everyone in your culture knows this. The pinnacle was reached in man. Man is the climax of the whole cosmic drama of creation.Ishmael: Everyone in your culture knows that the world wasn't created for jellyfish or salmon or iguanas or gorillas. It was created for man.Ishmael: The Takers regard the world as a sort of human life support system, as a machine designed to produce and sustain human life.Ishmael: That's the premise of your story: The world was made for man.Alan Lomax: If the world was made for us, then it belongs to us and we can do what we damn well please with it.Alan Lomax: I mean, you hear this fifty times a day. People talk about our environment, our seas, our solar system. I've even heard people talk about our wildlife.Imagine that you are an anthropologist wandering about on a shore a half billion years ago. There is not much to see, just dirt and water. You notice a blob floating out in the water; you wade out to it and see that it is a creature. You strike up a conversation and soon are chatting away. As an anthropologist you ask the creature about some of the stories they tell amongst themselves, such as their creation myth. The creature says they have no creation myth, just a factual account of creation. You then ask for a scientific explanation and find out that things began ten or fifteen years ago but life didn't appear until about three and a half billion years ago. Things went along for a while, and then jellyfish appeared!
- So what's the point; what does that mean, 'jelly fish appeared'?
- It means that is what it all lead up to, the creation of jelly fish. Why doesn't your account end with jelly fish?
- Because, more happened after that.
- But it does end with man?
- When man finally appeared, creation came to an end, because its objective had been reached. There was nothing left to create.
- That seems to be the unspoken assumption.
- It's certainly not always unspoken. The religions of your culture aren't reticent about it. Man is the end product of creation. Man is the creature for whom all the rest was made: this world, this solar system, this galaxy, the universe itself.
- And this is not mythology?The jellyfish, talking to the anthropologist, sees jellyfish as the final result of evolution, and the human sees humanity the same way. Ishmael: "Why is it you are able to see that evolution goes beyond the jellyfish?" Human: "Because I, through science, have observed the evolution of the jellyfish, and other beings that evolved after it. I've seen the bigger picture." "And how might another being a million years in the future see the evolution of humans? Will he see that they stopped evolving, stayed the same for the next million years? Would that seem to be the best possible outcome of the human story?"
first one confirmed a sinner is the winner/
deliver rhymes on twitter but my character counts bigger/
so I write nonsense on blogspot/ go figure/
websites in the works, costs 4 figures/
always hitin backspace/ a heavy hitter/
could be written down wittier/
pick up the litter I deliver/ no more garbage flow like rivers
clean up the world, dont be bitter
2009 and its time cause were summoned/
bring light to the blind/ deaf and dumbness/
The underground feels pain/ not the numbness/
That takes over your brain and your stomach/
we we’re high on the summit / markets plummet/
Another killer gunman/ more federal funding/
the media is running/ the show/ and we follow
its happening slow /and were not in the know/
so its time that we change it, starting right this second/
listen to the words of the sentence/
representin no religion/ no repentence/
so im livin in the present/reapin all the presents
im starving for the truth/ so im eatin all the sentiment/
its sedament/ the rock of our foundation/made of presidents
its evident/ corrosion in the house of representatives/
my mouth is representative of those without the evidence/
no words and no voice so you know they never mention it/
theres a choice to be made with the options that are multiple/
the question is why do we follow what were told to do/
were independent minded yet were run by the government/
stayin stuck in debt and the corporations lovin it/
the land of the free? More like the land of the glutanous/
writing with wit, unlike McDonalds, im lovin’ this