|What happens when billions of souls find themselves in physical
bodies on a tranquil blue-green planet? They forget where they
came from and play a game called survival of the fittest. From
the viewpoint of a physical body, the world appears to be a threatening
place, and at this animal level of consciousness we seek pleasure,
avoid pain, and do our best to survive.
Over the millennia weve created social structures and various
technologies to improve the odds of winning the survival game.
We call the sum of these structures and technologies a civilization.
Successive civilizations provide distinct improvements in physical
comforts cleaner water, smoother roads, and more convenient
Examine the mainstream media for the current state of the civilization
and youll discover that things have never been better: Internet-based
holiday shopping is expected to exceed $6 billion! Corporate sponsors
bring TV to classrooms! New feel-better/ look-better drugs
approved! Genetically-engineered foods resistant to pesticides!
Healthy sprouts patented! Financial markets are up, up, up!
Notice something? In the past 100 years the survival game has
shifted in focus. It happened without fanfare and few people have
noticed. Survival of the individual and of the species has been
quietly replaced by survival of the corporation. Reread the
headlines of the last paragraph: indicators of success are measured
in profits, productivity, and innovation the language of business.
Profits are up, government trade barriers are falling, and shareholders
In our zeal to create easier, more comfortable lives weve lost
sight of more meaningful questions. Are we happyor fearful? Healthyor
diseased? Is our ecosystem thrivingor toxic? (A sane civilization
continually asks these questions.) The answers do not paint a
rosy picture for humanity, and I sometimes wonder if anyone cares.
My concerns for our future were dramatically shifted on Tuesday,
November 30, 1999. On this date, the World Trade Organization
(WTO), an unelected, unaccountable body of private commercial
interests, met in Seattle and became the target of massive nonviolent
protests. Unbiased historians will undoubtedly call these protests,
dubbed N30, the Boston Tea Party of the 20th Century.
Over 100,000 protestors, representing billions of individuals,
showed up in Seattle to peacefully publicize human rights violations
by the WTO. Groups representing the environment, workers, and
entire indigenous cultures (Mayan, Tibetan, and American Indianto
name a few) were on hand to express their outrage at the WTO agenda.
An agenda, they argue, that caters to corporate interests at the
expense of (1) the human rights of individuals, (2) the sovereign
rights of independent nations and (3) the ecological balance of
These nonviolent protestors stood firm in the face of rigorous
attempts to keep their message silent. Their ability to remain peaceful while being assaulted with tear
gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets is a testament to the highest
ideals of the human spirit.
Why is the Battle of Seattle a wake-up call to the heart of
humanity? Because human rights were flagrantly violated by the
riot police at the protests and mainstream media have irresponsibly
overlooked these atrocities. (They continually spin reports dismissing
the protests as a violent uprising by the fringes of society.)
I urge you to look beyond the mainstream media coverage of this
event! Seek out firsthand accounts and refer to the internet for
a more complete story. (See NOTES below.)
A core group of compassionate beings seek to awaken humanity from
the survival game. These messengers continually dare to shift
consciousness, challenge the existing reality structure, and remind
us of our Divinity. They bring a message of hope to the discouraged,
and light where there is darkness. Their selfless actions cut
through the confusing lies and rhetoric so popular these days.
Our civilization has the potential to awaken and to recognize
this planet as a Sacred Garden and each other as Divine beings.
Before that happens, things may get a little weird, but Im optimistic that we will create a bright future. I urge you to envision the brightest
future imaginable and to compassionately contribute in your own
unique way to making it a reality.
Publisher, The Holistic Networker
The Seattle City Council comment forum included testimony of two
women who experienced miscarriages caused by unprovoked police
violence. Journalists, innocent bystanders, commuters, and even
a city councilman report how they were roughed up, put in holding
cells, tortured, and denied basic human rights.
Eyewitnesses report that police ignored the looters while using
indiscriminate force on nonviolent protesters and bystanders.
Independent media coverage, including photos and video can be
found at <www.indymedia.org> a.k.a.
<http://184.108.40.206/>. See also <www.seattlewarzone.org> for firsthand accounts of police brutality.
These accounts include brutal treatment/torture of the detained
protesters (some were locked on a bus for 13 hours with no food,
water, or sanitation). Amnesty International is investigating
Shortly after the protests the Seattle Police chief, Norm Stamper,
announced his resignation.
The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating the Seattle
Police and the City of Seattle.
Physicians report that symptoms of nerve gas exposure were observed
in Seattle. (Use of nerve gas is banned by international law.)
An investigation of the casualties of chemical warfare is being
carried out by Physicians For Social Responsibility.
For more documentation see: www.holisticnetworker.com/wto/