These are serious times. Whether you want to accept this or not is your choice. However in the future if we allow things to carry on the way they are doing & to get worse, no one may have any choice about anything at all.

There is a war for our freedom going on right now, the children of Saruman are rebuilding the Great Eye. The land, the air & the oceans are being poisoned. Fascism is rising again in the world, it is already here, in our governments & our institutions. The system we have in place is no longer fit for purpose, it is corrupted & broken.

If we don’t want our children/grandchildren to inherit this doom, we must get off our arses & fight.

The ball is in our court to make a stand against this evil. Whether we like it or not, these are our times. No one who lives to see such times wants them, but they are here nonetheless.

How many of us feel this does not affect them? That this is not their problem…How many feel this is all too big? How many people feel the way that Pippin does in this dialogue from ‘The Lord of the Rings’

TREEBEARD: The ents cannot hold back this war. We must weather such things as we have always done.

MERRY: How can that be your decision?

TREEBEARD: This is not our war.

MERRY: But you’re part of this world! Aren’t you? You must help. Please. You must do something.

TREEBEARD: You are young and brave, master Merry. But your part in this tale is over. Go back to your home.

PIPPIN: Maybe Treebeard’s right. We don’t belong here, Merry. It’s too big for us. What can we do in the end? We’ve got the Shire. Maybe we should go home.

MERRY: The fires of Isengard will spread. And the woods of Tuckborough and Buckland will burn… and all that was once green and good in this world will be gone. Don’t you understand if we don’t fight, there won’t be a Shire, Pippin.”

You have to find some Hobbit courage. The hobbits were small folk but their hearts were huge.

Even if all seems lost, & it really feels like that sometimes, the greedy corporations seem too big, the global fascism too entrenched, the feeling of fear & powerlessness too overwhelming. We don’t live in a democracy anymore. What we see in the media is smoke & mirrors designed to mislead us. There are not enough decent journalists anymore to hold our government to account. Interviews are frustrating to listen to, always about steering the conversation in a certain direction, never staying on the truth but quickly changing the topic, diverting the flow of the conversation & avoiding the difficult questions. Most of the media is owned by people that profit from the current global fascism. It feels like we’re sandwiched between a rock & a hard place. There’s ISIS on one side & our own government on the other. Both are terrorists & both are part of the same evil.

But despite this, (like the hobbits up against overwhelming odds,) we have to find courage, follow our hearts, make a stand against this rising evil in the world, whichever direction that evil is coming from, & it is coming from many angles, we have to stay true to ourselves, to our ancestors, to all those who have ever fought & died for freedom & for what is right. No matter how dark it seems, how hopeless,  if you believe in good – you must keep on fighting. The Earth needs us now, our kids & grandkids need us.

Aragorn in the last battle – “I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!* ”

In other words – fight – for all that you hold dear on this good Earth.

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