Archive for the ‘Monroe’ Category

2006-02-24 – Transcendence

Friday, February 24th, 2006

There are so many things wrong in this world that man has made
   that the urge to oppose them rises easily.
Here, in the U.S., we now use torture as a means to defend ourselves.
And, among the Islamic Fundamentalists
   as well as within the Christian Conservative Right,
      reason has fallen away before the meme of blind faith.
There are no easy solutions for those
   who would oppose the gathering darkness.

The fundamental underpinnings of how man has organized his civilizations
   contains the deep flaws that beget all the rest.
Nothing less than a rethinking of how we govern ourselves and
   how our economic systems are organized,
what the explicit purposes of our intentional structures are
   and a valid conception of what we think our long-term purposes are,
      as we consider our species' future, will be required.

And all of this requires an advance far greater than any we've achieved so far,
   despite how impressed we are with ourselves.
It requires that we intentionally transcend our inherent biological imperatives
   and replace them with new intentions based on that
      which is in our own and the biosphere's best interests
         into the indefinite future.

Given how few of us rise to transcendence of our personal biological imperatives,
   the outlook seems bleak.
Those structures and systems we have implemented to this point in time,
   are simply the high level derivatives of those same biological imperatives.
      Capitalism and all forms of the gathering of power being prime examples.

We are coming to an end time quite different from that envisioned in the Bible.
   It is one wherein the consequences of our biological imperatives and their derivatives,
unleashed by the power of our generalized intelligence and
   unrestrained by a clear perception of our own best long-term interests
and deeply blinded by the fairy tales of our prescientific religious beliefs,
   will lead us inevitably into a tragic collision with the inability
      of this global cradle, this precious biosphere, to support such folly.

24 Feb 2006

— Copyright 1965-2008 by Dennis Gallagher —

2006-03-17 – Tears

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Something's changed in me and I wonder at it.
In these past months my emotions have come to the surface
and crying, which was always so hard for me,
now comes like a surge when I see something sad
or beautiful or deeply true or sincere,

Tonight, we watched a 1948 movie called "I Remember Mama"
and it was quite beautiful and poignant
and my tears came several times.

Somehow, my heart has opened.
Somehow, I am open to the beauty and sadness,
the cruelty and the kindness as I've never been before.

I have risked much before the Almighty
and poured myself out that we should be granted New Zealand Visas.
And I have trusted and also pledged to try sincerely
to accept whatever came as the will of All That Is.

I pray now and give thanks for all my blessings
and I genuinely see the hand of the beloved's compassion
in all that I've been given.

Somehow, all of this is connected.

The risk, the trust, the thankfulness and the desire to embrace
the highest good for all, even if it should override my wishes.
Though in the midst and even now, I wonder if I have such strength
but I know I want to.

I wish to embrace the Beloved's will and live that embrace
and my personal wishes as one seamless thing.

And somehow, though I don't understand, it is from these,
this fount of conjunctions, that my heart is cracked
and my tears of joy and sadness pour forth.

I am deeply grateful to come to this place
where life touches me deeper and deeper in these passing days.

17 Mar 2006

— Copyright 1965-2008 by Dennis Gallagher —


Friday, June 16th, 2006

Free from the terror of the fruits of our labor
   we can be the simple and sincere expression
      of the best we are aware of.
The source of our gifts
   is the destination
      and the disposition of them as well.

                                        16 Jun 06

— Copyright 1965-2008 by Dennis Gallagher —