“Most of the stone a nation hammers goes towards its tomb only. It buries itself alive. As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to drown in the Nile (*Ghion), and then given his body to the dogs” ~ Henry David Thoreau.
We keep building and building towers for the rich and powerful, modern day pharaohs from Trump to Obama, naming bridges and buildings after them. But these stones we cut only cut us in half as rich men build monuments on top of our collective backs. Perhaps tis best to disregard idols, people disregard the teachings of past prophets as they grasp on instead to the teachings of witless educators and willful demagogues. Injustice will not bend until we stop breaking our backs to worship the powerful.
Ideas are truly transcendent, what Thoreau wrote more than a hundred and forty years ago still applies today. If I think, I do so because greater thinkers before me were planting seeds of thought before my inception. Going forward, I will look back to past thinkers, philosophers, and idealists and cite their words and apply a dash of mitmita (hot pepper) to their sagacity by interpreting and applying past wisdom to current events and present circumstances. I am also going to pick out a video from YouTube to amplify the intent behind the post.
However, the videos I do post does not mean I stand behind it fully, I am just offering divergent ideas for the reader and audience to distill and arrive at a conclusion of your own. Although the documentary below, Collapse, I highly recommend to everyone who reads this. There is another way to live, we can change the system, if we only get enough second monkeys together (this will make more sense when Michael Ruppert breaks down the notion of the second monkey as it relates to critical mass—now you know where I got the idea of #Be2nd from. Like I said, I am a product of great thinkers before me) #GhionReflections
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.
Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
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