Culture wars begun long ago and no one cares living in the moment ignoring the past You did not ask for this war I did not ask for this war yet here we are stuck on the front lines drafted by those we did not vote for A war fomented by the news media shaped by the influencers on the internet and social media: Systemic Racism Economic Injustice Gender inequality Public Shaming - the cancel culture Everyone’s a victim We consume victimization like our favorite foods We digest our own destruction 21st Century Ouroboros vipers all We ignore the shit that comes out the other end We stubbornly refuse to clean up (it’s up to the other person) We obsessively and repeatedly fuel our consumption of outrage The scales have tipped As a species we are tilting at windmills in our self-prescribed delusion I did not ask for this war You did not ask for this war And the question is not IF we should fight But HOW we should fight Military wars always kill Culture wars are fought for control Control of your mind Control of your freedom Control of your expression Control of your creativity Control of your religion (even if you have no religion) Control of your education Control of your own body Fingers point everywhere but no one cares that when you point one finger at someone, or something else, three fingers point back to you We will never agree so we might as well learn to live together And the question is not IF we should fight But HOW we should fight How should I fight this war that I did not ask for? It seems an impossible dream to fight a war with love, compassion, grace & humility when all around you is blame, blind rage, raw hatred and venomous pride Love, grace, compassion and understanding does not require agreement Jesus didn’t die for any one person’s sins Two things killed Jesus Christ - Politics and Religion Their control was threatened by the gospel of peace, love and freedom "You see, control can never be a means to any practical end... It can never be a means to anything but more control...like junk..” (1) “Is Control controlled by its need to control? Answer: yes.” (2) The way to win this war is to give up control to lose control The death of one is the birth of another Change is coming that we cannot control Change is here Change we can shape “I awakened to the cry That the people have the power To redeem the work of fools Upon the meek the graces shower It's decreed the people rule” (3) We must surrender this culture of complaint and realize we will never be able to control others we can only control our selves. “Just Do It!” (4) Let the lion lie down with the lamb Let the darkness meet the light Let hell and heaven merge in the forge of life on earth to burn off the dross of our misgivings revealing yours and mine shining gold dream “The siren and the ecstasy, … the one in front of me New gold dream” (5) I did not ask for this war You did not ask for this war But we CAN end it! Will We? “And the mercy seat is waiting And I think my head is burning In a way I'm yearning To be done with all this measuring of truth An eye for an eye And a tooth for a tooth And anyway I told the truth And I'm not afraid to die” (6)
1 quote by William S Burroughs from NAKED LUNCH 2 quote by William S Burroughs from AH POOK IS HERE; AND OTHER TEXTS 3 lyric from PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER by Patti Smith 4 slogan from Nike commercial 5 lyric from NEW GOLD DREAM by Simple Minds 6 lyric from MERCY SEAT by Nick Cave And now the answer to the question asked in the title of the photo above "Hello, It's Me" by Todd Rundgren from his album Something/Anything?