poppies & daisies 2019

Mortality is the mother of transcendent vision. When life puts us truly face-to-face with death, the scales of our workaday illusions fall from our eyes, and we realize (too often too late) what was and is truly important.

This is how I want to live! This is how we should have lived every moment!

Does this not cry from the depths of naked being between the lines of every horrid historical account of human suffering—the realization that loving compassionate humanity towards each other is our only hope? That sharing ourselves and giving without reservation gave us back the most powerful moments of our lives? Is this not what we know as never before when we touch and hold the hand of a dying loved one?

The question, then: Why do we keep pretending to forget the core message of life’s most electrifying moments—and return to a mundane million daily ways of life by the rules of a ruthless deadening machine, sworn to devour every living thing for a delusion called Profit?

This and the link below come as one small offering of hope for the future beyond this year of shadow from the C19 virus. For consider what every locked-down person on the planet is experiencing. For once, taking the best care of yourself is also helping others and this suffering planet.

When was the last time every human being had more than a moment to look around, look within—and wonder if More Of Same Only Worse can ever again be enough to sustain what, in fact by every measure, is harming and robbing each of us each day?

How vulnerable we are, in all our might. How arbitrary our God-given rules for meeting our own and others’ needs. How paper-thin the claims that any compassionate intelligence is in control—

Yet the reverse is the real-life empowering point. Look how strong we are in working together against all things that hurt us. Look how brave and inventive we are when we know how our giving gives back. Look how the wheels of goodness turn when we realize that helping others helps ourselves.

My wish to you and the world is that we use this time to come back out into the sun as reborn creatures, braver, more connected and creative than before. 


Female figurines with upraised arms, from pre-Dynastic Egypt c 3500 BCE

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We the Workers of the World

Walk Out On Profit







About Dr Jack Dempsey

Always good to hear from you! A life-long freelance writer/editor, Brown University Ph.D. (in Native & Early American Studies)---novelist ("Ariadne's Brother," "People of the Sea"), historian and biographer ("New English Canaan," "Thomas Morton," "Mystic Fiasco" and more), producer ("Nani: A Native New England Story"), Book Editor/Public Speaking Coach: Bentley University Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Media Studies & Communications (Best Part Time Prof 2010). Latest works? Scientific nonfiction on the lunar/solar calendar of ancient Minoan Crete---"The Knossos Calendar: Minoan Cycles of the Sun, the Moon, the Soul & Political Power" (Iraklion, Mystis 2016), based on lectures drawn from "Calendar House: Clues to Minoan Time from Knossos Labyrinth" (2011). Come and enjoy multimedia resources including filmed Native American interviews at ANCIENTLIGHTS.ORG
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