Saturday, September 17, 2005

What's it like to be free?

I live in suburbia and have no personal responsibility for meeting my own physical needs. Food and clothing come from retail stores and I pay for shelter and utilities on a monthly basis. My entire existence depends on earning a paycheck so for that I seem to be willing to do whatever I'm told. I don't really know what it's like to be free.

Many are waking up to the fact that we're on a dead end path. Some are choosing new paths against enormous pressure to continue the death march. The following song by Ano Tarletz and Mercedes Kirkel of GaiaYoga in Pahoa Hawaii describes this pressure and ends with a promise that if I flee the death march, along their path I "won't have to live like a refugee."

Surburban Refugee

Suburban Devotee
Is what you’ve grown to be
Muted and molded from infancy
In a fragmented family
Without wise community
Tricked by a paved reality

It all falls on you and me
Eons of insanity
Who’s gonna heal this mess
And pay the karmic debt
Yeah, now’s our time to choose
We all win-win or lose-lose

Your anesthesia is starting to wane
What you gonna do when you feel that pain
Keep the ship steady towards coma and death
Or dare to change course towards life and breath

Suburban Devotee
With dreams of being free
Yet you invest in university
Or tread caged in your city
Drunk on oil ignorantly
And media mythology

The sacred birds and bees
Got warped by pornography
Your elder is a t.v.
Supermarket mentality
Virtual intimacy
Science rules divinity

It takes faith to walk away
When your friends intend to stay
But when you choose to live free
You become a refugee

Your anesthesia is starting to wane
What you gonna do when you feel that pain
Keep the ship steady towards coma and death
Or dare to change course towards life and breath

Suburban Refugee
Of course it ain’t easy
When all you learned is to consume
And maybe clean your room
To make a whole culture now
When you got no know how

Suburban Refugee
Heroically
Leave your security
To secure your future free
For the walls cannot contain
A being who’s truly sane

Your anesthesia is starting to wane
What you gonna do when you feel that pain
Keep the ship steady towards coma and death
Or dare to change course towards life and breath

Suburban Devotee
To New indigeny
Create this with my friends and me
We have skills for living free
We don’t have to live like a refugee
We don’t have to live like a refugee...

(by Ano Tarletz and Mercedes Kirkel)

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