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The above image is both the artwork and words of Martin Prechtel. I recently finished Martin Prechtel's second book, Long Life Honey In The Heart. The book completely floored me. I found myself crying every day for almost a month at the depth of beauty and wildness in that great work. All of Prechtel's work revolves around his experiences as an initiate, then shaman/chief in the Tzutujil Mayan village of Santiago Atitilan, in Guatemala. I have blogged once before about Martin's work, but in this post I only want to focus on one part of his book, the initiation ritual... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
This is an image of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which for over a year now has been leaking enormous amounts of radioactivity across the entire planet. The world has been watching the unfolding events at Fukushima, praying that the situation does not get worse. I am almost finished with another great book, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E.F. Schumacher. Written in the 70's, Schumacher writes with heart of how different our economies and the world could be if our economic systems were actually focused on people, on the benefit and development of humankind, instead... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
This picture was taken during the famous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, where a group of 600 brave Jewish resistance fighters decided to stand and fight against the Nazi's, whose orders - direct from Himmler - were to liquidate the entire ghetto. Although heavily outnumbered and hindered by a lack of ammunition and weaponry, this fierce Jewish fighting force completely shocked the Nazi's, forcing them to retreat day after day, making up for they lack of numbers and weapons with well planned ambushes and constant position changes. The uprising lasted for roughly 25 days, until eventually the resistance was defeated, and the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
What an awesome quote. So true and ominous. I had to share it. I just finished a fantastic book, Love and Struggle: My Life in SDS, The Weather Underground, and Beyond, by David Gilbert. David has spent the last 30 years of his life in prison, serving a life sentence for his involvement in the 1981 Brink's armored car robbery that left two policemen and a Brinks guard dead. He spent six years working for the clandestine revolutionary group, The Weather Underground, who carried out over 30 bombings on target buildings that were symbols of U.S. imperialism (including the Pentagon,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
Here's a drawing I just finished depicting the death of the Fenris wolf at the hands of Odin's son, Víðarr. According to the legend, during Ragnarök the Fenris wolf swallows Odin whole, thus slaying the All Father. After which Víðarr wrenches open the wolfs jaws and slays him. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at The Art and Magic of Talon Soul
This is a beautiful image of two Chilean activists making time for love during their ongoing struggle against Chile's corrupt government. To me it is a magnificent symbol of love and comaradrie, two of the few advantages we who are fighting for a sane culture have over the exploitive corporate empire. I have been thinking a lot lately about egotism, and how it affects our ability to understand each other and work together. So many of us know that the corporate world is destroying the planet, and there are so many wonderful movements working extremely hard to stop this system... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
This is an image of Africa's Western Black Rhino, who 3 months ago joined the thousands of species this culture has forced into extinction. Before the birth of industrial civilization, species became extinct at an average of 4 a year. The number is now between 150 - 200 a day. If anything tells me I have to get my shit together and do everything I can to stop this culture, it is facing this reality. The planet really is being murdered. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about my life and my future, my past and present,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
A drawing for my father in law, may it come true some day :) Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at The Art and Magic of Talon Soul
Another drawing for a friend for their birthday, this one of Peiro in a few years, after the collapse, protecting our pigs! :) Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2011 at The Art and Magic of Talon Soul
Just a little happy birthday card for my friend Erim. Hope you had a good day, comrade! Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at The Art and Magic of Talon Soul
Upon thorough examination of what this culture has done and continues to do the the planet, everything from the destruction of the ocean through industrial overfishing, the insane amount of plastic in the ocean, the increasing acidification of the ocean due to excessive carbon intake, 200 species going extinct everyday (the African Black Rhino being one of this culture's latest victims), 99% of the world's original forests gone, mountaintop removal, the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada, etc., it doesn't take a genius to see that modern man is absolutely insane. Modern man is literally destroying the very planetary balance that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
Thinking of a slogan for a bumper sticker years ago, I thought of "Stop Bitching Start A Revolution". Yes, I admit it was my idea! So Stop Bitching...........has had quite a journey. On bumper stickers, t-shirts, peoples' doorways, pirated in India, Japan, Italy, Germany, Sweden and who knows where else. Censured in Israel, bandied about the Mideast by young students studying here in the States and in Europe, appeared at a anti-war rally when the U.S. still had them in spite of the Bush crack-downs, appearing on a young woman holding up the globe, her black and white Stop Bitching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Arol Wulf-Zendik
I have to let go now....... As all visionaires I've been hated and loved. Single-mindedness is not a popular thing to be up close with. It is adored in the world in the form of rock-star worship or movie star worship or CEO worship, but being up close to a single-minded person dedicated to his or her commitment to their place and business in the world is not very popular among those who haven't done that with their lives. So now I face my death as this dedicated, single-minded person and now I have to learn to let go and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Arol Wulf-Zendik
I just finished an absolutely life changing book, Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, by shaman/writer/beautiful and rare human, Martin Prechtel. I won't launch into the whole book in this post. I will just strongly recommend it and promise you you will walk away seriously questioning the teachings of civilization, while yearning for something much deeper. Anyway, drop the $15 and read the damn book. Seriously. In this post however, I want to cover something Martin covered toward the end of the book about this cultures fear of death. He believes that part of this culture's sickness is its fear of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2011 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
This is an image of Tecumseh, the fierce Shawnee warrior. Tecumseh knew that the only hope his people had was to unite all of the tribes together in one great army against the constantly invading whites. He spent 10 years trying to do this, traveling across the country on horseback trying to get each tribe to join together against their brutal foe. In the end, he died fighting the whites, having been unsuccessful in uniting all of the tribes. Human competition defeated yet another great culture. In the last year I have gone through some major philosophical shifts, and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd give me hope. The young people of Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa give me hope. I heard of a camp that Palestinian and Israeli teenagers attended together, and they promised to stay in touch with each other through emails and facebook. That gives me hope. I've known the social networks were the way to reach each other. The world wide web has made it possible to go around our governments and really make contact with each other. To the critics of "friends" on facebook, I've felt since I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Arol Wulf-Zendik
These are images of a tattoo my friend recently gave me. It is a memorial to a woman whose life experience changed my life. When I was a teenager I went to my Oma’s (German for grandmother) house in the Bronx for summer vacation. When I arrived I found my Oma quite distraught. She told me she had lost her long and dear friend, Jenny. She told me that she was put in charge of selling Jenny’s house, and asked me if I would go there with her the next day to help her clean up. And so the next... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
The is an image of Sid Hatfield the brave, the chief of police of Matewan, West Virginia, who in 1921 was murdered by coal company thugs because he had the balls to defend the miners from the vicious criminal coal syndicate. One of the only law enforcement officers of that time who fought for what was right, Sid shocked the coal companies who usually could buy off (or beat into submission if money didn't work) just about anyone they wanted to. I have been reading a fabulous book, When Miners March, by William C. Blizzard. The 1920's saw one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Thoughts Of Peiro Zendik
It’s a beautiful Christmas morning – the frozen pond is covered with snow. There’s a light dusting of fresh snow perfectly distributed on the boughs of the pines that encircle the pond. The geese and ducks cluster around the dock where the water enters the pond from the mountains above us. There’s flowing water there – a small pond within the larger one where the water birds take turns swimming. In the morning light the birds are black against the world we’re all inhabiting this morning. I hear people in the lower part of the house getting ready to tend... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Arol Wulf-Zendik
I come from a long line of humans--I trace my ancestry to Africa and the journey out of Africa into the Middle East and on into Asia and Europe--I trace myself back to Cro-Magnon and Homo sapiens. My ancestors painted images--beautiful images on rock faces in Africa and in caves in Europe 40,000 years ago and more. We began to bury our dead and decorate our bodies and make beads and tools and weapons and lived and prayed and sang and danced together. And, yes, sickness killed us and animals killed us and sometimes cold and famine killed us and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Arol Wulf-Zendik
An Apology I promise that will be my last rant, (yesterday’s blog post). I don’t like naming names or singling any particular people out as worse than anyone else. But, there I did it and I must apologize. The truth is they are as much a victim of a horrible philosophy that tends to rule the planet, as we all are. The truth is, they may be very kind people to know outside their “official” roles. The truth is, that is where I would like them to come from, their best Selves. The Selves that are capable of compassion and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Arol Wulf-Zendik