Woody Harrelson on feeling like an alien and other wise ponderings . . .


It’s apparently from a 2003 film named Go Further that curiously slipped my I must watch all films that have a green message radar.  Anyway, I came across it on Facebook via Occupy Love and was so awestruck I thought I’d share it.  Appropriate for Earth Day methinks.

I sometimes feel like an alien creature
for which there is no earthly explanation
Sure I have human form
walking erect and opposing digits,
but my mind is upside down.
I feel like a run-on sentence
in a punctuation crazy world.
And I see the world around me
like a mad collective dream.
An endless stream of people
move like ants from the freeway
cell phones, pc’s, and digital displays
“In Money We Trust,”
we’ll find happiness
the prevailing attitude;
like a genetically modified irradiated Big Mac
is somehow symbolic of food.
Morality is legislated
prisons over-populated
religion is incorporated
the profit-motive has permeated all activity
we pay our government to let us park on the street
And war is the biggest money-maker of all
we all know missile envy only comes from being small.
Politicians and prostitutes
are comfortable together
I wonder if they talk about the strange change in the weather.
This government was founded by, of, and for the people
but everybody feels it
like a giant open sore
they don’t represent us anymore
And blaming the President for the country’s woes
is like yelling at a puppet
for the way it sings
Who’s the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?
A billion people sitting watching their TV
in the room that they call living
but as for me
I see living as loving
and since there is no loving room
I sit on the grass under a tree
dreaming of the way things used to be
Pre-Industrial Revolution
which of course is before the rivers and oceans,
and skies were polluted
before Parkinson’s, and mad cows
and all the convoluted cacophony of bad ideas
like skyscrapers, and tree paper, and earth rapers
like Monsanto and Dupont had their way
as they continue to today.
This was Pre-us
back when the buffalo roamed
and the Indian’s home
was the forest, and God was nature
and heaven was here and now
Can you imagine clean water, food, and air
living in community with animals and people who care?
Do you dare to feel responsible for every dollar you lay down
are you going to make the rich man richer
or are you going to stand your ground
You say you want a revolution
a communal evolution
to be a part of the solution
maybe I’ll be seeing you around.

Woody Harrelson

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Splendid! No one un-green left out, a perfect denounce of the evil that assails us continuously since capitalism intruded in our lives. Long gone are the days when we could breathe without a fear of contamination or epidemics. Then trees and Nature were meant to soothe our existence, today they are meant to plague us.

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  2. Well said Jose. :) You are always wise.

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  3. I agree with the majority of that. But skyscrapers are a very efficient way of housing big numbers of people, with minimal impact. Excellent heat efficiency too. You can even put wind turbines and gardens all the way up. So, hurrah for skyscrapers!

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  4. Hmm, fair point but I’m not sure I’d like to live so high up. I’m terrified of heights.

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  5. Posted by mubami on September 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    You are absolutely right Jose; most of your thoughts are quite impressive

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  6. Hi Earthpal,
    Please could you send me your email? I’d like to invite you to a talk about campaigning against illegal whaling in the Pacific by author Laurens de Groot. Perhaps you could cover it for your blog? Please get in touch, the link for more details on the event is: http://tinyurl.com/kx3vszw
    Best wishes,
    Claire

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  7. Hi Earthpal,

    My name is Charlotte and I am emailing you on behalf of the Environmental Justice Foundation. We are currently working on a campaign to Save the Bees – alongside other NGOs such as Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and The Soil Association. I would like to know if you would like to be added to our media contact list in order to receive our press releases which we distribute in response to progressions (or digressions) in policy protecting our pollinators.

    Please email me if you wish to receive these releases, or if you would to find out more about our charity.

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  8. Good afternoon Valerie

    I hope you are well this Monday and that you don’t mind me getting in touch.

    I wanted to make contact with you as I have come across your website and I think the content is great – you have some really good information up here for people who want to know a little more about being greener; I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two!

    I also wanted to let you know about a blog post we have written for our website, taylorsclassics.com. Based in Stafford, we specialise in designing, making and restoring classic furniture for pubs, hotels, restaurants and cafés. Because of the subject matter of your own site, I thought this blog post may be of interest to you and your community.

    The piece is called ‘Five Reasons why Restoring Furniture Reduces Waste’ and it discusses how owners of an establishment in the hospitality industry can reduce their environmental and financial waste by choosing to restore some of their furniture rather than buying it all from scratch.

    I was wondering if you would like to use the content in some way, whether you simply wanted to reference the blog post, or use any of the content yourself on your own site. Alternatively we’d really appreciate a link from your social media channels.

    Let me know if you are interested or whether you need any additional information. Please feel free to email me back and I will provide you with the link to our post (I don’t want to look like I’m spamming your comments by posting it here). I did try to send you an email but it bounced back.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Many thanks,
    Alison

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