Killing us slowly with your rules.
Killing us slowly with your technology.
Killing us slowly with your bureaucracy.
Killing us slowly…….
Killing us quietly with your drugs.
Killings us quietly with your poisons.
Killings us quietly with your foods.
Killing us quietly……
Killing us loudly with your guns.
Killing us loudly with your bombs.
Killing us loudly with your police.
Killing us loudly…..
It is said by many that we are safer today than ever before. On one level that is true. In many parts of the world one need not worry about being overrun by invaders on horseback wielding swords as they hack their way through your village raping, murdering and plundering. But then some parts of the world are not so lucky and must face the modern equivalent of invaders on horseback. The modern equivalent is so much worse – men in tanks wielding rapid fire machine guns and throwing bombs. Though dead by a sword or dead by a gun or a bomb is still dead.
And those opposed to the current political system need no longer fear that they will be drawn and quartered slowly, before being hung. But now they might just find themselves rotting in solitary confinement with no access to any human comfort or decency or holed up in an embassy somewhere, never to feel the light of day again.
And there is the ever increasing speed by which we all must dance; the ever increasing requirements to get a job and then keep that job, the ever increasing mounds of paperwork involved in every aspect of life – coupled with the ever increasing inefficiency in public and private sectors. We have become little wind-up dolls wound so tightly, turning round and round in circles never getting anywhere but never stopping. Even elders who are retired are stressed beyond what they can handle by the increasing speed of changing technologies and absurd inefficiencies, with no help for anyone anywhere.
The death blows already here and so many more to come from our changing environment are staggering. How can we be more peaceful today than in the past, more evolved than before, when our very system of existence, that which we all must plug into to survive is destroying the environment we depend on for our collective lives.
Has the human experiment failed? Are we well down the road to human extinction? Time will tell….. In the face of infinity we are nothing, we are a mere blip in time. But in the face of a human life we each matter. We long to survive and more; we long to thrive.
Oh Goddess, I weep for us all, for the life that you have tried your best to nurture, to encourage, to protect. We pray; we entreat; we beg. But Goddess/God can not save us. Only we can save ourselves. Will we?
Judith Shaw, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been interested in myth, culture and mystical studies all her life. Not long after graduating from SFAI, while living in Greece, Judith began exploring the Goddess in her artwork. She continues to be inspired by the Divine Feminine in all of Her manifestations. Originally from New Orleans, Judith now makes her home in New Mexico where she paints and teaches part-time. She is currently hard at work on a deck of Goddess cards. Give yourself the gift of one of Judith’s prints and paintings, priced from $25 – $3000.