Spiritual Insurrection

Occupy Death

Holding open a door to the divine.

The world does not give us very much now; it often seems to consist of nothing but noise and fear, and yet grass and trees still grow. And if one day the whole world should be covered with concrete boxes, the clouds will still be playing up above, and here and there people will still, with the help of art, be holding open a door to the divine.

I have come from the city, where after a long absence I was once more among people, and I have sat in a train, seen pictures and sculptures and heard wonderful new songs by Othmar Schoeck. Now the joyful breeze brushes my face just as it caresses the nodding anemones, but as it whirls up a swarm of memories in me like a dust cloud, a reminder of pain and transience rises from my blood into my conscious mind. Stone on the path, you are stronger than me! Tree in the meadow, you will outlast me, and perhaps so will you, little raspberry bush, and perhaps even you, rose-scented anemone.

For a single breath I sense more profoundly than ever the transience of my form, and I feel drawn into transformation – to the stone, the earth, the raspberry bush, the tree root. My thirst is for the signs of passing, for the earth, the water and the withering of the leaves. Tomorrow, the day after, soon, soon I shall be you, I shall be leaves, I shall be earth, I shall be roots, I shall write no more words on paper, I shall no longer smell the regal wallflower, I shall no longer carry the dentist’s bill around in my pocket, I shall no longer be pestered by menacing officials demanding proof of citizenship, and so – swim cloud in the blue, flow water in the brook, bud leaf on the bough, I have sunk into oblivion and into my thousand-times-longed-for transformation.

Ten and a hundred times more you will grasp me, enchant me and imprison me, world of words, world of opinions, world of people, world of increasing pleasure and feverish fear. A thousand times you will delight me and terrify me, with songs sung at the piano, with newspapers, with telegrams, with obituaries, with registration forms and with all your crazy odds and ends, you, world full of pleasure and fear, sweet opera full of melodic nonsense. But never more, may God grant, will you be completely lost to me, devotion to transience, passionate music of change, readiness for death, desire for rebirth. Easter will always return, pleasure will always become fear, fear will always become redemption, and the song of the past will accompany me on my way without grief, filled with affirmation, filled with readiness, filled with hope.

Hermann Hesse is the famed author of Siddhartha, a novel he described as a “biography of the soul.” Hesse died in 1962 at the age of 85. His reflections on mortality are collected in Hymn to Old Age, published by Pushkin Press.

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Anonymous

"your gods truth and our present reality..."

Uh oh, there you go showing your hand again.

By 'your', you wouldn't happen to mean, oh, I don't know, a Christian god, would you?

I'm smiling and laughing. What are you doing?

Anonymous

Well, pig, you got me chuckling over your delighted assumption that I'm a Christian. I'm not, at least not in the sense Process luciferian Military types find easy to attack and nullify. Actually I think the second greatest threat to humanity after that of the U.S. Military is belief that anything other than ourselves can save us. I also take the best anti-fascist, anti-U.S.Military, anti-luciferian, anti-mofo Process, anti-crapmeister material I can locate from the history of human language to array against your ilk. I happen to think the Jesus Parables are damn fine examples of that. But, keep talking and can you get fat-ass pedo General Aquino to a terminal so that I may have a word with him?

Anonymous

It's also what 'allowed' ( since when is choosing the same as 'allowing'? ) to default on their loans, which screwed the people of the U.K.

But hey, rationalizations always prevail in the human species.

Anonymous

I'm in the 98%! Not super rich and not a disorganized hipster living in the park! There are a lot of us who rolled up our sleeves a long time ago before OWS even existed. Fighting the cops and camping in the park is a waste of time and gets little done. Be polite, ask critical questions, show up at town hall meetings and get engaged. Its hard work, but thats life!

Here's to your post!

From another 99%er getting SHIT DONE!

ps-learn about the treasury in your state and their investment funds. State treasuries around the US own large blocks of Wall Street. Its public money and and regular people can attend meetings and meet with treasury officials. Encourage them to invest PERS money in SRI portfolios, hold money in local banks, and use their power to vote for the right people to serve on the boards of major corporations.

Anonymous

1) unbrideled and irrational hatred: Check
2) strawman arguments: Check
3) we're good, you're bad logic: Check

And, mate.

I could play this game all day long, except I actually have to drive home from ( dare I admit it? ), WORK. A J-O-B. I can't wait to eat a nice bacon, lettuce, and tomato sammich. Yum!! I sure do love bacon.

This is where you get to call me a pig. But not just a pig. Now you can call me a cannibal pig. Even worse. You've hit pay dirt now, huh? Inshallah baby!

I won't try to explain what a 'job' is. It might bee-low your mind.

Anonymous

Hey "mate". Do you dream of tonguing your local constable's nightstick? Does the thought of that turn you on? You're the only "arsehole" here. Except you're not HERE, are you? You're on the other side of the pond, voting conservative, copying and pasting, writing pathetic comments about how much you love your factory farmed swine. You're a bore. And a boor.

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