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March 3rd, 2022

Creating a Life-Affirming Civilization

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in… the art of words.”― Ursula K. Le Guin

“It is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism,” — attributed to both Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek

Introduction

Despite sweatshops, ecocide, global food insecurity and systemic poverty, intellectual property wars, monopolization of industries and financial systems, loss of identity and culture in many Western countries to simply that of ‘consumer,’ invasions of sovereign nations for unfettered access to natural resources, assassinations and US-backed coups of democratically elected leaders to enforce US economic interests, cold-blooded murder of labor organizers, and countless other horrors of history driven by an economic and cultural paradigm that emerged in the late 1700s, capitalism is also responsible for many of our greatest triumphs as a species.

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March 3rd, 2022

An Invocation of the Rising Masculine

Brothers, Fathers, Sons,

Her body does not belong to you. Her time, her energy, her love and her attention are not yours.

I know what it is to be afraid of the darkness, to grasp furtively at illusions of control, structures of meaning that seem to sooth the gnawing awareness of death and loneliness.

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March 3rd, 2022

A Prayer for Your Soul’s Becoming

Beloved One,

The soul wrapped in matter called ‘You’ is sacred. Stripped first of the infinite, then of mother, then of land, then of self, you have passed through the gates of illusion in search of wholeness beyond wholeness.

Father, Mother, Daughter, Son, Masculine, and Feminine are masks worn by the divine to teach you lessons. You are the Creator you seek to understand. All suffering is redeemed by the light of the One Heart and One Mind. You are a plaything of the infinite and a player of the infinite game. You wrote the rules. Follow them.

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March 3rd, 2022

Principles for a Beautiful, Purposeful, and Honest Life

I strive in all that I do and with all that I AM to create beauty and celebrate life.

I strive to feel fully all the joy, pain, pleasure, sorrow, love, and the myriad expressions of human emotion & experience, that I may be a hollow bone through which the pure light of source consciousness can play , dance, and experience itself.

I strive to integrate, within myself and within the world, all sources of disharmony, disease, and deceit within widening circles of unconditional love.

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March 3rd, 2022

Introduction: A Choice Point for Humanity

Our world is on fire. Police violence, racism, economic collapse and injustice, public health crises of COVID-19 and chronic disease, broken and corrupted democracies, ecocide, epidemics of addiction and suicide, mass incarceration, cultural genocide, state and corporate surveillance, slavery and human trafficking are all interwoven into an overwhelmingly complex web of failing systems that threaten the soul of humanity.

As the collective trauma of racial violence and inequality is at the forefront of our shared awareness through profoundly painful images of police violence, we have the opportunity to participate in a trauma-informed revolution that brings us together to heal our deepest wounds and discover the unconditional solidarity of our shared humanity. Unlike social movements of the past, we have the opportunity to meet this pain with love, healing, and integration so that we can truly rise as an international Unified People’s Movement. Listening to leaders and healers from Black, indigenous, and all other systemically marginalized communities, we can participate in the collective redemption of our deepest shadows.

For decades, the Burning Man Project has been a creative hub that has provided an outlet for visionaries to imagine a new world together. There has never been a more crucial time to reimagine and rebuild our world to honor the sanctity of all life. While the Burning Man community has been predominantly white and privileged, if we choose to listen deeply to those most impacted by our broken systems, we can activate the resources, relationships, and skills we developed building Black Rock City in service to a larger movement that addresses the core systemic failures of our civilization.

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March 3rd, 2022

Whole Systems Rebirth for a World That Works For All

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati Roy

Image by Casey Cripe
Image by Casey Cripe