Burning symbols

It’s going to be a hot summer, apparently. Those of us who work with the cooling, healing aspect of water are being called to speak that wisdom into the winds and on the lands.

In all the years I have been on this planet and observing, conscientiously, the struggles of our attempts to build and sustain egalitarian social structures…I don’t recall ever having observed a scenario where a conflict was resolved after burning a flag. I could be wrong, but my memory informs me that this act only drives a deeper divide in the conversation.

I’m not a worshiper of any flag. I see the symbolic energy they possess, and I also see the multitudes of injustices that have been inflicted under neath the unfurled fabric. Same goes with many holy texts.

When a flag or a holy text is set aflame, it represents great anger, which may be justified, but is likely not helpful. Meaningful conversation and, therefore, progress are chucked over the cliff and disappear in the smoke.

This is the energetic consequence of burning that which is highly symbolic. Everyone clings to an image, a symbol, of something that has significance and importance to their soul. It’s not just a piece of cloth. Even though it is. It’s not just a book, even though it is.

It is dangerous times we live in. The narratives that are being espoused by people who desire to make money from the suffering of humans and wish to see the world go up in flames have been carefully and strategically crafted. They have engaged the arts and sciences to craft language and images to stoke their angry and hateful rhetoric. They have become very good at their craft.

We who desire peace, egalitarianism, cooperation, and respectful reciprocal relationships must be no less diligent in choosing our narratives and images. Especially when we know that what we are fighting for is good and aligned to natural laws. Especially when we dissect the narratives of the unjust.

There is a difference between tone policing in order to preserve someone’s unjust sensibilities and carefully creating and maintaining strong narratives of justice and balance.

If we espouse a narrative that a whole group is not tainted by the irresponsible actions of a few, we are not paying attention to how that narrative is used to let irresponsible people get away with murder, literally.

We have responsibility to each other, to keep each other on the good road, and in good standing with natural laws. If a person among us decides to stray from that road, and refuses to course correct, then we must choose our road carefully.

The strategies and energies are crucial for a successful return to justice and balance.

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Twylia (the 'i' is silent)

~ I am Anishinaabe-kwe with Scottish heritage and Sami DNA. I speak on the behalf of no one but myself. My ancestors inform and guide me. My voice is but one of many who are calling for change. We have much work to do to create a good space for the real human beings who are waiting to be born.

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