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HOW TO END WAR

HOW TO END WAR

War will only end
when you send
men like me
in our sixties and seventies
into the killing trenches
and when we are dead
send thirty, forty and fifty year olds instead
and leave the twenty year olds in bed.

How Little We Are

How lovely we are,
but how little we are,
less than a cosmic speck,
less than a grain of sand
or a pebble on the land.
Humans are less than dust,
insignificant nothingness.
Light takes eight minutes
to speed from our sun to us.
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.
A light-year is the distance travelled
by light in one Earth-year.
Our galaxy, the Milky Way,
is 110,000 light years in diameter.
Our galaxy contains 300 billion stars.
In the observed universe
there are 170 billion galaxies,
many far bigger than our galaxy,
and some contain trillions of stars.
There are more stars
than we have grains of sand.
How little we are,
less than a cosmic speck,
less than a grain of sand
or a pebble on the land.
How little we are,
but how lovely we are.

Beppe Grillo

Here is a very interesting blog to follow in English: Beppe Grillo who is leading the rising for freedom in Italy, they want the whole corrupt establishment to be taken down and the Italians to vote on exiting the euro.

http://www.beppegrillo.it/en

Grillo and his people (MPs in their 20s, 30s and 40s) are coming up with amazing new thoughts, and ways to run their country, like instant transparency on every issue, and on every decision, made possible by technology, including voting by all the people on the issues, again all now possible with mobile phones.
Without this Grillo movement ( Grillinis ) there is no hope in Europe.
Because of stale politics and corruption the Left have failed us in Greece, France, Spain, Germany….
Beppe Grillo says that Italy was never a suicide country, but now there is a plague of suicides – 45 entrepreneurs killed themselves recently.
Suicides in Spain is becoming epidemic.
A Spanish guy staying in a friend’s house, his mother killed herself (59) a few days ago. She just could not take it anymore, she had no money left at the end of the week to live after paying her bills and taxes, so she wrote a lovely note to her only child telling him (36) that she had decided to move off the earth.
In Mallorca a few weeks ago a son found his mother and father dead, with a note saying they could not pay their mortgage.
A mother-of-two on the mainland walked into her bank telling the teller she could not make their payments, and said the bankers were crooks. She then poured a can of petrol over herself and set herself on fire.
I could go on with many more horrific stories from Spain and Portugal, but it breaks my heart to retell these facts of hundreds and hundreds of people killing themselves, because they have no money to continue living.
Was it for this that Europe had two world wars?
If the ruling class and the governments do not bend with compassion, then the anger from the suicides will turn to blood on the streets.
I fear the summer heat will bring flash violence to these southern lands.
Grillo has told the Italian government, and has warned the EU, that this is a generational battle.
Unemployment among young people: Greece 60%; Spain 50%; Italy 40%…
It will not be good for elderly people in these countries, as unfortunately no matter how good an individual person is, the young are more and more seeing the elderly as the enemy. The wild young will have their blood.
The recent range of taxes enforced on the Irish is horrific. Suicides will rise in Ireland. Health will break. Poverty will deepen. Fascism is taking hold of all our lives, unless, unless the people revolt, but I cannot see this happening in Ireland… maybe Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal or Cyprus, but Ireland no… and Denmark and Holland no….
What is happening now is the greatest rape of the ordinary European peoples in the last 500 years… that is when the aristocracy last did it to Europe, they bled the people and put back progressive development 500 years.
The aristocracy only knows vanity and greed. The recent Geneva motor show; sales of top end luxury cars are going through the roof. Also boat builders cannot keep up with the orders for luxury yachts for the super rich. In the US the super rich are now getting tax exemption for their private jets as security vehicles. High-end properties in wealth clusters, Switzerland, Monaco etc, are going through the roof. The rich are circling their wagons, defending wealth clusters with their bodyguard mercenaries and security vehicles, because they know their greed will bring blood on the streets, but not their streets.
It is like a dark devil is rising over the continent of Europe, and i fear that the goodness in people will be pushed to breaking-point, pushed to revolt, but then the hidden demon will rise, like what happened to the French revolution when afterwards the madman Napoleon Bonaparte rose, seized power, vainly crowned himself emperor, and destroyed the continent.
The same again happened in the 1930s when Hitler, Mussolini and Franco rose, and again destroyed the continent.
History comes around and around, and around comes history … until humankind learns the lesson, and acts in a group to stop the destruction of working peoples, that includes the middle classes, who are now being squeezed like never before.
I fear Europe is falling back into a dark age because the Germans will listen to nobody. They think they have the one and only answer, austerity, and are so blinded by their addiction to materialism, making them so disjointed from other Europeans, that the rest of the continent will be forced through sheer hunger to rise against them.
But the leaders of the Germans, German speakers, are 100 million, powerful and now so well armed with weapons and wealth that the arrogance of their government and business leaders is to enslave the rest of Europe just as they tried to do with their slave camps and concentration camps in 1940s.
The latest estimation of how many died in German slave and concentrations camps (45,000 of them, yes, 45,000 slave camps) is between 15 million to 20 million people… way, way above the previous accepted figure of 6 million.
History comes around and around, and around comes history…
I think Ireland will be safe from flash violence, and flash mobs, because the youth are being forced into mass emigration.
A number of Europeans are now thinking of emigrating to the new age communities in New Mexico, India, South America and Cambodia.
They see that politics alone is not going to solve this crisis, but only a non-violent combination of politics and spirituality will ease the burden and bring about a permanent-ish solution.
The super rich will have to share, because there is enough wealth upon this earth that every human being can live in abundance.
Behind the Grillinis in Italy is a new age spiritualism which can have no truck, no compromise, no negotiations with evil.
Some Grillinis view corrupt Italy as a failed state; and those who waste their incarnation through greed and vanity as failed people. These failed people are to be brushed aside, and are not to be allowed to have any more control.
I fear our continent is going to war because the ruling elite (Brussels / Berlin) have no compassion for ordinary peoples.
Instead, they want again to enslave people; their political ideal is corporate feudalism.
With the Tory cutbacks to the National Health Service in England, in the last year 1200 patients in UK hospitals have died from starvation… yes starvation, people are dying in UK hospitals from starvation… this is the road to feudalism.
Think of growing vegetables as a hobby, I will this summer, because that hobby may turn into a lifesaver….

WB Yeats – THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

With what is happening in Europe, I wonder is Yeats’s poem now so apt at foretelling the future?

WB Yeats – The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?