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Vol. 4, Number 5
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Enchanting decoration
for our eyes,
the embodiment of light
of dreamy fantasies
of ideals
of heroes
of feats sublime,
dramas of color
and sound,
visions uplifting
and sights profound,
escape from dreary
daily labor
with a veil of wonder,
in a world of splendor.

In modern culture
filled with fear
entertainment parades
inhuman nightmares
of hellish imagination,
of destruction,
of wars,
of tortured senses
dulling compassion
for human suffering
and honest ambition,
filling the mind,
blinding the eyes,
shaping values
based on lies.

Killing our hopes
with a cynical game
in a virtual reality
of enemies,
of interests,
of good guys,
of fame,
making a caricature
of the human race
with lusty patriots
who don't see the face
of the people they hate,
in arrogant pride
with a godly war,
they entertain.

In our culture of fear
it is, oh, so natural
to spend millions of dollars
to recruit the soldiers
of the next generation
with the bloodless seduction
of video games
of excitement
of reflexive killing
of adventure without pain,
in hypnotic rhythm
and exploding flame
where there is no danger
of bodily harm
where the soul succumbs
to patriotic charms
of guileless politicians
who are merchants for arms.

The borders have blurred
between entertainment
and world events
no more uplifting escape
into the ideal,
into lands pleasant
with endless possibility
and joyful imagination.
The new reality
of entertainment mixed
with politics
have finally achieved
a seamless drama
where nightly news
and fictitious series
excite mass consumption
of a human condition
beyond fear
or real-life casualties.

We pay good money
to buy our ticket
congratulate ourselves
for our civic spirit
not realizing
that the daily labor
of our human nature
should create common ties
to meet the needs
of our common lives.

Instead we are slaves
of other's greed
we open our mouths wide
eager with hearts naïve
to swallow the icons
of the earth's destruction
as a compelling religion
of salvation
preached by the priests
of manipulation
while enjoying the feast
of our excited senses
with thrilling

© 2005 Richard Sidy
Archives 2005
Volumn 4
January: "Standing up for Humanity"
February: "The Wake of Disaster" – a poem
March: "Unity in Diversity
April: "Life is Calling"
May: "Entertainment" – a poem
June: "Thought and Imagination" part 1
July: "Thought and Imagination" part 2
August: "Imagination and Healing"
September: "Malice or Neglect? – Lessons of Katrina"
October: "Protecting Children"
November: "Intelligent Design or Evolution?"
December: "Building with one hand, destroying with the other"
Archives 2006
Volumn 5

January: "Conflict, Harmony, and Integrity"
February: "Satyagraha or Soul-force and Political Change"
March: "I Know I'm Not Alone - Wisdom of Michael Franti"
April: "Human Programming and Conflict Part I"
May: "Human Programming and Conflict Part II"
June: "Soccer Diplomacy"
July: "Sustainable Development is Nature's Way
August: "Parallel Universes"
September: "The News is not New"
October: "Legalizing Torture"
November: "Living Without an Enemy"
December: "Fast Food is really Slow Food"

Archives 2007
Volumn 6

January: "State of Fear"
February: Criminal Justice - "The Powerful Over the Weak"
March: "Culture Shock: The Good Life and Survival"
April: "March Madness"
May: "No Child Left Behind" Leaves Many Teachers Behind
June: "Personal Ecology"
July: Criminal Justice - "The Ethic of Custodianship"
August: "Exploring the Mind - part 1"
September: "Exploring the Mind - part 2: The Poetic Mind
October: "How Much Pain Can We Stand?"
November: "When Languages Disappear"
December: "Is it Enough to be Tolerant?"

Archives 2008
Volumn 7

January: "Beyond Ideology: Politics of the Future "
February: "Beyond the Bush Years"
March: "The Imaginary Economy - Part I
April: "The Imaginary Economy - Part II
May: Questions from Prison
June: "iGods and Connectivity"
July: "Energy Independence"
August: "Tribalism and the 2008 Elections
September: "Guilt, Shame and U.S. Justice"
October: "Have We Been Willing Slaves?"
November: "Are We Ready for the Future?"
December: "Are we done learning from pain?"

Archives 2009
Volumn 8

January: "Awakening"
February: "When Sacrifice is no Sacrifice"
March: "The Good New Days"
April: "The Power of Metaphor"
May: "The Conflict of Mythologies"
June: "The Time is Right"
July: "The New Anarchy"
August: "The Art of Living"
September: "Outrage"
October: "Are Women Becoming More Unhappy?

November: "Effect of the manufacturing culture on the American Psyche"
December: Who are the Real Game Changers?

Archives 2010
Volumn 9

January: The Music of Place
February: Earthquakes and Other Awakenings
March: Sense of Place, Sense of Self, Sense of Humanity
April: Why Do People Serve?
May: Decentralizing Food and Energy
June: Beyond Reading and Writing — Ecological literacy
July: Organization or Organism?
August: Fear and Cynicism = “Inter-fear-ance”
September: Are we afraid of our "Better Angels?"
October: Choosing Our Battles
November: Meeting the Need
December: A Living Canvas

Archives 2002: Vol. 1, Numbers 1-12
Read past articles including:
Hope for the Future
Six Part Series on Science and Religion
First Three Parts of the Series on Leadership
Archives 2003: Vol. 2, Numbers 1-12
Read past articles including:
Series on Leadership continued
Avoiding Dictatorship in a Free Society

Art and Politics
Living the Good Life

Teaching Teens
World Peace in Less Than a Month?
Archives 2004: Vol. 3, Numbers 1-12
Read past articles including:
Seven Part Series on Global Consciousness
Is "Liberal" a Dirty Word?
Can Idealism Solve Problems?
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All
Poetry Diplomacy Science and Religion Teen Help
Archives 2002 Archives 2003 Archives 2004
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