Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Vivisection? Not!!

Vivisection? Not!!

We have evolved, and continue to evolve, in our understanding  of our relationship to all “matter” in the Universe. So now I am clear that animal lives matter. They matter to themselves as much and in the same way as our human lives matter to ourselves.  There is no longer any rational or emotional excuse for saying that humans are not animals, or are a “superior” order of animals…  

Our scientifically validated knowledge of the processes of genetics and evolution of DNA and the consequent infinite string of small differences between one life form and the next… means we can no longer pretend we are greatly superior in our life form. Every year that passes we learn more about the community life of animals, (and also plants!) their family lives, their languages, their feelings of pain and empathy,  their problem-solving abilities… The direction of time’s arrow is certain, we are drawing closer to them, culturally, with every new scientific revelation…  Looking to what will be the future, the conclusion is clear now. We should not interact with animals in any way that, if they could speak, they would object to…

Given the foregoing argument, we are evidently totally unscientific to continue to put humans on the pedestal that they were assigned to in the Bible and other out-of-date historical “truths”. And thus justify our barbaric practices in raising animals for meat and conducting “vivisection“ on their bodies and minds as though they were “morally” just unfeeling insentient objects.

As a final argument, obviously we have used our “superior” brains to isolate ourselves from our DNA-based connections to the natural world around us,  By creating a technology-based instrumental attitude to everything in nature, we have led ourselves to the brink of destroying all life on earth… And we have not used our supposed superiority to give us the means to both predict it and work together,  to avert this catastrophe… Wolves have lived 200 000 centuries of productive family and ecologically useful lives on Planet Earth. How are we “superior” to they who have not come close to the damage we done in but 4 centuries or so ? …

Please, let us have no more unthinking unprofessional descriptions from scientists about their use of animals in any way that harms their lives. Of course it will take us a little longer to understand how the human brain processes memories... if we choose not to perform invasive experiments on mice bred to be slaves for the sole purpose of being mangled and observed… In the meantime, we can use observe humans, and learn to understand how they behave, and maybe, learn,  to behave better. 

Donato Cianci Jan. 30, 2018.  donatoshabitat@gmail.com, donatopoetry.com, juliodonatoshabitat.blogspot.ca  


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dog or coyote?

Dog or coyote? 

Woman posts story of mistaking coyote for a dog and giving it a bath next thing the fact checker scythe say picture is years old and is just that of a tame coyote.. I like the original story a lot better. It has heart that appeals to me.  

If it is not a matter of life and death I prefer my own romance to the sterile words of fact checkers who have no skin in the game no interest except to prove their own superiority...superior to me… fact checking can be way overdone and breaks connections between people. Fact checking does not allow for the power of intuition the ability to know before the scientific studies are published and validated by which time the facts are often no longer interesting, outdated, commonplace and ordinary. 

Worse, fact checking often does not support, even wantonly breaks down, the mythology which is the cultural glue that binds people in communities.

Even when the facts are correct the outcome can be dangerous or cause breakdown in connections between people. A few years ago a social scientist proclaimed the evidence based fact that standing and holding oneself in certain ways would give one more confidence and enable more influence on others.  So what then? What if the influence is evil? Is it a good idea to give matches to babies?? 

In my own life 50% of the supposedly fact checked verified drugs I have been given have been taken off the market only after killing thousands of people when used for a while… so whose facts are useful to me ? The fact that an amanita mushroom is deadly and like examples. Am I not right to ask who has been using this new drug and what has been the effect? No matter what the supposedly evidence based studies say? 

Often the original story is better more fun and interesting tell me this rock came with my Grandfather across the Atlantic from Italy and I prize it, keep it around . Some smug geologist comes along who is only interested in making me wrong and tells me it must have come from Halifax when he got off the boat and I say I wish I had never known you. The rock means far more to me than your “facts” mean to you. 

The great scientists and mathematicians the ground breakers act on their feelings and intuitions in deciding what interest to pursue, often years or generations ahead of their time… In my own life every useful pursuit that led to years of satisfaction started with a completely unverified intuition that only was proven by the outcomes it led me to…

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What is Americanism?

Gist of American (Republican? not only) ism 

My take on current news from the USA…

co-opted for money battening on voter ignorance and frustration with greedy oligarchs seizing ownership of resources creating a revival of medieval economies lords and serfs the GOP legislators have become seriously malicious along with their own long-standing wilful ignorance…

And here is what the Washington Post has to say:


Quote from the above:

“Out of its collective sense of victimhood came the GOP’s disdain for not just intellectuals but also intellectualism, science, Economics 101, history and constitutional fidelity. If the Trump children became slaves to money and to their father’s unbridled ego, then the GOP became slaves to its own demons and false narratives. A party that has to deny climate change and insist illegal immigrants are creating a crime wave — because that is what “conservatives” must believe, since liberals do not — is a party that will deny Trump’s complicity in gross misconduct. It’s a party as unfit to govern as Trump is unfit to occupy the White House. It’s not by accident that Trump chose to inhabit the party that has defined itself in opposition to reality and to any “external moral truth or ethical code.”

my response

No, not just the GOP. “Victimhood” is Americanism at its most fundamental…

The pervasive background to the American psyche, the cloth on which their culture is laid, has always been their individual and collective victimhood.  “National security” is their mantra for nearly every act of governance at every level. When I ask an intelligent well-read well-educated American friend why their government’s vast expenditures and clumsy, intrusive, efforts to secure their borders, already thousands of miles from any possible major enemy, they reply to me “it is because they hate us! “

Their collective sense of victimhood, over their entire 240 years of history, of large segments of the American population,  has led them to the approaching collapse of what is left of their civility and democratic institutions... and this victimhood is an introjection, a “taking within” of the feelings and fears and abuses they projected onto the “black” africans and the “red” indigenous others by their founding morality as slave owners and genocidal colonialists which has persisted to this day. Now they have even with the vast technological capability of their armies, extended this insult to natural morality to wreaking havoc on millions in the Middle East and elsewhere just because they can and have always been motivated to destroy their imagined enemies.. The first thing Americans did , after 1776, with their new navy, was to travel to the Middle East and attempt to subdue it so as to be able to trade and bring back their goods at bargain prices…

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ritual and Rapport on the Path of Drum

Ritual and Rapport on the Path of Drum

Rapport is the state of being connected, of being noticeably “One with another”, feeling at the same time being one of two and also, of being only one with the other… 

When I prepare to go to my sit spot, my private natural world observatory, I try to dress in the same clothes I always wear for this, so that I will become familiar to other creatures around, who will hopefully learn to treat me as a non-threatening element of the furniture. When I sit in my sit spot, and gradually become calm, I realize first the silence of earth and growing life around me, then perhaps a few birds and other creatures bring moving manifestations given life by the plant and tee and earth/water life in which they move and have their being. As I meditate and observe I am conscious that my frequent visits to this spot have become a ritual for me, something of “rapport” that I use as an entry into contact with what I call spirit. I am thinking now of the spiralling of leaves around the trunk and branches of the trees, of the minute exactly identical small leaves of the cedar that comprise the larger leaves… each a faithful replication of the ones previous. Is this display of the life-seeking leaves not a ritual, a performance in the sun and air? So I and these trees are connected in our forms of ritual, we are “in rapport”, mirroring each other’s way of taking part in the dance of life. 

So this is why I do ritual, to reconnect with Earth Mother, with the universe of life.. I sit in a safe container of my own construction, safe from the busy chaotic world of city life endeavour, which is connected only to its own busyness, and would have no life were it not for the mindless activities, or the excessively thinking activities, of the human brains that swirl in its chaotic dance… And when we do ritual or ceremony together, we create that safe space, a wall of trust around us, for deep sharing, or prayer or celebration. 

Sometimes we do the Warrior Dance, 200 or more of us fasting and sleeping by day and dancing and fasting for four nights under the full moon in the wide Prairie sky, drums beating, singers singing, healers, fires blazing. This is our ritual display. The sight is glorious. And then we see overhead the blazing green and yellow and white of the Northern Lights, Mother Earth displaying her ritual.. as we respond with ours, showing her we recognize her gifts, feeling deep in our bodies the welling emotions of connection to all life around, all weathers, all mountains, all waters,, all forests and plains…

So when I drum or do my Pipe, or call in the Four Directions, or conduct the Lodge, or Smudge myself or others, I am creating a formalized ( a “form”, repeated)  safe space connection to Mother Earth. Feeling all the emotion of that living power flowing through me.. To be in connection, in rapport with the natural world and the spirit world that animates it, I must engage my body/mind and that I do with my ceremonies and rituals.  

It was Earth Mother that birthed me here at this time. She gave me as my tasks to speak my thoughts in the truth of poetry, and to support my connection to life through gifting my drum-making, making the sacred hand drums, which then led me to all my spirit-encounters and my life enhancing friendships, ceremonies and rituals.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Trump Phenomenon..letter to a friend

Dear Friend your word that you felt shame over the election shocked me, and I was surprised at my reaction. Of course I don't ever want you to feel ashamed, particularly over what other people do or don't. So I had to reflect on what I myself was feeling and after some time, came up with what follows...

My Musings on the Trump Phenomenon

Oh I am really feeling the pain these days of those of us who are reacting with fear and dismay to the unexpected win of the US Presidency by the ultimate narcissistic ignorance of Donald Trump. And also the pain of many of his supporters who felt they had no choice but to take a chance on his being able to do and actually doing what he said he would to distribute the resources of the USA more honestly and fairly. The pain of those who are realizing they have lost their democracy, that neither of their two traditional parties has been defending their democratic constitution. They feel themselves staring into the abyss of the unknown. 

Every day there seems to be something in the news of the world stage that I ought to react to with either fear or celebration.. A lot of it is in the unknown future, or a manifestation of the reportage which I might not agree with had I witnessed the events they describe… I give myself hope by learning to become detached from my desire for any particular outcome, to become detached from excessive and destabilizing emotionality when the unexpected occurs.

  I daily follow the path I know to be mine, where it leads I know not, so am learning not to have expectations and just continue to be interested in what actually occurs. This way, I won’t have a problem, until I do. As for being upset at the apparent decisions of the collective to which I belong, country, race etc.etc. or those with whom I must interact, I am my own moral compass, and choose whether to follow the collective, or not. Certainly, I wish us all well, that the miserable become happy, that moments of joy occur to all. And so walk seeking to project compassion and universal love onto all living and non-living… I know some wise old trees who have the same attitude….

In Peace  Donato Nov. 16  2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Concerning cultural appropriation concerns

Letter to a young friend concerned he may be transgressing on another's territories by taking part in their spiritual ceremonies, concerned to try to find his own indigenous heritage, his own lineage therein....

Dear .....

 I would be honoured to hear more of your journey and that of others as they unfold. 

As for me, I am like Squirrel, I was put here onto this land by Mother Earth to find my spiritual practice, my spiritual gift, which I am then compelled to follow. All I have is not my fault, it is my gift from Mother Earth. I owe nothing to any traditions save those which are gifted to me, and which I discovered for myself from the habitat in which I landed, just like Squirrel...In one way Squirrel has an advantage over me, he did not have to search for the Way he is compelled to follow, he was born following it. And I am not accountable to Manitou for the way in which others do or did live their lives, only for the way in which I live mine. Walking lightly, disturbing nothing, I need manage only myself... That is enough for one life. Even writing this, is a kind of disturbance, but I am not yet a hermit, though that I may become in time..... 

Donato  Feb. 5  2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Indigenous or not?

Some idea that indigenous people are different from us. That they have some status and claim to live safely on this land that we do not have. 

Thinking of myself, whose grandparents came from Italy, where their DNA had lived in a small village for 2000 years or more, and from America, after travelling all across Europe with the Celts and the French Huguenots and the Puritans, to what is now called by some the USA. My DNA has done lots of travelling since it last resided in what most today would call indigenous cultures. I prefer to say of my ancestry that I am descended from a long line of poets and drum-makers, for thousands of years. My DNA heritage in this spiritual calling is more important to me than what my DNA has encountered in the various language and cultural groups it has travelled in the past 40 000 years or so back to the Cro-Magnon people of the Eastern Mediterranean. 

So I would be happy to listen to anyone who had spent time and effort to track their own DNA in history, and learn what spiritual practices and songs it has been exposed to…

And I say Mother Earth birthed me here out of my DNA heritage, because this is where she needed another human poet and drum maker.. And I have the word of my Anishnabe friends living North of Superior that they too recognize me in that way…I am not taking anything from them, In fact they freely welcomed me and gifted me with the spiritual values and practices I now follow, as I gifted them with with what I was called to do. 

I say it is better to base your spiritual practices on the ways you choose to follow, or are gifted with, out of knowing your own spiritual gifts, than to blindly adhere to one or two of the probably hundreds of spiritual practices your DNA has encountered over the millenia. And if ancestors are important, then I am already an ancestor of a thousand who will come after me, and so I too am important. as we all are…

Donato Feb. 3  2016