Forum Post: BLACK ELK SPEAKS: Why the wachusi on Wall St. will lose and the people's spring will triumph
Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 13, 2013, 3:01 a.m. EST by therising
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frovikleka shared a wonderful quote today:
"You can crush the flowers, but you can't stop the spring."
Alexander Dubchek from the Prague Spring
I love that quote.
It really reminds us that there are bigger things than human society. There are forces at work that are far more powerful than anything we might design. We can either align our human activities with those forces, those seasons, those waves, those tides or we can feebly attempt to resist them with comical valor.
The elite corporatists worshipping the Wall St. Journal look serious and important in their $10,000 handmade suits, but, when you get right down to it, their arrogance and confidence is comical. . . especially when the camera pulls back for the observer to witness the entire scene in context. Their arrogant, haughty and selfish demeanor in "the zoomed in version" may look like confidence, but when the camera pulls way way back to reveal the 150 foot tidal wave bearing down on them, they just look silly.
Don't mess with mother nature. . . She bites hard.
I think there are accounts in John Neihardt's legendary book Black Elk Speaks ( http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Elk_Speaks ) of Native Americans describing the look in the eyes of the white people (wachusi) they encountered for the first time. As I recall, the Oglala Sioux described the wachusi as appearing to be gripped by a sickness -- one that made them blind and deaf to the impact of their actions on other people and the world. They basically described the wachusi of being "users" and "takers", something that stood out in bold relief when set aside their "base every decision on looking forward every 7 generations" philosophy. I like to think that the spirit of the native people of this land is helping to power this new season in America, this spring that is now emerging. Black Elk at the end of his life was very dismayed and troubled at the state of affairs in this land but I suspect he would be heartened somewhat by the season of Occupy.
In fact, Black Elk and his friend might have been occupiers of a sort in their own day. Check this out:
"Black Elk and Lame Deer were Heyoka which means that you literally say and do things backwards in a humorous manner but whose spirit helpers are the powerful thunderbeings. Lame Deer was the last true Heyoka. If you look at this world most things flow in a clockwise cycle but you also have that small element in life that goes the opposite direction. There are things that Black Elk and Lame Deer did and said things in a way to divert the tensions at that time when the pipe way was under attack. Zintkala Oyate, as quoted in Heyoka magazine (6 December 2006)
The momentum of modern culture has a dominant clockwise spin. But one might says that that those supporting and participating in the occupy movement are sort of Heyoka's themselves in that they are moving in the opposite of the dominant direction. This seems like something a society needs now and then, a season when the salmon swim upstream to keep the life cycle of the river in balance.
Black Elk once said this:
"Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss."
Let us reclaim our childlike innocence so that we might be in tune with the real forces of this world. If we align with them, they will lift us like the Great Spirit lifts "sun through the morning clouds."
Consider these lines by the Rastafarian poet, Bongo Jerry:
"Sooner or later but mus'
the dam is going to bus'
What force can stop them,
this river of people who know their course?"
A virtuous cycle has indeed begun.
James Baldwin said it something like this to the wachusi (paraphrasing): No you will not succeed in drying up all the rivers. Forces have opposed you. Now other forces will check you. Rub your eyes my brother and begin again. What I had always wanted to say to them is exactly what they were saying to me and it was something to thing to see, them coming alive and realizing they could step out of the lie and the trap of their history and be, just be. Watching them come to life was amazing. I saw some, not all but some, white boys and girls come to freedom on that road and it was a beautiful thing to behold."
The wachusi may be deluded but they are not incoragable :)
"No lie can live forever." - Martin L. King, Jr.
"And I am talking about getting ready because it is coming." - Cornel West
There are some amazing quotes at the following link from people who would have gotten along well with Black Elk if they met him at a party: http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/like-the-sun-through-the-morning-clouds-why-there-/