Sunday, March 11, 2007

iki ga ii desu ka?

hello everyone, I hope you are doing well and having a good ikigai day

if you are frustrated about human suffering in the Persian Gulf please feel encouraged by the fact that a peace march on the Pentagon will take place next Saturday.

if you are a war hating individual who nevertheless fails to see the value in participating in this sort of activity because you cannot see how you could possibly make a difference, I have a very specific request for you: please stop being insane.

thinking that your actions make no difference is a very misguided mode of thought. absolutely everything you do matters. please never forget this, and please aspire to a somewhat more sane way of thinking in the future.

if you are a hater of automobile and bus travel, or an agoraphobic and/or nervous breakdown sufferer who cannot bear the thought of being so close to the Heart of Darkness, join the club!

many other war protest opportunities exist to help make it easier for you to register your opinion about the war in Iraq.

do you like origami? origami peace cranes are not so difficult to make. if you know some folks who will be able to attend the peace march, why not make them a little set of pin-on origami peace cranes to wear or give out as gifts?

Other easy gift ideas include bookmarks, made with Phytolacca ink or other democracy-friendly materials. These are a thoughtful way you can cheer on tired protesters and to provide them with a nice souvenir to remember the day.

Scripture enthusiasts could use their knowledge and talents to create informational materials which encourage The Man to gain a better understanding of why bloodlust and greed are such a bad idea. I like Revelation 18:14 for this purpose:

The dainties that thy soul longed for are gone from thee, and all thine elegance and splendor have perished, and never again shall they be found.

another version of this reads as follows:

And the fruits that thy soul lusted after have departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly have departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

Suffice it to say that there are lots and lots of creative and effective ways that just one person can make a difference on March 17. So if the war in Iraq is messing with your ikigai, don't just sit there and cry.

Instead, stand up and cry, and in the loudest voice you can, say gimme back my ikigai!

bye, namaste, thanks for reading.