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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Friday, December 30, 2016

30 second flash of consciousness-raising

When you have 30 seconds at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, texas and a young brown man in military gear is happily running around his vehicle, pumping gas, stretching arms, smiling like the world is his, as it should be at his age.

But I have to tell him something probably no one else in his life has said to him – well, maybe his mom or maybe his girlfriend or boyfriend, if he has one – QUIT!

Instead I ask him why the hell is he in the military? His broad smile falters a little, black eyes glittering then unsure. He chokes out a little laugh, calls me “ma’am” as he attempts to be proud of his uniform.

I tell him he is going to kill people. He actually re-finds his broad smile as he says with great confidence, nah, ma’am, he’s not going to kill anyone.

The stern older man who the soldier seems to be a younger clone of, starts stomping closer to get between us.

I say in my most authoritative voice “of course you’re going to kill. The military has probably already taught you to kill. Don’t do it son.”

He tells me he won’t have the chance to kill cause he’s gonna retire by the time he’s 40 so no worries there.

I tell him abruptly, swinging my car door open, “if you live to see 40”.