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Alternatives for Cultural Creativity recognizes that our society is in transition and that an integral culture is emerging out of the context of dominant American society. We see this integral culture as concerned with values focused on spiritual transformation, ecological sustainability, holistic health, political and economic justice, self-actualization and expression, and enlightened parenting/family relationships.
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"I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it's difficult to say no."
I was raised to be polite enough not to intrude into other peoples' personal space, not to upset the apparent harmony. But these days I work at breaking this polite habit of a conditioned mind as I struggle to find my authentic voice. Why? Because silence in the face of great corruption is a form of collusion corrosive to the soul. Thus I must speak out to dispel the apparent harmony of "positive opinion polls" supporting the imminent invasion. I am made sick by the lies and the double standards applied by the Bush Administration in the name of good America. These perverse murderers, these arrogant empire builders with their dreams of unfettered power and control...no, I can no longer suffer these fools silently. Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and Ashcroft et.al. play deadly games, spreading hatred through innuendo and half truth and outright untruth. They are not fit to lead this nation because where they lead us is a treason to our souls.
Anyone who cares at all for anything outside of their own family, their own set of possessions, their own stock holdings, is called to care publicly now, of this I am convinced. I have lived long enough to know the signs of treason to our nation's founding principles. Unhappily, the signs of such treason are evident in every newscast. We are governed by an illegitimate regime using unethical means to effect immoral ends. It is our duty as citizens to name these things by their true names. The alternative-to just go along with the program laid out by Bush and his cronies-is to deal in death. I say, not in my name, not in the name of this nation.
Still, and thank god for it, the earth is a glittering jewel in the night sky of my imagination, and I spend quite a lot of time out there in that vastness, just for my own sanity. It is a great realm of light and life we live in. And in this great world, there are many subjects of interest, all relevant. In Alternatives, we treat these subjects, we're interested in all of it, for this is our life, not measured in the small increments of hours or timeclocks on the corporate wall, but extended by the infinite, for that is precisely what we are surrounded by.
We have an issue to present to this glittering world, so read on.
Psychopaths On Parade, by Richard Reid
Be A Soul The InnerView with Ram Dass, by Peter Moore
Leaving Home: The Touch of Stone, The Taste of Blood, by Ness Mountain
Moments On the Tantric Path, by Bob Theiss
The Healing of Multiple Sclerosis: Embracing Love and the Innate Inner Healer, by Christine-Yazmin Albright
Radical Astrology, by Emily Trinkaus
What Democracy? (Part II), by Harry Lonsdale
Physicians Perspective: Medical Rights 2002: From Exam Room to Ballot Choice, by Rick Bayer, MD
Toxic Waste in the Public Well Revisited: A Foot-in-Mouth Tale, by Miriam Green
Say It Aint So Senator Daschle: Shame on the Big Green Environmentalists, by John Borowski
Dreams of Kindness, Love & Grace: Wealth Addiction, by Carolyn Bolton
The Celtic Spiral: An Everyday Path to the Sacred, by Mara Freeman
The Ecstasy of Transformational Creation, by Carolyn Campbell
Thunder Rising: A Green Light for Hope of Global Proportions, by Brian Bogart
Intuitive Solutions, by Karen Grace Kassy
. . . subverting the dominant paradigm
one relationship at a time.
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