After traveling the country for three years, building solar trikes, meeting with luminaries in the field of social change and searching for the undying truth of the current paradigm, I’ve made you this film to tell the story.
In The Arms of Reason
“Gold is most excellent; gold is treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world.” – Christopher Columbus
On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the New World on a sea voyage to chart a shortcut to the Indies, funded by Queen Isabella of Spain. By chance, Columbus landed upon a small island in the Caribbean populated by a group of friendly and pacifist indigenous people, the Taino, who met the oncoming Spanish with gifts of gold, jewels and shells. Columbus wrote in his diary after his first contact with the Taino, “with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them.” After his second voyage, Columbus sent a consignment of Native slaves back to Spain. The lives of the Natives, and indeed, of all the people of the world, would never be the same.
Columbus’s first action was to divide the island into colonists and Natives. Next, hundreds of Natives were sent back to Spain to be bought as slaves. On the island, they were forced into slavery, and those who escaped to the mountains were hunted down by hounds and killed. Thousands committed suicide by taking a poison made from Cassava. Many parents killed their children to spare them torture and an agonizing death at the hands of the Spanish rule. Native women were raped. Men and boys were enslaved, tortured, starved and killed. In only two short years, half of the 250,000 Natives were dead. By 1548, no more than 500 remained.
Since 1971 Columbus Day has been recognized as a national holiday, and in 2002, President George W. Bush issued a presidential proclamation celebrating “Columbus’ bold expedition [and] pioneering achievements,” directing that “the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of Christopher Columbus.”
Mass killings and genocide did not cease after Columbus departed. During the Spanish Inquisition, thousands of indigenous people were routinely rounded up, tortured and burned alive for heresy, oftentimes decrees were read to them from distant Spanish ships coming to shore, with hordes of soldiers ready to jump onto the beach and murder and capture all of the nearby tribes who were proclaimed heretics, whose lives were therefore compromised by the Church.
The killings didn’t stop there, even up until the beginning of the 20th century, during the great South American Rubber Boom, tens of thousands of indigenous people were rounded up by rubber barons and enslaved, tortured by flogging, fed to dogs, and the women were routinely raped. It is projected that over 50,000 indigenous people were killed.
Ten to twenty million people perished at the hands of Joseph Stalin. Eleven million people died in the Holocaust. Mad dictator Pol Pot of Cambodia ordered one million Cambodians killed, including everybody that wore glasses because he believed the Marxist declaration that those who wear glasses belong to the educated class, the bourgeoisie, exploiters of the peasants. In Cambodia, this meant that all who wore glasses were rightfully subject to elimination. The Khmer Rouge soldiers took hundreds of thousands of Cambodians into what became known as the “Killing Fields”, where they dug their own mass graves and were beaten to death by the Khmer Rouge soldiers with iron bars and hoes, buried alive, and the babies were smashed against trees. A Khmer Rouge directive decreed “Not a bullet is to be wasted.”
Genocide has come to dominate the 20th century. The Herero Genocide of 1904 in Namibia claimed ¾ of the population, roughly 60,000 people. The Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 claimed 1.5 million people. The East Timor Genocide, from 1975 to 1999 claimed 120,000 people. Rwanda in 1994, 800,000, and Darfur from 2003 to present is still debated, 100,000, 300,000, 500,000 people?
To study history is to become increasingly aware of an ancient and on-going succession of human cruelty. Genocide is the act of rounding up a group of people from a specific social construct, whether it be class, race, religion, or ideology, who are then murdered. How can such madness permeate the minds of men, and so integrate itself within the false claims of reason? What reason is to be found in burning another humans flesh because they do not believe in the same God, do not share similar ideologies, do not bear the same color skin, and are born into a different ethnic class?
War is generally the conductor of such symphonies of murder, but who are the conductors of war? Out of Nationalistic cries and the fervor of demonizing the common enemy, people are being persecuted and power is being achieved. All lives are a compromise to this common cause of “good”, which is so often inherently evil. Groups of men, women and children are virtually wiped out and civilizations demolished in the wake of a new, stronger, more rightful empire that is here to preserve the everlasting status quo of human civilization: Power.
Power makes a strong nation. It makes an ideology, a religion, an army, an Empire. Power can turn an intelligent, cultured nation into a group of bloodthirsty murderers, and has done so time and time again throughout the dark pages of our history. Power is comprised of greed, of wealth, of possessions, and it knows no bounds, for it is insatiable, and it’s only aim is the endless progression for more.
It acts like a cancer cell, constantly reproducing, so devastatingly that it kills the organism which it lives on, and in so doing causes it’s own destruction. Can not human beings be viewed as such a ruthless and short-sighted creature? Have we not destroyed 95% of America’s old growth forests? Have we not created a global economy that is inherently flawed, because it’s only survival depends upon infinite growth, while the resources on this planet are obviously and ecologically limited? Have we not poisoned our air, water and land for profit? Have we not genetically mastered food, only to witness and accept the harrowing negative impacts to our health? Have we not created wars for profit, drugs for profit, life and death.. for profit?
Power rules the current paradigm, and in so doing rules the hearts and minds of Humankind. We see it every day, a war for resources in Afghanistan, rising dictatorships across the globe, the domination of corporate control in the political spectrum, SOPA, now CISPA, a cybersecurity aim for governments and corporations to share internet information, and to ultimately control the internet. We see it everywhere in the destruction of the natural processes of our planet, which paradoxically provides life for all living organisms, a class for which humans are not excluded. We are cutting down our forests and planting seeds of an unsustainable technologically advanced society, all the while ignoring the basic tenets of ecology, that we cannot replace the real world with an artificial one and hope to survive.
We are crushing peaceful regimes around the globe, and strengthening the destructive dictatorships and tyrannies. We are knowingly and unknowingly participating in the game of artificiality, of materialism, which defines social classes and further propagates the destruction of our dying resources, the sole creators of our possessions. We have built an empire on a false foundation of non-renewable resources that are quickly running out and laying devastation in their absence in economies throughout the world, while our governments and corporations crush the rise of renewable energy, energy that can be free to all people on the planet. Our governments that have not already done so, are creating a culture of fear, and we are fearful.
Wherever power lies, so too, do the power-less. Now is the unequivocal time in Mans rise to power, a time more tumultuous and testing than any other point in human history, a time when we are moving towards the peak of our own destruction, when the next war to be waged may very well render extinct our own species, and perhaps all life on Earth. There is a lesson to be learned here, a lesson that has been understood by the few and ignored by the many. Unfortunately, if we do not pay heed to the knowledge of Reason, and quickly learn to adopt a new world, one without power and greed and war, and if we continue to ignore the many sufferings that we inflict upon ourselves and all other living things, Humankind is sure to pay the full price for it’s supreme stupidity. Not only have we not learned from the atrocities we have inflicted, but furthermore, we have repeated them to awful grandeur, and only propagated the violence.
We are now in the waiting room of History. Crimes go punished and unpunished alike, but we must make the decision here and now, of whether or not we will let these crimes occur at all. For if they occur again, they very well may be the last crime we ever made against our fellow selves.
TREK TO CHANGE THE WORLD (Summer of 2012)
Biodiesel Bus- To tow organic food trailer and to accommodate Trek Crew
Trek Crew- A team dedicated fully to all goals of the Trek, this includes:
-Requesting Sponsorship (Food, Money, Equipment), all donations will go through the Cobscook Community Learning Center, a 501(C)3
-Arranging Marches, Protests and Trek demonstrations throughout America along TTCTW
-Working in organic food trailer
WHY ARE WE TREKKING?
-Infinite Growth Economy
-Organic/Locally Grown Produce
-Sustainable Global Economy
* Okay everybody. It’s almost May, and we need a dedicated team of passionate individuals who are willing to sacrifice their time and effort to change the world. Anybody who is accepted as a TTCTW team member will have free room and board in a big comfy house in the woods of Maine, and with some luck a seat aboard the biodiesel bus, but will have to participate fully and purposefully to make the Trek the most successful cause that it can be. This includes all of the tasks listed below and more, but make no mistake, the rewards are great. For half of May and most of June, the team will be working on the listed goals and itinerary, and when everything is ready, Trek To Change The World will officially begin. If we are dead-set in our conviction, the team will set out fully equipped on a biodiesel bus to follow the solar trike across the country, speak at schools, perform demonstrations with thousands of people who will follow parts of the way in towns and cities throughout America on their E-Bikes, scooters, skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades, Hybrids and the like, to show the world that we are ready for change, and we will all work together to make it so. I do not expect that we alone will change the world, but our goal is to show that we are not alone, we are all one and the more people that we inspire the closer we are to our one true goal: To change the world.
If you would like more information or might like to take part in this endeavor, please email me directly:
Thank you all, I hope to hear from you.
Sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles for the next two months, trying to learn what it is like to live like the 51,340 people who do it every day in L.A.
Hey everybody. So you may or may not know that I am currently living on the streets of Los Angeles right now, to film a documentary about homelessness and poverty in America with my friend Josh Barrigas. I will be doing this for the next two months, but make no mistake, I will be back in Maine by May 11th! And when I get back, I desire to start filming the Trek documentary, fix up the trike so that it’s ready to roll, attain sponsorship, get a biodiesel bus so that my crew can follow me on the Trek in a sustainable fashion, and last but not least, set forth on this endeavor, once and for all.
Now, this is the thing. My mom tells me that I can’t go on living my life and never asking anybody else for help, so I am asking you now. If you or someone you know can help sponsor this Trek in any way, please let us know! If there is a bus with a diesel engine you know of, email me. If you know of an organization or company that might like to sponsor the Trek, we are directly correlated with the non-profit Cobscook Community Learning Center, who will take our sponsorship. Such a thing covers food, fuel (Unfortunately) the bus, trike parts and film equipment.
We’ve got two months. I know you can help make this dream a reality. Let’s get rolling and see what we can come up with!
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Sleep on the beach was great, the constant waking to see if the police were patrolling, the bright lights of the Santa Monica pier gleaming and changing like colorful stars in the night, the lull of the waves crashing onto the shore, silencing my mind and shutting my eyes for sleep. We were in a nice quiet part of the beach, secluded, so nobody came by or bothered us. A bum slept not too far off and there was a drunk couple that stumbled drunkenly past me sometime around midnight, they didn’t see me, I waved and said “Hello.” They yelled and laughed and stumbled away, not even saying hello but I liked the way they didn’t do it. Sam was given a few loaves of bread by a few friendly fellow bums down the beach, so we had that for dinner. We woke around five in the morning to the morning dew covering our sleeping bags and walked through Santa Monica to Sams pad, a one bedroom apartment where we can’t sleep because his landlady would charge twenty bucks a night, and we are literally penniless.
But that is how I like it.
I don’t want to live under a roof, unless the job I get permits me to, I will live in a hostel but nothing more. Maybe not even that. I want to know what it is like to be without a home, to be fearful of intrusion yet free to roam and sleep in the open air under the sky, rain, cold or otherwise. doing this, makes me feel purposeful in life, I am not taking much from the world because I don’t need it, I am not asking for much, either.
If I get a job I will save up money for the Trek. I am in the center of my greatest contacts, so I hope to attain sponsorship for the upcoming Trek during my stay here. Someone recently made a comment to me, he said “I could be a glorified homeless dude on a bike, too.”
At first, I was offended and hurt by what he said, not only because it is offensive to me but to every person in the world without a home. But now, I can see how much I love that sentence, what he said to me even though he may have intended to harm with it. That one word, “Glorified,” says it all.
I may not own anything but a backpack and some books, some tattered old clothes and letters and stamps. I may be without a home. And to me, that is glory.
Too many people place far too much emphasis on achieving glory by achieving “Things”. More and more and more of anything, makes you more of a success in the world we’ve built. We are no longer judged by the “content of our character,” as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, but by the things we own, and “the things you own end up owning you.” Indeed, to be successful means to take more of what you need, and oftentimes give less to others who truly need it.
Well, I don’t buy into that shit.
Nor will I ever do so again.
I don’t have it rough, and I have met eyes with and seen and heard of many people who truly have it bad, who can barely walk and collect their cans to make their money. We’ve all seen such things, they break our hearts, but then we keep on walking, don’t we?
I don’t want to keep on walking.
I want to help these people in any way I can, and hopefully, with sacrifice and wisdom, become one of them for a time, if they might understand and accept my appeal to do so.
We shall see what the world brings me in the times ahead, or rather, what the world doesn’t bring me. There is nothing more important to my life.
Thoreau said that he went to the woods because he “wished to live deliberately.” I have spent a few years trying to truly discover what this means, and not the understanding that comes from reading something and getting it, but reading something and doing it. Living those words.
Well, I think I can truly understand his words, now. I may not be going to the woods, not yet anyhow, I have too much to do. But I am going to the streets and the shelter and the beach, to live deliberately. in truth, there is no better way to live a life.