Re: The Armageddon Rag

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Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 22:44:35 PDT

Another hippie story for you:
(stop me if you've heard this one already (: )

I was at a gathering in Ocala national forest, in Florida, and was invited
to what was called a Sister Circle, which was a wiccan ceremony, involving
prayers for peace, physical and emotional, widespread and personal, some
nice songs and chants, and wishes expressed, and dreams affirmed, and a
relaxing, healing time was had by most. I'd never been a part of this
sort of ritual before, but as hokey as I thought it might be before I got
there, it felt really good to be a part of a ritual which had goals I
agreed with and believed in, and I had a leap of faith (don't be alramed,
I have those all the time. (: ). Afterwards, we had Sister Time, which
was time to just hang out with other females. We sang stuff like Indigo
Girls, cooked lots of good food -- fried onions and potatos, rice, spinach
salad, and even biscuits, cooked in a stove we built under the ground.
Some of us smoked dope, drank shroom juice, dosed on lsd, and such, and we
spent the night around a fire, sometimes dancing to drums, other times
talking intensely about things like the world, and what was going on with
it, and what we could do to help, what we were doing to fuck things up,
etc, and we all wound up to a spot where we agreed that the best thing for
the earth was to rid it of humans, and that that was coming eventually,
and... what a beautiful wild place it will be, and once again I had a leap
of faith, and we all did, and we -saw- it: saw grass growing through
concrete, trees through bones, mice would live inside our abandoned
computers. (: It was such a high thinking about it that we danced about
it for a few hours, imagining, dreaming, not even wanting to be the last
human to see it, but just happy that it was coming. Later on, when we
were talking about it, someone suggested that we pray for speed, for the
human race to kill itself off. That sort of disrupted the whole thing.
It split us in half, individually. Half was rejoicing the time when it
would come, and the other half was frightened and disgusted about
entertaining the thought of speeding it up. And we wondered, "Is that
what we're all doing? Speeding it up because we know it's coming?" Faith
IS a very powerful thing. (:

 "A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity."
          -- Robert Frost

On Fri, 13 Oct 2000, Jeff Bone wrote:

> Hmmm... I'm gettin' a little worried, here. Millenium approaching.
> (The real one, anyway, according to all those fussy, um, "arithmetic"
> people. ;-) Here we got what looks like the armies of Gog and Magog
> having an escalating little pissing contest scarily close the Plain
> of Megiddo. Stock market being what it is: much wailing and
> gnashing of teeth.
> Is it time to head for the hills? Not that that will do any good?
> End of the world, film at 11 (right after a word from our Sponsor.)
> ;-)
> jb

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