By Carlos Cedillo
This week, Thursday Aug. 28, 2014, otherwise known as 8 Tzikin/Eagle on the Mayan calendar, marks one full Tzolkin round since I began posting a weekly blog on Planet Waves. Here is a link to my first published article, Time is a Holy Place, published 8 Eagle, Dec. 11, 2013.
It is a good time to review everything that has happened since then as we are also coming up quickly to the end of the current Tzolkin round, 13 Ahau/Sun. (Ahau is spelled Ajpu in some Mayan dialects). This time period can feel like the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the Gregorian calendar.
In fact, the day 13 Ahau (coming next Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014) is often a day to be ‘Dancing in the Streets’. Finish up those lingering projects, clean up around the house, and welcome those unexpected visitors and radical new developments that will impact the next Tzolkin round.
We have felt, as a nation, an intense need for changes after the dramatic shooting of a young man in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police officer, and the subsequent militaristic response by police to the mostly peaceful protests that inevitably occurred as a natural response by that town’s citizens.
Despite the sadness of this event and other news — like the horrible new terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria — most sensitive people now can see the origins of our woes, and that is that “fear itself” has too harsh a grip on the minds of our fellow citizens. The cops dressed as soldiers and those who support them are the ones who are most terrified of anyone who is an ‘other’, or an outsider from anywhere else.
Why else would they dress in gas masks, flack vests and helmets? Because they are fearful and ignorant of ‘the other’, they follow orders to beat and subjugate their fellow Americans. Only the officers most in touch with their humanity — which is a kind of brave intelligence these days — took off the military gear and marched hand in hand with the protesting citizens.
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