I grew up in a suburb of Boston.
I know the streets of Boston.
I have Boston culture in my bones.

Every year, there are individual and organizational acts of terrorism. Every year all of us absorb a spectrum of thousands of people killed, maimed or traumatized. Some at 0 degrees of separation, some at distances too far to register. 

I do not need to know why. I already know why.
I do not need to know about accomplices. I already know who.
I do not need to know how to prevent future occurrences. I already know how.
I did not need to see the bravery of service providers. I knew them already.

I know about crimes against humanity.
Acts designed to harm. Hurt.

I do not care about the motivation of the hurters.
There will always be hurters. Haters.

Blasts tear at our guts – our primal programming that reacts to the flash and sound and light and terror of explosives.

Boston tore at our guts.
West Texas tore at our guts.

Newtown, Aurora, Navy Yards, Fort Hood….Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon…
9/11 tore at our guts.
Airplane crashes, car crashes and shootouts grab our guts – our attention.
The Fourth of July celebrates explosions. Gut visceral fascination – stimulation.

Yes,
Bombs + Hate = death.
Guns + Hate = death.

What I do care about is stopping hurters and murders.
But our language fails us. Holds us back.

We do not have a sufficient word or concept for decision-makers who prevent people from accessing health care and necessary services. Thousands of men, women, children and seniors die by their hand each year.

We do not have a sufficient word or concept for organizations that knowingly produce products that deliver absolutely avoidable harm. Thousands of men, women, children and seniors die by their hand each year.

We do not have a sufficient word or concept for organizations and decision-makers who believe Nurture, Equality, Truth and Systemic Support Systems are simply words – who cannot process the untold misery and harm and death that results from their inequalities and lies and failure to enable systemic Nurture to prevail.  

We do not have a sufficient word or concept for a public that stands passively by while decision-makers try to protect their jobs and not the public – the men, women, children and seniors among us who will need protections, who DO desperately need protections NOW.

Lets take our intelligence and compassion and outrage and apply it to systemic acts of Nurture, Equality and Truth. There will still be death by hate or inattention or ignorance or greed. But no more should there be a place on earth where people can honestly believe that hate and violence, ignorance and greed, work better than NETS to achieve any objective other than harm to the commons.

Once a person or group is programmed and locked into hate, it becomes an immense struggle to reshape hate into NETS. One of the essential objectives of public education, one of the reasons public education is essential for a healthy society, is to teach people, young and old, about the greatest lesson of history – the story of hate, and about the nature of how we think and why. The only way to declare war on hate is to prevent it from becoming the accomplice to dogma, fear, ignorance and violence. Hate can be characterized as mental illness. Extreme anger can be characterized as mental illness. It causes only harm, is damaging to all, is preventable, and is curable. We must never tolerate hate, yet it is pervasive and regarded as an acceptable and appropriate reaction by many. Hate is not an acceptable reaction to Boston.

Hate kills the potential of everyone.

Y Worlds. Imagining an economic and societal framework that enables the free to free others from the bonds of hate, from the shackles of SLANT, and from the tragedies to come. NETS.


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4 thoughts on “Boston Strong

  1. Alan,
    I question the notion that hate and arrogant aggressive behaviors in our cultural matrix called programming is a permanent human feature in an explosive conditional situation? The act of hating is becoming unacceptable and is not a biological fundament what constitutes, sustains and maintains who we are? Where did we learn this behavior of justified killing for indoctrinated fantasy where today every subjective relativistic viewpoint is claiming the right to murder for 15 minutes of global attention?

    Recently, through my Lakota friends I have been able to see the historical swept along drift or slant in this genocidal cultural pattern of attitudes, behaviors and actions in the concreteness of prison camp #334, we so generously distinguish as a reservation fearing this savage power of the landlords of Turtle Island. The notion of manifest destiny by the occidental western patriarchal culture has failed, and there is no running form the truth in the breakdown of the violence perpetrated because its a living reality in prison camp #334. The pater notion of a benevolent father who knows best has turned out to be confused himself in this patronizing role, positional perfume, and standard practices of a blind charity with guilt ridden decision making behavior leading the flock.

    We are a sinking Titanic and leadership is moving deck chairs in status quo bureaucratic institutional mandates buying into consumptive entertainment as a sustainable future and blaming the 3rd class baggage compartment already drowning in freezing temperatures as the problem. I don’t think this is going to work for very much longer.

    We are stuck in the muddy denied history of what owns us and expecting through either science fiction technological processes or new age fantasy secrets to escape the unintended consequences of our own creation. When in Truth you (I) (We) (Us) cannot Nurture Equality in an “System Observer Error Pretending to Sleep” in Nets. It’s time to wake up, grow up and invent a new story.

    I also lived in Boston, Jamaica Plains, 1973 to 1974 and witnessed the busing crisis where Roxbury burned and Irish Catholic’s literally burned blacks as entertainment. The imbalance today is economic inequality in globalization that is teetering on financial collapse in the market driven ponzi scheme demand for consumptive greed is like a bullet train that has left the precipice ignoring exponential growth without restraint. The real reality of violence in the moment of humanity. And leadership on Titanic embodies denial like a bureaucratic mantra blessing denying responsibility for decisions blaming human nature as the problem its evil. Someone or all of us must say “Stop It” and begin to “Own the History of Genocidal Attitudes, Behaviors and Actions creating Hate.”

    Unfortunately this form of therapy is to simple for most people to accept to the cherished patriotic notion that wars are justified. To say the blaming and shaming game is over, just stop it, is like ringing a bell on an adolescent immature playground in Plato’s Cave convinced its the game possible. The consequences of “Stop It” may mean that we deal internally with our own village political idiot King George who is responsible for coercive deceptive leadership that generated a massive killing spree in the streets of Iraq unleashing a dragon in pandora’s box that no one can close. And there is no stopping killing once started, so today we have an administrative justification of war on happening in videos gaming with drones driven by popularity of being tuff on the battlefield. While ignoring the outright criminal greed on Wall Street executives operating above the law and too big to be prosecuted. Well except Bernie who actually embodied the ponzi scheme single handily. So we hang the low lying fruit dropping to the ground in this collective psychotic behaviors and wonder where this behavior comes from in the slant?

    I remember walking through Roxbury as it burned in hatred. I had the fortunate experience to move from Boston to San Francisco that shares the same latitude with extremely different notions as a cosmos. In San Francisco there were people gathering from every corner of the earth integrating diversity like a song in the beginning of a new village. On the Eastern seaboard the old school with ivy league professors and museums, and on the west coast “Golden State Bridge and Park” pointing to a new tomorrow.

    Today I live right in the middle in freedom of both and loving the 1% ers at the bottom of the pyramid who are still in touch with the feral goodness in the natural law of their own biology taking back the realization of living in the midst of this never ending emotional contradiction of two extremes.

    Peace is a choice and being responsible is the new NET,
    Latter and sad for our pitiful blaming ans shaming creating this,
    Mushin

  2. Alan,
    I question the notion that hate and arrogant aggressive behaviors in our cultural matrix called programming is a permanent human feature in an explosive conditional situation? The act of hating is becoming unacceptable and is not a biological fundament what constitutes, sustains and maintains who we are? Where did we learn this behavior of justified killing for indoctrinated fantasy where today every subjective relativistic viewpoint is claiming the right to murder for 15 minutes of global attention?

    Recently, through my Lakota friends I have been able to see the historical swept along drift or slant in this genocidal cultural pattern of attitudes, behaviors and actions in the concreteness of prison camp #334, we so generously distinguish as a reservation fearing this savage power of the landlords of Turtle Island. The notion of manifest destiny by the occidental western patriarchal culture has failed, and there is no running form the truth in the breakdown of the violence perpetrated because its a living reality in prison camp #334. The pater notion of a benevolent father who knows best has turned out to be confused himself in this patronizing role, positional perfume, and standard practices of a blind charity with guilt ridden decision making behavior leading the flock.

    We are a sinking Titanic and leadership is moving deck chairs in status quo bureaucratic institutional mandates buying into consumptive entertainment as a sustainable future and blaming the 3rd class baggage compartment already drowning in freezing temperatures as the problem. I don’t think this is going to work for very much longer.

    We are stuck in the muddy denied history of what owns us and expecting through either science fiction technological processes or new age fantasy secrets to escape the unintended consequences of our own creation. When in Truth you (I) (We) (Us) cannot Nurture Equality in an “System Observer Error Pretending to Sleep” in Nets. It’s time to wake up, grow up and invent a new story.

    I also lived in Boston, Jamaica Plains, 1973 to 1974 and witnessed the busing crisis where Roxbury burned and Irish Catholic’s literally burned blacks as entertainment. The imbalance today is economic inequality in globalization that is teetering on financial collapse in the market driven ponzi scheme demand for consumptive greed is like a bullet train that has left the precipice ignoring exponential growth without restraint. The real reality of violence in the moment of humanity. And leadership on Titanic embodies denial like a bureaucratic mantra blessing denying responsibility for decisions blaming human nature as the problem its evil. Someone or all of us must say “Stop It” and begin to “Own the History of Genocidal Attitudes, Behaviors and Actions creating Hate.”

    Unfortunately this form of therapy is to simple for most people to accept to the cherished patriotic notion that wars are justified. To say the blaming and shaming game is over, just stop it, is like ringing a bell on an adolescent immature playground in Plato’s Cave convinced its the game possible. The consequences of “Stop It” may mean that we deal internally with our own village political idiot King George who is responsible for coercive deceptive leadership that generated a massive killing spree in the streets of Iraq unleashing a dragon in pandora’s box that no one can close. And there is no stopping killing once started, so today we have an administrative justification of war on happening in videos gaming with drones driven by popularity of being tuff on the battlefield. While ignoring the outright criminal greed on Wall Street executives operating above the law and too big to be prosecuted. Well except Bernie who actually embodied the ponzi scheme single handily. So we hang the low lying fruit dropping to the ground in this collective psychotic behaviors and wonder where this behavior comes from in the slant?

    I remember walking through Roxbury as it burned in hatred. I had the fortunate experience to move from Boston to San Francisco that shares the same latitude with extremely different notions as a cosmos. In San Francisco there were people gathering from every corner of the earth integrating diversity like a song in the beginning of a new village. On the Eastern seaboard the old school with ivy league professors and museums, and on the west coast “Golden State Bridge and Park” pointing to a new tomorrow.

    Today I live right in the middle in freedom of both and loving the 1% ers at the bottom of the pyramid who are still in touch with the feral goodness in the natural law of their own biology taking back the realization of living in the midst of this never ending emotional contradiction of two extremes.

    Peace is a choice and being responsible is the new NET,
    Latter and sad for our pitiful blaming ans shaming creating this,
    Mushin

  3. Thank you Mushin for a deeper expression of what I am feeling and thinking. If I were to try to express my thinking with the least number of words, I believe it would be this: We have inherited a world of beliefs and mechanisms that do not represent our potential. Our potential requires some foundational principles that are compassionate, inclusive, self-sustainable, distributed – not centralized, knowledge driven, and systemically implemented – established and fully functioning in parallel to the inherited worldview. This is the blueprint for Y Worlds and TOOTE~V3W.

  4. Thank you Mushin for a deeper expression of what I am feeling and thinking. If I were to try to express my thinking with the least number of words, I believe it would be this: We have inherited a world of beliefs and mechanisms that do not represent our potential. Our potential requires some foundational principles that are compassionate, inclusive, self-sustainable, distributed – not centralized, knowledge driven, and systemically implemented – established and fully functioning in parallel to the inherited worldview. This is the blueprint for Y Worlds and TOOTE~V3W.

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